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Favor of the Light Process by AlexGarner Favor of the Light Process by AlexGarner
So this is pretty much the basic process by which I go about painting these WarCraft cards. I painted this one in February. (Download the image to see it larger)

First, Blizzard emails me a short description of the card along with some reference materials. Using that, I'll submit a traditional pencil sketch for approval (Sometimes I'll send them a grayscale value study. Depends on the deadline). Once I get notes back and hopefully a green-light to go to final art, I'll then create a rough grayscale value study which ultimately sets the stage for the final art; definitely the single most important phase in this process. Once I feel satisfied with the values, I'll start throwing color on top of the grayscale using a lot of masks and color layers. Most materials change value as color is added, so care is needed to confirm the original grayscale study still holds up. I didn't have the background laid in at that point, which isn't the smartest idea, but I wasn't sure how much the winged spell effect was going to suck up the remainder of the card space. Next, In the fourth panel, after some tweaking of the FX to look more like the actual effects in the game (I drew the wings in Illustrator to give it a super-crisp edge), I felt like she overdosed on too much of the glow-y FX stuff; looks kind of cool and powerful, but I just wanted to dial it down a bit. This leads to the fifth and final step where I cooled down some of the warm color, edited/finalized the FX, and decided to paint a background to give it a subtle sense of context and perspective. For late stage adjustments like that, it's always a good idea to save your important masks in the channels window in case you need to go back and quickly add or remove things, even on flattened art. Here, I had separate channel masks of the figure, hammer, cape, wings, foreground, etc... Very convenient for revisions, which are usually inevitable after submitting final art. Fortunately I got this card right the first time, so no revision notes from Blizzard, which is nice.

And that's about it! Hope you enjoy!
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:iconsteele67:
Steele67 Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great stuff Alex!!
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krios82 Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013
Thank you for sharing =)
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Clutchie Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013  Student General Artist
That is really fascinating and your artwork is fab :) Have you got a video of you doing a painting anywhere? I'd love to see one! xx
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dankelby Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Thanks Alex, I'm a big fan of yours and seeing your process helps me learn a lot! Loved your Wonder Woman in Imagine FX recently.
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:iconalexgarner:
AlexGarner Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
You're welcome! Thanks!
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:iconkaelstra:
kaelstra Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, thanks for the step by step! Very awesome! How do you do the grayscale? Do you just hand color it?
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:iconalexgarner:
AlexGarner Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I do the grayscale painting and then add color on top using color layers in Photoshop :)
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mynaito Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thanks for the process info! I love this piece. :)
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Hellequin0 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2012
Perfect!
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farli Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2012  Hobbyist
The card was one of my favourites due to the quality of the art, so it's wonderful to have the chance to see the breakdown on working in it. Thank you for sharing, this is really interesting :)
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:iconalexgarner:
AlexGarner Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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BoredTrucker Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2012
lol, love it..."and that's about it!" ....as if to say it's so simple anyone could do it :D
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:iconlatharion:
Latharion Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012  Student General Artist
WOW thanks for sharing!!
:D
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TheComicArtist Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2012   Digital Artist
thanks for sharing this ...very helpfull..
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axkaan Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2011
woww..really cool. i'm always wondering how these images are occurring inside the mind of the artist..from where these inspire is coming?
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:iconjeremycolwell:
JeremyColwell Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
I'm a process junky. Love to see WIPs. Thanks for sharing!
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CrakaJ Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2011  Hobbyist
Awesome art piece and very helpful insight!
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azemnaibaf Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2011
So Awesome!, Can you give me a tip of how to turn gray scale into other colors please?
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:iconalexgarner:
AlexGarner Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Just add a color layer on top of the grayscale :)
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:iconazemnaibaf:
azemnaibaf Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2011
Oh I see, thanks a lot ;D
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DevWatcher1452 Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2011
Cool!. Thanks for sharing this, very interesting.
Really impressed with your lineart, I don't know why but I wasn't expecting such tight pencils. I know the world is digital now but it's nice to know there's some old style pencil art underpinning the piece.
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Prismatic-Prince Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2011
thanks for sharing the process.
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Wataru2001 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for sharing how this goes! I have this card too!!!!! So awesome!
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JGraceMusic Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2011
love seeing the process, although bittersweet since half the stuff flies over my head. but i feel i can glean inspiration!
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Wolfsingleton Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2011  Professional Interface Designer
Its great to see how other artists' workflow differs. Definitely gives me some things to think about. Truly inspiring work mate.
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FableImpact Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Really gorgeous work - I love how so many of the trading cards have artwork that could support huge canvases squished down into miniature! One question about your description - When you say you retain the channel masks - you're essentially talking about the flats for those elements - is that right? So you retain the "shape" of the wings and the hammer etc so you can select it without interfering with other elements if revisions are needed?
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AlexGarner Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Exactly right :)
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DarkNightGlow Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
And how much time it takes you to be done?Without the feedback times between you and the client of course. just the time it take you to the pencil sketch to the final powerfull artwork.
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AlexGarner Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Hard to say definitively because I move around from project to project. And I do that so I can revisit each piece days later with fresh eyes in order to see my mistakes more clearly. This piece didn't take too long I think; perhaps 3-4 days?
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DarkNightGlow Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Cool, thanks by the answer ^_^
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ILL-I-AM Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2011
Wow... GREAT piece.
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clarkspark Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for taking the time to describe your process Alex! Much appreciated. :)
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gwdill Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2011  Hobbyist
You're amazing!!!
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silkentracker Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
That is so TOTALLY AWESOME!!! vI have to admit one thing, Alex. I am a big fan of your work. I have the danger girl piece colored that I asked you poer,ission to color, I just have never gotten around to posting it.
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JericaWinters Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2011
So that's how it's done. Now we will all be as good as you :evillaugh:!
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JoeyJulian Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
This was a wonderful post! Thank You :)
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:iconriazkhan:
riazkhan Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Love you work!
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:icongennadius:
Gennadius Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2011
I always love seeing these.
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:iconzorndar:
Zorndar Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Nice to see a small part of the process!
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TheArtofAir Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2011  Professional General Artist
awesome...u have got me thinking about quite a bit (especially masking)...i'm not familiar with that, but i will definitely research it now though...THANKS SO MUCH FOR THIS!!!
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uset Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Wow love it, um how long did blizzard give you to create this? rough time line
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AlexGarner Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
About a month maybe? I tend to do the sketch, then go work on another project for a couple of weeks, and finally come back to finish it. They give more than enough time. Just depends on how many cards you're doing.
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uset Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
cool thanks for that
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AlivanArt Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2011
hmm seems doable! thanks for sharing!
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AceOfKeys72 Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
dear god this is amazing......
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xxxecil Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2011
So for the grayscale stage, that's all done using digital drawing, or some kind of gradient effect?
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AlexGarner Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Digital using photoshop brushes.
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kartoonist Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2011  Professional General Artist
your lineart is beautiful. is it personal preference that you don't keep it in tact? thanks for giving insight on your process, I've been lurkin' for a couple years now, keep it up Alex!
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AlexGarner Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thank! The reason I lose the line art is because it usually ends up looking wrong as I paint. I make a lot of corrections as I work.
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Cyrus911 Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2011
this is awesome!
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