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Ryuko Process by JxbP Ryuko Process by JxbP
Ryuko was the winner of the tutorial poll, though the female titan was a close second. So hre is the promised process, hope it will be helpful for you. This is my first time putting together a tutorial like this, so please let me know if you have any feedback.

Software: Photoshop
Brushes: mostly hard round brush

Here is the finished piece:
Matoi Ryuko - Kill La Kill by JxbP
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DD-Yang Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
OMG arigato for this. ;o;
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JxbP Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2016
thanks for taking a look :)
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DD-Yang Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
Youkoso!~ :D
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Sabinzie Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Did you ever get around to making a hair tutorial? I just love the way you paint.  la in love 
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JxbP Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2015
sorry not yet, i might get around to it sometime, but no plans just yet.
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:iconcyb3rsamurai:
Cyb3rSamurai Featured By Owner Edited Mar 1, 2015
Basically all I got out of this is, "have 8+ years of experience to get good".
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:iconjxbp:
JxbP Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2015
it usually does take some time
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Cyb3rSamurai Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2015
Naturally
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Youinii Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much for your kind answer in the Gallery comment box. The tutorial hits me in the right weak points, and I really appreciate that :happy:  I decided to comment back here as I think I'd better not spam your Gal comment box with detailed question: May I ask what is a "transparent stroke"? I noticed that this question was asked below by another deviant but haven't got an answer yet, so I think I'll put it up again.
Thanks for spending your time reading this!
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JxbP Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2015
transparent stroke is just using the pressure control on your tablet to adjust the opacity of your brush. So it doesn't completely cover up the colours underneath. 
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Youinii Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh... I got it. Thank you so much for your kind answer!
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Poomind Featured By Owner May 11, 2014
How do you blend the rough colors so smoothly? I tend to over blend my colors..
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JxbP Featured By Owner May 11, 2014
i usually use a hard brushes and blend everything manually with transparent strokes, this gives better control over what gets blended and how much. This was adopted mainly to avoid overblending.
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Poomind Featured By Owner May 12, 2014
Ahh okay thank you so much for answering! :)
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qwert3t Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2015  Student Filmographer
What exaclty is transparent strokes ?
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BATTLEFAIRIES Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2014
thank you very much - this was very clear and most helpful!
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JxbP Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2014
i'm glad you found it helpful :D
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MoeMoney123 Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Are you self taught? 
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JxbP Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2014
i have taken class in traditional painting before, but digital painting and most of the things i do nowadays are picked up on my own
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fucktard615 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2014  Student Digital Artist
this was incredibly helpful. But do you have any videos of you speed painting or doing a Q&A? I'd really like to see the whole process.
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JxbP Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2014
No plans yet for videos, not quite fast enough to do something like that. If you have questions feel free to send me a note.
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Akashic-Soul Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you for this tutorial o/

That's why I love DeviantART, you'll always find someone to share his/here knowledge .
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JxbP Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2014
you're welcome :D
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SiKai-Sung Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Awesome tutorial. I knew about highlight and stuff generally, but I never knew how specular and diffuse are related to each other! 
Hope to see more of your tutorials in future :) Especially your work in process from sketching if it's in your list for later. 
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JxbP Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2014
Thanks :D. Hope I didn't misunderstand you, but by sketch, do you mean the lineart? I tend to skip over that and start by blocking in the colours. So that image on the first step is usually what I start with.
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SiKai-Sung Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Oh, sorry for vagueness. What I actually meant was your work in process from scratch. I always wonder how you build up shape and add details gradually from colour blocks with faces, clothes, objects, and hair (though I assume there will be hair tutorial perhaps some day later as I noticed that from this tutorial).
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JxbP Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2014
ah ok, thanks for the clarification. I'll probably go into more detail about that in the future.
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SiKai-Sung Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Great! I can't wait :)
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B-Muzed Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2014
Skin, metal and hair. The three things I constantly have trouble with and you provided great advice on all of them!
Thanks and keep up the fantastic work!
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JxbP Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2014
thanks, glad that you find it helpful.
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Lightning441 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Finally! Thank you so much!!! **
Some troubles to understand everything, but don't worry :) thanks again
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JxbP Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2014
feel free to ask if you have any questions.
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guswindo Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Finally, I don't need to die in curiosity anymore... Llama Emoji-65 (Blood Tears...) [V3] 
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JxbP Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2014
heh, glad that satisfied some of your curiosity.
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guswindo Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The face please! We need detailed information on face painting Bunny Emoji-39 (Really) [V3] 
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excalibur321 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Brought together quite well, do more of the nearest (tutorials) :D
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JxbP Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2014
thanks :)
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Bahr3DCG Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Im currently in a 3D texture and lighting course in college right now, and Im dealing with a lot of the properties of light and materials that you mentioned here.  Its really fun stuff, isnt it??  Its nice to see this tutorial, and to see how much thought goes into your work!  
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JxbP Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2014
It is very interesting. It helps a lot in demystifying why things look the way they do. Before I learned these things, lighting can seem very complicated and hard to reproduce. But knowing these rules really help to simplify that step and better understand how to paint things a little more true to nature.
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MusicalArtistical Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
AMAZING  work and an extremely helpful tutorial! Thank you for posting!
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JxbP Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2014
thank you for taking a look :)
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Vyndicare Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2014  Student Digital Artist
This was a helpful tutorial and OMG-... Science! Lol I love how you put a fun fact about cells in there XD
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JxbP Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2014
Heh, nice to know that you enjoyed that one.
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Vyndicare Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Haha yes! :D
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ThePhozz Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2014  Student General Artist
This is great! It has things I never knew yet it all seems to make sense. 
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JxbP Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2014
if you are not afraid of a little math, it is definitely worthwhile to read a little about very simple lighting models like "lambert diffuse" and "phong specular". High school math is more than enough and they give a good intuition about how to light a surface (like where to put those tricky highlights)
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ThePhozz Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2014  Student General Artist
Alryte, thanks. I'll look into some.
I'm also actually training to be a computer scientist so math isn't discouraging. :iconheplz:
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JxbP Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2014
O nice, i'm also in computer science (specializing in rendering).
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ThePhozz Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2014  Student General Artist
Yeah, I noticed from your profile. \o/
I think the computer scientist x artist thing is a really cool skill set. I realized that while art and math might sound like they're opposite ends of a spectrum, they're quite alike in how much creativity and abstract thinking helps when working in them. And it's amazing how far they can take you from reality. >.<
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JxbP Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2014
yep, and they both offer ways of understanding the world. A lot of the math i've taken has been linear algebra though.....so much linear algebra....
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