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Starfire step by step by DeanGrayson Starfire step by step by DeanGrayson
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!


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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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?
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. :)
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.
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. ^^;
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.

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.
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! :)
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!
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.
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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