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Monkey King illustration so far...

I am almost done with Monkey King illustration. I thought I would post to show you guys how far I've got now.

Monkey King:
Here is the finish image of Monkey King: follow video part 1 to part 5 video lesson will show you how I achieve this image.

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Here is a video process Speed up

Part 1-5 slow process are coming soon (It used to hosted at but the host went down so I will need to re-upload them somewhere.)
Part 1: rough sketch:

Part 2: Establishing light and shadow

Part 3: Assign color and composition

Part 4: Rendering Face

Part 5: Painting and rendering hair or fur

Drawing Software & Tools I used and recommended:
-Genius MousePen 6x8
-Wacom Intuos3 6X8 Pen Tablet
-Bamboo (Small) Pen Tablet (new from Wacom!)
Economy for everyone.
-Gimp (Free Download)
-Adobe Photoshop CS4 (Professional software)

*You can just use pencil, paper, markers on this one...just practice rendering.

New Drawing Video tutorials:
-Environmental concept Ice landscape
-Painting crystal cave concept
-Painting with waterfall custom brushes
-How to paint rocky bridge.
-Draw and paint valleys environmental concept
-Draw Female spy comics style
-How to draw a woman
-Painting portrait front view

Environmental Concept Sketch Tutorial
Face Constructed: How to draw faces
Face Constructed: How to paint portraits
-Draw and Paint Women Body Tutorial I: Female Manga Fusion I
-Draw and Paint Women Body Tutorial II: Female Manga Fusion II
-Character Design Tutorial: Dark Valkyrie

** If you have any basic questions or specific please looked up Q/A section. Most of the time your questions has already been answered in Q/A.

If you need any help or support you can
-post questions or comment on the post (seems to be the fastest way to get response)


Danil said…
dude.. amazing concept,I really like your work ive seen almoost all your video's, cool music taste =P. I have a question, do you use layers for your sketch and your colouring?

XIA said…
danil> Thanks, I use layers in the beginning stage to find value and hue that I want....after the arrangement of composition and overall value is set. I no longer need them. I just paint on top of it and treat it like traditional painting. But there are so many ways to skin a cat, do whatever you comfortable with to achieve the result. :)
Anonymous said…
what is the music in the background?
Anonymous said…
Awesome work by the way
XIA said…
Anonymous> Thx brother, I wish I could remember that was 2007...some free music from unknown band that I think it's cool. Which they come out more :)
Anonymous said…
Hey First of all I love your tutorials. They really helped me a lot in my art.

I have one question. Is an Intuos3 or 4 have significant difference from a bamboo fun? I heard there really isn't much difference because its in the artist's skill not the machine. So do you think spending lots of cash on an Intuos is worth it?
XIA said…
Anonymous> Bamboo fun are good if you want to draw for fun, they are really small. if you wanna get will need a better tool. Intuos are bigger and more sensitive to pressure. Though, you could get away with Genuis mouse & pen, different brand but cheaper and about the same size as Intuo.
erik said…
Hey Xia, I love your site. Do you think you might re-post the slowed down videos of the monkey king process? Awesome work bytheby, very inspiring.
idrawgirls said…
Erik> This one is really old...I'd rather do new one. The video was done in 2007... you should spend sometimes browsing the site for new stuff. they are better. ;)