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Saltare Solus lineart by rachaelm5 Saltare Solus lineart by rachaelm5
This is prize-art-in-progress for :iconrekalnus:.


He has granted me permission to make this lineart available for other artists to color. As always:

:bulletblue: Please include a link back to the original lineart. This is necessary for reposting to any of the Color-Me groups.

:bulletblue: Please include a link to me, rachaelm5. This is necessary for reposting to any of the Color-Me groups.

:bulletblue: Please tell me when you've finished coloring the picture so I can show off your work!

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Colored versions:

:iconrekalnus: A Colored version of Saltare Solus by Rekalnus

:iconrachaelm5: Saltare Solus by rachaelm5

:iconsevenobessed77: Blue Dragon by SevenObessed77

:iconsunlightryu: Saltare Solus - Colored by SunlightRyu

:iconrazor-t-heart:  Color challenge 8 by Razor-T-Heart
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:iconrazor-t-heart:
Razor-T-Heart Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
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took me the entire weekend instead of the day I wanted for it due to unplanned things, but i'm happy with it ^^;
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rachaelm5 Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Glad to hear it!  I'll go check it out.
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Razor-T-Heart Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
yay ^^;
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Razor-T-Heart Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I-I want to attempt to color this, but it'll be on the weekends a that is the only time frame I get free from school.. I hope I do justice to it too v.v; This is really amazing, and so are the others. I just wanna do it great good ^^; Sorry for rambling, just a little awkward and over criticize all I do. 

Again great job
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rachaelm5 Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Don't worry and have fun with it!  I'm sure that you'll do a great job.  The more coloring that you do, the better you'll be, so just DO.  Let's see how it turns out.  I'll look forward to seeing your colors.  :hug:
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Razor-T-Heart Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Ok ^^
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SunlightRyu Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Done mine. [link]
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:iconrachaelm5:
rachaelm5 Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome; thanks!
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SunlightRyu Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome. :D
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SevenObessed77 Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I did it: [link]
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rachaelm5 Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks very much!
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SevenObessed77 Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
It was certainly fun to color.
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:iconrekalnus:
Rekalnus Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thought I would give the lineArt a try and the completed is in my gallery.

[link]
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:iconrachaelm5:
rachaelm5 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very cool; thank you!
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SaljuLestari-Dingo Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
aaaaaaaa

the anatomy is rEALLY GOOD

i might color this injnijnehiusb
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rachaelm5 Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I have a gob of books with photographs of dancers that I use to help me with anatomy in strange poses. I love to draw bodies in motion. :D

I'd love to see your colors on this!
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Gamerdragon1992 Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012  Student
Awesomely cool
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rachaelm5 Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks again. :D
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Gamerdragon1992 Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012  Student
Your welcome^^
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TheDragonDragoth Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Looks Nice :3
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rachaelm5 Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you. :D
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TheDragonDragoth Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:la: :hug:
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Ganjja Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love this one too, with his difficult pose C:
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rachaelm5 Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!

I have many books with photographs of dancers to help me with difficult poses. Dancers can do such amazing poses!
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Galidor-Dragon Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
The head is amazing! :D
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rachaelm5 Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you. This dragon was very easy to draw since he doesn't have a lot of tiny scales. ;p
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Yamina20 Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
that one look like it would be fun to color. I like how that character looks. :)
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rachaelm5 Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I think it will be great fun to color. I'm waiting for my watercolor background to dry right now so that I can tackle it with my colored pencils. :D
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Yamina20 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nice, what kind of watercolor paper are you using?
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rachaelm5 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
In this case, it's just 80# Canson drawing paper. It's sturdy enough to take a wash, as long as I'm very careful handling it when it is wet. Normally I like to use vellum surface bristol board, since I usually finish my works with colored pencil. I find that regular watercolor paper, even hot-press, has too much texture and makes my colored penciling look too grainy. The bristol board is a little lighter in weight than most watercolor paper at 100#, but it takes watercolor abuse very well. I spray down both the front and back of the paper to help deal with the wrinkling.
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Yamina20 Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Are you talking about hair spray?
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rachaelm5 Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
No, just water. Once the inking is done (or sometimes just the pencil drawing), I spray down the front and back with water, then I go in with the watercolor wash.
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Yamina20 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ah, ok. Did you come up with the spraying idea on your own, or did you learn that from someone else?
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rachaelm5 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Spraying down watercolor paper and then putting it on a stretcher board is standard practice for the really good, expensive paper, and it was something that I tried out in a college watercolor class. The stretching procedure makes the paper very flat and eliminates the wrinkling problems. Bristol board, with its lighter weight, will not tolerate stretching like cotton rag watercolor paper will. If only one side is sopping wet, it wrinkles and curls outward because the top surface expands, while the bottom, dry surface does not (or does so much more slowly as the water soaks through). By spraying down both sides at once, they're equally wet at the same time, and then they dry at similar rates (a wee bit slower for the bottom half since it's sitting on a surface). The wrinkling is minimized, and I can still do all kinds of wet-on-wet techniques while the paper is still sitting in a sopping puddle on my table. :D
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SevenObessed77 Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
OH. MY. GOD. AMAZING!
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rachaelm5 Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
LOL - Thanks.
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SevenObessed77 Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I have tasked myself with the challenge of coloring it. Hurrah!
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rachaelm5 Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wonderful! I look forward to seeing your colors. :D
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SevenObessed77 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Here: [link]
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rachaelm5 Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wonderful; thanks!
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SevenObessed77 Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Np!
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Rekalnus Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Fantastic results , thank you for this and for a new line-art cleanup method to try as well !
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rachaelm5 Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're most welcome, and thank you in turn. :D
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Kodiackk8 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2012
This is great! I was wondering, you just delete the white in PS, right? I do the same thing for doing transparant backgrounds, but this must take FOREVER!
Great work, as always :D
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rachaelm5 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks very much!

There are several steps in the process. I draw and ink the picture on paper, then I scan it into Photoshop as a black and white/bitmap image. I do all the fixes and adjustments in bitmap mode, where it's only black and white pixels (making adjustments in grayscale mode tends to leave white/gray "halos" around things, I've found). Once I've finished the adjustments in bitmap, I change it to grayscale mode. I set the image as "layer 0" in the layer palette (instead of "background") in order to get the transparent background. Then I select the white bits with the wand tool (with "contiguous" unchecked so the tool picks ALL the white), then I hit the delete key. Baddabing, baddaboom, there's the slick linework on a transparent background. If I didn't go through the pixel-by-pixel clean-up process, I could have the image ready to post in about five minutes with this method. Clean-up typically takes me 30 - 60 minutes, which isn't all that bad.
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Kodiackk8 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2012
Oh cool! Thanks for the nice explanation!
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Kodiackk8 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2012
This is great! I was wondering, you just delete the white in PS, right? I do the same thing for doing transparant backgrounds, but this must take FOREVER
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zoidledoidle Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome! Beautiful line art~
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rachaelm5 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks very much! :D
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zoidledoidle Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You're very welcome! :)
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