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Steps: Temple Ruins by arisuonpaa Steps: Temple Ruins by arisuonpaa
Here is the progress of my painting "Temple Ruins" [link].

I always start with a low resolution grayscale sketch, which I refine until I'm fairly satisfied with the values. Then I add the colors in a separate color layer and continue the painting in color. As you can see, there's been a lot of struggle with the composition, which was modified until the very last steps. Lots of time was spent on trying to find the optimal layout, but I think the effort paid off in the end.
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AuroraArt Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Amazing work! :wow:
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SpacePhoenix Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, y have u ruined the poor castle? It was amazing... but it's ruins are amazing as well XD
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Hilz-hs Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
you are amazing :D
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PetiteNe Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
OMRFG! AMAZING! ♥
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Imaginer-Fox Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
like.. how 8O

still.. even though its step by step… Its mind boggling *O*
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ChiliGarlic Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
super awesome! my brain is tryin to absorb what you put here and it feels like it's gonna explode x'))
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Gasy-Sandii Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm speechless, you are soo talented ! Thanks for the help !
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darkness815 Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ok, first, awesome piece. Second, do you have any tips for painting and layering? I have trouble repainting anything past the conceptional stage like you did with the bridge, cliff, and building. And also what kind of program, brushes, and settings did you use? I'm sorry if that's a bit much, but your work is amazing!
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arisuonpaa Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013
I'm not doing anything special with the layers. If there's an area to be repainted, I just paint it on a new layer and then toggle the visibility to compare with the old one. When I'm done the layer gets merged. Most of the time I'm using a brush that mimics the hard edged chal in Photoshop. I've pen pressure set as the opacity.
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Kilerden Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013  Student General Artist
I must say that I like the process more than the actual painting!

In picture #5 There are 2 young boys visiting that house on the hill.
And a few pictures down, there is one of the boys, now a bit older. With a dog.
So he must have lost his friend, and comes back with a trusty companion. Only to see the changes of the house.
And a few pictures later the decay.

Quite a interesting story!
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arisuonpaa Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013
Never thought of it that way :)
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Oukami-SuGo Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome!
I'm very jealous about your drawing talent ^^
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sonicgeek22 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
OH MY GOOSH!!!! THIS AWESOME!!!!
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:iconkabecao:
kabecao Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You always have a nice use of framed composition.
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thedream86 Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
It's fantastic to see how you work the image up from the initial grey scale. Very very cool.
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Kinetic-duet Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
It's interesting to see how much changed as you worked. Thanks for sharing!
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A-Harlot-Boo Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013
It's really beautiful ♥ I think. It reminds me of the castle in Beauty and the Beast....ya know, until the building practically dies. :/ The first panel is really cool I love the smudge-iness
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alisi4 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2013  Professional
ого
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ktrinlobo Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013
Wow! Fantastic! Thanks for share your process
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LadyMarmelade01 Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
WOW...
Must remember myself to learn and draw more....
Will be a long way...

Anyway your artwork is amazing...
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Cute-Heart Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013  Student General Artist
wow !
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Cheape Featured By Owner May 24, 2013
This is why I love this site. I just learned a bunch and remembered some Art school. Sometimes seeing the how ruins a piece, but sometimes it gives a greater appreciation.
Cheers!
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:iconzeinja:
zeinja Featured By Owner May 23, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Beautiful :D
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martianink Featured By Owner May 22, 2013
I assume you work in layers? If so, how many did you utilize in this piece?
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:iconarisuonpaa:
arisuonpaa Featured By Owner May 22, 2013
I try new things in a new layer, but later merge it when I'm happy with it. I'm trying to keep the number of layers below ten just to save memory when working with high resolution.
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Dusceja Featured By Owner May 22, 2013  Student General Artist
Wow, this is so beautiful!
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kksfriend1000 Featured By Owner May 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is so amazing!
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Meittimies Featured By Owner May 20, 2013  Student General Artist
Tai vaihtoehtoisesti se voi olla myös Minas Tirith aavikon reunalla, ja nuo oikeat muodot on jättiläishiekkamyrskyn ensimmäiset pilvet liikkumassa kaupunkia kohti.
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Meittimies Featured By Owner May 20, 2013  Student General Artist
Itseasiassa se on jämerä kuinka tuo ihan eka kompositio on vieläkin tosi mielenkiintoinen. Tee siitäkin vielä jotain. Tommonen kylä/raunio vetisen kanjonin kyljessä sumuisella yösäällä on potentiaalisesti tosi tunnelmallinen idea.
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Meittimies Featured By Owner May 20, 2013  Student General Artist
Horisonttiviiva meni aika rutkasti alaspäin tossa kakkosvaiheen kohdalla. Rantakaupunki hukkuneessa kanjonissa muuttui yhtäkkiä linnaksi korkean mäen huipulla. :D
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Ignis-bruno Featured By Owner May 19, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Epic transformation!
Great job :D
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starling16 Featured By Owner May 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much for this :)
I was amazed by how much it changed. I've learnt that once I sketch something out I should try to think of ways to improve it as I go along and not have to stick to it :)
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miyakies Featured By Owner May 19, 2013
can I have your skills please? :D
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Hackerfact Featured By Owner May 19, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Awesome ._.
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madhatter2k13 Featured By Owner May 18, 2013  Student
Absolutely gorgeous! I love seeing how the temple changed through your steps and how you do all your painting. Overall very nice :D
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Tama-goshi Featured By Owner May 18, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Stunning and beautiful as always!
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Zingam Featured By Owner May 18, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Please tell me. Is the grayscale image just a sketch or it is a finished base and you color over it? I am trying to finish a painting in grayscale and then add the color (as a color layer) but I cannot make to not look odd.
So is it impossible to finish a painting just as a color layer over a detailed grayscale layer?
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arisuonpaa Featured By Owner May 18, 2013
Yes, it was a color layer on top of the grayscale painting. It will look odd until you have enough hue variation, which requires lots of brush strokes on the color layer. Also keep in mind the temperature contrast (cold vs warm colors) when using the color layer.
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Zingam Featured By Owner May 18, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Do you merge the grayscale and color layers at some point and then you continue to paint in color only after that or you finish the details in grayscale + color layer?
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arisuonpaa Featured By Owner May 18, 2013
I continue with colors as soon as there's a decent coloring done with the color layer.
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CrossTheWorgie Featured By Owner May 17, 2013  Student General Artist
It's vety stunning with how you did this :33.
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yuman11 Featured By Owner May 17, 2013
awesome
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Gnome64 Featured By Owner May 17, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
The final picture seems too closed in...I think I started feeling that when you flipped it.

I don't mean to critique your picture, I'm just looking at it as a world I'd be in. If I were playing a videogame, the first 7 panels seem to imply a large world full of places to explore, but after that it seems to narrow things down too much. I'm starting to think It's just that huge tree on the right side of the painting.

Don't mind me, I just felt like something went wrong midway through. By no means am I saying that feeling was correct. :|

It's still a nice painting.
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arisuonpaa Featured By Owner May 17, 2013
Thanks, all the feedback is much appreciated.
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Gnome64 Featured By Owner May 18, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Thank you for receiving it. :]
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TheOneWhoLovesToEat Featured By Owner May 17, 2013  Student
1. Looked at the first step.
2. Looked at the last step.

@_@ MAH EYES
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Beeyonkuh Featured By Owner May 17, 2013
Lovely art, as always!
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Marconit Featured By Owner May 17, 2013  Student Interface Designer
The evolution is just amazing. Excellent work.
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Sorelliena Featured By Owner May 17, 2013   Digital Artist
D8

holy crap.

It was like... magical, to see step one to the final step. Thank you for sharing your process with us!
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Hetalia-Ivan-Russia Featured By Owner May 17, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
That is really cool, and nice work on the details and everything.
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