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fengqing · a month ago
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because apparently some of you still don’t know how this works
no, but in all seriousness, the amount of times i’ve seen gifs or even whole gifsets reposted to instagram and twitter is downright ridiculous. these gifs don’t get made in one, two, three, no, we put a lot of our time and effort into creating these gifs that we could spend on doing other things, only for it to be ripped off and reuploaded in terrible quality, with captions such as “credits to the original owner” whereas permission was never asked in the first place.
if you see a pretty gif online, try to find out where it’s from first to see if the original gifmaker is okay with reposting or not. in most cases, they’re not. such as me, and hanyi, and so many others, and we’ve all seen our own gifs reposted on instagram and twitter. and if a gifmaker reaches out to you to ask to take their gifs down, don’t make up excuses, just take the gifs down. you might want to check this tag to see just how much work goes into making gifs, as well as other types of fandom content.
giffing takes creativity and time. don’t be an asshole and repost our gifs. thanks for coming to my ted talk.
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hawberries · 2 months ago
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oh my god. kisses and gratitude to everyone tagging me on the showyourprocess meme, i have long since merged the layers on MOST of the drawings i post but i’ll try my best for you
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zelkams-art · 2 months ago
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#ShowYourProcess
From planning to posting, share your process for making creative content!
To continue supporting content makers, this tag game is meant to show the entire process of making creative content: this can be for any creation.
RULES — When your work is tagged, show the process of its creation from planning to posting, then tag 5 people with a specific link to one of their creative works you’d like to see the process of. Use the tag #showyourprocess so we can find yours!
I was tagged by @milkcrates​, who showed her process of making this gorgeous piece with Wei Wuxian and little A-Yuan!! It was awesome to see how it came to life - and thank you for tagging me! ✨
So I got tagged to show how this Yunmeng brothers + golden core art happened! I already included the digital sketch for it in my sketch vs final compilation, but I guess I can show some more!
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This is gonna be long because I like talking a lot, so putting the rest under a cut!
1. Planning
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SO.  A golden core pic was on my to-draw list as soon as I finished watching the show. I had a WIP of a different pic for that waiting, but actually I noticed that a very similar thing has already been drawn, so that was kinda dropped. But I’m glad I waited until the idea for this one slapped me! It was pretty much a moment of “w a i t a second” and I had to grab a random piece of paper to sketch it while I still had it in my head.
This is the sketch - as you can see from the coffee stains, it has been through some stuff. On the left I actually tried out some different ideas for the golden core - the 1st one was the winner and led to the whole leaking/water/rain theme. I ended up mirroring the whole sketch because I didn’t want Wei Wuxian’s hand to cover Jiang Cheng’s front hair wisp, as that would make that area too crowded.
Meta-wise: I wanted to show that the whole thing was kept as a secret from Jiang Cheng. But we also knew about it - so Wei Wuxian is breaking the 4th wall and looking at us [the audience] directly, shushing to keep it a secret as well. Then there’s his hand hovering over the blindfold - it was included in the show, but also sprinkles in that extra symbolism. Then there’s the rain - the sky crying for the two brothers, so you’re not sure if those are raindrops or tears on their faces + lotus pond for the Yunmeng vibes. As for the golden core, I wanted to make it kinda messy and leaking like blood + shining and make it the main light source of the piece. Also kinda like a glow stick liquid.
I also like finding fitting music to go with my art and this one was actually supposed to go with Avicii’s Hey Brother, but when I was looking it up on Spotify I saw Kodaline’s Brother right above, gave it a listen and then the lyrics hit me. So I already knew that they’re gonna go in the caption. Also apparently it’s like The Song for them and yeah, makes sense.
2. Creating
2.1 Set up and tools
I use Paint Tool SAI + Wacom Intuos S to do all my art! The entire pic was made on a 2000 x 3000 px canvas, since I don’t like to work too big because of limited brush sizes in SAI + I don’t want to torture my laptop, as my art takes up quite a lot of processing power with a lot of layers and modes and sometimes things like to crash at the final steps 😬.
2.2 Planning and composition
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So I started off by doing a digital sketch and focusing on the composition a bit more - I wanted something geometrical, so I went for the diamond shape with Wei Wuxian’s silhouette and the placement of the lotuses. Also the composition is vertical, all the important info is in the middle column - you could cut off 2/3 of the picture and it would still tell the story.
2.3 Lineart
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Then I did the lineart over the sketch layer (there was a more detailed one than the “planning” sketch, but it looks like I deleted it once I finished). I usually draw more than I have to and on separate layers, so that I can move/modify things easily later - for example JC’s headpiece here didn’t really make it that much into the final piece but It Was There. Once I was satisfied with the lineart, I cleaned it by erasing overlapping things, like Wei Wuxian’s clothes behind Jiang Cheng’s head.  
2.4 Planning the lighting
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After doing the lineart I blocked the characters with a single color and planned the lighting. The golden core is the main light source here, so it dictates which parts are gonna be lighter and which darker (although there is gonna some ambient occlusion from the background + reflected light from the water). I also added water and lotuses in the foreground + painted the background.
2.5 Shading the characters
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After that, I started shading the pic. I usually do two steps here - one with “base” shading - focusing on the details and values based on the light source, then the mood shading with more coloring - based on the setting the characters are in. The first one is mostly done with the Multiply tool and base layer blending/painting, the second mostly with layer modes like Overlay and Luminosity. I also colored some parts of the lineart to make the shapes stand out (see: wwx’s front hairs)
2.6 Environment and touch-up details
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Then it was time for the water and lotuses + the “special effects” for the rain and all the stuff associated with it - water splashes, mist, sparkling drops! Also some more mood lighting. Lots of new layers to keep everything organized and separated.
2.7 Finished pic
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And done! After finishing I usually adjust the contrast/gamma/saturation of my art (or just edit it all in curves) + sometimes sharpen it to bring out details → I make a few different versions and pick the one that works the best. Although with this pic I was satisfied with the raw result so no major changes happened.
3. Posting
For posting I always scale down the pictures and upload them as a draft on this art blog. Then I check if things look okay on mobile as well - from what I’ve noticed my phone makes everything more warm-toned. Depending on the time I finish drawing, I either post it right away or wait until the next day, when there is more traffic on tumblr. I finished this one around 8PM of my local time, which is fine - so I posted it right away (also I was just excited, couldn’t wait 😅)!
As caption I used the lyrics from Brother by Kodaline, as mentioned before!
So yeah, that would be it! 
If you made it till this part - thank you and I hope you have an awesome day! ✨
Let’s keep the artist vibes here - I’m gonna tag (not 5 ppl but shh) @still-snowing​ and this piece that still breaks my heart @driszol​ and this Song Jiyang pic that lives in my head to this day @kushexi​​ and this pic with fox Wei Wuxian and A-Yuan bc it still makes me melt → no pressure of course! or if you want to do some other piece that’s awesome as well!
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candicewright · 2 months ago
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From planning to posting, share your process for making creative content!
To continue supporting content makers, this tag game is meant to show the entire process of making creative content: this can be for any creation.
RULES: When your work is tagged, show the process of its creation from planning to posting, then tag 5 people with a specific link to one of their creative works you’d like to see the process of. Use the tag #showyourprocess so we can find yours!
Thank you so much for tagging me @highwarlockkareena 💜
I'm tagging:
@zazrichor and this piece
@mushroomtale-fanart and this piece
@snowyfuxue and this set
@wuxxxian and this piece
@satuwilhelmiina and this piece
Of course, feel free to not do this if you don't feel like it, absolutely no pressure 💜
I'll be talking about my process for this art of Wen Qing.
Fair warning that this is going to be a bit of a mess because my process is all over the place, but I'll try my best to explain without it being too confusing.
Planning
Since this was a request, I started by reading the prompt, which asked for Wen Qing and roses. Roses are my one of my favorite flowers so I claimed the prompt and started thinking about what I was going to do with it.
I knew I wanted to do a portrait with roses surrounding Wen Qing, but I still wasn't sure about what the composition was going to be, so I started looking for references to see what would work and to get some ideas.
I started looking for photos of Meng Ziyi that I liked and at first I really liked this one.
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She looks great, but when I tried sketching it I couldn't really get the angle of the face right, so I tried to look for a different picture that was within my skill level. Luckily, I remembered seeing a very pretty pucture the day before so I looked for it and this one was the one I ended up going with.
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After that, I downloaded some free to use pictures of roses. I really liked the contrast and the color scheme in the pictures so I though I could apply it to the painting itself and so I began getting a clearer idea of what I wanted to do.
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Creation
I opened my art program (IbisPaint X) and did a sketch of what I wanted using my references. My sketches are always super messy and I can't be bothered to do lineart, so I usually just clean them up a little bit and work over them directly. I should actually learn how to do proper lineart at some point, but today is not that day 😂
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Then, I chose my base colors and filled in the drawing to get an idea of where I was going with the piece. I really likeed how it looked like this so I sent it to my friends for validation. They were extremely lovely to me as always so I was excited to continue working on it 💜
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Before rendering, I knew I wanted my light source to be on the right and I wanted the shadows to be quite dark, almost black, but that's the extent of what I knew before going into it.
And then I started actually painting! Unfortunately tumblr won't let me post the process video into this post so I'm going to upload it on twitter. You can see it here! I don't really know how to describe how I paint other than there's a lot of going back and forth and over stuff that I already thought was finished. The whole thing took around 12 hours, which is a bit longer than I usually spend on a portrait but I think it was worth it!
For the main piece I only used three brushes. I did add a bit of glow and sparkles with different brushes on a separate program, but I mostly used these three:
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Note that these are at full opacity but I usually work a very low opacity because my stylus doesn't have pressure sensitivity (bc my equipment sucks) and that's the only way I have to blend my colors without the blending tool, which I don't really like because it takes away the texture.
I also had a bit of trouble with the colors in this one because it's not what I usually do, but after multiple adjustments and with help from the references, I ended up with something I really liked!
After the piece was done, I added some of my usual sparkles and a bit of glow and then saved it to my gallery. Then, I opened my editing software and played with the contrast, saturation, brightness and some filters. I was left with three versions of the art that I liked: the one I eventually went with and these two (I still really like the first one tbh).
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I sent it to my friends so that they could help me pick which one looked better and after a long period of very serious deliberation (read: we all panicked bc we're gay and can't choose) we ended up going with the one that ended up being posted to the mdzs net!
I then sent it to the net for posting and waited (im)patiently for it to go up! ❤
And that's it! I hope someone can get something put of the mess that is my process or that it was at least enjoyable!!!!!
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lan-xichens · 3 months ago
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From planning to posting, share your process for making creative content!
To continue supporting content makers, this tag game is meant to show the entire process of making creative content: this can be for any creation.
RULES: When your work is tagged, show the process of its creation from planning to posting, then tag 5 people with a specific link to one of their creative works you’d like to see the process of. Use the tag #showyourprocess so we can find yours!
This tag game was put together by @suibianjie, @highwarlockkareena, @nyx4, @aheartfullofjolllly and me. We want to show the many different ways we work, from planning to development, and hope you’ll also enjoy sharing your processes!
Since I’m starting, they chose this gifset of mine ♡
1. Planning
Since this was for the March GIF Challenges I hosted, I already had a pretty clear idea of what I wanted. This was for the “Overlays & Blending” week, in which I wanted to practise more with different types of overlays. The easiest one to work with, for me, is with clear silhouettes, so the scenes I chose for the challenge deliberately had light backgrounds.
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What I wanted to fill the silhouettes with, I had literally no idea of. I needed scenes that showed close ups of Wei Wuxian and Lan Wangji’s faces, and I wanted something I could add a lot of colour to. Eventually I chose the Jingshi scene, because the snowy effects are very pretty.
Finding the right scenes always takes up several days: I just don’t always have inspiration for it!
I never write down my ideas either! I do keep a post-it of “GIF ideas”, but I hardly ever refer to it 😅 Luckily, the mdzsnet has lots of events and challenges to keep me inspired ♡♡
2. Creation
The tools I use to make gifs are Mirillis Action! and Adobe Photoshop CC 2014. The reason I’m using Action! is because I previously did video editing, and I try to keep the process similar. I find it’s a good recording software, and it’s easy to use - whether what I’m giffing is a video file or a yt video, I can always use the same method.
When I make a difficult set, I usually also use Sony Vegas Pro to make a mock-up: tossing my video files in there doesn’t take up any time, and it’s easier to try out lots of different scenes. If I had to import all those into Photoshop first, it would take forever!
In Photoshop, I import “video frames to layers”, add my sharpening and colouring, etc. For this particular set, I’ll break it into steps:
Step 1: making the silhouette
I’ve made a tutorial for this effect here, but I can give a short rundown: you have to make sure the figure you’re making into a silhouette just becomes as dark as possible, while the background is as evenly light as possible.
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I’ve used curves, levels, selective colour, and black & white to turn it into this. There’s some masking involved as well!
Step 2: background
Well, this one simply took some trial and error. Eventually I found the Jingshi scene to work the best here. Import the new gif, then drag it into the same file. IMPORTANT: you have to set the blending mode of the gif you’re overlaying it with to “Lighten”: this keeps the whites white, but fills all the blacks with whatever the gif is made of. It’ll look like this:
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At first, this is where I left it at, but when I found I couldn’t get the LWJ counterpart to match up with snow and pretty background, I decided to add another gif! (at this point, I had to save the file as a .psb, oops)
Step 3: another background
I imported another gif, once again set the blending mode to “Lighten”, then added some colour (to the gif and to the white background) until the result was this:
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3. Posting
I usually post the moment I’m done creating LOL, I really don’t have the patience to put things in drafts!! I add the standard creation tags for The Untamed (or whatever I’m giffing for), and self-reblog it once or twice on the first day. Finally, if I really like the set, it becomes my new Pinned Post for a while!
I’m tagging:
@highwarlockkareena​ and this set @nyx4​ and this set @suibianjie​ and this set @aheartfullofjolllly​ and this set @haeyeongs​ and this set @fengqing​ and this set
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fengqing · 3 months ago
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#showyourprocess
From planning to posting, share your process for making creative content!
To continue supporting content makers, this tag game is meant to show the entire process of making creative content: this can be for any creation.
RULES — When your work is tagged, show the process of its creation from planning to posting, then tag 5 people with a specific link to one of their creative works you’d like to see the process of. Use the tag #showyourprocess so we can find yours!
Thank you so much for tagging me @lan-xichens​, I’ll try my best to explain how I made this set from start to finish hehe ♡ and also a big thank you to @suibianjie​ @highwarlockkareena​ @nyx4​ @aheartfullofjolllly​ and you as well Kris for putting this all together! Content creators get a lot less recognition than they deserve for all the time they put into their content, so getting everyone to see the (sometimes excessive) process we all go through to put our content in our blog, I hope it creates a positive change!! 💖
1. Planning
The set in question was actually requested by someone so they could celebrate their friend’s birthday! At first I wasn’t entirely sure if I was going to be able to finish it on time (college is very hectic right now) but I was able to finish it three days before the deadline which was may 1st! ^-^
The first thing I did was decide what characters I wanted to use in the set, I first reached out to the person who requested the set if there were certain characters they wanted me to use but they said they didn’t know enough to really give me any directives outside of the quote. I decided, since the quote is applicable to the entirety of the show, that I would try to put in as many characters as possible.
Thus, of course, came the hunting for scenes. Those of you in the net discord surely know I came into the content help channel a few times to ask for certain scenes here and there, and eventually I had to download an additional 10 episodes to the back then 20 or so episodes I had in my CQL episodes folder.
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As you can see I have 30 random episodes of CQL downloaded (slowly but surely getting to the point where I have all 50 episodes downloaded) and I think I ended up using scenes out of at least 20 of those episodes.
I planned out beforehand what characters I would use per gif. I knew obviously I would start out with Wangxian, them being the main characters of the show, and then would work my way down the list. The second gif consists of Nie Huaisang, Nie Mingjue, Jin Zixuan, Jiang Yanli, Wen Qing, and Wen Ning. They’re all family pairings, two being siblings and one being a married couple. The next gifset consists of the Yi City characters, then the fourth gif consists of the juniors, and the final gif has Jin Guangyao, Mianmian, Jiang Cheng, and Lan Xichen in it.
I have to admit though that when I had made the first four gifs I’d forgotten who I would put in the last gif and the when I thought about it the first time around I could only think of Lan Qiren and the very cursed Yaoyang ship 😭 it was only at dinner time that same day that I remembered I hadn’t put Jiang Cheng in my gifset yet and that’s when I thought of the other characters as well.
I had already made my first two gifs when I went to check Hanyi’s blog for layout inspo and eventually I decided I wanted to try a triangle-ish layout, which I doodled below. I eventually ended up changing the layout of the last gif in the final design. It was also the first time I would work with a triangle-ish layout so I was a bit nervous as I was scared it wasn’t going to work out...
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2. Creating
I use Avisynth 2.5 and Adobe Photoshop 2021 (the paid version, unfortunately, I need it for school except I didn’t need it this year but I wanted it so I paid for it with my own money ouch) to make my gifsets! I always start out with trimming down all the scenes I’m going to use into three to five second videos and putting them through Avisynth. This time around I did it separately for each gif I made, simply because I needed so many scenes. I would include a screenshot of my “gif vids” and “temp” folders but I’ve already deleted all the videos, which is what I usually do immediately after a set is posted.
I’ll try my best explaining this gif by gif since each one had a different layout!
2.1 Wangxian
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I think I had up to five different designs of this gif 😭 it started out with the gif on the left originally being more centered and the quote right smack in the center but somehow it felt a bit too... empty? I changed up the design and pulled the gif over to the right and put the two closeups on the left, the exact opposite of the gif I eventually ended up with. I switched things around one more time and saved the gif as you can see it right now, except I didn’t include the lines yet. It was only as I finished up my fourth gif that I decided this gif needed lines as well so I added them ^-^
2.2 Nie Huaisang, Nie Mingjue, Jin Zixuan, Jiang Yanli, Wen Qing, and Wen Ning
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I got the inspiration for the font layout on this gif from this Wenzhou post! I hadn’t tried it before and when I did for this gif I was very happy with the way it turned out :D I wanted to portray that life is a pile of good and bad things, as the quote says, in CQL by mirroring these happy scenes side by side with the sad scenes
2.3 Yi CIty
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My first time working with the triangle layout!! Putting in the lines and making sure they would line up with the second gif took me the longest of all actually  😭 I think once I got the line on the left in I just copy pasted it and flipped it horizontally so I didn’t have to fiddle around with angling it anymore :’) my original idea was to get a happy Song Lan scene and a sad A-Qing scene, but when I stumbled upon this A-Qing scene in ep38 I just had to put it in there because her smile is so precious 🥺 Xue Yang and Xiao Xingchen in the center are also supposed to be mirrored, with Xue Yang embodying the “bad things” and Xiao Xingchen the “good things” ! I also think the Yi City characters fit this part of the quote very well!!
2.4 The Juniors
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Ah yes, the junior quartet!! :D I had this planned out from the very beginning, that I would include happy versus sad juniors in the “vice versa” part of the quote, and I think it worked out quite well! My first idea was to put the “vice versa” completely in the special font and have it typed out over the gifs like I did with the “vice” but as I typed out the “versa” I realized it had one letter too much to be able to do that 😭😭 it took me a while to come up with how I would position the “but” and “versa” and after some moving around I decided to just place them the way I did in the final gif! For the font, I duplicated the “vice” and added a stroke to the duplicate, then I changed the fill setting to 0% so I could slightly drag the duplicate away from the original layer to create the effect that’s in the gif — also, finding a scene in which Jin Ling smiles is really difficult.... he barely even smiles in the scene I ended up using :(
2.5 Jin Guangyao, Mianmian, Jiang Cheng, and Lan Xichen
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The final gif!! I feel like this might come a little across as “I promise I didn’t forget these characters” because they’re a very odd quadruplet to put together, but they were the most important characters left to put in the set! I was thinking of putting Nie Mingjue in here together with Jin Guangyao and Lan Xichen, but I did feel he fit more with his brother up in the second gif. Mei @mylastbraincql​ cheered me on making this gif for which I was very grateful :D <3 the layout came to be after I googled “how to evenly split a rectangle in four” because I didn’t want a repeat layout in the set  (*/∇\*)
2.6 Coloring
For the coloring I pretty much did all of the tweaking on the first gif and then copy pasted all of it onto the second, third, fourth, and fifth gif. This is usually the way I go about my coloring, I will always edit certain gifs if necessary but I don’t think I had to change the coloring much on any of these gifs? Maybe I added in a curve layer here and there, but nothing major! This is really one of my preferred coloring styles, even though I try to step outside of my comfort zones with other sets ^-^
3. Posting
I will always upload sets into my drafts and edit the caption in there as well, clicking on “preview post” a couple times to check everything looks good on my blog as well, before I post a set. However, this time, since there was a deadline and I finished before the deadline, I put this set in the queue so it would automatically post on the 1st of may! Knowing myself, I would’ve forgotten to do so </3
Whew that was... a lot 😭 did it make any sense? Probably not, but it was fun to ramble ( ´∀`)
I’ll tag
@blinkplnk​ with this set !
@wuxien​ with this set !
@wendashanren​ with this set !
@wanyinxichen​ with this set !
@yibobibo​ with this set !
@mylastbraincql​ with this set !
@sugarbabywenkexing​ with this set !
@yiling-recesses​ with this set !
@jiancheng​ with this set !
Please feel totally free to ignore this if you’ve already been tagged and don’t want to do it again!! <3
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mdzsnet · 2 months ago
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An inside look into the MDZS Network
As some of you already know, some of our members have set up a new tag game called #showyourprocess where people are challenged to show the process of their content creation from planning to posting. One of our members, @highwarlockkareena​, has tagged the network to partake in this challenge!
Since we do not make content on this blog, we’ll be showing you a small inside peek into the network and how it’s run instead. Everything will be posted under a read more, and we’ll include several screenshots with some explanation of what we get up to on a day-to-day basis! Of course what we do changes a lot depending on what’s going on in the net at the time or what event we’re planning, so we’ll talk about our daily routine as well as what we do and did for some of our events.
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One of the first things we do after waking up, after we’ve checked our own social media, is go through the #mdzsnet tag to queue all the posts we’ve missed during the night. If any asks came in, I (Ru) usually send them to Hanyi and Hope so we can discuss it together and give a final answer.
Since the start of our One Year Anniversary Event, we now also check the Google forms for any possible new requests sent in as well as our shared Google drive with our members to see if any finished requests have been uploaded. If new requests came in through the form, we’ll update the private post over on our shared blog with the members, and if new finished requests are uploaded in the Google drive we’ll draft a post so we can get their request posted as soon as possible! We check both of these in the morning and in the evening.
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Another part of our One Year Anniversary Event was our giveaway of MDZS/ The Untamed merchandise to two lucky winners. To decide which merchandise we could give away, we had gone onto Taobao and tabulated an entire list of possible items! The original list was much, much longer, but we each voted and deleted the items that did not get a unanimous vote, to eventually finalize the list of items that the winners could pick from.
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After all the daily checks, we usually go on with our days (Hanyi’s day starts a couple hours earlier than Hope and Ru’s) and we check in on the tag once or twice a day, depending on how busy it is. We, of course, also check in on the network Discord a couple times a day, sometimes to give an update, but mostly just to chat and share pictures of our pets (Mika, Pim, & Billie).
These are basically the three things that have become routine for us right now, occasionally there will be other things to do such as when we host events. Our first upcoming event is Nie Huaisang’s birthday event on May 20th, the official post will be posted on May 13th. We’re currently hunting for color palettes and words we can use for the challenges! The event after that is still a surprise but it’s another thing we’re working on right now ;)
Another big part of running the network is the coding of our blog, of course. The main theme as well as all of the pages were coded by @/taezs who is also known as @/creatre! We made a lot of adjustments to make the network look the way it does now, and we’re constantly making sure everything is up to date. When we open applications, we go into the code to indicate that apps are open, and when new members are accepted we edit the members page as well as our tags page. When we host a new birthday event, we make sure to update our birthday page.
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The thing we love most about running the network is opening applications, it’s always very exciting to welcome new members! With our most recent member acceptance, we now have a total of 92 members in the network all creating content for MDZS. If we accept a member into the network, we go through a whole process of editing the drafted member acceptance post, and making the code for their spot on our members page, as well as our tags page. We also have a drafted post with the invite link to our Discord so we can send it out as soon as possible after we post our acceptance post! Accepted members also get to choose a chibi character as their icon on our members page: there are a total of 35 different cropped icons that our members can choose from!
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We recently also celebrated our 3K Milestone! Preparations for that begun far in advance, giving us ample time to decide to gift our followers and this fandom with an icon pack. We cropped and enhanced 17 images (for 15 different characters), chose 15 different gradients, colored each crop to fit the gradient, and ended up with 527 individual icons (including transparent background ones). 
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Running the network has become such a big part of our lives and it’s one of our favorite things to do, even if we don’t always have as much time for it due to college and/or work. I personally am very grateful to have Hope and Hanyi to help me keep the network up and running, as well as the input of our members, because I don’t know where we would be without it. Allow us to be sappy (again), but truly thank you to everyone who’s a part of this little community and who makes it so we can keep the network going! We appreciate you all so much 💕
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wingyenart · 3 months ago
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#ShowYourProcess
I love these kinds of tag games 😄 Thank you @suibianjie for tagging me! Here's a link to her process post
RULES: When your work is tagged, show the process of its creation from planning to posting, then tag 5 people with a specific link to one of their creative works you’d like to see the process of. Use the tag #showyourprocess so we can find yours!
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She picked the above painting. I'll talk about the process under the cut!
Unfortunately, I merge layers and discard sketches/flats/in-progress files once I finish a piece so it takes up less space in storage. Therefore, this piece does not have a lot of visuals for a process post 😅 I will try my best with what I have!
1. Planning
This was originally for the @/mdzsnet 5th anniversary week, but I got busy! This prompt was "Center your creation around your favorite relationship scene". Since I already painted my favorite ("If he catches me, I'll...") then I chose another good scene from near the ending 🙂
My initial sketches are just me blocking out colors. For example, these pink flower blobs are what everything looks like at this stage.
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2. Creation
I use Photoshop, Autodesk Sketchbook, and Krita! Sketchbook for sketches + flats, Krita for rendering, Photoshop for color adjustment.
The order that I paint every painting is faces first, then hair, clothes, hands, then background. And in every painting, without fail, I will be painting the clothes or even finishing the background when I realize I haven't painted the ears yet 😅 every single time.
Originally this piece was planned to have 21 flowers. Except they take FOREVER to paint and I'm not patient enough for that. What do you do when you don't want to paint 21 flowers? Don't have 21 flowers.
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Once I've finished the base shading for everything (left pic), now the magic happens - adding adjustment layers, color balance, lighting, and extra textures on top. I realize this is very "draw two circles, then draw the rest of the owl" but one day I'll remember to save enough in-progress pics to do a full process post! 😬
3. Posting
I usually schedule paintings to be posted the afternoon/night after I finish them, unless I have to make a deadline. I check immediately if it shows up in search and tags so I can edit/delete and repost as needed. Coming up with captions is the worst, so I usually just use a quote😂
Tagging:
@zazrichor (this post) the coloring, the lighting, the gorgeous detail on this one, i am obsessed🥺
@leonzhng (this post) your gifsets are always absolutely bonkers cool, every gif looks so dynamic and complex
@artpatriarch (this post) the textures and shading on this make me go absolutely wild
@supertaliart (this post) the BOTW AU is so breathtaking everyone's designs are beautiful
@milkcrates (this post) clouuuddd the composition, the colors, the beautiful brush strokes!!
No pressure if you don't want to participate! Feel free to opt out.
You can show your process however you want, and if you'd like to talk about a different creation than I picked, go right ahead! I just love to learn about peoples' techniques and workflow😄
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highwarlockkareena · 3 months ago
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From planning to posting, share your process for making creative content!
To continue supporting content makers, this tag game is meant to show the entire process of making creative content: this can be for any creation.
RULES: When your work is tagged, show the process of its creation from planning to posting, then tag 5 people with a specific link to one of their creative works you’d like to see the process of. Use the tag #showyourprocess so we can find yours!
I was tagged by @lan-xichens and kris chose this gifset of mine
This tutorial is written for those with basic giffing and photoshop knowledge.
1.       Planning
The most important part of a complex set like this (50+ gifs in my one) is planning! Take a look at whatever you want to track and slice it up into manageable chunks. I like 5 mini gifs per gif - which gives 50 overall, plus I added one bonus gif at the end.
i have a googlesheet of ideas - more than i’ll ever make! and i just made a new sheet to plan this one.
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I’ve added the first two gifs at the beginning, and i’ve shown the planning for their 10 gifs above. I wanted to track the evolution of wangxian’s relationship, so started with their first meeting and moved through significant plot points. It also helps to think about gif sizes for each scene. I’ve shown the sizes i used above - variable widths with 151 height for make an overall 540 x 304 gif. Once I was happy with my planned 50 scenes, I moved on to creating!
2.       Creation
I use screencaps, so I spent a lot of time pulling screenshots via KMPlayer. I knew it would be complex so I kept the gifs to 30 frames to help with final file sizes. Once I’d capped all 50 scenes, I started making my gifs! 
Your caps should be imported, made into frames and ready to crop! You should have the sizes in your plan so make your first gif. I’m using gif 6 from my planning list as an example - lwj adjusting his headband. Once you have your cropped 120x151 gif, go to Image > Canvas Size and select the TOP RIGHT and width 540 by 304 height. if PS shows your cropped image again, when you crop make sure ‘delete cropped pixels’ is ticked. (NOTE: if you use a frames sharpening action, sharpen your gifs at this step).
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increasing the canvas size will give you a nice blank space to add your other gifs. 
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Get your next gif - i actually skip ahead one, to gif 8. Crop it to the right size - in this case 144x151. Select all frames, then use the menu to copy frames.
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Once you’ve copied them, go back to Gif 6 - with that nice blank canvas and using the same menu paste frames. (NOTE: Select all frames on gif 6 BEFORE you paste or this will mess up!!) It should look as below - and animate correctly when played. If not - check you selected all before pasting!
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Go to gif 7 - crop to 268x151 as planned. Use Image > Canvas Size to increase the size to 540x304 but choose the TOP MIDDLE. Select all, copy and then paste on gif 6. Because 6 & 8 aren’t equal, you will need to use the move tool to nudge gif 7 into place. You can use guides if you want to be sure it’s even. Your top row should be in place!
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Now do the same with gifs 9 and 10 - crop, increase the canvas size while aligning them to the BOTTOM LEFT & RIGHT, then copy paste. 
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Now all the gifs are in place, I sharpen. I convert to smart objects at this point, using this method.
Since it’s simple, i use just base colouring. a curves layer to brighten, hue/sat to increase colour depth, a gradient map to heighten blacks & selective colouring as needed. 
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Next I add the lines for their journey. I recommend using guides to make sure they line up where they enter & exit your gifs. Use the line tool - choose what settings you’d like but I wouldn’t recommend too wide. Then draw your shapes out along your guides to link your gifs. Keep in mind which gifs might have text and flow your lines accordingly. 
For the text I’ll chose my font/size and place the text. then i’ll use the rectangle tool, set opacity to 60% and draw a box to fit the text, ensuring it’s underneath the text layer. Unlike me, try and be consistent with your punctuation... Once you’d made two, I suggest using drafts & check your lines fit, and if not adjust your lines/guides so your 3rd gif will work first time.
Complete until your gif journey is done!
3.       Posting
A huge part of this working is checking it all lines up and you’ve got your gifs in the right order, but once that was done I added my usual untamed tags and queued it for 6pm (UK). I think i even remembered to check if it went into tags first time (it did!). I self-reblogged it once the next day at mid-day and that was that!
I’m tagging:
@mdzsnet because I want people to know what you all do! @candicewright and this stunning piece of art (if you have any in process examples - otherwise any that you can share!) @rinielle and this gorgeous wangxian video @meliorn​ and this beautiful set - the colours! the shapes! so crisp! @byeonqkwan​ and this amazing set bc I’m in love with the colouring @wanyinxichen​ and this beauty with so many clever ideas
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evilovesyou · 2 months ago
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SHOW YOUR PROCESS
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To continue supporting content makers, this tag game is meant to show the entire process of making creative content: this can be for any creation.
RULES - When your work is tagged, show the process of its creation from planning to posting, then tag up to 5 people with a specific link to one of their creative works you'd like to see the process of. Use the tag #showyourprocess so we can find yours.
I was tagged by @whatagreatproblemtohave who did a really interesting explanation of her Louis portrait in oil here! 
Anni tagged me to show my process on making the dress I’m wearing in this post. Above is a nice BTS picture from the photoshoot I did (not using the actual pictures, but I’m sure if you snoop around a bit you’ll find them on my instagram.) Luckily, I have a million pictures of the process and tumblr won’t let me put them next to each other so they’re all full size. More under the cut.
1. Design
So I made this when I was in the master’s class for costume design and the theme, obviously, was fashion in the rococo era. I made this mood board for it first.
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So this was about general shapes, themes, fabrics and colours in a way? Then I did a bunch of quick sketches and sorta settled on this one.
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Then I picked fabrics and drew a more detailed sketch. 
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2. Pattern Cutting / Understructures
Listen. There’s a lot to know about patterns and I really don’t wanna bore anybody, with it all, but I’ll say this: The way this was made is not historically accurate. It’s meant to be a stage costume, so it’s supposed to be as easy to put on and change as possible. (Which in this case is not very ahahah) 
-- Underskirt with boning. It’s basically a lot of tunnels on marquisette fabric with metal planchettes inserted (not sure if all the terminology is right in English, sorry if it’s not). All the planchettes are numbered and you have to kind of sand them down so they don’t damage the fabric and then poke holes in them so you can fix them where they need to be. 
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There’s a bunch of layers on the skirt which I will illustrate with pictures. It’s dacron cotton and black satin. Basically it’s draped, marked, cut and then sewn on by hand. 
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-- Laced stays. I’m not gonna give a lot of detail with the pattern here because that would really take it too far, but... pictures! The boning is marked in the pattern before it’s transferred to the muslin and this is also done with metal planchettes instead of actual whale bone.
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These are the planchettes for the corset and how they are sanded down.
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3. Overgraments / Final Touches
Again, I don’t wanna go into too much detail. The next couple pictures how the devant (front part of the dress that peaks out from under the manteau) is made and the beading on the stomacher. 
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With the patterned fabric I chose, there was a lot of figuring out how the patterns will align and a lot of stitching things together to see if it will work. These are just satisfying to look at. 
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Here’s me trying on sleeves and hand-applying lace to the back part of the Watteau pleats and the train in the back. 
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Then there’s hemming and actually hand-sewing the skirt to the corset, which is A LOT, because you have to hold it all in place and get the needle through a lot of layers and it’s really heavy. My fingers still hurt thinking about it. Anyway. After trying this on the other day, I found out that it’s pretty big on me now so if I ever want to wear it again, I should take it in which will be annoying. We’ve reached the end. Goodbye. 
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Tagging @dependsonwhospitching for this awesome edit!
@londonfoginacup for this drawing and the fic that goes along with it! 
@halosboat for this drawing of hariel! 
@fallinglikethis on this fic that she co-wrote with @wait4ever​! 
@so-why-let-your-voice-be-tamed​ for this fic! 
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suibianjie · 3 months ago
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#ShowYourProcess
Tagged by @lan-xichens​ for this gifset ❤ (you can see her starting post here)
From planning to posting, share your process for making creative content!
To continue supporting content makers, this tag game is meant to show the entire process of making creative content: this can be for any creation.
RULES: When your work is tagged, show the process of its creation from planning to posting, then tag 5 people with a specific link to one of their creative works you’d like to see the process of. Use the tag #showyourprocess so we can find yours!
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1. Planning
This was a request for the mdzsnet 1 year anniversary so I wanted to try something different from my usual gif-making style and also put more emphasis on the text. Feast your eyes on my super sophisticated planning methodology:
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No braincells were hurt or utilized in the process lol. I keep a little notepad by my computer so I can jot down ideas and mostly it’s a collection of barely legible scribbles. Usually I have a basic visual idea of what I want in my head and just write down key words/sketch to help me remember. For this one I knew I wanted a dramatic drop shadow and went from there.
2. Creation
Most of the time I use Photoshop CC from start to finish, but this time I used Illustrator CC to make the long drop shadow a vector so I could play with the scale without worrying about losing quality (here’s a quick tutorial on how it’s done). After finding a red palette I liked, I broke out the watercolor brushes and created each panel (Photoshop artboards are great for planning):
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(Watercolor brushes were from here)
Here it’s a lot of masking and fiddling with colors + transparency until I’m happy with the overall look. Ctrl + Z gets used a TON in this phase.
After that it’s a matter of adding in the animation. I generally screen record with Bandicam or download from YouTube with VLC media player. Here’s what the layers panel looks like after everything has been trimmed and adjusted:
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The frames were set to linear burn blend mode, and I used Curves and Black & White layers to get that sharp contrast. Also a lot of fiddling around in this step. Listen, gif making in general involves hours of fiddling around 
3. Posting
I always let my posts sit in drafts for at least 1-2 days before looking at them again. That way I can see them with fresh eyes and spot any mistakes I missed while making it. I also check how it looks on both desktop and mobile, especially if a set/edit has text (sometimes it’s perfectly readable on desktop but on mobile it needs magnifying glasses). Finally, it’s time to click the Post button and let your baby leave the nest  |・д・)ノ
I’m tagging:
@wangxianbunnydoodles (this post): the overlays! the blending! 
@yibobibo (this post): I love the rich purple and the snow falling. So pretty! 
@thejingshi​​ (this post): this set is so stunning with how sharp it is and the lovely autumn gold. And the contrast? Immaculate 
@wingyenart​ (this post): this art? Exquisite. I’m in awe of everything: the water, the colors, the flowers, the posing. Everything 
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essercipertuttienonperse · 2 months ago
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show your process
To continue supporting content makers, this tag game is meant to show the entire process of making creative content: this can be for any creation.
RULES - When your work is tagged, show the process of its creation from planning to posting, then tag up to 5 people with a specific link to one of their creative works you'd like to see the process of. Use the tag #showyourprocess so we can find yours.
thank you @thetriangletattoo for tagging me! I loved reading yours! Flo tagged me for this edit which I did kind of like in an hour right after Louis tweeted faith in the future djgjh
1- planning
I didn't really plan it tbh, I had the pic saved in my pinterest board that I made while I was doing the walls tracks as books series (x) and I really liked it but I had never really found a way to use it! then Louis tweeted that and I was like huh... it could be an album title.. and then I thought of that pic! here's the original
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2- editing the pic
I don't know how to use photoshop rip or any fancy stuff so I just have an editing app on my phone, I enhanced the colors because I wanted it to feel idk... more intense I guess
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3- making the cover design
I used an app called canva which has templates for album covers and I took inspo from some of those, I wanted the cover to be pretty clean and to not have the words being too obtrusive so I opted for the white and hollow font for the title then I put Louis' name in red to keep the main color scheme
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I was unsure on if I wanted the composition like this or with the 4 words (faith in the future) in each corner but at the end I went for this one
4- posting
I usually end up posting stuff as soon as I'm done because I'm too impatient sjfj and it was like that for this one too!
thank you again @thetriangletattoo for tagging me! I hope this wasn't too disappointing djgj I tag @thechampagnelovers for this sticker
@cloudslou for this edit
@loveroflou for this fic
@somethingsomagic for this art piece
@malortsev for this poem (if it's okay!)
@sonofaraven for this art piece
@dependsonwhospitching for this edit
@thebravetour for this edit
@stanwalls for this fancam(?) kinda
@gayndrew for this edit
@nowistendtaller for this edit
@daffodilsforlou for this moodboard
@whatagreatproblemtohave for this art piece
@thesemptysounds for this edit
@quitecurlyart for this art piece
@tpvvk for this edit
@sourdiesel for this art piece
@louisquinnzel for this edit
@mynamesrainbow for this art piece
@wuxien for this edit
@heriz for this series
@chrysopon for this fic
@half-lightl for this edit
@heyangels for this moodboard
@annalouie for this art piece
@lousfaerie for this art piece
@londonfoginacup for this fic
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arteestador · a month ago
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From planning to posting, share your process for making creative content! To continue supporting content makers, this tag game is meant to show the entire process of making creative content: this can be for any creation.
RULES: When your work is tagged, show the process of its creation from planning to posting, then tag 5 people with a specific link to one of their creative works you’d like to see the process of. Use the tag #showyourprocess so we can find yours!
I was tagged by @lan-xichens for this post! (x) Thanks for the tag, this sounded fun! Unfortunately I'm a little new to tumblr soooo I don't really have anyone to tag, sorry!! But I'll gladly participate! 1. Planning
Yeah uhm, so I don't plan much haha, basically I went "I wanna draw them smoochin' lol" and so I started that and then went WAIT... I have to insert comedy into everything to cope with life, so I did that too. I knew from the beginning that I did want the background to be kinda glowy and give off a cute lil vibe but other than that... completely self-indulgent and on a whim heh
2. Creating
For simplicity's sake, I went and grabbed a time-lapse from procreate to show my process! Sorry it ends up jumping around quite a bit lol I went through quite a few stages and tried to test a lot of different things so here you go!
3. Posting
I do nOT understand how this website fully works so my process for posting this was stumbling around like a newborn child, asking friends, randomly hitting post and like... praying to the art gods.
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noshinwoo · 2 months ago
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RULES: When your work is tagged, show the process of its creation from planning to posting, then tag 5 people with a specific link to one of their creative works you’d like to see the process of. Use the tag #showyourprocess so we can find yours!
i was tagged to show this , this  and this one by @suibianjie​ @cherryysundae​ @fengqing​ @wangxianbunnydoodles​​ and @still-snowing​​. 
it was really nice seeing the similarities and differences in everyone’s processes and i’m truly in awe with all of yours creations (*˘︶˘*).。.:*♡ and ali i really enjoyed reading your art process! it’s was so interesting and your art is wonderful!
(special thanks to @lan-xichens​ @suibianjie, @highwarlockkareena, @nyx4, @aheartfullofjolllly for organizing this (´。• ᵕ •。`) ♡ you all are amazing!)
[I didn’t have the psds saved so I had to remake them but as far as i remember this is how I made the original ones too since my process hasn’t changed a lot since then.]
Planning
Surprisingly all three of the above gifsets were part of my the untamed x color series so not a lot of thought was put into the panning since the scene or characters were already chosen for me. 
If a scene isn’t specified like the last two I go through the episodes or clips to pick out the scenes i want to gif or those which would look good based on the general theme of the set.
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(this is a part of the cql folder where i’ve clipped out the major/ defining scenes. please excuse the ridiculous names asjjsd it helps me remember what they contain)
Creating
For this tutorial/process I’ll explain the wangxian in purple one in detail and then go over the other two briefly since it’s almost the same process.
So I selected the exchange between wangxian where wwx’s talking about helping out with the yin iron and imported it.
I then delete the extra frames and layers before cropping and resizing since photoshop does the later faster if I do it that way. The dimensions were 540x270 (which is what i usually keep for mine).
Then I converted to timeline before converting the layers to smart filter. After this I start my base coloring process which is just messing around with the curve and selective color layer until i get the skin tones accurate and the over all, the gif more brighter.
Now since the request called for purple/indigo I added another selective color layer and the adjusted the cyan and blue options under it to make it purple instead. **what i usually is that I adjust the colors slightly in one layer and then adjust a little more after adding another layer. 
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it resulted in three more layer (which sometimes get adjusted even in the end if it looks like it needs more tinkering.
Overlay:
The hunt for overlay usually takes the longest unless I don’t already have it saved. I was just going through my folder when I realized it might look good with this. So I opened, cropped and resized the snow gif and then after converting it to smart filter duplicated it onto the lwj gif.
I play around with the blending options (for this one I used color dodge) and since this doesn’t obstruct the main gif I only used the layer mask for lwj’s face after decreasing the opacity like this.
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Then after adding my watermark I finally convert everything to smart filter again, then smart sharpen my gifs (using the settings 0.5) and adding gaussian blur (setting it to 0.3) before exporting it and saving for the web.  
Here’s the finished result as compared to the original.
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Posting
Like Monica I can’t keep gifs in my draft more then a day (and that too is a stretch lmao, the itch to post is real sjdjdsj). So i either queue it for the next day day if its getting really late or just post it right away. I don’t save any psds unless I really like the coloring of it and even that gets deleted after a week. (the only gifs that get saved occasionally are gfxs for future reference).
2- Coloring for Wangxian x Rainbow
For the rainbow series, I had to make a list of all the scenes I wanted to add ( i wanted to include all the landscape/scenic ones with wangxian so that involved going through a lot of episodes). The whole process is nearly the same apart from the coloring which required more selective color layers and masking (i forgot to save the picture after applying the masking in this one, oops!)
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@wangxianbunnydoodles​​ Hao I’m sorry I couldn’t do a separate one for the xue yang post cause I was in a rush, but I’ll definitely try to do that in the future
Tagging:
@manhasetardis​ with this one (it’s definitely my favourite one! the way your coloring is always so consistent and just this concept! i love it
@wei-gege​ and this one (your glitter series and their coloring is so wonderful, i always look forward to them on the character birthday events)
@xiaodaozhang​ and this one! Eva I love each one of these so much! the masking the text style!
@petekaos​ and this set (rahul i don’t even go here but the coloring in this is so gorgeous I couldn’t stop looking)
@veronaprincess​ and this wangxian lotus lake date one! i adore the coloring.
@kaonoppakao​​ and this one! it’s so pretty!
no pressure though (´。• ᵕ •。`) ♡
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holographings · 2 months ago
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I was tagged in one of those from-planning-to-posting thingies, I’m the worst when it comes to structured creative processes but here’s a vague uhhhh Thing (thank you sm for tagging me @sugardaddyahxu !!) 
as mentioned above im very bad at keeping my sketches/wips so i don’t have the unfinished sketch of the first image from the post, but i do (by some miracle) have the sketch of the second drawing, so here’s a very unstructured vague step by step for how i do most of my paintings ^^
Tagging- @renibet for this amazing piece, @nephrosoupp for this beauty, and @mylastbraincql for this treat, (and literally anyone else that feels like doing it!! no seriously, u can say i tagged u, bc i did)
RULES: When your work is tagged, show the process of its creation from planning to posting, then tag 5 people with a specific link to one of their creative works you’d like to see the process of. Use the tag #showyourprocess so we can find yours!
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jengarie · 2 months ago
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#showyourprocess !
From planning to posting, share your process for making creative content!
To continue supporting content makers, this tag game is meant to show the entire process of making creative content: this can be for any creation.
RULES — When your work is tagged, show the process of its creation from planning to posting, then tag up to 5 people with a specific link to one of their creative works you’d like to see the process of. Use the tag #showyourprocess so we can find yours!
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Thank you, @rinielle for tagging me! She chose the piece above (original post), and oh boy this one was a whole ass rollercoaster ride! Unfortunately, I hadn't turned on the timelapse feature for this but I'll try to go through each part of the process as best as I can!
The photos I'm gonna upload are gonna be a mix of screenshots and literal photos of my screen, because I'm taking some of them from my updates to friends, since a lot of the steps got lost in my painting process.
But before that, let me tag some other amazing creators!
@dragonji: this gif art!
@candicewright: this yibo painting!
@wendashanren: this gifset!
@mylastbraincql: this gif!
I haven't been able to keep track of who's been tagged so apologies if you've already done this! Also, no pressure to do it at all if you would rather not! <3
Planning
Sometimes, I get an idea first and find reference photos to go with that idea. But for this one, I sought out a reference photo first, and built an idea on top of it!
After that, I roughly sketch out the base pose. Usually, this looks very messy, but it doesn't really matter as long as I understand which part goes where!
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The idea for the background didn't really come until the creation process because I don't think I really planned this to be a full piece.
Creation
Sketching
Honestly, from this point on, it's more of trial and error.
So, I redid the the initial base pose—made it cleaner and a little bit more detailed. See: the added definition in their arm muscles, the rearrangement of Wei Wuxian's legs, and Lan Wangji's hand on Wei Wuxian's back. If you look at the second photo, I also changed the pose a bit midway—I tend to edit as I go sometimes when I change my mind. (For this, I thought, given the Lan arm strength, it would be better to make Lan Wangji look more at ease carrying Wei Wuxian. This gets covered by the robes anyway though, so it didn't matter much in the end.)
I also started adding details to the base! I usually start with the face and then the hair! I usually go for the clothes next, but I dreaded the robes in this piece so I guess that's why I ended up with a basic idea of what I wanted for the background instead LOL I also figured out how I want the final crop to look like, so I blocked out all the other areas with an extra layer!
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Okay, onto the part that killed me like ten times: the robes. There are a lot of interactions between their robes here given their pose, and not to mention they also have layers upon layers on each of them! So, to maintain my sanity and to keep track of which part is which, I color coded them into the most colorful sketch I've ever made.
Another reason why I filled in each layer of robe with a solid block of color, is so that all the lines underneath gets covered. Without all of the colors, the actual outline actually looks like the one on the right. What a nightmare!
I also ignored the crop again for this part, because it's always better to draw past your borders, in case you decide to rotate or tilt or whatever your piece later on. I didn't do the feet anymore though, because that I was sure wouldn't show in the final piece anymore.
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After that, I did the sketch one more time and then started adding the base colors. (I didn't have a screenshot of just the base colors, and the final CSP file is a nightmare so I copy pasted the layers into a new canvas to show you guys :') )
By the way, I drew their robes flowing this way, because I wanted it to frame the lower arch of the moon behind them for the composition. It was a little frustrating that I couldn't get Lan Wangji's robes a little higher because of Wei Wuxian's legs but I later filled in the empty space with his forehead ribbon anyway, so it all worked out in the end!
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Painting
Because apparently, I was a masochist back then, I merged the base colors all into one layer and started adding shadows to the robes. (These days, I add shadows first and then, merge. It's much easier this way.)
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And then, I started painting! Again, I did the face first and then the hair, before finally the robes. This was my first time painting side profiles and honestly it was quite a pain to figure out LOL but !!! I think I did a good job and I'm proud of how it turned out. I again used reference photos for this one but I can't link any because they were just several random Pinterest photos that I didn't save.
Another thing to note is that I use the mesh transform tool a lot, especially on faces. That's largely why Lan Wangji's face looks so different in the latter two!
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And then I went with the robes. Somewhere along the way, I realized I didn't like how I planned to do Lan Wangji's sleeves and the flowy part of Wei Wuxian's robes and I... decided, with much dread, to do them over. So I sketched on top of the painted layers and redid the robes, again.
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It was at this point that I decided to take a break from this piece because it was honestly very draining! I think it took about three weeks before I decided to open the file again and continue it.
When I did, I just finished painting the rest of the robes and their hands. The blue details on Lan Wangji's outer robes were painted on a separate layer that I put on Multiply. I probably did more adjustments to the face and hair and stuff, because my painting process is honestly a mess :')
Final Adjustments
I added some correction layers on certain areas to fix some of the colors. See: Lan Wangji's sleeve becoming much brighter and paler; Wei Wuxian's legs having less contrast. And then I merged all of the layers (excluding the background) and added a bit of blur. See: Wei Wuxian's ponytail; the entire lower part; the flowing forehead ribbon. My reasoning for this is so that most of the detail (and therefore the flow of the eye) goes to their faces and expressions!
And then, I put a blue Overlay layer on low opacity to make Wangxian blend better with the background, added a bit of shadow on the inside and the lower sections and added the glowing details for the added flair. I initially wanted sparkles and/or stars but they didn't turn out as well as this did. I also upped the contrast by a little for the entire piece!
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Aaaand, that's it! In truth, I did a bit more color adjustments to the whole piece, but I was a dummy who forgot to turn them back on before posting so ... oh well.
Posting
Before posting, I upload it either on my spare private Twitter account or on a drafted Tumblr post so I can check the colors on my phone. This is because the colors on different devices can look very different, and I would at the very least want all my pieces to look nice on both of my devices!
And then, once I deem it satisfactory, I just try to think of a caption and post! Some artists wait for a certain time where most of their followers are active, but I didn't have a lot of MDZS followers at this point so it didn't really matter to me.
It still doesn't really; I haven't actually been able to figure out when my MDZS followers are awake even now.
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claudiablack · 2 months ago
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From planning to posting, share your process for making creative content!
To continue supporting content makers, this tag game is meant to show the entire process of making creative content: this can be for any creation.
RULES — When your work is tagged, show the process of its creation from planning to posting, then tag 5 people with a specific link to one of their creative works you’d like to see the process of. Use the tag #showyourprocess so we can find yours!
Thank you @yiling-recesses​ for the tag, i’m gonna go with this set because unfortunately i dont really have much to say about the other (that i haven’t basically covered before). i use photoshop cc for the actual giffing and kmplayer to get frames.
1. Planning
so for this set i’d actually already made one before so i knew the basics of what i’d need to do already (count how many gifs in each colour, find scenes that are either naturally prominent in that colour, or can be edited to it easily, save the frames in my /editing/2021 edits/frames folder — i named them 01, 02, 03, etc. to 36) and i had a reference for how it should look. the main planning for this set actually came from doing the maths for the dimensions to make the gaps natural because my previous set was made on the old dimensions (each individual gif is 132px). i made sure to save the frames in the numbered folder that corresponded to where in the set they’d be placed so i knew/remebered what colour needed to be highlighted. in my head the numbers are assigned left to right then top to bottom like this:
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[id: image of 12 images in a 4x3 grid from the gifset, with the numbers 1 through 12 written over them from left to right then going down on each row. /end id]
in order to combine multiple gifs into one set you need to make sure the number of frames are the same, so once i’ve captured all my frames i go through the folder and trim down the numbers to match the others that will be in that row. e.g. if gif 01 originally had 200 frames, but gif 03 only had 60, i’d cut 140 from gif 01.
2. Creating
so. as for creating i just made each gif on their own first, highlighting the colour i knew needed to be prominent, then save the gif. i have a video here of how i actually make/colour gifs from when i made this set (although i use actions a lot and in the video i didn’t so people could see what those actions actually do). so that’s pretty basic. then i open each set of four in photoshop and combine them into one gifset using the paste frames method. each row ends up being its own gif like this:
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[id: screenshot from inside photoshop showing four images lined in a row, with a small transparent gap between them. /end id]
and i save according to convention like so:
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[id: screenshot from a folder called ‘2021 edits’, showing multiple photoshop and gif files, named according to a 6 digit code. /end id]
3. posting
so usually with bigger sets i draft each gif as soon as i’ve made it so i check how it looks on here and also to ensure that i dont have to trim for file size or that i haven’t messed up the dimensions, and i can also ensure i don’t accidentally put the gifs out of order. so for example once gif 591302 is made i upload it, then 591703, etc.
once the set is done i write a caption and image description, tag it, and for something like this i usually don’t wait to post (for things like the 30 days of jiang yanli stuff i prefer to schedule). and thats my process really.
so i’m gonna tag:
@recapitulation​ with this pretty one <3
@reverseracistpoc​ with this cool set
@ahomeboylives​ for this one
@ennuijpg​ for either this or this
@evakant​ for this one
@yanqings​ for this set
no pressure obvs but i’d love to see what yall do <3
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aheartfullofjolllly · 3 months ago
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From planning to posting, share your process for making creative content! 
To continue supporting content makers, this tag game is meant to show the entire process of making creative content: this can be for any creation.
RULES: When your work is tagged, show the process of its creation from planning to posting, then tag 5 people with a specific link to one of their creative works you’d like to see the process of. Use the tag #showyourprocess so we can find yours!
I was tagged by Kris @lan-xichens​​​​ and she chose this gif 💗💗💗 Her starting post is here.
I use VapourSynth and Photoshop CC 2017 to make my gifs and I mostly work in timeline mode on PS. I also have the raw vids downloaded as my source material. Hope that helps! Anyway, this is gonna be long. Brace yourselves. 😊
1. PLANNING
This gif was created for mdzs’ 5th anniversary and the prompt was favourite quote from the novel. I knew I wanted to do the quote I used but I was struggling at first because obviously we didn’t get the tree scene in the show. Then I thought, why not play around with transition gifs! Tbh, this is one of those gifs that even I was surprised worked out??? People started commenting in the tags how seamless the transition was and I was like, huh, I guess it is! HAHAHAHA.
I got the exact timestamps I wanted for VS which is honestly one of the most time consuming parts for me when making gifs. I plan out each gif based on the exact timestamps I have.😅  For this gif, I wanted to transition bb wwx to lotus pier wwx. My timestamps were:
E18 00:23:12-19 (00:00:08)
E46 00:17:38-43 (00:00:06)
2. CREATION
I usually decide the size of my gif on the spot once VS has processed the clip. I play around with the sizes a bit to see which works best. For this one, I knew I wanted a big gif cos it was going to be the only one hahaha. Ended up choosing 540x500.
The trickiest part was getting the two scenes to somehow align. This was extra harder for me cos VS can only process one clip at a time. It overwrites on whatever settings you’ve made once you’ve inputted a new timestamp and it shows up on your browser. So what I did was I centered it around the first gif which was bb wwx. I made sure I got the fall framed enough to fit both the close-up shot and the wider one where you see bb jyl’s sleeve. After that, I saved the clip, chose my frames, and opened it in PS as psd #1. 
[sorry, I’m assuming you somehow know the basics of gif making here but if you have any questions at any point, please message me and I’ll try to answer as best as I can]
For the second scene which is wwx falling into lwj’s arms, I played around a bit to try to get them to align as much as possible. So I was literally going back and forth between psd #1 and the new clip to eyeball approximately where wwx might “fall” into the second gif. This took a while cos I kept making the tiniest adjustments until I was like, F*CK IT, they won’t notice! Hahahahaha. Again, I saved the clip, chose my frames, and opened it in PS as psd #2.
Next step would be sharpening and colouring. I once answered an ask with my VS and sharpening setting here [x].
Once I did my sharpening, colouring, deleting more frames I didn’t want, I saved both psds. I then made duplicates of the psds and opened those in PS for more fiddling around. This is because I knew I would be experimenting with the gifs and I wanted to be able to go back to the original file in case I hated the new ones hahaha.
Opened a brand new psd file (psd #3) where I would paste the flattened gifs to work on the transition. 
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I recently found a better way to merge two gifs together without flattening them so I could still edit colouring but I didn’t know it at that time ahahahaha.
To merge two gifs in a new file, here’s what I did: 
psd-copy #1: select all frames > copy frames
psd #3: paste frames
psd-copy #2: select all frames > copy frames
psd #3: click on the last frame on the timeline > paste frames > paste after selection
I should now have two scenes after the other. I made sure that the second set of frames (adult wwx) was on top of the first set (see above, right-most screenshot). 
I then deleted the first four frames from the second set on my timeline but they should still be in the side box (yeah idk what you call that but see box in red).
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I selected the 4th to the last frame from the first set, click on frame 1 from the second sent, and click the eye button to make it visible. It should look like the deleted first frame now is on the 4th to the last frame like this. Do that for 3rd to last frame + frame 2, 2nd to last frame + frame 3, and last frame + frame 4. Your timeline should now look like this:
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Once done, you can now change the opacity of the layers! I go 20%, 40%, 60%, 80%!
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And that’s basically it. They transition nicely from one scene to the next. I just added the texts afterward. That was a whole ‘nother crisis cos I couldn’t decide which font to use and where to place the text etc. Hahahaha.
And these are all the files in the folder for this set. I made 10 versions of this gif before I was happy with it hahaha. 
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3. POSTING
I tend to leave my gif sets in my drafts for a while so I can keep looking at them and make tiny edits. And then I have a minor crisis minutes before I hit post. 😅 That’s basically it. I check the post on my blog, check the tags if it showed it up, and log off tumblr so I don’t obsessively refresh the site hahahaha. I also schedule self-reblog posts every couple of hours for about 24 hours so it can be seen in almost all timezones. That’s it! 
❣️ TAGGING
@wei-gege​​​​ for this or this - hello doris! <333 the march gif challenge was so so beautiful and the fonts you used *chefs kiss* but YAOYANG VID. I’m still laughing till today, thanks. 😂💘
@bimingjue​​​​ for this video or any of your subbed vids you worked on - mirf!!! i’m honestly so amazed and thankful for people who sub videos. i’m super interested in the process of vid subbing cos i consume a lot of your hardwork 💗
@cherryysundae​​​​ for this or this - monicaaa you know how much i love your colouring. the drunkji one is such an iconic colouring for me and the yungmeng trio looked such hard work and would be amazing to see how you made it all come together! 💖
@inessencedevided​​​​ for this or this - sophie i’m always amazed with the effects you use for your gifs and i would love love love to learn more from you! you are honestly so talented! 💕
@ashenlights​​​​ for this or this - ashen <333 as someone who can’t do art AT ALL, i would love to see your process on how you plan your art and execute them! i super admire your talent and love seeing your art all the time. 💓
but honestly, don’t feel restricted to the ones i chose. if you would prefer to talk about a different work, please do so! 
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ashenlights · 2 months ago
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From planning to posting, share your process for making creative content (part 2!)
RULES: When your work is tagged, show the process of its creation from planning to posting, then tag 5 people with a specific link to one of their creative works you’d like to see the process of. Use the tag #showyourprocess so we can find yours!
Thanks for tagging me @vishcount! :D Here’s the process of my Liu Sang art which I drew for your birthday (and which is technically named “Waterfalls of the Sun” in my files ^^) This drawing wasn’t as neat as the process of my LWJ art that I showed in the last post -  I didn’t have a super clear idea of where I wanted to go with it at first, so it really evolved a lot as I drew!
1. Planning
Step 1 of planning was to brainstorm and try to find a quote/lyric that captured his whole character in a nutshell. I had 2 other ideas at first - one was to take inspiration from his character song The Man in the Rain (雨人) (with the lines “Maybe if I listen to the sound of rain, I will then be able to face the inevitable separation”) and draw him in the rain with an umbrella. The second idea was to take that quote from Liu Sang to Wu Xie: “One good ear is enough for me in everyday life. Consider the damaged one as my present to you”. But in the end, I couldn’t find a solid translation of his song and I found both of these ideas a little too depressing/tragic to draw and wanted something a little more positive for your birthday present ^^; So I went with the excerpt from Dogfish by Mary Oliver which you used in your edit x instead! (”You don’t want to hear the story of my life, and anyway I don’t want to tell it, I want to listen to the enormous waterfalls of the sun”). I have to mention here that your edit was a huge inspiration for this art and I purposely referenced its aesthetic a lot, as you’ll see later on in my process! (You can see it in the colours, the forest/water aesthetic and the flowers).
2. Sketch/ Basic colour plan
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A messy sketch as usual! The plan was to have him use his hearing abilities - him drawing out the map of some tomb while listening and working out its structure. I knew I wanted the sun/circle as the major focal point of the composition. It’s probably impossible to tell from my scribbles, but originally I was thinking of going a bit more abstract with the background. Along the edges (in dark teal), I was going to draw those bronze pieces from that giant bell structure in s2 and have those illuminated by the golden light of the sun. But it ended up looking too busy and geometric, so I scrapped that idea.
3. Some painting and thinking about the background
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Here, I slowly started to paint and shade things. Not sure if you can tell from the scribbles, but I was thinking about having a more organic nature-y background- those scribbles are flowers and trees XD This is also where Mary Oliver’s quote came in and helped a lot! As you can see on the left, I was going to have more abstract tear drop shapes as the “waterfalls of the sun” and then some reflections of the golden sun on the lake waters. But the composition really didn’t work and got too busy, so then I thought - wouldn’t it be cool if the sun was dripping like an actual waterfall? Which is where the right picture came in! This is also when I did some flower research to try to figure out which flowers to draw. I wanted something that would fit into the colour scheme and also had suitable meanings for this present and for Liu Sang - I ended up going with hydrangea for gratitude and daisies for innocence. I was also going to have a border at first! I wanted it to be like the maps Liu Sang drew in his notebook, but that also ended up looking too geometric/busy so I took that out.
4. More painting! And considering borders again
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Mostly more painting and detailing of the face and the flowers here! And I was considering no border vs border and going slightly crazy trying to decide XD
5. Final painting steps and overlays
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I ended up going halfway - I got rid of the fancy border and stuck with a plain rectangular one. And I placed the daisies into the scene, floating on the water! I also finally figured out the dripping sun! I had so much trouble with it in step 4 (where it looked really thick and plasticy?) But here, I discovered the perfect solution - I erased bits of the “drips” with my brush, and then blended them into the empty layer, which produced a really nice wispy fade effect ^^ And the final step was adding a few overlays - some highlights to make the sun and its waterfalls really glow, and some extra shadows here and there to clean things up. And that’s it!
6. Posting
This time I didn’t end up posting it right away because I had to wait until it was your birthday in your timezone haha. But I didn’t have to wait long - I actually only ended up finishing it the day before ^^
Bonus speedpaint!
And a speedpaint because my iPad actually recorded some of the process! I wasn’t expecting to share any of it when I was drawing, so it’s not the best and not totally representative of my whole drawing process  ^^;  Some parts are cut out because I turned off recording to check references and forgot to turn the recording back on again haha. But maybe you’ll find it interesting to see anyway? At least you can see my million other border ideas that I briefly considered but scrapped XD
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