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Baronne de Kotokro Walkthrough by Majnouna Baronne de Kotokro Walkthrough by Majnouna
I was asked to shed some light onto my work process, so I recorded the steps in the creation of Baronne de Kotokro :D This is not a tutorial, mind you, just a look over my shoulder from start to finish. Everybody has their own way of working, though maybe someone will pick up something they hadn't thought of along the way.

The finished piece is here: [link]

The file is nearly 2 MB, I apologize for that, but I tried to cover everything I thought might be useful. If you're curious about something I didn't mention, feel free to ask. Enjoy!
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:iconquebrueki:
Quebrueki Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Student Interface Designer
excellent! thanks.
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Professional General Artist
Welcome!
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themrjerkface Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2010   Interface Designer
Wonderful work, I was wondering if you could elaborate on the statement "I handpick each glyph in illustrator"?
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2010  Professional General Artist
Some fonts have more than one glyph (character shape) for each letter, and that changes automatically depending on the string of characters you use. But in Illustrator you can select a glyph yourself, by going to Type >Glyphs where you'll find all a font's glyphs laid out. Double-click to insert the glyph of your choice into your text :)
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grenader1 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2010
Thank you, very interesting!
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2010  Professional General Artist
Good to hear :)
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:iconasrath:
Asrath Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2009  Student General Artist
whow... that's beautiful! -sorry just HAD to say that ^^-

but I've got some questions, since I use a completely other method but the result simply isn't how I want to get it.

- how do you thicken the lines? (while inking) when I try to thicken lines... my drawing ends up looking... messy!
- you say you fill in the colours? ehh? I don't completely get it... when you simply fill in, your lineart looks crappy afterwards and you haven't got the colours on different layers, so that's really hard shading.
- mmm not completely getting the way you're shading... something about a different layer...
- just one thing.. is there some kind of "general rule" for shading and highlights, or just... you know... intuition? since my shading never looks really....real

still stumbling about how to create such beautiful lineart... really I'm speechless...!! so...beautiful O.O
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ghostontheshell Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wow! this is very helpful tutorial Joumana! :) thank you for posting it! :)
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2008  Professional General Artist
You're welcome :)
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saktiDejine Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2008
Thank you so much for posting such nice tutorials......you really have a great heart to spend time sharing knowledge.!!!!!!!! :clap:
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2008  Professional General Artist
No problem :)
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AlmaRyan Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2008  Professional General Artist
This is a wonderful tutorial-very impressive!
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2008  Professional General Artist
Thanks :)
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:iconalmaryan:
AlmaRyan Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2008  Professional General Artist
Welcomes!
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SwiftstarDawn Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Ooh, very cool! I liked the idea for using textures, I will try that!!! Thanks!
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2007  Professional General Artist
Cool :)
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SwiftstarDawn Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
=D
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GimmeMahFishsticks Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2007
What Photoshop system do you use in your tutorials? :? I have photoshop 5 and I don't follow much of the commands used in your tutorial. I'm sorry to bother but if you mentioned this and I missed the answer I apologise. ^^;
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2007  Professional General Artist
I use Photoshop CS (1 at the time, 3 now) but much of these commands didn't change since photoshop 5. It's only the interface that was rearranged, as I recall.
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GimmeMahFishsticks Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2007
Thank you. ^^
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:iconashril:
ashril Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2007
easily laid out steps~
truly helpful!
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2007  Professional General Artist
I'm glad!
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:iconcopperphoenix:
copperphoenix Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2007
A wonderful insight! :) Thank you for this annotated glimpse of your working process! :) Your tutorials are always so instructive.
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2007  Professional General Artist
Glad you're interested!
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:iconmauricio-canales:
mauricio-canales Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2007
thanks a lot, rally thanks!! :handshake:
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2007  Professional General Artist
You're welcome, for all of them ;)
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:iconamazonne:
Amazonne Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
I think I'll fave most of your tutorials, they are really useful :)
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2007  Professional General Artist
:D
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axcelia Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2006
I love seeing how people work and this was absolutely brilliant for that :D
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2006  Professional General Artist
Kewl! I love processes too :D
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:iconmicropop:
micropop Featured By Owner May 2, 2006
Really really really really really really useful.
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner May 2, 2006  Professional General Artist
Great :D
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Phsycodelic Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2006
mice walkthrough!
i like how you structured the tutorial!
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2006  Professional General Artist
Cool, thanks :)
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Phsycodelic Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2006
no problem!
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:iconthe-darksiren:
the-darksiren Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2006
Oh, you should do more walkthroughs like this, it's so interesting and educative! Thank you for sharing! :hug:
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2006  Professional General Artist
:giggle: I was kind of hoping that explaining the entire process in details would absolve me from havign to do another like it ;)
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:iconthe-darksiren:
the-darksiren Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2006
You're right, but it's not only about understanding the process, it's also the pleasure of seeing the work in all its stages ;)
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2006  Professional General Artist
Ahh, well that's different, as that means I don't have to talk so much, just show :D
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AnjelicPheer Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2005
:nod: Another great tut, this will help a whole lot of people.
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2005  Professional General Artist
Awesome :D Thanks. And welcome back!
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dreamling Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2005  Hobbyist Digital Artist
faved, you are doing a few things I hadn't thought about. I really need to try adding some texture and patterns to my work.

Will have to let all this sink in, so I can see what I can do about it, but very thankful you made this walkthrough.
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2005  Professional General Artist
I'm very glad it was food for thought, thanks for the fav :)
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Silversmiles Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2005
This is very helpful... will fav it for future reference... TFS
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2005  Professional General Artist
Thank you, very glad you find it useful :D
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rikausse Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2005
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Quel travail !!!
Bravo Joumana, cela nous montre un peu plus tout le travail qu'il y a derrière tes superbes dessins.
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2005  Professional General Artist
Merci, même moi ça m'a intimidé à la fin lol. Tout ça!
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:iconranya:
Ranya Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2005
Well it can be a good tutorial for beginners :clap: U're right about everybody has his own way of working ;) and i wondered why all those tools were created :giggle:
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2005  Professional General Artist
Photoshop provides never-ending discoveries!
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MsJ777 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2005
Amazing! :worship: Just chock full o' tips for us photoshop newbies out here. Thanks for the insight!
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