Grum Flameblade Fan Art - Splinterlands Art Contest! Week 174

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Grum raised his greatsword above his head and shouted. "Draykh un Fliera!" This is a fan art submission to Splinterlands Art Contest.

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The Creation of Grum Flameblade Fan Art

Greetings everyone! It is me again Steven.
Today, I'd like to share to you my Art entry of the weekly contest in Splinterlands. You could join the Contest by clicking this LINK HERE.

I will teach you some technique that I learned in my drawing process (for beginners only). So come on and let's dive into the Digital Art Making Process.


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Materials and Software

Adobe Photoshop CC
Paint Tool Sai Ver.1
HUION H640P graphic tablet
ASUS X415 Laptop

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Digital Fan Art Process

STEP 1
Gather information

First thing that I did was gathering information about the character or monster card that I wanted to create. You could read Grum Flameblade Story here and also the reference image I used.

After having some insights about the character I begin sketching.

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Mini Sketches
Sketch Enlarge
Final Sketch

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I did some mini sketches of the pose I want to make. I find number 1 pose very cool. So, I enlarge it and redraw the sketch. I wasn't happy with the result though so I change it again and come up with the Final Sketch. I refine the sketch and here is the result.

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After I have my final sketch, I am already satisfied with the outcome. Let's proceed to the next step. I Hope you're having fun so far.

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STEP 2
Outlines
Alright! here I saved my sketch that is done in Photoshop CC and open it in Paint Tool Sai. Why did I do that? It just happen that Paint Tool Sai is very awesome to use in making outlines. I have a feeling of Inking a sketch drawing of somewhat a traditional way in drawing. It's just my own preference though, everyone has it's own way of creating art.
I lower the opacity of the Sketch Layer. Then, on top I added my Outline Layer. I traced the sketch that I made. And here is the result.

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I'm happy with that and now it's time to add the Skulls on his knees and Swirling Flames on his sword.

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Knee Skull
Swirling Flames

It's getting more exciting as we are about to finish. Let's proceed to the next step.

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STEP 3
Base Colors
For this step, I open the Outlined File in the Photoshop again because this is where we color our design. I have more features in Photoshop that I know than the Paint Tool Sai. I will teach you of another way in masking an object or color that you are making. To make it easier, make sure that your outlines or stroke are closed and attached. Don't make any broken lines.
Example:

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Broken Outline
Using of Magic Wand Tool
Selected Area

As you can see right here. When we have a broken outline we will be having a hard time using the Magic Wand Tool in Photoshop. It will select all red areas and we don't want that. So, instead we need to have a clean and fix outline to make the tool work.

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Fix Outline
Inverted Selection
Base Colors

You might be wondering, oh! My outline are already fixed and closed, how did I came up with the image shown at the middle of my table? To answer that question, simply select the outside area, invert the selection by pressing (Control + Shift + i) on your keyboard that's the shortcut for inverting selection. Then, add one layer at the bottom of your sketch layer. You could name it or not but we call that Base Color Layer.

Are we learning so far? Alright next, here in the base color layer we could add any color we want. But take note if we simply color that layer there's a tendency our colors will exceed the base that we created.
Example:

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Control Click Selection
Lock Transparent Pixel

We could see in the example that our colors will exceed when we add colors directly to our base color layer. What we could do is to control click on the layer thumbnail incase you deselected your layer or Click the Lock Transparent Pixel. Most of the time I like to use Lock Transparent Pixel. After you click that icon you're free to add color without exceeding into your base color. This is my final base color output.

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We're almost there guys! Keep going! Let's go to the next step.
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STEP 4
Shadows and Highlights

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Shadows

This is how I set up my shadows, I added a layer on top of my base color. I named that layer as shadows. After, I mask it to the base by pressing alt + click at the middle of both layers. Basically, I set this to multiply blending mode.

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Highlights

Then, I put on these highlights by adding additional layer on top and make it an overlay blending mode.

Hooooo! Let's breathe for a while.
Alright, let's move forward!

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STEP 5
Background And Flames

For the Background stuff, I did not do much for I solely focus in the character. Just a scribble rock formations.

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For the Flames, I just did a simple yellow color with red outer glow and added some white lights above the flame with some random white like smoke all over the place. That's just simple as that ha ha (kidding aside) art should be fun and never be complicated. I like Bob Ross when he says that. He's making simple but amazing painting.

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Hoooooo Fiery Hot! Let's finish this!

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STEP 6
Final Step
Add them all together. The layers from the background to the character to the flame. Also, I added some extra Lights to the eyes, body and his gear.
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Wohoooo we're done!

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GIF PROCESS

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If you want to know about these cool Text Formatting please visit Cartel Post Framework I know you would love this guide as much as I do.

Hoooo! that was fun. You made it to the end of this post. I really appreciate your time and attention and I hope you learned something today.
'Till the next post see yah!
Thank you very much!

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This looks amazing! I wish I was able to make something even remotely close to that level😂

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Yes you can bro! I practiced drawing and I share my knowledge here. It is just a matter of time we are willing to invest in art o// with that Thank you very much!

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Amazing work, if this does not win or get used in SL someway I am going to say it is rigged! :)

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Thank you very much man! It's just fun to share o// :)

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BROOOOOO this is awesome what a way to kill it, my friend outstanding job. I absolutely love it one thing that trips me out though I never noticed before is his human hands lol. Maybe it is just part of his gloves but I can't unsee it now lol.

Also, love how you put it all together and then do a gif of it so freaking cool man

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Hahahahaha you're reax always sounds like a kid to me broo alright let's do some hulk smashing haha! Maybe he is a human that is cursed by a witch when he was young. I learned that from fairy tale. Once you see it, that is FOREVER LOL.

Gif's are always cool bro! Thanks a looot wohooo pizza!

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Incredible Grum fanart, my friend. Really well done. I love watching the coming-alife GIF.

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Thank you very much Flauwy! Will have more coming up for this year o// ;) stay tuned mi amigo!

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Man I fucking love it when you drop some of your art and the process behind!! It looks amazing! Congrats!!

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Thank you very much for stopping by fam. I greatly appreciate it. Will have more art soon if not so busy o// :)

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This is so cool!! Well done 💛

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Thank you very much fam! I really appreciate that! O// ;)

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Amazing art with detailed explanation. Love it😍

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Thank you very much man! I'm glad you love it..o// :)

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Another great one Steven, really amazing. And the quality of your post is incredible as well brother, so many details. Keep those beauties coming!

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Thank you very much brother! Been busy these days glad to have some time of fun creating Art and sharing it here too. Stay tuned for more bro !PGM

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Wow! This looks very awesome! I love how you did everything! 😃

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Thank you very much! I really appreciate that and I'm glad you love it o// :)

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Duuuuude this is so awesome! Looking forward to your other drawings!

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Thank you very much duuuude and yeah! Stay tuned for more if not so busy.. Hoho pizza o// ;)

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Woa, incredible work. You put your best on it and the results is saying it! Very curated project from sketching research to finishing, a great work! Also there's much to learn looking at the coloring process.

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Thank you very much for your wonderful comment man, I greatly appreciate it. Still on the process of learning too but I'm happy to share o// :)

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This is amazing ! I love how you captured the light in the piece, how clean and crisp the linework is and the background and flame effect are just perfectly suited. Awesome job, love it!

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Ho ho Thank you very much for loving the artwork man. I really appreciate your very awesome words. This helps me to continue my art journey o// :)

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You are most welcome, keep posting your work it's great!

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This picture is really a very good one! Very nice to look over the shoulder of artists. My fiance does a lot on a tablet as well and I really like to watch as the magic happens.
Thank you for sharing your secrets with us.
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Woaa you're fiance is very cool, I think he is a cartel fam? or maybe I'm wrong. Yeah it's really fun to see how artist build from blank canvass to an amazing artwork, it is kind of a magic indeed. I'm happy to share my process and I'm so glad if that helps. Thank you very much for stopping by, for time and attention. Woooo pizza! o//

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You keep amazing me! This has become my favorite work of yours ...yet! I know you are gonna keep making me fall more and more in love with your work! Really crisp and the scene totally depicts what Grum is truly like.

You are an inspiration!

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Oh! Thank you for the love man I truly appreciate it. There's so much to learn and I'm also in the process of learning stuffs. I hope this helps you too, keep being inspired man!

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Woah, so impressive!! I really like the end result and how you included the whole process, kudos to you!

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Thank you very much! Stay tuned for more, I hope you have learn something from my process. Kudos to you too man! o//

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Dang! That shadowing is top notch. Very cool!

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You're very cool to bud! Thank you very much for stopping by o// ;)

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This is awesome bro @japex1226, amazing fight scene 😍. Fav for this week

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Thank you very much for stopping by bro. you're amazing too! Keep sharing it o// ;)

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love the art you made bro! keep it up!

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Woooo thank you very much for the love of art bro! o// ;)

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sure thing. you got great art plus I love Grum in the game so you hit a double on that. btw
from what country are you from?

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Ho hoooo cool thank you very much bro. I'm from lil country called Philippines o//

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same kapatid! saan ka dito sa Pinas?

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Queen City of the South-- CEBU brad!

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historic place! me,Vigan City-7 New Wonder Cities of the World

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Wow! This is amazing!

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Thank you very much for stopping by! You are amazing too o//

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damn you did that 🔥🔥🔥

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Thank you very much man. You lit that fire🔥

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Wow bro your fan art is amazing!

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Thank you for stopping by bro! You are amazing too! O//

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Esta inclerible, tienes un tremendo talento!!

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Thank you very much for stopping by man! You're amazing o//

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That's a top-notch art you got there! You inspire me a lot!

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Oh thank you for stopping by man! Let's improve our art I'm on the process of learning too happy to share it here.
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When I saw the results of the contest this drawing was one of my favorites! but because I was distracted I didn't get that it was you who had done it, hahah you drive me crazy, I didn't know that you draw! you do very very well.

ohhhh The truth is that I envy your lines, they are so straight! they look very good and the volume you achieved is great.

Ps: what a fool I was, that I didn't see this 😆

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