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Black Cat by diablo2003 Black Cat by diablo2003
I really appreciate everyone that commented on my Mary Jane piece and even took some of the critiques some of you gave and tried to incorporate them into this one. Mostly concerning the hands and softening the face a bit. I also wanted to practice doing shiney surfaces on clothing. Since Black Cat wears shiney black leather and is, for lack of a better word, curvacious I thought it would be good practice. Doing hard lighting on a uniform surface is difficult enough bbut doing them on something that is constantly changing as it moves and taking all the curves of the body into account is quite a feat. I decided to place her on a black background to add to the mystery of her character and make the highlights define her form a bit more. Also included a white background version so you can see the entire body. The drawing was done very simply using very few lines since I knew it was going to be on a black background and I was going to have her fade ot black.
Piece done in pencil and digitally colored in photoshop 5.5. Some people have asked how to color hold the linework. What you want to do is level out your drawing in photoshop until it's all black(no grey areas), then you change the drawing to bitmap with 50% threshold(this turns the drawing to pure black and white). Now change your drawing back to greyscale and create a duplicate layer of your linework. Next, you select your magic wand tool and make sure the little boxes marked 'anti-aliased' and 'contigious' are unchecked. Now select any white area of the duplicate layer and it will select all the white on that layer. Simply hit delete and it takes all the white away leaving a floating layer of linework. You should now have 2 layers of linework(one with white and one without) go to your original layer with the white and fill in entirely with white so there's no linework. Now you should have a bottom layer of white with a top layer of linework. Once you've done this you can change the image of CMYK or RGB. To color over the lines, simply select the linework layer and make sure the 'preserve transparency' box is checked. Now you can select any color you want and brush over the linework layer and it will only color the lines. Simply make a 3rd layer for your regular colors and you're in business!! Keep in mind this is simply my way of doing it and I've heard of others doing using channels so don't take this as the only way. I tend to work in a comfort zone which isn't always the fastest so ask around and find what works best for you. Hope that helps!

-Mark
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:iconshadamy20:
shadamy20 Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2014
Love the style
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SergeySivak Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The most talented image of the Black Cat I have ever seen!
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KingAnima Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2014
awesome
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:iconzomickschallahrecipe:
zomickschallahrecipe Featured By Owner May 20, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
You really made her look very sexy in this picture. An easy fav from me
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alc26 Featured By Owner May 13, 2014
hilites on suit are well done,an her direct challenging gaze are
a warrior woman on the prowl
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ShangriLaLove28 Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2014  Professional Writer
I love her hair
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:iconsalvador-raga:
Salvador-Raga Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2014  Professional General Artist
Awesome!
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:iconricardosilvaart:
Ricardosilvaart Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2014  Professional Artist
wonderfull art
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:iconsudomice:
sudomice Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2014
Great
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:iconleonmello:
LeonMello Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013
Wonderful picture.
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Socapex Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013
Great work! I really like your highlighting.
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:iconwarrior35:
Warrior35 Featured By Owner May 26, 2013
Magnificant! !
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dj-zakkie Featured By Owner May 15, 2013
great work! i love this!
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:iconcaptaincustoms:
CaptainCustoms Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing job on this and thank you so much for the tips on coloring drawings in photoshop.
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:icondan-demille:
Dan-DeMille Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012  Professional General Artist
Incredible work!!
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FlyinSpiderMonkey Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012
I totally love the way you did her hair!
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:iconmeltemece:
meltemece Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012
I am in trance .Nice work
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:iconqrscomplex:
QRScomplex Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012
Oh you are the man!
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sevenxlives Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
looks really great. =)
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:iconwaizutora:
WaizuTora Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012
It's amazing! Nice work! :3
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:iconwashingtonl:
WashingtonL Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012
Awesome work!
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ChadComics Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
a glorious masterpeice of the Blackcat! I love the tips as well, very helpful thank you!
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ChadComics Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wow!
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akafm Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2012
awesome.
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Maurandjane Featured By Owner May 31, 2012
WOW ! Love it :)
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elguluso Featured By Owner May 28, 2012  Student General Artist
I have to admit, I know how much of a pain shiny leather is to draw, but you have done it and the black cat has never looked so good, great job Mark
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:iconrookie-paramedic:
rookie-paramedic Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012
This is stunning!
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:icondstorres:
dstorres Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012
Hi Mark,
Nice seeing you again at C2E2. I forgot to ask you if you had anymore copies of this print?
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VictorHugo Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Oh my God, i want to be Peter Parker so badly right now!!!
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:iconsammytristan:
SammyTristan Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
awesome >:)
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DeathxBeto Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012
a great job, she looks very pretty!
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TOASTYchaos Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012  Student General Artist
Wow... This is amazing.
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:iconscarlighter:
Scarlighter Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012  Student Digital Artist
What to say, she's Marvelous!
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Jose-Ramiro Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Extremely sexy. Well done.
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Tsuki222 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2012
Cool!
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kiarakiller Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2012
Amazing!
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hypersonamyguy Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome!!
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SHREKRULEZ Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2012
I wish Black Cat to be in the new Spider-Man movie this year.
CAN'T WAIT FOR IT! GREAT JOB! HOT AND SEXY OF LOVELY FEMALE COMIC BOOK
CHARACTERS! LOVE IT! LOVE IT!
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exseada Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I really wish I could have black cat as a girl friend.
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transvestitesemen Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2011  Professional Interface Designer
Nice work..
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:icontrip-like-i-do:
Trip-Like-I-Do Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2011  Hobbyist
perfect
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C33D Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
sweeeeettt.. awesome work!!!
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Nighthawk111 Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
For some reason i see lady gaga behind that mask........+P
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ZephinyThePup Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
sexy!
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