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Twilight Chill WIP Shots by Shadow-Wolf Twilight Chill WIP Shots by Shadow-Wolf
Ok, I promised I do WIP shots with explanations for this piece, so here it is! I used Prismacolor markers and acrylic paint for this. Contrary to popular belief, use very little colored pencil these days, and there is none in this piece.

Step 1
I used my lightbox to transfer my sketch to a piece of smooth bristol, using micron pens. I masked the edges of the piece off with artist's tape as well.

Step 2
Since this is a night/dusk lighting scenario, I start with a Mediterranean blue marker to block off shadow areas on the figure. Then using light tan and cornflower markers (lilac will also work) I shade over the blue areas to fully block in the shadows.

Step 3
Then I used the light tan and layered up the rest of the figure, dark umber and Mediterranean blue for the hair and nose, and clay rose, lilac and the same blue for the inside of the ears.

Step 4
Starting in on the trees now using the same Mediterranean blue to create the branches of the pine trees.

Step 5
It's important to use some of the same colors everywhere, so unify your color scheme. So here I use Lilac/Cornflower again on top of the blue.

Step 6
Trees are not purple (usually), so on top of this goes True Green. The lilac and blue colors underneath keep it cool enough that it still looks like dusk. The trees are still pretty light, but I'll address how to darken them up without ruining the color later.

Step 7
Holy cow, the sky! Using Salmon pink, Clay rose, Lilac and Light blue, I create a nice twilighty colored gradient for the sky. This usually takes a lot of layers, you'll want to put something behind your bristol so when the marker starts to leak through, it won't ruin whatever you have underneath it. I also started to block in the shadows for the building using the same colors/technique in step 2

Step 8
Using clay rose for the edges of the shadows (see where the color is a little warmer and darker before is hits the lit areas) and Sand, I flesh out the rest of the porch and side of the building.

Step 9
Scarf! =D

Step 10
Ok, here's where I ditched the markers and picked up the paint! I used a thin wash of Paynes grey and a teensy bit of dioxanine purple to darken the trees against the sky. I use this same wash color to darken the shadows on the building and porch, and a little on the figure as well. Then, mixing white, paynes grey, dioxanine purple and cobalt blue (creating a low light snow color) I start painting the snow on the pine trees.

Step 11
All the trees have snow on them!

Step 12
Using thin washes of white, I further define the steam coming off of the cup of tea/coffee/whathaveyou.

Final Step
The finished product! [link] Using an old toothbrush, I spatter some white paint on there to create the falling snow.

Feel free to ask any questions, hope you guys found this interesting!
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:iconmarieliz:
marieliz Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012  Student Artist
That so beautiful I could die,
I fail at coloring with marker and your so awesome at coloring your hands most be MAGICAL
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rujiidragon Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2012  Student General Artist
This tutorial is awesome.:) I have 2 questions. Whenever I use a wet media, like watercolor and even marker, I always have the paper warped and wrinkled during the process making it almost impossible to go back and cleanup my mistakes. What are some ways to prevent this?
Also do you have a tutorial on shading with color? (traditional and/or digital?)
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Shadow-Wolf Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I'm surprised you are having this issue with markers actually! What kind of paper are you using?

As for watercolor and paper buckling from that, I don't really work in watercolor so I'm not the one to ask. ^^;
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rujiidragon Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2012  Student General Artist
Smooth Bristol board I bought from an art store it is relitively thick. I've also tried acrilics and I also get a similar problem.
BTW what brushes do you prefer using with acrilics?
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Shadow-Wolf Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I'm not surprised your bristol board is buckling under acrylics, I'd honestly just upgrade to another material, such as illustration board or canvas. I like to use angular "American Painter" brushes because they are the perfect blend of stiff/soft bristles, cheap, and durable. I tend to abuse the crap out of mine when painting in acrylics, and they've stood the test of time for me.
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rujiidragon Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2012  Student General Artist
I also use canvas (both streched and unstretched) but it only looks good with paint only, and I tend to be very bad with just paint. I'll deffinetly look into geting illustation board. Also what sizes of brushes do you like to use?
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Shadow-Wolf Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
My standard sizes are 6 (for blocking things in), 4 (for refining) and 2 (for details).
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rujiidragon Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2012  Student General Artist
I'll make sure that I get plently of those sizes.

Thankyou very much for your time and info Shadow-Wolf.:) Your advice has already helped a ton!
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DragonFlame123 Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
It's beautiful!
I have a few questions
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Shadow-Wolf Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Feel free to ask!
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DragonFlame123 Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
When drawing the characters, do you first have to study the animals?
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Shadow-Wolf Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Of course! If you want to know how to draw anything, you have to know what it looks like first. So if I wanted to draw a jaguar, I'd look up a ton of photos of them, anatomy charts if I can find them, their bones and skeletons, and maybe even look up some behavioral info on them.
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DragonFlame123 Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Cool. And what about the shadows and bone structure of the face?
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Shadow-Wolf Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Bone structure falls under the previous answer. As for shadows and light, learning how to use them to make your subject look three dimensional is a matter of studying how real 3D objects are effected by light. This is a really great free overview of some of that information - [link]

And I recommend James Gurney's "Color and Light" book as well.
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DragonFlame123 Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Wow, I think that'll help me a lot. Thanks!
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Shadow-Wolf Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Glad I could help!
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atachi00 Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
waw it's really beautiful! :love:
but I still do not understand how you do all the degrading effect of this drawing ^^' :blushes:
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FaxeTheOutsider Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I Should seriously get Me some of that Lightbox thing!
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Ndoze1 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2011
soz where did u get them from
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Ndoze1 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2011
great
where do u get your colouring pens for?
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Suicide-and-Cocaine Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2010   Writer
always fasinatated and thrilled to see a step by step such as this and it is so kind of you, the artist to share such a thing with us, your fans =D
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chaoticwaltz Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, I've never thought of blending colours like this before.
Thank you so much for linking me to your tutorials!
Perhaps I'll be able to create better Marker art now :3
Even if I'm not using Prismacolour markers, hehe.
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Yachiru-Sohma Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2010
this some realy helpfull stuff. i don't use markers but it still helps ^^ thank u!
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ArchangelRobriel Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2009  Professional Artist
Absolutely lovely and fascinating to see your process. Thank you for putting this step by step up there. I would never have thought that you could achieve such masterful, elegant color with markers. Fantastic!
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itimebomb Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2009
What great advice! I do believe I found every single part of this majorly helpful.

But there's one thing I'm still slightly curious about. How do you get the fur texture, especially like on the shoulders, with only markers? I've always admired your ability to illustrate amazing fur textures. =3
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Shadow-Wolf Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
yikes, sorry for the late response! Well, I made a similar step-by-step that helps explain the process, if you're interested in seeing it: [link]

The process is similar with other fur colors as well. Start out by marking in the fur with darker markers, and color over it with the lighter colors. =3
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itimebomb Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2009
Awesome! Thank you kindly for the advise! =P
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Sofera Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I LOVE THIS!! Now if you could ustream... even better HAHAHA Always nice to see another artist WIP's!
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Shadow-Wolf Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
I wish I could, I don't have a camera with the capability help me stream... If I ever do something digitally, I'll try streaming that way though!
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SkiztheWolf Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
There is very good color theory going on in this drawing. C:
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Dragongryph Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2009
Way cool:D
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FiftyForty Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2009   Filmographer
That's really cool! Really helpful :)
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NoxNightstalker Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2009
awesome
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wolf-fae Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2009  Professional General Artist
bad ass!!!
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theassassinnox Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
Wow, what a great step by step. Your work is amazing my Dear. *hugs*
~Shadow
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MorbiusMonster Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2009
I'd love to be able to draw like that. I don't suppose you'd release a drawing guide or another cross-section would you?

I have only one drawing on deviant art, and I would really want to do so many more.

Anyway, seasons greetings (I'm not being too personal with this comment am I?)
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Shadow-Wolf Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Drawing is one of those things that comes with practice, and it's sort of hard to tell people how to do it. Most artists learn by observing things in life and nature, drawing from that, practicing and just getting better that way. So just go out there and draw! =) That's the way to go, you'll get better with practice.
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M2maFang Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2009
Whoa! That's really cool ^O^
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thaily Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2009
Educational!
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Shadow-Wolf Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Why thank you! =)
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jrrhack Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is awesome thanks!
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Tatchu Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Really helpful, and certainly a very interesting technique!
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Tarukai Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2009
Lotsa blue for the shading.
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Elvynne Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2009  Professional Interface Designer
This was such a fantastic help, I'm so amazed! This definitely helps so much of my work, and what in the world I'm doing with my traditional media X3!

Thank you so much! It was a pleasure to see the creation process. I will try this out and let you know how it goes! :)
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Shadow-Wolf Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks so much, I'm glad it could help! =)
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Elvynne Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2009  Professional Interface Designer
Oh you're welcome :3 :hug:
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Wandering-wolves Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This...is...FRIGGIN AWSOME!!!I can learn so much from this!!!

Question though,is copic marker any different from prismacolour markers?
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Shadow-Wolf Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
There is a difference, but they are both solvent based markers. Some people say copics don't smell as much, but they make me pretty nauseous as soon as I open them. They also bleed a lot more, so they cover more area with less strokes. I personally prefer prismas for many reasons, but I bought markers of several different brands to test before choosing which brand to go with.
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Wandering-wolves Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I already bought copic on my sis's recomendation...but...I've gotten so used to the smell,that I almost don't smell it!And damn,they were expensive...How are prisma better than copic in terms of art?
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Shadow-Wolf Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
I don't think they are better, I just prefer them. I like that they don't bleed as much, so I have tighter control to make textures like fur and other details. They don't make me sick like copics too, that's another reason why I chose them. I also like the nib shapes a lot. Plus prismas are available in a lot more places to buy. =3
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