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Disney Line and colour walkthrough by GrandMaster-J5 Disney Line and colour walkthrough by GrandMaster-J5
Hiya Deviants!

Not sure how much of a tutorial this is, as it's just to show how I work with some of my images.
Each job I do can be very different (as you'll see in my gallery), so this is just one way, for one style.

I've tried to explain it in a way that will work for people that work with a mouse too, and not just a tablet.

I've also tried to explain WHY I do some of the things in places too, so I hope it's not too much waffle :D


There are probably plenty of ways to get to the same end result, this is just the one that I use :)


Sorry that it's a bit boring, and the airbrush part was REALLY hard to explain without being in a video :(

It's also a bit rushed as I had to squeeze it between jobs, and internet issues, so please excuse any bad spelling etc. :D

I really hope it helps some of the peeps on here though.

p.s. :- I know Bambi has a missing foot. I used a pic from the book I was working on :P
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:iconkairamclilian:
KairaMcLilian Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2014
Youre genius. Many kisses from Poland!
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Noodle-licious Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
i love this. its easy to understand for muh little brain and very nice. also the bambi is adorable~
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creative-candy Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
been looking for this for ages. you're a hero and i love you
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RatchetJak Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2013
This tutorial looks wicked cool. I'm trying to do the Disney line art style and I never thought of using the pen tool. It certainly looks like the Pen tool can produce some more better lines so I'll try using them sometime. :) Very nice work!
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Brookcresent Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
this is incredible i have a question though how thick is the line art on the lion king I have been trying to replicate screenshots but it is so difficult
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angelafato Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2012
thank you so much for this helpful tutorial :D
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:icongrandmaster-j5:
GrandMaster-J5 Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
You're welcome, and thank you :)
I hope it helps :)
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SashaVA Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012
thank you very much!
it was an amazing tutorial I have ever seen!
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:icongrandmaster-j5:
GrandMaster-J5 Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
You're very welcome, and thank you! :)
I Really hope it helps :)
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alphabetsoup314 Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing tutorial! I learned a lot of tricks I can apply to my own vector work. You explained the reasoning behind your actions very well, making it very applicable to a number of different programs and methods.

(To anyone who happens to be reading this comment: A lot of this, if not all of this, will also work in GIMP. You will have to access different menus to get the job done, but GIMP has a lot of the same functions.)
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GrandMaster-J5 Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
:)

Thank you. I'm really glad if it helped in any way!
I'd only had a small go of GIMP before, so I knew it was close to photoshop, but wasn't sure how helpful it would actually be when I made this :D
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alphabetsoup314 Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It was helpful not so much because GIMP is similar to photoshop (though it certainly helps), but the way you laid out the steps and explained what each step was actually doing. It was very thorough :)
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Rika24 Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2012  Student General Artist
when i try to copy paste the lineart from illustrator to photoshop and use dark colors to color it (like for a black/grey cat) there is always white around the lineart, how can i get rid of it?
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:icongrandmaster-j5:
GrandMaster-J5 Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Hmmm.
Any chance you could take a screenshot and post it into your scraps on DA or something, so I can see what's going on
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jejag Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012
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frostybiite Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Where could I download the brushes you use for lining? Could you upload it for everyone? :la:
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jejag Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012
hehe [link]
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ADQuatt Featured By Owner May 28, 2012
Rushed? Bah. Great tutorial! I hate Illustrator; I took a class on it and it still confuses me. I wish there were a way to return the colored, rasterized image back into vector or simply have Photoshop capable of vector images (not the way it is now).
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GrandMaster-J5 Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I think there are ways of getting close to the results you are talking about, I'm just not good enough to know what they are :D
Glad you liked the tut. Hope it helps :)
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crystalskye Featured By Owner May 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
My eyes have gone square from reading this tiny script! Lovely tutorial :)
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:icongrandmaster-j5:
GrandMaster-J5 Featured By Owner May 13, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I hope your eyes recover soon then :D
It helps if your eyes can go :shocked: though

Glad you like the tut :)
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crystalskye Featured By Owner May 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It is awesome :)
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pippyboy Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2012
super,i liked this
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GrandMaster-J5 Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
:)
Thank you
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RachelNoelDesigns Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2012  Student General Artist
Very nice. thanks for the turtorial
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:icongrandmaster-j5:
GrandMaster-J5 Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
No probs. Hope it helps :)
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SarraDarling Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2012
Great job on this tut.!
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:icongrandmaster-j5:
GrandMaster-J5 Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you. Glad you like it :)
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moslem-d Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you ^_^ ..
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:icongrandmaster-j5:
GrandMaster-J5 Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
No probs :)
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Rika24 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012  Student General Artist
what brush settings would you say work best? i have CS3 and not really loving the brushes they have. thanks for the tutorial btw!
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GrandMaster-J5 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I don't use anything special. Just the standard brushes.
I'm using CS4, but the standard hard and soft edge brush has been the same ever since I've been using photoshop.

For the airbrush, Just the soft edge brush works fine for me. I set it to around 20% opacity most of the time, and build up the shade using a few brush strokes with the edge of the brush. I tend not to use the middle area of the soft edge brush so much, to get a nice smooth nice grad effect.

The line work base colour is also done using photoshops standard hard edge brush, set to 100% opacity.

Hope it helps :)
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Ninina-nini Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012
thank you kindly for making this

:heart:
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GrandMaster-J5 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
No probs. Glad you like it :)
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Taivas-games Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Yay for bambi my favorite character!! -hugs you- <3
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GrandMaster-J5 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
:)
You might like these [link] a bit more than what you can see in the tutorial then.

Not that I'm showing off or anything :D
Glad you like the pic :)
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Taivas-games Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Oh wow I really Like that picture so I faved it <3 great work!
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fuegokid Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2012  Student Filmographer
I like this one - although I didn't read more than a few parts, can tell it's useful already ^^
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GrandMaster-J5 Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you. Yeah, it's kinda got a lot of waffle on there. More of a walkthrough than a Tut I guess.
Glad you like it though :)
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stevep12 Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2012
thank you so much for this!
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:icongrandmaster-j5:
GrandMaster-J5 Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
No probs. :)
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Miouwwww Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Wondeful tut!!!!! thank you so much! :D
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:icongrandmaster-j5:
GrandMaster-J5 Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you, and you're welcome :D
Hope it helps :)
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:iconmiouwwww:
Miouwwww Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
it really does. I have always thought that the professional artists did the lineart in PS O.o your method is much longer, but easier somehow.
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GrandMaster-J5 Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
It can be done in photoshop, The main thing about illustrator is, if you need to make the line thicker/longer/change the angle, you can just up the line weight, or move the point in real time, and at any stage.
Unlike photoshop where you'd have to do the whole line again.

It's actually alot quicker than Photoshop for this kind of Linework... when you get used to using illustrator.

Also, This style of Disney line needs to be really clean to get approved, and Illustrator is the best thing for it really.
It all depends on the job though :)
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Miouwwww Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
thanks for the tips :D Disney is the alltime biggest inspiration and to actually get to know the techniques is fantastic!

How did you get hired for these projects (hope you don't mind me asking)?
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GrandMaster-J5 Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I could tell you, but then I'd have to kill you!
I'm joking of course. I'd never kill.

Just slightly mame :D


I'm freelance, but used to be employed by an illustration studio.
I got to learn many styles there, and luckily I can adapt myself to most of the styles I've been asked to do. This helps me out aLOT workwise.
I have a few contacts here and there who I harass relentlessly :D and I'm lucky enough to be able do this as a job :)
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Miouwwww Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
:) Networking and skills then^^

Thanks. It's great to get some knowledge from ppl who have actually accomplished the dream :)
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RipperBlackstaff Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for this :)
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:icongrandmaster-j5:
GrandMaster-J5 Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
No problem, hope it helps :)
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