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So I drew Felix again! (it's been such a long time since I last did, haha). It's Symbolic or something! I just wanted to make patterns ok D:

My queue on tumblr means, for once a new piece is going up here first instead of there ._. (Lately it has been the other way around most of the time, particularly in the case of commissioned works).
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vashperado Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013  Professional Filmographer
oh wow that is tight! great job~
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Tigershark06 Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh man, I Love these things from you!
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Varethane Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013
:'> Thanks!
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Tigershark06 Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're very welcome!
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MonsterBell Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
ilu and this picture makes me happy <3
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Varethane Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013
ilu2 <33
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Blue6 Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013
how the heck did you do that background? either you've got some serious patience or some serious brush sets xD
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Varethane Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013
Mostly the latter, haha. XD
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Doodlebotbop Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Yaaaay pretty patterns! Did you just make several low-opacity layers for them? Did you draw all the patterns yourself or used some sort of nifty trick to make it go faster?
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Varethane Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013
Yeah, I pretty much just used a bunch of layers set to Overlay/Soft Light (which is how I got the increased saturation, whereas lowering the values tends to just make things get fainter and duller).

For the patterns themselves, I reused an old pattern that I first created for this piece, which I made using the Pen tool in Photoshop. I later cleaned it up and added to it to reuse in my film.... The rest of it is more Paths, and using custom brushes to stroke them (with wide spacing and the shape dynamics set to Angle > Direction) so that I could get the radiating repetition.
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Doodlebotbop Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
@_@ Sooo much informaaation. I LOVE how you just hop right on teaching me how you're so cool X3 Thank you! I understood about half of that though :I I need to learn how to use photoshop more.
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Varethane Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013
I don't mind talking about how I did stuff when I actually have things to say :'D I did kinda use tricks here so it's pretty simple to describe. XD

It took me a long time to get a handle on the Pen tool in PS (and layer masks, too), but now that I have it can be super useful! Anytime I want to get a perfect circle, say, or a shape that repeats evenly along a curve (where ctrl + Ving it and transforming it into shape would be time-consuming and inexact), or if I want to make a shape that is very linear and has to follow exact perspective and my hands are too shaky to get it right, Paths are there to help out. C: I'd say it's worthwhile trying to learn them.
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Doodlebotbop Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Does Photoshop Elements have Paths?
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Varethane Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013
Hmm.... you know, I'm not sure, I've never used it.

According to google, it doesn't have a Pen tool, but it does allow you to create paths from selections? [link]
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Doodlebotbop Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Iiiinteresting. Well I DO have CS2 photoshop but I usually get a little wiggled out by it :I *wuss* I have used it a couple times, like when I wanted Key Strokes for word bubbles.
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Varethane Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013
You should try using it! :D Does your computer have trouble running it or something?
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