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Worked on this via Photoshop CS3.
Total work time for Starfire was about 16 hours.



If you have any questions, just drop 'em below. I'll try my best to help you out!

-Dean



Note: This isn't how I do every single picture, but the basics are in there. (Draft, draft 2, lineart, shade, color, sign.) :)

I should also say that this is not a deviation giving people permission to recreate this piece. Please go forth and create your own arts! Good luck!
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tomytieneblas74 Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Very handy, thanks !
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SushiAutumn Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I just installed photoshop cs3 on my computer but I find it very confusing to use the paintbrush tool or the pencil they just make single lines? It's very awkward is there any way I can fix this?
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DeanGrayson Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
That's what the brush tool does naturally. I'm not sure what you're looking for, but if you'd like a painting tool that actually draws like a real paint brush, I recommend doing a search for downloadable brushes here on DA. There's tons of them everywhere. If that's not what you meant though, feel free to let me know. I'll do my best to steer you in the proper direction. :)
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SushiAutumn Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for your help.
I have sort of a trial version, Photoshop Elements but one of my good friends gave me Cs3 and there's so many programs on it, I'm just really confused.
For art, would you use Adobe Illustrator? That seems pretty obvious right?
I know how to download brushes, but the tutorials I looked up aren't really helping me add them to the brush library. Mostly because they say my downloaded files are the wrong format?

Thanks again for your help.
-Autumn
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DeanGrayson Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I've never used illustrator because I've never had a need to use anything other than photoshop personally. I can't say for sure if AI is any good.
Any files that you download can be opened manually through photoshop's brush details. I'm sure you can just drop 'em into your photoshop program file's brush folder, though I've never had the need to use anything aside from the standard brushes that PScs3 comes with.
I'm probably not much help to be honest. Maybe someone offering downloadable brushes can be of more assistance. ^^;
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SushiAutumn Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
It's alright, I know how to download and pull up brushes on my Photoshop Express. I think I'll just use that for now, because the 'Adobe Photoshop' I was supposedly given gives me "Adobe Designer Premium CS3" and I have no idea how to use any of the programs.

I SHALL STICK WITH THE EL CHEAPO THAT CAME WITH MY TABLET.
But thank you for your assistance.
Also, the comic you're making peaked my interest.
But I have no idea where to find it so that I may read. :B
Is it a web comic? Or a paper back.
@_______@
The mysteries of the internet elude me.
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DeanGrayson Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Oh haha, Relic Chasers is still a work in progress. When I do release it, I'll harp on and on about it here in my journal and on tumblr. I want to make it into a paperback series, but it'll probably end up as just a webcomic. I'm happy that you're interested though! It makes me so happy to know that a few people are waiting for me to stop procrastinating. XD

Good luck with your photoshopping! :)
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SushiAutumn Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks. Relic Chasers was the title I was looking for. I just couldn't grasp it. Haha, I'm actually doodling a little right now.

My friend and I are collaborating on a semi-superhero story fondly nicknamed 'The Defenders' for now. (Because we both suck at titles)
It's about a group of young adults who harness the powers of the Zodiac. But I believe there are only five or six actual heroes. The other half of the zodiac are villains or petty criminals.
I did all the character design haha.

Have fun with your webcomic/comic to be!
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DeanGrayson Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
The Defenders is a good title! Easy to remember and it sounds strong! :)
Aaaah, I would love to read that. You promise to let me know when it comes out, okay!
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DoodleMaus Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Student General Artist
Coming from someone who had to learn everything on her own for 10+ years it's great to see a tutorial this good. Thank you for this.
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DeanGrayson Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Oh gosh, I hear you. I'm really glad you like the tutorial! I hope I can continue to inspire the people around me since I'm inspired by others so often myself. :)
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pinkbuddy36 Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Very helpful! Thank you so much! I was just wondering, how long does it usually take you to create something like this?
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DeanGrayson Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
If you're talking about the tutorial, maybe an hour? But the actual Starfire piece took around 14-16 hours. A lot of TLC went into that one. :)
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Sandrahl721 Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012
I LOVE the lil chibi Dean. (@-@) His expressions are the best!
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DeanGrayson Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Big siiiis. You like my stylish new laser eyes? XD
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Keali Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Helpful AND humorous. The perfect tutorial. <3
(No seriously, the comedy helped me pay attention.)

Thanks for sharing and Starfire looks amazing, digging her pose. ;3 Love how you drew her hair! It looks really hot- Erm, I mean as in tempurature- n-not as in- well, Starfire is pretty hot too but- *Digs herself into a ditch.*
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DeanGrayson Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I know what you mean! I always click away from tutorials because I'm easily bored, so I'm glad the chibies were entertaining! :D
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Inuko913 Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012
I want your artistic skills because of reasons...
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DeanGrayson Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
You want to make your own porn. Admit it, mister. XD
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Inuko913 Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012
....You know too much....but that's okay...for now. PFFT XD
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marbellisima Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012
Thank you for sharing this! I'd love to try out these steps next time I'm drawing 8D
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DeanGrayson Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
No problem! Good luck!
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KarolinaSkaUniverse Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012
Awesome :) too bad that I still don't understand this! My art has no arms or legs! Lol
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DeanGrayson Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Oh man, you gotta know photoshop basics first I think. XD
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KarolinaSkaUniverse Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012
I think you're absolutely right! I should devote some time to those tutorials huh
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TheNewMichaelangelo Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012
That's really good I love it!
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DeanGrayson Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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Psychotic-Mayhem Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Student
That's hot ;D
Hahaha.
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DeanGrayson Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Oh gosh, thanks!
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doodlemaniac2 Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Hobbyist
This is amazing!! Do you have any tutorials of Robin or Raven?
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DeanGrayson Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much!
No, I don't. But know that this wasn't really a tutorial on how to draw a character, but more to just show what my personal drawing process is like. ^^
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doodlemaniac2 Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Hobbyist
Oh, that's cool and your style is awesome!!
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DejayVegas Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is really nice <3
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DeanGrayson Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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DejayVegas Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Welcomeee
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KingVego Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you. I find this to be amazingly useful since i just started doing allot of digital art and im way out of my comfort zone. Iv always bin a "traditional art" kind of guy but this is going to help with my digital art for sure.
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DeanGrayson Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Well, I hope you have lots of fun dipping your toes into the new medium!
Don't limit your research to just this one tutorial though. There's loads more experienced artists out there, so dig around Deviantart and soak up the knowledge! Good luck! :)
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KingVego Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thank you
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BetahimeTsukiko Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012
I luuuurrrrvvvvv you!!! This was so awesome and really helpful, even if I prefer traditional mediums the shading examples can be applied to my type of medium. Also, your chibis!!!!!! ^A^
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DeanGrayson Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Ah! I'm glad you like it! Good luck, Beta!
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BetahimeTsukiko Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012
I'm thinking of stooping to the level of making my oc a superhero- what do you think? Too cliche?
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DeanGrayson Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
It's your OC, so you can do whatever you like with them, silly! Not cliche! I have LOADS of superhero OC's!
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BetahimeTsukiko Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012
Thank you! I feel way less stupid about the idea now. ^_^
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BetahimeTsukiko Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012
Thankies!!!
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Howdy, sorry to bother you with a more than likely "stupid" question, but I'm very NOOB-TASTIC when it comes to drawing art. But at that same time, I'd like to be able to draw so I can draw my characters and not have to commission someone to do it.
Not that I'm against artists making money, I have a huge list of artists I'd love to commission...but working a part time job....yeah x_x;

Anywho, should a scrub of an artist like myself even bother with getting a tablet, even if they're just plain awful at drawing?

And thanks for your time for even just reading this; I know I spend at least an hour LOOKING at pictures, let alone reading comments too lol
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DeanGrayson Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Aw, Knight. You don't need to be ashamed of being new to something. Being new means you get to learn, and learning is both terrifying and exciting! And don't worry your head off about not being able to commission other people. The power of creation is a lovely thing and the best quality about it is that everyone has the right to do it.

I actually DO recommend that you buy yourself a tablet. I've been using a tablet for years now and I don't regret the investment in the least. I also recommend that you buy a large one for less scrolling around the page, but if you're more into portability, go for a small one, like the 'Wacom Bamboo Fun'. (Which is less expensive by the way!)
Oh, and just a heads up, you tablet won't diminish your drawing skills or make them instantly better. However you draw on paper is how you'll draw on the computer. I also recommend that you install Photoshop, Sai, Corel Painter, or GIMP. These are the best drawing programs. :)

I don't mind replying at all! I wish I'd had a more experienced artist to show me the ropes when I was still new to DA, so I try my best to help out new artists as much as I can. Maybe they will pay it forward to new artists in a few years as well. :)
Good luck!!
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:iconthe-ephemeral-knight:
>_<! I always read these things late Q(T^T)

But thank you so much for your advice.
And I'll definitely be sure to pay it forward....well if I ever shoot past this invisible cieling =)
Have a good one ^_^!!
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leoryff Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012
But your head is so roomy and spacious. Or maybe it's just the lighting.
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DeanGrayson Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
No, you're right. My noggin is like the Tardis. ^^
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