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Halloween Progress by rajewel Halloween Progress by rajewel
WIP compilation for my part of the RARE 2014 Anthro Calendar, where I got Halloween.

Pre-orders close this Sunday, if you're thinking about getting a copy but haven't yet. The first 50 orders get some freebies too (and there are some left still!), ordering info is here:… (and the other artist's work can be found on that site too!)

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Step Descriptions:

1) Rough sketch concept- I'd done multiple other thumbnails of various concepts and iterations of this idea, but I unfortunately don't have those anymore. In this stage I'd contemplated him having "dethroned" the scarecrow of the pumpkin patch and claimed his hat as a spoil of war.

2) Decided against the scarecrow idea, finding it looked too much like a certain pokemon.... but liked the general location and idea, so adjusted the pose/composition a bit and added some rough light/darks.

3) Using some overlay, multiply and addition layers I draft out the colors.

4) Decided to flip the canvas (I flip it while working just to change the angle I view at as well, it helps to see mistakes- if something doesn't look right but you can't put your finger on it, try flipping the canvas, it makes it less familiar so mistakes are more obvious) and began some detail. I was fiddling with the anatomy and things, removing the hands, and making the wing/arms more wing like and less arm like. Didn't like it, not enough anthro (given this was for the "Anthro Calendar") and lacking personality. Felt really stiff too.

5) Hands are back! Also adjusted the overall pose, straightening the back tilting the head, adjusting the arms, and giving him a more sly expression to make him look more confident and imposing. Generally trying to give him some more character. Re-did some of the feathers, didn't like how uniform they looked.

6) More detailing.... fiddling with lighting a bit....

7) And then press the background button- Poof! Being a bit more serious, sorry I don't have any screenshots of working on this part.

8) Now that the basis is done, I go back and touch up bits here in there. I removed the branch at the top left since I found it distracting and wasn't adding anything, played with the colors/saturation, added a jack-o-lantern to make it more "Halloweeny" and explain some of the lighting at the bottom/ allow me to light things up a bit more down there, among various other alterations.

9) Even more adjustments! Gave him some spikey neck feathers to make him a little less generic and a bit more interesting, added a mouse to the tree, detailed a few more things, pushed the shadows a know trying to make it look a bit better, and eventually calling it done!

Don't normally do these, hopefully someone enjoyed looking at some of the WIP shots!

The final image can be seen here:
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ashmaxtheswagger122 Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2015
wow i love it so much :3 XD great job!!! 
rochele10 Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2014
very nice
Chipmeow Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2014
Thanks for showing your drawing progress! It's really nice and I like the way you put lights/shades :D Did you use Sai on that one? If so i'm really fan of your lineless skills ahah. Good job!
whisperpntr Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2014  Student General Artist
Thank you very much for showing.  Do you know approximately how long each step was?  Sorry if that was a personal question but I'm always interested in how others work!  :)
rajewel Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm honestly not perfectly sure, but definitely some steps take a lot longer than others. The original sketch was 1 of 4 thumbnails, which collectively might have taken me an hour, and then I probably cleaned it up to the second one in another 30 min or so, and likely didn't take more than maybe 10 to get to base colors since I already had planned for a blue/orange/grey color palate from the begging with this one. After that, its probably anyone's best guess, though I think getting that first bit of the head done likely took longer than anything else mainly because I was figuring out how I wanted to render feathers, and then I pretty much went back and painted over it all anyway, hah!

Glad this was interesting for you though!
tare-musume Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
thank you for showing!
gochna Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2013
Wow, it is simply amazing, I love it :)
KovoWolf Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013  Professional General Artist
beautiful <3
carnival Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
sooo badass |'D
ThatWhiteFox Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you for posting this - I'm really appreciative of any WIP that shows how an artist works a piece through to completion. Great stuff!
nekophoenix Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013  Professional General Artist
Oh wow! It is truly impressive to see the piece build up like this - the atmosphere ever growing with each panel! The feather detailing on the face in particular is incredible <3
BriannaTWedge Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Just... Inspiring.
SageKorppi Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I can't express how happy I am that you did the face correctly.  THANK YOU!

Lovely piece!!  I'm not sure I can afford the calendar this year, but are you possibly selling prints of this piece?
rajewel Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist

Ah, it's awesome someone who studies crows likes how the face looks! I looked a quite a few pictures to try to get it right xD


I might sell prints at some point in the future, I can always give you a poke if/when I do, glad to hear you like it enough to consider getting a print!

SageKorppi Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Please do let me know!!! :D
rajewel Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hey there, not sure if you're still interested, but I did launch a Society6 store with this picture as a print option:

Hope the holidays are going well : )
remanlongtail Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice of you to show this off. It's often interesting to see the various steps it takes to produce a finished piece. (By the way, am I the only one who thinks that it looks like he's about to facepalm in the very first picture?)
Toraimu Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
oh my god. i'm speechless.
DausenMoore-Art Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013   Digital Artist
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