Case Study //: Leviathan


Leviathan was actually born out of an experiment, and now the final product. It was fun and very inspiring. Took about 2 business days.

Size //: 220MB .PSD file.
Layers //: About 111 layers
Software //: Adobe Photoshop (75%), Illustrator (10%), Cinema 4D (15%)
Production Time //: 19 Hours (approx.)
Model //: Diane Mikaela

Please note: Case Study is NOT a step by step tutorial on how I did my project. It is just a case study of how the project was completed. In all honesty, only a designer who has excellent knowledge of the software I use would know how I achieved many of the steps. Thank you.

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So I started off with the whole pen tool and quick mask thing. Cut the background off the model.

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Cut complete.

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Being organized with my layers and color coding it.

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Applying some make up and stuff. My favorite part of any project.

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Now I start playing around with the background. A bit early to do this but I wanted to test it out.

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I started to apply the water effect. This monochrome idea was kicked out pretty early in the project.

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Finally going somewhere with the water thing.

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Quickmasking water is not something I do. It’s a pain. So I used the old desaturate and brightness and contrast method, using screen layer blending.

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I had this whole method of Mikaela stepping onto a puddle of sorts. I didn’t like it so I said good bye to it.

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Good for now…

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Ok so I lied about my favorite part being the make up part. My favorite is doing particles and beams.

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I just absolutely love how this photo is working so well with the beams.

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Getting some fishies and using the pentool and quickmasking, I cut it out of the background.

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Using smart objects so I can re-size without quality loss. Of course I can only re-size up the point of the size of when it was pasted.

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Applying more and more and more fishes.

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Using the warp tool to make it look like fishes are wrapping around Mikaela.

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Now we add the chinese dragon. I used the glowing edges filter to make it look translucent in a way. A bit of a translucent look.

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So I decided to make the dragon more “meaner” looking. I illustrated his eyes with my wacom tablet.

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Then added some flair coming out of its eyes and trailing behind it.

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Now I play with brushes. I love this part too. I decided to add some bubbles all around Mikaela to make it look more “underwater” like.

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I have… a butt load of brushes. Like really.

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There was this one time, my scratch disk took off about 70 gigs of my HDD space. I kind of panicked a bit.

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Final product.

3 Responses to “Case Study //: Leviathan”

  1. Anonymous said:

    THIS IS PHENOMENAL. WELLDONE!

  2. ahmed said:

    veryyyyyyyyyyyyyyy god

  3. Enamul Hoq said:

    All tutorials are written in simple language and its very descriptive i want to give you many thanks for your post

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