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Onsen: Work in Progress 5

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Edit: This work has been completed under the name Kitsune.

For my new work  I’m giving you a glimpse behind the scenes at the way I work, step by step.
Here’s links if you’re interested in the whole process: Work in Progress OneTwoThreeFourFive and Six.

At this stage I’m adding shadows to the work.

You can check out more of my work in progress here.

To begin with I do a basic sketch of the light and dark shadows, using feathered lines to indicate gradients.

I’m using gradients in the background to give the work depth. Because I’ve already colored in the background I can just duplicate the same shape paths and apply gradients to them. I also draw shape paths for shadows and then use intersect with the color paths to “cut” the edges of the shape path to fit.

I layer multiple gradients over each other to create more complex lighting effects until I’m satisfied:

This is how it the shadows looks over the color layer with opacity set to multiply:

I’m not sastifed that the contrast is high enough. So to make the image more dramatic I duplicate the shadow layer, four times in fact:

It looks too blue over white, but over the color layer the result is quite pleasing:

After finishing the background I can shade the figure and water in the foreground. Because I’m not using gradients the process is simpler. I’m basically just redrawing the rough shadows neatly using blob brush. Again I use the shape paths on the color layer to “cut” the edges to fit by using intersect. The great thing about using this technique is that it makes it easy to keep different shadows separate. In particular I like to keep the shadows on a figure’s skin, hair and clothing in different groups, because of the vastly different ways light reacts to each these materials.

After everything done here’s the final result:

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