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FME: Process by ukitakumuki FME: Process by ukitakumuki
I've received numerous questions regarding my work process, especially for my FME series. I always found it hard to explain that I don't ever have a fixed process or approach, because quite simply, every image is different and might require a different combination or order of steps to make it both practical for me (i.e Time saving) to create and still generate ideal results without having to cut corners.

I hope this lineup helps explain how I work a bit better :)

Also, I often get asked regarding "How to achieve a style?"...so I'd like to share that I never feel 'Style', or Styling an image, is defined by a fixed process. Its always relative. Process is only a series of steps that can enable a style to be reached easier or faster, but by no means should be seen as a 'means to an end'. If you can effectively break down a painting or image into technical layers (just like a 3D software does!), it should be possible to recreate the same image given an infinite number of different approaches so long as you know what you're doing and understand how the layers of said image come together.

Just like in photography or 3D rendering, there are always more straightforward ways to achieve a particular visual effect; but if you know your basic principles, that SAME result can be derived from thousands of different combinations of processes-- especially useful when those original tools aren't available to you. So I guess the ideal mindset is to never limit yourself by assuming that there are only a few ways to do this or that style and get stuck when conditions are unfavourable-- when the answer is really just to learn and grasp the basic 'building blocks' of image-making and understand them well enough so you have the power to fully manipulate the work, and the freedom to choose how you want to go about building your style, and achieving your end result.

The theory is-- It shouldn't matter how you start. Because if you know your stuff, you'll always end up where you want to go.
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ChaseNNN Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Some very inspirational work here ! 
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I-Am-Madbat Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013
As a rank amateur, I have to say it's helpful (and inspiring) to see stuff like this. Having a chance to pick apart your process and see how things progress from one stage to another is invaluable. Thanks for posting this!
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acebird1234 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is all pretty cool.Nice job.
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janeQuile Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012
This helps a lot! Thanks for sharing :)
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ukitakumuki Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
welcome!
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greensandsguy Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012
great tutorial! really helpful to see how this magic happens!
i kinda feel like i saw a drunk magician unveil his tricks to the astounded crowd in a worn down bar... ^^
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ukitakumuki Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
haha, thanks I guess :p
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greensandsguy Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012
i have to thank you for showing us this! :worship:
:D
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Revelation10 Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Your work is absolutely amazing! Have you patented this into games? I've seen some of your other work integrates a system of components. Do you use these to devise your games "rules"? I'd really love to purchase some of your products in the very near future.
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ukitakumuki Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Heya! Thank you kindly :) I haven't put them into games of my own, but I have worked on various games as a concept designer/artist and as such, have had plenty of opportunity to share my ideas and even have them implemented to a fair degree!
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Patxitoillustrator Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Awesome! thanks for show the process :)
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mikemars Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
great process sheet. nice use of 3d with painting as well. you really use both well.
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Kraeth Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Brilliant.
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delaronde Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Amen Brother! Love your quote!
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ukitakumuki Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
just payin it forward :)
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delaronde Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2012  Professional Filmographer
lol there you go mate! ;)
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delaronde Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2012  Professional Filmographer
it's all good bro! ;)
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nibiruplanet8 Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2012
WAY cool brah
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ALcafe Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2012  Student Artist
This is amazing! It's always interesting to see process work! Very inspirational. Especially the part about what you said about style.
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Sebbythefreak Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Interesting insight.
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k35magnum Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
nice
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Angulo22 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2012  Student General Artist
incredible, is incredible.
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JxAir Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I can't favourite this enough..

I must've said "oh my god" and "wow" 30 times each... per picture... this was amazingly insightful thank you!
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ukitakumuki Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
:) Glad to pay it forward
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tosbin Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
nice to see the working process!
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YongL Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2011  Student Filmographer
amazing, did you used photoshop for coloring? :D
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YongL Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2011  Student Filmographer
WTF THAT WAS..........................................just amazing
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John-234 Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2011
Wow. You're an amazing artist.
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AlexanderZGr8 Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
What programs did you use for this bud? looks amazing/ :spyed:
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ukitakumuki Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
3ds MAX where 3D was used, Photoshop for everything else
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AlexanderZGr8 Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
very cool is 3d Max like Maya?
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Willatorx Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2011  Student Digital Artist
how long does it take u to finish one? : O
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ukitakumuki Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
I think it was 2-3 days each?
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Willatorx Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011  Student Digital Artist
wow, thats pretty fast.. Lol
like 4-5 hours a day? more or less?
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ukitakumuki Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
In a way... but it was more like 6-8 hours a day, from what I recall. It wasn't a very straightforward process, for some that involved 3D. I had to wait for someone to render first, then composite it into the image, and go over it again.

So i suppose if its just my end of the workflow, sure. 4-5 hours a day. :)
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Willatorx Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2011  Student Digital Artist
ah i see! thank you!
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riramu Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2011
Thank you for the words of wisdom, I agree with you 100%
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Antaria-Nova Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2011
I wish the game would have taken more influence from your art.

It could have been sooooooo much better.

The game was awesome as is, but your art is mind-blowing, so if they'd taken more of the mood and designs from your art, the game could have been closer to being mind-blowing too, which would have been great.

It's a shame there's so little ppl playing the multiplayer of it.

It's great, and fast-paced. But they could have added some more special features and gadgetry.

I hope the upcoming Armored Core V is better.

At least the screenshots looked awesome some time back. Haven't looked into it more recently.


At any rate, keep up the awe-inspiring work. :)
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ukitakumuki Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
i keep saying this.. but I should get the game to try some day. I really want to see what they did with it!
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Antaria-Nova Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2011
Yeah. Though, I have to wait some unspecified time into next year, since that's when they're gonna see about releasing it outside Japan.
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whoiszid Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2011  Professional General Artist
This is what happens when smart people do art.
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ukitakumuki Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
I R SMRAT?~!
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IsiPeinto Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2011
Amazing. I love this and your great wisdom! VERY Encouraging! You inspire us!
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ukitakumuki Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
cheers Dominic, just paying it forward :)
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IsiPeinto Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2011
Thank you soo much, for commenting back. You are one of the artists that I look up to. I enjoy your designs and evident hard work. I was wondering if you could look at my latest painting and let me know your input or some critique? I would greatly appreciate it because I love your work. I wish I could see you at in California! I wish you all the best!
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hypostatic Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2011
Master!
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ukitakumuki Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
nono, just learning like everyone else :)
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Jadeitor Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Great. I'm going to study how do you dram!!!
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pinknina Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Basically, just try to become MacGyver of art? :D
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ukitakumuki Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
HahA! Preeeetty much, yeah. :)
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