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October 15, 2011
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Lightning progress by Angelstorm-82 Lightning progress by Angelstorm-82
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Hello guys. As promised here is a step by step progress of my Lightning drawing from the sketch to the final drawing. If there are any questions feel free to ask ;).

1. The first lines which I did with an 3H regular pencil. The size of the paper is A2. It´s called Hahnemühle Nostalgie sketchpaper. It has 190 gsm.

2. Started with the facial shadings and a bit of the hair. Worked mostly with my 0,7mm 2B mech pencil which you can see there. blended a lot with a tissue.

3. Progress of step 2. I use my 3H pencil also for the brightest shadings.

4. Started with the background. I drew multiple layers of graphite from 2B till 6B and blended all with a brush to give it a constant smooth look.

5. Finished the background and all the glowing and sparkling crystals and started with her armour. He was mostly done with my 0,7mm 2B pencil again. Blended all with a tissue again and erased some parts were neccessary like the mirror effects.

6. Progress of step 5. Revised always a bit of her face during all the steps.

7. The final drawing :D.

The full drawing can be seen here

Original character design from Lightning by Tetsuya Nomura!

Final Fantasy and Lightning is © Square-Enix!

Thanks for looking.

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nuilkelvin Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2013
can you provide me some tutorial for hair and skin shading? btw i love your drawing :D :)
StifStudio Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013
thanks for sharing!
bushiLo Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Hey man:wave:! I really love your drawings, I am awestruck with it and I hope one day I can draw like you. Could you help a mere mortal and tell me what pencils he used on the skin and in the shadow side of the same? I'm still lay in realistic drawings and get confused with what types use in shading. Thank you in advance. :)
subtleandsubversive Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I was wondering how you did the background. Whoah. Incredible.
Kishex-Nevarx Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012  Student Digital Artist
How do you do the hair?!
THat seems to be my biggest problem.
VenomOpheliacxo Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
i'm drawing this exact picture of Lightning right now, with my own process of shading (not as skilled as this though!). I saw this and just immediately hated my drawing, why are you such a good artist!? :(
idrissiddiq Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
omg this is amazing, cant believe the amount of detail in this and al your other drawings, absolutely phenomenal. i try to draw but i dont think i'll ever reach your level of mastery. i would have really loved to watch you draw this in timelapse, even if it took all day. thanks for sharing your drawings :)
PhO3nIx93 Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2012
This is amazing!! I tried to follow it and just failed. I can't get everything into proportion and I really don't know how to do the hair. I look forward to the tutorial on how to do all this!!!!!!!
capra1j Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
I am 7 months into doing art going to school take a look at my first colored pencil drawing of dragon fly tell me what i did wrong on the leave,
lindenART Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Mir gefällt besonders an Deinen Zeichnungen die Ausarbeitung von weichen Hautpartien und im Gegensatz dazu die metallischen, harten Details mit Spiegelungen, Reflexen und Schatten. Prima !
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