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LAVAAAA color steps by toerning LAVAAAA color steps by toerning
A few of you asked about color picking on this piece, and since pictures are better than words, threw this together. I'll scrap this once the interested parties have seen it.

I feel like I should have a disclaimer about how this is a really NOT GREAT way to do color, generally speaking. This process relies on 2 things: 1- having a light-emitting and single-layered (spatially) background. So basically a magical element haha. and 2- having a sensational concept which relies not on storytelling but on cheap tricks to grab the viewer's attention. So, you know. You've been warned!

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auto-noe Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Your art is beautiful! Thanks so much for sharing things like this with us! <3
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Drawn-Imagination Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I know I said it before, but damn!
Thanks for putting this info out there in a way a total noob like me can understand. ;)
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MirkAssassin Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013
I like how Korra looks more and more evil with each panel XD
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protoPrimus Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012  Professional General Artist
Always nice to see someones method.
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fire-wolves67 Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2012
Korra?
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XxTruthorDarexX Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
very helpful!
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pixarjunkie Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2012
this is so useful, I learned so much! thank you!

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loish Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2012
damnnnn. incredible! love the red-hot glow of the fire! korra is such a total badass in your art. i think out of all your skills, i love your sketching ability the most. your sketches are just soooo full of life, it's incredible.
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toerning Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2012
Gah, thank you so much! I don't often post sketches haha so I'm glad you got to see this one, then! :heart:
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Verlidaine Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2012  Student General Artist
hey hey so I used this for help on this drawing of mine! [link] dunno if you'd like to see but here you are anyways! <3 This was super helpful and rad
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pianof Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2012
Thanks for the process! Could you explain the neutral grey again? I'm not sure I understand still D:
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Nawni Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2012
Thank you so much! The explanations behind the step-by-step pictures are incredibly helpful, I'm very glad you took the time to include them. c:
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Cheesecake-giri Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012
Hi. I love you.
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Mr--Jack Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012  Professional
I for one am ALL ABOUT the shameless glows :D
Very cool!
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scrii Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012  Student
man despite all the awesome colour and lighting tips i can't stop focussing on those hands haha they are so amazing!
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BlitzKreg-Trixie Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I like how funny you put the descriptions in. I also love that you added some cheap tricks in. :D
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Dreamart101 Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012  Student
very usefull thanks !!!!!!
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Ameko-no-Mori Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
This is incredibly helpful! I don't think it's a cheap trick - it's so important to know how to direct the viewer's eyes. I have trouble with that myself sometimes. Thanks very much!
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h2ogirl98 Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012  Student Writer
Another avatar DD! I'm so happy!
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pireh Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012  Student Digital Artist
oh my god GENIUS!!!!!!
You're so amazing, I couldn't believe those were 100% neutral grays, that's such a useful technique! I swear I finish reading this with so much motivation, I really feel like doing a full illustration now! haha. The way you make everything contrast is especially inspiring and easy to understand

also...btw I don't really think there's a chunk of head missing since the top of her head obviously doeesn't surpass the hair line (which is way above the head line in some points??? oh geez I suck at explaining)
MAYBE IS BECAUSE I LIKE TO DRAW HAIR LIKE THAT SOMETIMES TOO ~*i understan u gurl*~
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toerning Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012
hahahaha YAAAAAY I am pleased you are pleased. I really hope you DO use your energy for some more illustrations- I love how I can feel your energy in your work and I can't wait to see what you do! NO PRESSURE THOUGH OOPS!

(Also I am pleased you don't think her head looks broken but honestly, it was clearly so distracting for so many people, and it's not like it was going to DETRACT for people who didn't see it before, so I just sucked it up and fixed it lol)

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pireh Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Oh man, I really hope so too! haha. I'll gather a bunch of your tutorials for help/inspiration on this -finally- free weekend!

Ah yeah!! I understand. Also if most people see it like that (even if it's technically correct) it's cool to fix!
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pireh Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012  Student Digital Artist
oh my god GENIUS!!!!!!
You're so amazing, I couldn't believe those were 100% neutral grays, that's such a useful technique! I swear I finish reading this with so much motivation, I really feel like doing a full illustration now! haha. The way you make everything contrast is especially inspiring and easy to understand

also...btw I don't really think there's a chunk of head missing since the top of her head obviously doeesn't surpass the hair line (which is way above the head line in some points??? oh geez I suck at explaining)
MAYBE IS BECAUSE I LIKE TO DRAW HAIR LIKE THAT SOMETIMES TOO ~*i understan u gurl*~
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ReincarnatedParano Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
This is really useful! Thanks for sharing!
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laughinguy Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012  Student Digital Artist
The final artwork with the lava background reminds me of Star Wars Episode 3...

:iconaangrytenzinplz: You're the Avatar! You said you're to bring peace to Republic City, not destroy property!! You were to bring balance to the world, not abandoning it for power and probending.

:iconsexykorraplz: I hate you.

:iconaangrytenzinplz: You were my father, Korra. I loved you.

:iconbeifongwatchesu2plz: Awkward, this is.
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h2ogirl98 Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012  Student Writer
Omg! Thanks so funny!
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Nafanua123 Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
loving those faces XD
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Mukki Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012  Professional Filmographer
It looks like you also added some texture at the end! :D What a cool process!
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toerning Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012
YES I guess I did haha I used a slightly textured brush to put in the glow layer so yeah.

Thanks for looking! :heart:
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Quirkilicious Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Might be a style thing, but I really feel like you can pump that contrast up even more, especially between the foreground and the explosive background.
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toerning Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012
Well you're definitely not wrong, but at the same time I didn't want to really "blow it out" which would be so easy, cause lava doesn't really actually emit that much light. I wanted it to look like...the moment before the attack, instead of the moment OF attack, right?

Haha whatever. Anyway, thanks for the input. You're probably right! :heart:
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analepsis Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012   General Artist
This is very educational and the result is gorgeous. I love her hands so much and the little detail of her burn burning. Great work as always. c:
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pixarjunkie Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012
what a great quick tutorial! thank you for this :heart:
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TheBoyofCheese Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
BENE YOU ARE WONDERFUL
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Spazazz218 Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is amazing work that you've done here. I really love the stylist lines and how you made the character really stand out. Thank you for explaining your process and how you came about with the final striking image.
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ChristyTortland Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Loved your comments on subtle color variation!! This tutorial is fabulous. Thank you so much for sharing! Your style is gorgeous! :)
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mistfoxx Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012
This is great! I love your explanation of what you're doing with the color rather than just "and now put dark here and glow in this spot, etc, etc). :D Making the bottom warmer to bring attention to the face is an especially useful trick, I think.
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toerning Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012
YES! Thank you for really taking the time to read, I appreciate it greatly! Yeah the idea is just to draw attention away from non-essential information; it's all about directing focus! :heart:
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AutumnalDaydreams Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
AUGH WE STILL HAVE TO DO OUR SESSION @___@
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neotigger143 Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012
dude, this was SO helpful! I myself struggle with having too bright of colors, and this walkthrough really let me see just how you do it... this is lovely, thank you so much!
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Jin-Yutashi Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012
do you mind if I use this as a ref for an OC of mine in a similar pose with fire and stuff (no tracing), just for practice with such thing cuz I suck.

I will credit you of coarse.
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toerning Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012
I'm flattered you would like it that much! Feel free to use this if you think it will help you improve, and please send me a link to the finished work! :heart:
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Jin-Yutashi Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012
[link] ta da?
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DEVOTEDrandomSKETCH Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012
The background is stunning, and I learned some. Thanks! <3
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sound-heartnet Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012
I don't know why, but the statement:
"Wow, she is just so manly"
Popped into my mind while I was looking at this piece of art.
go figure =/
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toerning Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012
HAHAHA HELL YES I think that every time I see her and it makes me smile! :heart: thanks for taking the time to comment!
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sound-heartnet Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012
Thanks for taking the time to make it!

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eppoif1 Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012
She looks terrifying.
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toerning Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012
Score! :heart:
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eppoif1 Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012
:iconxd--plz: :iconthumbsupplz:
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