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APB Whistler Step by Step by arnistotle APB Whistler Step by Step by arnistotle
Here is Whistler broken down step by step.

1- Lineart~ I used HB lead on high quality copy paper (it's really white and smooth, the one with the Aa on the cover). Scanned it and tinted it green in photoshop. Why green? I don't remember!

2- Though i liked the single pistol, I think there were a few girls I designed already at this point who had pistols, so I decided to give her something different. I referenced some kinda AWP sniper rifle. I also wanted her to look more 'enforcement' like, so I gave her pants. Mr poncho also gets some love.

3- Made a new layer and filled it with this peachy color as a base.

4- I thought a gradient base wash would be interesting, although it has little effect on the character. It does however, make me look at the entire image as a whole differently. Slapped some skintones on her on a Soft Light layer.

5- Put a multiply layer on top and started to work in some shading to her skin, and some reds to her cheeks.

6- New layer again, but this time just a normal one to paint over the details on her face and head.

7- Same as 6.

8- Same as 6, but I started to shade the vest here as well. Also added a giant green K to the top left for no apparent reason...

9- I don't know if you'll notice this from the jpg, but I lowered her head beacuse her neck looked too long. Also darkened the vest with a multiply layer. The girl to the left becomes BB Hood....

10- Here I work on the rendering of the vest, gun and pants. Everything for the past few stages have just been painting and rendering of details. With a little bit of adjustment to proportions. Oh yeah, Gouken shows up for some reason...

11- Everything gets brightened, her uniform turns blue, and I finish rendering the rifle.

12- Added the little trinkets and decals. It's pretty much done at this point. Time to whitewash!

Final- The final version was brightened up even more, and some minor details are touched up.

Here is the final - Whistler
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Stay-Crunchy Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2014   Digital Artist
So cool ! Thanks for sharing ! :) (Smile) 
Cobalt-Crow Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
When you scan it, what settings do you have the brightness and contrast at? Your sketches are so clean and nice! ;D
monkeyartis Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013  Professional General Artist
wow nice tutorial i will try it
Jiekobu Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012  Student Digital Artist
TRhis is tottally awesome
IAmAir Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012  Student General Artist
Excellent illustrations.
Helllix Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2012
thanks for showing your process! PRO!
awdreams Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2012  Student General Artist
Awesome style, awesome colors!
cooliodude012 Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2012
The sniper rifle looks like an L118A :)
This is really neat! She looks so bad ass.
gleidsonaraujo Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2012
Nice job!
justclaire44 Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2011  Student Digital Artist
coool man : )
hhiste Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2011   Artist
Completely blown away, Arnistotle!
I just started playing APB (courtesy of a reference from a friend...grrr...getting me hooked on videogames), and the one thing that really struck me was the character design.

How you do it, I do not know. But it is brilliant work--and I'm very thankful to see Whistler broken down, step by step, here in your deviation!

Keep kicking, Arn.
LauraBevon Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2011  Professional
thanks for sharing this =)
theSingularityguy Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2011  Student Digital Artist
... i liked the first version the best, but then you changed it.
philmster Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2011
Just awesome :D
Applefleas Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2011
hanwj Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2011
I like the last step, really effective whitewash
Chenthooran Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
great progression, the notes are interesting :)
DanDussault Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Love this stuff! Hope I will see you at Comic Con.
TrakZ385 Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2011  Student General Artist
Barlume Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2011  Student General Artist
You sir, are Awesome
coded-arms Featured By Owner May 30, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Pure sweetness. :thumbsup:
UNDERANANGEL Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2011
Amazing. Thanks a lot for sharing, There is never too much info about well done work ^______^
Fat-Wednesday Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2011  Professional Artist
just fantastic.
stasmonster Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
awesome work!
what sort of brushes do you use?
Rincs Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2011   General Artist
Steps by steps like this always help me out. Thank you very much for posting this. c:
lamsos Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2011
Thank you ^^. Good job!
HuntingTown Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
This is a stunning tutorial... more... please.
mikemars Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
great characters and fashions! juicy detail.
Zdaeiyujj Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2011
Bra-Friggin-VO!!!! Thank you so very much for this amazing demonstration!!!!
vishwas Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2011  Professional General Artist
superb !
Ninjatic Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
nice, this is pretty much how i work also <:
DIO086 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2011
uuu processual art XD
RedDyeNo5 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Excellent rendering!
KittyAlea Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2011  Student Digital Artist
1. Did you by any chance consume any ramen during this? (picture 10 onward)
2. Strangely, I liked her long neck. And sombrero man, of course.
4. Thank you for sharing with us the methods of amazingness. I am ever so greatful.
5. There is no 3.
plasma4ce Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2011  Student General Artist
This wlkthru is gold, good stuff & awesome work; the rifle give it a fuller feel to the finished piece as well, good choice in my opinion.
Mabiala Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2011  Hobbyist Filmographer
thank you for you sharing
TheAshCat Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2011
Hi, when I got to the part between step 4 and 5 it all went wrong for me... For some reason when I put a Multiply layer above my soft light layer, it makes everything VERY dark and unattractive when I start to color! I have no idea why! Could it be my brush settings? When I look at your picture from step 4 to 5 it looks worlds different than mine does.
PUNCHBRUSH Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2010
vay amına goyaym thats perfect:D
Hellsamess Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2010
You're line art reminded me of all those females as main characters on movies... except for short hair, but then when you got to working on you you made her look badass
love it!
cres12345 Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2010
man i love #1!
loverio Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
great work =)
Louderland Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I love it
bustercloud Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
pure awesomeness! :worship:
RashaHJ Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2010
Aw, I love you.
archvermin Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2010
thanks for sharing and explaining your process :)
TSIB Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
wow very interesting !! and great design as always btw ;)
B2thec Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2010
So weird to see how much she changed from the first drawing to the last. Goodbye short shorts.
Baranha Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is great and very helpful. Thank you
NAS12 Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2010  Hobbyist
So good! You have a magnific style!XD
Joynilson Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2010  Student General Artist
Finally a good step-by-step at Deviant! Your art is amazing!
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