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zimatrix Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Could you explain the process here a little please ^^; It looks like you lay in the colours then use the smudge tool to drag out the wavy lines, but then how do you get them looking crisp and saturated again instead of grey, smudged and muddy? XD
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AlexTooth Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Heya!

Don't think I used the smudge tool, I rarely do. But use a brush to blend.

Same as before, I use (mainly) overlay layers and play with colour, so the piece stays saturated. If you blend a lot, remember to up the saturation on the whole piece (ctrl+h) or use a new adjustment layer (hsv)
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zimatrix Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Thanks so much for all your replies XD I feel like I've bombarded you with a lot of questions haha =p

I really do love this piece though, I'm currently doing a uni project to illustrate a children's book and I'd love to experiment with backgrounds similar to this, at least for the sky and clouds. It would definitely set my work apart from the other students'. I'm having a really hard time getting my shapes as smooth and solid looking as yours though, even if I don't use the smudge tool. Do you do each colour on its own layer then or is it mostly just on one layer?
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AlexTooth Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I mostly work on one layer - then say add a new layer set to overlay to add some new colour variation, then flatten down - repeat.

If you want solid shapes, do rough shapes first. Then I can seriously recommend learning the Pen Tool very thoroughly, I am sure there are some tuts on YouTube or use Adobe help. Learn it well, doesn't take long. Then you can use those shapes as selections and do very solid shapes with strong edges. I don't really feel the need too often as I am experienced with the brush, but nearly every professional uses either pen tool or marquee or such to get their edges.
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zimatrix Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Ok, thanks very much for all the tips :D I'll give that a go
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Citron--Vert Featured By Owner May 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I feature your wonderful deviation here [link]
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Merina-Sky Featured By Owner May 14, 2013
love love the colors!
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AlexTooth Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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Stolvezen Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
All the colors of life :heart:
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AlexTooth Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yep!
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