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Making of Zombie Bunnies by Ry-Spirit Making of Zombie Bunnies by Ry-Spirit
1. Like most of my work I start off with a very rough outline of where everything is going to happen, I usually worry about the details later and just care most about the composition, especially when the composition for this work is more complicated than my usual ones, if things look weird and you don't know what is wrong, flip the image and fix it, then flip it back, I find that very helpful to see where I have gone wrong, remember that if you flip your image and it still looks alright, it means that you are on the right track. I sometimes use arrows to give myself a conceptual base idea of where I want things to flow. Remember knowing where everything is going happen is a very important step, because you might do lots of work on the details after only to realise you do not like it in the first place, so make sure you are happy with the beginning before moving on, it will safe you time for changes later.

2. Then I would add a basic shading to the overall artwork as well as a multiply layer of color. As you can see, I initially wanted this picture to be set during the day so that more details can be seen, or so I thought...

3. But after careful consideration I realised having the event set in the night might be more suitable, I also came to realise that setting the artwork at night time may not neccesory mean that everything will be pitch black at all. Also this is the step where I would usually start adding massive amounts of details and fixing up. Zooming in on parts of the artwork and working on it, is highly recommended.

4. After fixing the artwork abit more it is the time to add some lighting effect, it is so much more fun to add the lighting effects in artworks based in night time because it is just so beautiful to look at. I have also added little easter eggs to the artwork, can you spot them? Things like the man's T shirt, what the signs says etc. Oh yeah also on the last step I would use an unsharp mask on the artwork to make everything a little more crisp.

Final artwork can be seen here [link] Please favorite if you like it:D
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orion-hunter Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Vorpal Bunny on the loose...

I really like your style, it looks painterly and realistic, especially the textures.
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Sm-fan21 Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2011
for some reason it reminds me of that 1980's movie"critters"
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Baconizeme Featured By Owner May 14, 2010
this is so cool it reminds me of Monty Python and the Holy Grail lol
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haohaohayashi Featured By Owner May 2, 2010
huh. interesting. do you use a wacom?
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Goottipoju Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2010  Student Digital Artist
This was extremely helpful! Thank you :D
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XXXXwitlee Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2010  Student Digital Artist
it reminds me of gaia...
if you know what i mean.. =3=
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LuisaRafidi Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2010
Oh, someone else has already asked that. Sorry :)
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LuisaRafidi Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2010
May I ask what brush you used, at what opacity, flow, and if 'other dynamics' were on? If you used Photoshop, that is.
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TheDementedFreakShow Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2010
I very much enjoy the final picture along with the steps involved. I had a question at step 3. Did you use the multiply layer to color everything? Also, I was interested at what brush settings were you using?
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Ry-Spirit Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
ah i only used multiply for step 2, then i merged the image from step 2 and just colored over them with colors and lines, reason being there are certain parts of the image I did not want the original lines to be seen, like the white fur that reflects the light, if i had multiply on, then there would be a thick ugly black line around the soft white fur.

The brush settings i usually have it at around 40% opacity solid circular brush with pen pressure on for both stroke size and darkness
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LuisaRafidi Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2010
So you leave 'shape dynamics' and 'other dynamics' on? But how do you manage to still give it some texture and not make everything looks like plastic and unnatural?
Usually when I leave 'other dynamics' on everything blends too much and it looks ugly.
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Ry-Spirit Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
mm about the texture, it might have to do with the way I use my graphic tablet, I ain't sure if I am doing it right but it gives it more life and more freedom, I try not to do too many strokes but lots of dots to form a line or something. Like if you see me with a tablet drawing, I would be like constantly tapping the board XD. in order to keep the little circular texture effect on the artwork. you know what I mean? then I would refine it later to make some parts less textury or rough.

The texture part starts at stage 3 of this tutorial.
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LuisaRafidi Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2010
Oh, that's very interesting! I shall try this out sometime. After learning you turned 'shape dynamics' and 'other dynamics' on, I made this [link] Hehe.
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Ry-Spirit Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
thats looking very good so far, and you see how you got those lines in the middle thats very visible? I would turn my brush size up/solid/maybe 40%? and start dotting away to give it texture. there's probably easier way to add texture. like have a gradient image and just add a texture or somthing.. but I wanted to feel every stroke (No jokes please) and every touch on the artwork thats why.
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LuisaRafidi Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2010
You're talking about that green drawing on the piggy, with black outlines? If so, I left those black lines because the actual piggy bank (yeah, I have a piggy bank like that) had that little drawing on it. But I sure will try the dots texture on my next picture!
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:iconthedementedfreakshow:
Ah very cool. Thanks. I was wondering how to get the brush settings just right... I can't believe I didn't figure it out on my own, its so simple lol.
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Albrecht-Smuten Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2010
This is probably the best basic digipainting tutorial I read so far... gave me a lot, thanks very much =)
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theCHAMBA Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2009
great to see how you go about it.
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:iconry-spirit:
Ry-Spirit Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
I may change a few steps in the future, like maybe making my line work look less like its drawn by a 5 years old.
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theCHAMBA Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2009
aint nothing wrong w/ improving on steps etc.
it's all good
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Ry-Spirit Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks Chamba;) I will continue to try and improve
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airwalkinman Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome Concept, it's most certainly creative thats for sure. Great Work.
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Ry-Spirit Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
thanks:D
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Margyann Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow you are awesome O_O lol
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Ry-Spirit Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
thanks, but i disagreeXD there are so many people who are better
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Heavens-snow Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I have a question 'cause I never understood the tool/term "multiply layer". I've seen it, I just don't know what exactly it does or it's main advantage. If you could explain it, I would certainly appreciate it. :3 Please and thank you.
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Ry-Spirit Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
its in the layers option, choose multiply (make sure you have a new layer, or it wont work), mmm how do i explain this, imagine if you are coloring a color in book with black outlines already on it, and then you use a color marker to color over it, the color will not cover the black line right? Because it is not paint, it is a color marker:D so meaning the black outlines on the paper will still be here. If you don't have multiply on, it will be just like a normal painting where the paint can cover the black line. Hope that makes sense... maybe use youtube, a visual understanding is much easier than written words. Multiply is good because you can keep the original black outlines etc.
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pocketme Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2009
The second pic with the shading is my second favorite of all four. ;A; This must have taken you a long time. There's so much detail.. and so much going on!
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Ry-Spirit Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
haha ok.. thats interesting, the second pic is very unfinished
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