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Haruko FLCL colored by fromthemargin Haruko FLCL colored by fromthemargin
Okay, this one has a long thank you list to go with it. While I spent more time painting this piece that most of the others I've done, I've got more people to thank for the work that I didn't do in it.

First and foremost I'd like to thank for the original line art. I found it in his scraps [link] . A few more lines on the guitar would have been nice and I only wish I could have done a better job my self of cleaning it up. I'll have to do some tutorials on light levels. I'm going to be thinking for a long time on how I could have made the guitar work a bit better.

Second I'd like to thank for the wonderful background picture I used [link] I simply applied a photoshop filter to it and it gave me the perfect lighting situation I was looking to attempt to paint. I painted the light to match the background as best I could instead of trying to match the background to the lighting. This forced me to interpret one of the hardest and most unusual lighting situations I've considered yet, a light source upward behind and to the left and partially obscured by trees and a building. I wish I could have interpreted it better but my ability to imagine the light in my head is just not up to par yet.

Okay I guess that was only two people I NEED to thank. Theres a lot more of you out there who have given me advice on brush technique, layering, and color work. Thank you all I'm sorry I couldn't put all your names in here, claim credit as you desire in the comments though.

This is Haruko, originally called Haruno by the lineartist but I decided I wanted the name to be as I know it. The character is from and copyright of whoever makes FLCL / fooly cooly / that freaking crazy cool show!

Took roughly 12 hours (an couple hours a day for most of a week).

All done in photoshop with ordinary brushes and a generous dose of the Smudge tool, ask me if you want any details on how I did particular things.

Thank you and good night!

I was thinking of adding the Vespa in the background but I'm not sure how long that would have taken or if it would have even been worth it.
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Psychopatrick88 Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2007
Oddly enough, I think it looks like Yoruichi in Haruko's clothing... that could be just me though.
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fromthemargin Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hah, hot damn, ure right! Lol, that's such a trip now that I compair it to some stock Yoruichi pics. Very interesting observation.
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Psychopatrick88 Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2007
Thank you, glad it's just not me :)
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chapter31 Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2006
pretty cool :] i like it! nice job
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fromthemargin Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks, I'm really glad you like it.
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nightshide Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2007  Professional General Artist
Good work!!you haruko is very sexy
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fromthemargin Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you very much!
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swimagainstgravity Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2006
That looks really cool, it has a very bold look to it. I think part of it might be that you kept the original black lineart showing through. The colors and shading/highlights look really nice.
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fromthemargin Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks, I'm actually trying to work on a way to make the line art fade to have the color of its surrounding material, but I haven't settled on a technique yet. Thanks very much for your compliments on the shading and highlighting, they were my favorite part to do.
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swimagainstgravity Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2006
Your welcome...hmm...
What if instead of eliminating the lines entirely you used perhaps the smudge tool to simply make the lines thinner and blend them more? /no personal experience w/photoshop, so eh...
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fromthemargin Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I believe that would be very time consuming in the end, but hey, its worth a shot!
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swimagainstgravity Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2006
Right now I'm trying to "colorize" one of my pencil drawings using the free select tool with my way overly sensetive gaming mouse. Time consuming is an understatement there. :p. Hopefully my suggestion doesn't take THAT long.
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fromthemargin Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks, yah, I understand I guess I'm just whining huh? Thanks alot for taking the time to help.
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Vampirneko Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
cute ^^
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funeralwind Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2006
u made great work with my doodle O_O
amazing
only use blur in line art to evade of pixelization make like more soft
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fromthemargin Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ah yes, thank you so much for the advice, I'll try that tutorial next time.. I rarely go back and fix things, but it may be so simple I might just do it.
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chi-33 Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2006
that looks good...the shading and stuff is awesome nice job ^_^
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fromthemargin Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks so much, glad you like it!
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ninja-nix Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2006  Student General Artist
wow. the background is AWESOME. and the colouring is REALLY well done!
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fromthemargin Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks so much! I'm glad you like it. The background was really easy once I got the picture, its a real photo with the "cutout" filter applied to it in Photoshop. I think the roof of the building in the upper left corner doesn't show up quite enough, partly thanks to my nifty logo I'm too proud not to include, haha. Anyways, I'm glad you like it WOO!
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ninja-nix Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2006  Student General Artist
lol YES the background is wiked cool xD
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WanderingKotka Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
Great work with the coloring on this, I think you got the lighting down perfectly. The details on her clothing and face were very nicely done and the body of her guitar has some nice contours to it.

My only suggestion to make the guitar better would be that you should have erased the lines on the fingerboard and just gone off a reference picture. I'd also say draw in some strings. (But fingerboards are a royal pain to draw/color . . .)
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fromthemargin Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ah, thanks, just the type of advice I was hoping to get. Yah I'll be wary of fingerboards in my lineart selection in the future! haha.
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WanderingKotka Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
You're welcome! I've drawn guitars before (and then been taken to task by a guitar-playing friend) so I'm happy to help here!
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fromthemargin Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Lol, yah my wife owns a guitar and I told her to ignore it in the pic when I had her look at it, lol.
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FisherStickyShocker Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2006
owh that's hot. love the 3d effects and the dark lightning of the colors :D
and the background is kewl as well =P
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fromthemargin Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks very much, I keep trying to improve. The background effect was a lucky shot.
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Foxchibi Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hmm Methinks this came out wonderful. <3 The shadows are pretty consistent with the lightsource and you did a great job with the folds! <3 I dun think you need any help. ;)
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fromthemargin Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks so much!
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Foxchibi Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
no prob. <3 Glad I could um.... help. ^^;
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