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Sakura Process by Robaato Sakura Process by Robaato
How This Was Done in an Hour:

Sketch Stage: Takes no longer than 10 minutes. I quickly plot down shapes and then sculpt and check proportions. As you can see, where it's loose, it's viable that I'm confident with that area and open for improvisation. Where it's tight and refined (like planted leg) is where I tell myself subconsciously that I have to follow the sketch closely.

Line-Art Stage: Is what it is. Just drawing over the sketch. Carefully going over the parts I wanted to keep in the sketch. Under 20 minutes.

Baseflat & Shade Stage: Using lasso tool and feathering, selected areas where the shadow falls. 2 Layers: Shadow under skirt is its own layer. Second layer follows the shadows with everything else. Dark Purple color on Hard Light is the setting. I have an Outer Glow layer style applied to both layers which gives that reddish glow/gradient to the shadows. Took about 15 minutes.

Rest of Flats and Gradients: 1 Gradient going from bottom to top, purplish color on Hard Light, at about 45% Opacity. Lasso'd and filled pinks on knees and behind leg, elbows and fingers, gaussian blurred. About 15 minutes.

Finished Look: Brownish-red color hold on lines. Flattened image. Duplicated layer, Gaussian Blurred at about 15 pts., layer changed to Lighten at about 35-45% opacity (that's open for interpretation depending on the final look I want.)

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:iconkheelaia:
Kheelaia Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You drew this in an hour
It would take like... 6 hours for me
and still wouldn't be that good
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:iconaveedesigns:
Aveedesigns Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Damn! This is incredibly fast, especially the line-art stage.
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:iconb2thec:
B2thec Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2014
I'm getting Sketchbook Pro right now. Bam. Got it
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:iconh00ktastic:
h00ktastic Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing, please post more like this I like to know good pacing for my development!!! 
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keybladesword Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
what brush do you use for your flats example hard or soft
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:iconxevv:
Xevv Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2013
"I have an Outer Glow layer style applied to both layers which gives that reddish glow/gradient to the shadows. " Ok, I'm looking in PS CS5 and I am not seeing an outer glow layer style/adjustment layer. Any help?
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:iconzero26t:
Zero26T Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Impressive! I ought to try this out sometime... but I'll have to get used to the pacing..
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:iconfofmock:
fofmock Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013
I feel like I need to start using a timer and just have a daily 30 min or hour drawing session, and keep going until I can keep pace. I consider myself to be pretty good, but something like this would take me like all day, no where near an hour. Awesome.
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:iconnigel1904:
Nigel1904 Featured By Owner May 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You are amazing
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:icontimvithor:
TimVithor Featured By Owner May 4, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
congratulations man. It's really impressive how fast you can achieve this result.
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:iconrobaato:
Robaato Featured By Owner May 9, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks man! Just a result of constant practice, that's all. :)
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:iconkokolucho:
kokolucho Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
>line art 20 minutes
my draws sucks and i could take an hour to do that, bravo my friend!
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:iconsleepingtoddler:
sleepingToddler Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
how do you do the outlines?
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:iconrobaato:
Robaato Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Outlines??? I draw them...
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:iconsleepingtoddler:
sleepingToddler Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
thought you use the path-tool.
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:icona4artstuff:
A4ArtStuff Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013  Professional General Artist
That's pretty interesting, nice work.
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:iconmredison:
MrEdison Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013
it baffles me how you're able to produce lineart at such speeds.... It takes me about 5 times the amount of time... . ____ .
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:icondarvious:
darvious Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013
...But i take 15 to 20 min sketching and drawing lineart on paper..;D
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:icondarvious:
darvious Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013
lol 15 min to color... i take hours XD...im bad at color...i use wacom more to line...cause i dont know how color T-T
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:icondcrazed:
Dcrazed Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013
Thanks bro this really helped out alot
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:iconsakura-pumpkin:
Sakura-Pumpkin Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is great o.ob
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:iconanimesketchist:
animesketchist Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
looking at how you use color pencil making simple shape then start making a rough sketch perfect advice thanks ^^

didnt do this alot
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:iconnirman:
nirman Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012   Digital Artist
I bet cintiq is really helpful for the lineart.
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:iconcaleb157:
caleb157 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012
alright
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:iconthebluebird27:
TheBluebird27 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
did you do the sketch stage and line-art stage in pencil or did you do every thing on the computer?
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:iconrobaato:
Robaato Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Everything on the comp!
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:iconthebluebird27:
TheBluebird27 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wow what program did you draw that sketch with. you couldn't have possibly used a mouse to draw that!
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:iconparke-chase:
Parke-Chase Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2012  Student General Artist
I'm always fascinated by an artist's process and how quickly they go through it when it starts becoming second nature!
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dragons4life Featured By Owner May 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
YOU....ARE..........FAST
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:iconasianape:
asianape Featured By Owner May 15, 2012
hey robert, what software do you use for lineart?. i dunno what to use on mac now.
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:iconrobaato:
Robaato Featured By Owner May 15, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I use Sketchbook Pro, all the Tools I use are listed on each individual piece. :)
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:iconkokutanlufi:
KoKuTanLuFi Featured By Owner May 11, 2012  Student Photographer
Sooo cool. I love Sakura!
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:iconryon-tibyqu:
Ryon-Tibyqu Featured By Owner May 10, 2012
To do all that within an hour! This is something to aim for!
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:iconpisces3ferver:
Pisces3Ferver Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2012
Coolness! Now ive got the recipe for awesome in my handy-dandy-notebook! :D
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:iconnusquam-vir:
Nusquam-Vir Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012
Tossed it in my faves tutorial folder, as that's basically what it is lol.
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:iconerto1986:
Erto1986 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012
great explanation
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:iconalexis-oma:
Alexis-OMA Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012   General Artist
i need to learn to sketch better, this is a nice job man. thanks for the inspiration/and for sharing
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:icongraphicbrat:
GraphicBrat Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012  Professional
Man... If I was half as fast as you, you couldn't tell JACK SHIT! I'd just like "BOOM! It's done bitch!"

Crazy impressive!
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MoonAscendant Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
How completely relevant.
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:icontorukun1:
ToruKun1 Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
THIS IS VERY INFORMATIVE
FUKKEN' SAVED
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:iconviesekaty-kat:
Viesekaty-kat Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012
SAKURA love that lil girl character
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:iconmiyusuke:
miyusuke Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012
Great pose. I did something like this only from the side though.
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:icon55rae55:
55RAE55 Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012  Hobbyist
nice nice!!! :icongrin--plz:
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:iconsektrone:
SektrOne Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012   Digital Artist
you're a friggin' speed demon. damn.
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:iconqueen-soulia:
Queen-Soulia Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Insane how fast you can draw, It takes me an hour to sketch I am never happy
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:iconyngabbot:
yngabbot Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
awesome work
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:iconboobella:
Boobella Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Really ? You're that quick ? Just one hour for the whole thing ? Can you really do 8 of those in 8 hours ?
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StreetKnights901 Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012   General Artist
Very useful stuff man! Im gonna try that dark purple setting. I normally just bring the black brush and bring the opacity way down to between 20 and 30% for my shadows. Ive been wanting to try something different.
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:iconartisticaxis:
ArtisticAxis Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012
wtf the sketch stage is always the one part that gets me :(
forever slow
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:iconawfox:
AWFOX Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is awsome!:D
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