BIG FILE IS BIG. Just a friendly warning. Final picture is here: [link]
I've been working on these guys for a few weeks now on and off between commissions, and today since I was feeling a bit better I decided to finish them. This is a progress sheet (not really a tutorial, just step-by-step) I decided to make along the way for all the steps I do when drawing my chibis. |D
Description of the steps (everything was done in SAI aside from the last step) :
1. Super rough sketch phase. NAKED YAY. 8D You can see that I totally changed everyone except for Jake and Nicole lmao. The one of Jake on here was scanned, thus why he's the only one with more detail.
2.) Refined sketches ~ This is normally my favorite part, because I tend to shade things in and everything is a lot looser.
3.) Inking stage! Most time consuming out of everything I think because I get particular with details and I get mad because I loose a lot. :T This is also the stage where I color the eyes--they're always the first thing I color because I have the most fun with them. :3
4.) Base colorssss quickest stage of all because select+bucket tool = win. 8D
5.) Shadingggg. I shade everything with one brush EXCEPT the hair, which I cell shade.
6.) The hair stage. I do this whole extra step to make the cell shading more soft, add the highlights, and make everything shiny. (Also Danny's bag loves to change colors pfff)
7.) The OMG THERE'S COLORS EVERYWHERE stage. Once I've completed the normal shading I normally go over things with different colors. Blue and purple are my favorites and they look good with a lot of things, so I've been using those the most.
8.) I color the lineart and make it blend more with the picture so it's not all harsh and black. Plus this is the more-shiny stage. I color drop colors that are already in the chibi's, such as the red on Danny's DS, the yellow on Claire's star, and the greens, and I make them glow/spread them around the picture.
9.) Final and last stage, and this is when I go to Photoshop. I throw on some textures, copy the layer the chibi's are on, gaussian blur it, set it to 'soft light' and lower the fill. It really makes the colors pop and I love how it looks, so I use it on almost everything. I picked it up from this epic chibi tutorial btw: [link]