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Unit 0503 Steps by shinypants Unit 0503 Steps by shinypants
I had a pretty crazy response on Unit 0503. im a little blown away. thanks to everyone for the encouragement!

Just in case anyone wondered how i did this...

#1 Initial Alechemy sketch using pull shapes and a low opacity so that layering occurs.

#2 Taken into photoshop. Grey overlayed in the background and I've begun to explore the shapes from Alchemy. Really dont know what im going to end up with at this stage.

#3 Here I've finished the main greyscale rendering. Now I'm a fan layering and relayering items, so what i've done is grabbed the Alchemy sketch and layered it again in Colour Dodge mode on a lower opacity. Means some of the interesting texture and shapes are still showing through.

#4 Now the fun starts. I've used a Colour Balance adjustment layer to bring in some colour to the piece. Additionally I've used the Distort>Lens Correction filter to bring in some vignetting and some Chromatic Aberration. Chromatic Aberration is a strange effect when i dont tend to use because i think it could be cheesy but sometimes it works nicely. Its most notable towards the edges of the piece near the arms.

#5 I've lowered the opacity of the colour balance and started overlaying bits of colour and decals. I've added some text and a texture across the middle. This is probably one of the most time consuming parts for me because you can litterally go crazy adding stripes and colours etc. The possibilities are near endless. That and the fact that I'm still learning how to do this myself.

#6 I've added a photo a friend took of some really nice looking clouds in the background and I've overlayed a photo of a wall I took in Europe on the rest of the armour. Then i've added some of the vignetting back in because it got a little lost and I've added in the little noise trick that Adhonis uses.

Hope this has been useful for someone...
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DO3D Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013
Great work. I am not sure if its a default feature in photoshop. How do you get the symmetrical design in photoshop such as characters.
shinypants Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
no default symmetrical as far as i know... just a lot of copying one side and flipping it across...
SaintAlchemyx Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2012
holy FACK!!
shinypants Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
:D i'll gather thats a good reaction :D
Mehf Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2011
This is too cool ^^ This would make a great science fiction design in a game or tv series. Just solid and intimidating.
shinypants Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
heh cheers man :D
Mehf Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2011
No prob.
Meauxmazey Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thanks for sharing! I love alchemy for rough concepts. This is a great work flow, with great results!

Thanks again for sharing.
shinypants Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
totally welcome mate. Hope you got something out of it!
Reaver-8-0-8-0-8 Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
very clever. it's like the old scwiggle drawings, where you go mad with a pen and find an image in it afterwards. You found an excellent design amongst all the noise in this one. keep up the great work :clap:
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