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King Kardagg by Themrock King Kardagg by Themrock
I´m not good in digital painting.
I try to get better.

One of my first photoshop coloring tests.
And i don´t feel comfortable with it. I don´t feel "pain" but it´s not my medium now. I try to get into it and to find someone who will teach me.

The character is an veeeery Old one. When i was 15 i had a concept that reminded of Moby Dick just with a Sea monster instead of a whale and Captain Ahab was this guy.

Now i will use his design for my Themrock world. Maybe as a king. Still no new name.


EDIT: I finished it finally in a way where my traditonal heart got satidfaction
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:iconego-trap-graphics:
Ego-Trap-graphics Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2007
Interesting work.
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TechLoveAffair Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2007
I love it, freakin awesome color job!

:+favlove:
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robinmitchell Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2007
crazy F'in cool!!
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:iconthemrock:
Themrock Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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:iconchanny:
Channy Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2007
it needs more contrast and introduce a base color
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:iconkthxplz:
kthxplz Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2007  Professional Filmographer
It seems your traditional colouring skills translated well into the digital realm. Not too much crit I can give on your technique at all, I'd have been fooled into thinking it was another of your traditionals if I didn't look closely or hadn't read the description. Then again, some of the crit others have given is good, too. It's not like I'm very talented with colouring in the first place to be talking. xD;
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Yelled Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2007
I really think u improved it! great stuff man
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5k3TsCh Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2007  Professional
ich finde es super genau mein ding :)
nur weiter so ;)

hast du dich schon mal an Painter versucht ???
manche meinen es sei besser zum colorieren vielleicht ist das ja auch was für dich

gruß

marek
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MissMatzenbatzen Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2007
Sieht cool aus, die Type!
Zu Kritik: Insgesamt wirkt es noch recht cell-shadingmassig. Das Könnte eventuell an den Outlines liegen, probier doch mal, über der Outline-Ebene zu malen und outlines durch andeinanderstossende Flächen zu ersetzen. malen ist scheiss-schwer, ich find, es sieht hier aber schon ganz gut aus.
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:iconthemrock:
Themrock Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Ohne outline fühlen sich meine Figuren so nackt an.
Zumindest geht es mir so als inker.
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:iconkbrandt:
kbrandt Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2007
It really has some traditional-art-feel to it, which is good. :)
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:iconkinkei:
kinkei Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
its very good. :)
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danedinodance Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2007
I think this is wonderful. You did a good job if this is a try. Just keep practicing and your sure to become better. ☺
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BombshellBoy Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
Wow, his face is so... I dunno, intriguing? It's very fun to look at, I quite enjoy it. :) And the colors look really nice, especially the lighting on his skin.

:heart:
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:iconthemrock:
Themrock Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
He´s a cannibal :D
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:iconbombshellboy:
BombshellBoy Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
All the better! :D
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Makinita Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
thats some very gay hair but hey all king hairs are gay
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:iconimperiusunforgivable:
You're doing fine. Honestly, digital stuff is the best when you can't tell it's digital. Unless you're doing like, vector work, just aim to make it look exactly like your traditional stuff. :)
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:iconzimeta:
Zimeta Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It looks really good! I can't wait to see more of this sort.

And, I want to know more about this character! :D
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:iconthemrock:
Themrock Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
He´s a very sinister king. He is the king of the humanoid creatures and has a war with the Spider King (Araniella´s father) who gets killed by General Olodi.

But he will be fooled by the evil 3rd King named Monizrak, a slime mushroom monster.
The bad guy who needs Nymph wood to create a armor to get invulnerable.
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:iconzimeta:
Zimeta Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Gosh, your story sounds so good! :hug:
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:iconthemrock:
Themrock Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Another fact. Humans are stupid and voted a cannibal to their king (Karnagg).
So the humanoids are splitted the ones who follow Karnagg or the ones who live in the nature and created their own politic system.
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:iconzimeta:
Zimeta Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're just so creative! :D
Please publish this story so I can read it!
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Dezrok Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2007
Extremely good work here Dirk, especially the face, the detail is extraordinary.
But I think some more texture and depth on the hair would perfect it.
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:iconwity:
wity Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2007
dude for digital coloring thats very natural looking dont change the style its great
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:iconyelled:
Yelled Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2007
first of, it's not that bad :)
if u want to learn, u may want to check out:
[link]

and his DA page
[link]

good luck
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WesleyRiot Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2007  Professional Filmographer
that's actually really good. if you're "not good" in digital painting then i'm terrified of seeing someone who is! lol
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Trouble-Gum Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2007
its good i cant see alot of mistakes ;) keep it up ..
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Zito-is-Neato Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
Thats some funky fresh hair coloring my friend. Joking aside, the coloration almost looks like it was a tradtional piece of artwork, just finetuned on photoshop a tab so the edges are clean. I really don't have musch negitivity for this piece but if you'd like I can share with you a photoshop script that allows you to take black and white line and add seperate lighting layers along with a backdrop for adding color under the lineart. Art college pays off some times right? *shurg* The only downside to this is that the process is a wee bit time consuming, and has a steep learning curve. I'm just throwing this out there to see if you would like to experiment with it. (Apprently it's a frequently used color process in DC so says my teacher Andy Pearlmen.)

Other then that I think your coloration in the piece was veyr broad, and it looks like you did fine to me with what you've been doing so far.
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Buuya Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2007   Digital Artist
wow, this is pretty damn good for someone who doesn't digital paint :D

I'd suggest working with building up the features more... use soft, opaque brushes to "shape" the different elements of the face, and always remember that layers can be your best friend :) Blending options and layer options (hard light, colour dodge, etc.) can give you some great effects without being cheesy.

Anyway, beautiful! The colours are just gorgeous :love: And I like the touch of a human hand left behind here... gives it character.
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Makinita Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
teh skin looks nice
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gellnerism Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2007
there you go...
[link]
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okavango Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2007
i thinkthe skin tones are great, it's just the hair doesn't quite have any depth in color or shading.

good photoshop painters who have tutorials are gunnerromantic: [link] and Aaron Goddard: [link] Aaron might still have his color tutorial up, but he might not. he hasn't updated his site at all in the last year.
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okavango Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2007
woa, much better there! very nice hair!
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gellnerism Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2007
ill write in english so noone feels left out.
i like the picture from the choice of color and overall style. but since i have a draftsman background, such as yourself, and try to get into painting, such as yourself, i think i know which mistake you are doing right now. at the moment, you stick to your tight lineart and just fill in with some colors in a more or less cell shading style.

try to do a very sketchy drawing and try to build your form layer by layer and think more about shapes than about lineart.

janashi and lolita art posted some work throughs i think. check em out.
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gothicmadness Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2007
I think giving more depth to the hair would help.

Otherwise, this is great.
Excellent colors, and the skin seems almost tangible.
:D
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fubumeru Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2007
Da ich es selbst nicht besser hinbekommen würde kann ich dir leider nicht viel helfen. Es setzt für deine erste Coloration schon die Messlatte ziehmlich hoch. Und bei deinem Fleiß ist es auch nur eine Frage der Zeit bis du's gekonnt einsetzen kannst.
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vern-argh Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2007  Professional Filmographer
The skin looks pretty damn good to me, but the hair is a bit dodgy and a bit too "plain". Can't really give you any good advice, as I'm not good with digital painting at all. :<

Did you use some texture on the skin or how did you make it look so... alive?
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:iconthemrock:
Themrock Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
I used a texture for the skin :)

I work a bit on the hair, but was to lazy going into details today.
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Rita-Ria Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
hey looks cool
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:iconzimeta:
Zimeta Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The colors you chose for this character are really cool!

I really don't see any problems with the picture. :0
AllI can say is that when I color, I set the brush at 10% flow and just work in the shadows as dark as it will go. That way the lighter parts ';pop' more. :nod:

Considering my paintings aren't very good... I wouldn't listen to me, though. :lol:

One of the best ways to learn is to observe other people's paintings, naturally :3
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:iconimperiusunforgivable:
:iconchanny: is right about everything. :D

I personally would suggest trying to work as close to how you work traditionally as possible. This is something I have trouble with but I see the best painters doing. Experiment with creating your own brushes (there should be a "brushes" toolbar in the upper right) and get one that you like and save it. Definitely no dodge and burn, that's been mentioned before.

It's cheaper, but personally I use a *ton* of layers and layer styles. A lot of people discourage this while others say to put EVERYTHING on its own layer, so that's really up to you.
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jungleVIP Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2007
i love the colour combo.
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fusspot Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
For a test, I'd say this is actually pretty darned good. I like that you're able to take your work into the digital realm without losing any of what makes it your style.

~Channy is right about dodge and burn. It's a tool that's best reserved for digital photography and only serves as a detriment to people learning the program as it hinders their color theory skills. But you've got so much experience with coloring with traditional techniques that I doubt you'll have little trouble picking up Photoshop. It's mainly a matter of practice, and perhaps taking a gander at a tutorial or three.
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Channy Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2007
hey thanks for the watch. I hope you can get something outta my gallery. and like i said, any questions feel free to ask. I'm not uber popular on DA so I got all the time in the world helping people who deserve it.
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Channy Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2007
hey thanks for the watch. I hope you can get something outta my gallery. and like i said, any questions feel free to ask. I'm not uber popular on DA so I got all the time in the world helping people who deserve it.
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:iconthemrock:
Themrock Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
I´m checking digital artists and i consider some of your works as reference to find out how you work. I will not copy a style just wann understand the work.
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:iconchanny:
Channy Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2007
nooo, don't worry about me worrying about you copying my style. Hell, i've used you as a reference;)

btw, I post here now, i've actually gotten some real feedback here: [link]
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:iconchanny:
Channy Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2007
LOL, welcome to DA, where our best crits consist of "awsome job!!!!" "you can do no wrong!!" "even though i'm a better artist than you, i still wont help you out!!"
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:iconthemrock:
Themrock Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Indeed not the best place, but i also have not the time to jump on every forum or finding new ones to get info.
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