A Work in Progress: Woodchuck

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Started with a sketch and then, using the sketch as a guide, layered the fur.

Creation of Woodchuck: Step 1

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Still using layers, I played with adjustment layer>levels as well as using the dodge/burn tools. I also added the eyes, nose and tongue to get a better idea how the face fur should lay.

Creation of Woodchuck: Step 2

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Satisfied with how it looked, I then added detail to the eye, nose, paws and claws using the dodge and burn tools.

Creation of Woodchuck: Step 3

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Gradient tool for the sky, roughed in the background grasses on different layers. Then I roughed in the tree and wood textures and used the natural brush to make the leaves.

Creation of Woodchuck: Step 4

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For the wood textures, I started with 3 basic colors and then altered them with the color picker and dodge/burn. Smudged to blend.

Creation of Woodchuck: Step 5

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I made a small clump of grass using the same technique as with the wood texture. I used the small clump to build a large area of grass on a layer above the foreground green. Used smudge to pull grass up on the edge of the foreground green.

Creation of Woodchuck: Step 6

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Finally, a little dodge and burn plus adjustment layers on the middle and background green. Smudge tool to blend. Burn tool to add shadows and a few strokes of various shades of green around the wood and feet.

Creation of Woodchuck: Step 7

Final result

Creation of Woodchuck: Final Result

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