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PROCESS: Way Back Home by Raayzel PROCESS: Way Back Home by Raayzel
WARNING: HUGE FILE (Fullsize to see it clearer)Process/Walkthrough for my recent artwork - [link]

Ah, first of all, i'd really like to thank you for the overwhelming feedback this piece got! It really brightened my day/night lol :hug:

Please note that this is just how I did things for this piece, there's no right or wrong way to do things and this piece is def not flawless~

//DEEP BREATH
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The brushes I usually use are – the chalk brush, hard round brush set on usually 70% opacity and the airbrush. For the plants and all I used was the hard round brush, which I put on ‘scatter’ and foliage brushes, which you can find by searching ‘foliage brush’ on DA, I forgot the link! /OTL
The original size of this was about 2500x2000.

1. Just sketching what I had imagined in my mind. I was originally going to use a different composition, but I figured it might be too boring and simple, so I went with a different one

2. When I draw bgs, I don’t properly line everything cause I tend to change my mind a lot, so most lines I draw end up useless. Here I just lined the shrine gates, sketched the girl and quickly put in some colour. As you can see, the initial colour is very…..dull lmao

3. Sorry for the jump! I tend to work in chunks where I finish section by section. Here I finished the shrine gates, using purple to shade and orange to highlight. Added a bit of moss on them as well. Started on the grass as well and the branches. On the grass I used a blue/green colour, I didn’t want to make it to green because I planned to have the background blue. Also added some flowers..because I just felt like it lol.

4. Adding more detail to the grass. Also highlighted the gates this time with cyan/blue, because I planned to have water underneath them.

5. Started to draw in some cherry blossoms, using a foliage brush. Highlighted the branches with cyan and added specks of different colors to make them look less boring. Added a blue background which is meant to be the universe later on XD

6. Added more detail to the grassy area. Basically I imagined light coming from the left hand side of the image, so I decided to paint the grass as an intense shade of green..cause that’s where I think the light will hit. To do the water effect, basically I just drew in white ripples near the long grasses, highlighted some areas with white, which I set on around 60% opacity and used an overlay layer to airbrush some blue over the area. Added more detail to the cherry blossoms and drew in the some small purple dots with a hard round brush set on ‘scatter’.

7. Drew the bridge with the line tool. Also erased some of the cherry blossoms cause it looked weird.

8. Lined the girl and coloured her in SAI. I tend to CG people in SAI but I use photoshop for backgrounds/scenery and for tweaking the final image. Added her to the background and as you can see…that is one ugly cut on the end of her dress lol.

9. I blended the girls dress in by drawing ripples around and on it. Drew in the whale, I wanted to make it look a bit ethereal so I lowered the opacity. Also added some koi in the water (//cough copyandpasteandtransform).

10. Used the overlay layer to brighten light source with some orange and yellow. Used soft light layer and airbrushed the edges of the bridge with orange to make it look red/purple. Tweaked colours with levels and brightness/contrast. Then sharpened. Finished by shrinking it down by 33% LMAO

I actually did not intend to have this piece to have all the colours of the spectrum..but then it just happened ...

Whew, this is like telling a recount back in kindergarten lol…I congratulate you for reading that huge wall of text. From this chunk of text, it is can be concluded that my favourite words are added, drew, also and lol. Goodbye.
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:icontara137:
tara137 Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2014
amazing:) 
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Tsukisuki-chama Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2014  Student General Artist
I love the color---it's so--beautiful... :iconlazypoolplz:
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:iconapplebrook:
appleBRooK Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Student Digital Artist
wow
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AngelicsMana Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
how did you do the trees????? :iconpapcryplz:
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:iconraayzel:
Raayzel Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012
I didn't really do them though lol, i just painted the leaves/bushes with a hard round brush set on spacing/scatter in ps >U<
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:iconangelicsmana:
AngelicsMana Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
ahhh so you set up a new custom brush yourself?
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:iconraayzel:
Raayzel Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012
Yup pretty much, and i also used some foliage brushes i found on DA ^^
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:iconangelicsmana:
AngelicsMana Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
ohh ok thanks ovob
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:iconnagu-chan:
nagu-chan Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012
amazing!
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:iconlittletribe:
LittleTribe Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012  Student Artist
How long did it took you to make this drawing?
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:iconraayzel:
Raayzel Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012
4 days on and off ^^
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:iconnoorhenry:
noorhenry Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012
amazing :hug:
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:iconshioryu:
shioryu Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So beautiful :love:
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ReneeDeLaGee Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
aaah that's so cool
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YaraFerreira Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for posting! It gives me a good idea for how begin digital paintings! =D
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:iconraayzel:
Raayzel Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012
No problem, glad its somewhat helpful ^O^/
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Nekokissa Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ugh why are you so perfect ♥ I look at this and Im torn between thinking thats totally do-able
and then thinking about actually doing it and it being impossible :x
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KawaiiKittyKatz Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
OH MY GOSH!!!! You Awesome O.o :worship::iconcoolguyplz:
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uchuubranko Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012  Student General Artist
but...Every single one looks so gorgeous!! :icony-u-notearplz: and from 2 to 3 it's like that magical "poof!" and wonderful tones appeared. :heart:
I'll say it thousand times...;w; GORGEOUS WORK! :love:
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:iconraayzel:
Raayzel Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012
ahaha thank you! :') LOL it's not really magic, just bullcrapping most of the time XD
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:iconcalgarc:
calgarc Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012  Professional Artist
fantastic colours
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:icontikeo:
tikeo Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012
Nice. Looks so beautiful.
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:iconchloeisabunny:
ChloeIsABunny Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012  Student General Artist
you are incredible. <3
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:iconraayzel:
Raayzel Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012
ahhh t-thank you! //bows m(___)m
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:iconchloeisabunny:
ChloeIsABunny Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012  Student General Artist
<3
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:iconlimbothedonkey:
limbothedonkey Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
dang it! meant 2/1 XD
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:iconraayzel:
Raayzel Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012
ah if you meant step 2 is overlapped, sorry~! i only noticed that after i posted it >O<
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:iconlimbothedonkey:
limbothedonkey Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
i think you skipped over step 1/2 XD

beautiful picture though ;A;
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missIdiosyncratic Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012
thats amazing. Its impossible for me to go from step 2 to step 3.
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:iconnarurinya:
Narurinya Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I DEMAND A FULL TIME PRIVATE BACKGROUND LESSON FROM YOU :iconlazeplz:

just seeing this beauty is making me -- :iconhnnghplz:
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:iconraayzel:
Raayzel Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012
LMAO you don't need a lesson from me! You're backgrounds are already pro :iconasdfghplz:
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:iconnarurinya:
Narurinya Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
what pro :iconsrapplz: c'mon, you and me in private lesson :iconlazeplz: *hint hint*
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serapunch Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
WOOOOOOHHH!! THANKYOU SO MUCH FOR THIS AND THE EXPLANATIONS RAZEL-BBY!
shall use this as my life guidance now TuT)\ fufufufuu
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:iconraayzel:
Raayzel Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012
hahaha no problem bb :iconkissingplz:
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:icondarkcat13:
Darkcat13 Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012  Student Digital Artist
QAQ this is to amazing for my eyes
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:iconkirei69:
kirei69 Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012
Wow... Just... wow *.*
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:iconcardinal4:
Cardinal4 Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, the background seriously changed a lot! It definitely looked the better for the change. :D
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:iconlisajong2:
lisajong2 Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
amazing!:wow:
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:iconblizzardlizard:
BlizzardLizard Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012  Student Digital Artist
This is stunning ! Those colors ♥
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angelgab899 Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2012
This is really amazinng. ADFGHDHAKVFBNSLURGTWKBERUGUUDRYELVHXJRY. You are such an amazing artist. How long did this take?
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:iconraayzel:
Raayzel Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012
haha thank you ^^ It took me around a few hours each day, for about 4 days.
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angelgab899 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012
OMG. Wow, it's amazing that you have such devotion to your work. The colors in this piece were amazing. They literally almost blew me away. This is definitely one of the best pieces of artwork I have ever seen in my life. Please, do not hesitate to make more of these. I am eagerly waiting :)
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Raayzel Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012
Oh thank you very much! hehe, i'll try my best to do so! ^U^
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angelgab899 Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012
GREAT!
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Aki95 Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2012
:iconasdfghplz: The details and colours are so asdfjhjklnjklasd awesome!!:iconcannotevenplz::iconletmehugyouplz:
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:iconraayzel:
Raayzel Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2012
haha thank you! :love:
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EnchantedLavender Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
How long did it take you to finish this?
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:iconraayzel:
Raayzel Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2012
About 4 days on and off :')
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EnchantedLavender Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Lol, I think I learned my lesson: great art comes with time. I always rush my work so it look like a beginner did them. Now I know its okay to breathe and slow down :D Thanks for such a great piece, keep it up!
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