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Hello again everyone! You guys are always so supportive and awesome, and I know some have been asking for some tutorials or processes, so I searched my hard drive and found some pieces that I saved the steps for. Here's my process for one of my previous drawings, along with a description of how I made it.
Shy by nakanoart

From left to right:
STEP ONE: First, I start with a neutral, desaturated hue. Then, I choose the color based on what I expect the picture's atmosphere to be. In this case, warm. I have the three layers: the "lineart" layer set to multiply on the top, the "figure" second, and the "background" on the bottom.

STEP TWO: Now I lock the transparency on the "figure" layer, and gently apply more color. On the brush's setting, I have the flow set lower than 75% so some of the original hue shows through.

STEP THREE: After that, I made a "shadow" layer above the "figure" layer, and set it to multiply and draw over the character to create a dramatic shadow. I use a hue in the same range at the original color palette I chose in step one. I also chose to create a background at this point, because it would help me choose what to do with the lighting. I decided a traditional Japanese door would be nice (and simple lol).

STEP FOUR: Create a "light" layer above the "shadow" layer and brush over the character with a hue of your choice (in this case a warm color) and set the layer mode to something like overlay. There are other modes that look nice as well, so feel free to experiment.

STEP FIVE: This is the scary part! Where I merged the "light", "shadow", and "figure" layers down to one. This way I am able to tweak the colors more easily. I also added some sakura blossoms and branches on a new layer above all the others. I plan on blurring them to create depth, so I just focused on form and color with those.

FINISHED!: The final touches! Here's where you do what you want to give your drawing a personal touch. I put some textures over the drawing, blurred those flowers, and tweaked the color slightly. Don't even bother following what I did at this point lol. Find someone cool that works for you: sparklies, chromatic aberration, focus blur, whatever you want!

I hope some of you find this helpful! >^..^< Feel free to ask if you have any questions, or if I wasn't clear enough in any of my steps.

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:iconjolo248:
Jolo248 Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2016
What does Multiply on the lineart layer do? :O
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MaskedWereWolfDevil Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
it almost looks like she got up extra early, waiting to watch the sunset, haha~
but this is gorgeous and you could have set any of those as the finished project and it would have been gorgeous!
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nakanoart Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2016
Oh I like that! I didn't actually consider a story behind this image until you mentioned it, thank you ^..^

(Sorry for the late reply haha)
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MaskedWereWolfDevil Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
no worries we all have lives!! late replies just come with it.
And i mean thats how i see it if you read the coloring as a story instead of a step by step process ^w^
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LorayuhBlueRose025 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
When you do things like blur parts of a picture to add focus, how does it affect you as the artist who created such beautiful details to know that now they won't show as much? Or does it not really bother you because you plan to do that from the beginning? I hope I'm making sense.
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nakanoart Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2016
I know exactly what you mean ^..^ For this drawing, I knew I was going to blur the leaves, so I didn't bother putting much time into the details. I just focused on getting the color palette correct before adding blur.

However, on this drawing:

The Key to Your Heart - Steps by nakanoart

I didn't plan ahead for blur. I wanted to bring the hand out-of-focus, but I chose not to, because I lost too much detail in the process.
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LorayuhBlueRose025 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
 Ah I see. So it just depends on the mind set when you start and as you're working.
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TokaAri Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I LOVE UR ARTWORK !!!
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BoyWinkle Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
What art program do you use?
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:iconnakanoart:
nakanoart Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2016
Photoshop, but Manga Studio is a much more affordable program if you're in the market :3 (I got my copy of PS as a gift years ago).
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:iconboywinkle:
BoyWinkle Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well I've been using auto desk for about a year and was looking for an upgrade.
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nakanoart Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2016
Nice! In that case, yeah, I recommend the latest version of Manga Studio 5 ^..^
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BoyWinkle Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks m8
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RusariJubakuno Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2016
She's showing her private area... ?
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:iconnakanoart:
nakanoart Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2016
Um no, I wouldn't post this if she was lol.
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0Ninazu0 Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No, those are her thighs being pressed together, so you don't see her genetalia.
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melisatigress Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2016
She looks beyond adorable. :3
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JAWSART Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i love seeing step by step stuff
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Flandre026 Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2016  Hobbyist Filmographer
Man , I love your tutorial!!! It surely taught me a lot!!! I have a question BTW. What kind of brushes do you use the most and what tool do you use for blending colours??? The smudge tool , the blur tool or it all depends on what results you want??? 
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nakanoart Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2016
Yay! I'm glad it was helpful for you ^..^

I typically use one of the square-shaped paintbrushes that comes with Photoshop, and occasionally I use brushes from here: www.kylebrush.com To blend I use a soft brush and the eyedropper tool. I don't smudge too often, but when I do, I turn on the "scattering" option.
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Flandre026 Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2016  Hobbyist Filmographer
Awww , thank you so much for the useful tips!!! You're one of my greatest inspirations on this site :happybounce: 
Keep up the awesome work and I hope ya' recover quickly Huggle! 
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Caoscreator Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2016
Amazing color skill Nakano.
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Chiore98 Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2016
This is just amazing
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eKaptn Featured By Owner May 23, 2016  Student Photographer
SAVE ME INTENSIFIES 
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ItsMinosArt Featured By Owner May 23, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
nice....
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RagnorokIrons Featured By Owner May 23, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
Cute
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averageknight Featured By Owner May 23, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Darn it all. I can't help but think "Even the first stage alone is beautiful! HOW!?"
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animenotaizai Featured By Owner May 23, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
beautiful!!! *-*
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Painting1999PL Featured By Owner May 23, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I Like her eyes. :3
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Swifty-TheVagabond Featured By Owner May 23, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Nyaww... she needs to be petted and hugged. So cute! ^-^
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JigokuPie Featured By Owner May 23, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
She's mega cute/pretty =) really cool thanks for this tutorial!
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nakanoart Featured By Owner May 28, 2016
Thanks, and you're welcome! I hope it's useful for you ^..^
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JoshVita Featured By Owner May 23, 2016
Wow, this has helped me in no way since I don't make art! Although it was interesting to see the process. o:
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Intellart Featured By Owner May 22, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I love how you made this, its so amazing!!!
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Suez-H3 Featured By Owner May 22, 2016  Professional Interface Designer
:) Good art. :D
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Belikat Featured By Owner May 22, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
You did this on sai???
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:iconnakanoart:
nakanoart Featured By Owner May 22, 2016
I did this with pencil and Photoshop, but I'm sure you could do this with other programs like Sai and Manga Studio.
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usoutlaw Featured By Owner May 22, 2016
incredible
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Saphirone-Arnes Featured By Owner May 22, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
So pretty !

And those ears...
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Sandwolf5-2 Featured By Owner May 22, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
That is so cool. 
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anakure Featured By Owner May 22, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautiful work and process!
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TheDubstepAddict Featured By Owner May 22, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
:meow:
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SingingSeaShelle Featured By Owner May 22, 2016  Professional General Artist
I love this! "Shy" is one of my personal favorites from you, soooo cool to see how it came to life! Heart Heart Heart 
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JIMENOPOLIX Featured By Owner May 22, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful! :aww:
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GreyNeutralman Featured By Owner May 22, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
"Today on how they do it..."
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nerdynordy Featured By Owner May 22, 2016  Student General Artist
It's cool to see your progress. Looks awesome
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SassCannon Featured By Owner Edited May 22, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Such beautiful painted colors, wow. ;u;
I love the anatomy here as well, this is just so pretty! <3
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UltraMelU Featured By Owner May 22, 2016  Professional Interface Designer
I love the evolution lines :3
Thank you. Something like this is very very helpful.
Ah, and great work like all of your works.
I hope to see more of some step by step works. <3
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Allys4 Featured By Owner Edited May 22, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
*gonna study this for days* haha that's exactly what I was talking about, thank you! :-)

Edit: Omg I just now noticed it's your avatar!
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EkhartZet Featured By Owner May 22, 2016
EPIC!
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