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Digital Painting Tutorial Pt 2 by lithriel Digital Painting Tutorial Pt 2 by lithriel
Part II of my digital painting tutorial

This tutorial is to help you get a good idea of how I do things. This tutorial is NOT intended to be copied exactly and it is NOT a stock image. Any over painting or using my images pasted in any way in YOUR work is prohibited. Please learn from it but don't post exact copies of this in your gallery.

And remember, the number one way to get better is to keep creating art!

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yulss Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
genial
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quietpeople Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2014  Student General Artist
You're way too advanced for me, but reading this tutorial was really interesting! Thanks for listing all the settings too.
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ArtToscanina Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
One short Q, what program do you use and do you use stylus or anything else? Thanks your gallery is amazing very amazing am still learning to paint realistic
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pieyow Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Awesome descriptions on the brush settings you used. This always gets missed in tutorials. I'm looking for more in depth techniques for painting. For example I still have problems with getting different textures for characters or clothing. And color values don't always turn out the way I want.
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GD4hire Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
how long did it take you to do this i cant seem to get the skin right in my digital paintingSkinproblems by CharlotteSalcedo  
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GeeknGood Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wtf is that
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HoneyBuggy Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2014
OMG that is AMAZIN!! thanks so much!!
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trgobalan Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014
Thank you for your short, but substantial tutorial, it helps a lot. There is my try>  fav.me/d76zreq
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Hentaikamenride Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
thanks alot ...
you save me :D
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xShinku Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Thank you for ideas! I wanted to learn how to paint digitally and started a couple of days ago but didn't know the type of brush mode and stuff to use~
Great tutorial~
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MagicalMococoa Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2013
there are not many tutorials short and useful but this one is that, ty :)
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AzuDeimos Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2013
thank you very much. as a beginner in digital stuff this will help a lot :)
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krazyk4life Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
GREAT TUTORIAL! and thank you for this
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raine0678 Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
this is awesome
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00Maria00 Featured By Owner May 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey! I followed this tutorial step by step and here are my results! x) [link] I'm not QUITE there yet... actually, not at all. But it was very useful to see how you draw a proper piece. Thanks very much!
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Eternal-II Featured By Owner May 3, 2013  Student General Artist
Now I can blend without the use of the smudge tool! Thanks for making this tutorial!!!!
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Val1121 Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thanks for this great tuto !
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Brusol Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013
Thank you for your job
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carlsou Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012
amazing
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Mojo-Smileyface Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Wow this is super helpful, thank you! :)
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EigthDegreeBites Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
This has helped me A LOT!
I generally know how to paint digitally with my layers and what skin tones to do but I never know what brushes to use or about having the first all important brush setting so thank you!
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bdunn1342 Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012   General Artist
Thank you for the recommendations of when to use soft brushes and the blur tool. I think this tutorial will be a great help as I move ahead. I appreciate you sharing it!
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tymora11 Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I did a painting using this: [link]

I know you're really busy, but if you have the time, I'd really love it if you could take a look/comment. :pray:
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blcf Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks very much !
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Trahelion Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
These are beautiful!! Thankyou very much!
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yellowbronco Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
thanks so much, i really need to work on my brush settings , thanks again
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xLady-Mizu Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2012
you are amazing, I can't stop staring at the picture at how real it is? if I saw it just even a little bit further from my computer I would think its just a photo?

this tutorial is very helpful, but I know I won't be able to follow it with ease :XD: my blending tools often give me grief
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lithriel Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012
Thanks so much for your comment. I wish I had time to redo this picture as it's not my favorite and I see all kinds of things I want to do change but it's still a good way for people to see how I work.

If you have any questions about the brushes let me know. I don't know about other programs but I know photoshop fairly well.
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Sabby1300 Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2012
I -love-...I cannot even begin to tell you, how much I loved reading this thing. You do what nobody else really seems to do, and that's actually explain what you're doing. Everyone else keeps their tutorials generalized, which doesn't help when you're trying to actually learn their style of painting. You are instead very specific. And I mean specific. I love that. I like tutorials that are specific and go step-by-step-by-step on how the process is done.
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Rohit95 Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2012  Student Interface Designer
useful Tutorial .Many thanks
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CitrineG Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012  Student Digital Artist
And afterwards you resized it?
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lithriel Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012
I don't know what you mean.
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goblincreations Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2012  Student General Artist
i love your tutorial. but i have a question when you start coloring is each individual color on a seperate layer?

ive been trying to find a way to make my picture come out like this. im a real noob with photoshop and im using photoshop elements 5.0 ive been doing each and every single color on a seperate layer but the more tutorials i find the more im questioning how people are doing this
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lithriel Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2012
No no no! The only thing on a separate layer is the background color. I draw directly on my line art actually. Sometimes I start on the layer above but shortly after merge them. I use photoshop like traditional medium by painting on my drawing. I don't know how anyone else does it, but that's my way.
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goblincreations Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2012  Student General Artist
ok that makes more sense. i wasnt understanding how people were doing these amazing things but now i see. i was running into a hitch when i started using tools like liquify and blur sometimes because i was using a ton of seperate layers for everything. so ill try out on just one layer
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RainyDayFun Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Lol. That was creepy at the beginning!
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DustyFrames Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Awesome!! thank you!!!
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Homeboy-sparten Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Getting the colors to blend and following the lines and stuff is so hard for me :(
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lithriel Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2012
A tablet with the drivers properly installed is a big help. Developing a steady hand can take some time though. Just keep doing it and you will get better! ;)
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Homeboy-sparten Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah I just got an Intuos 4 for Christmas, I wanna get insanely good like a lot of the people I see on dA, my mind just can't wrap around the fact that people actually paint these with like perfect color blending and realism xD. Seem's so challenging! I suppose practice does make perfect haha.
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lithriel Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012
Fun fun. I had to upgrade when my old tablet died a month and a half ago. If you are just seriously getting into art I suggest finding some local classes in traditional medium. It's taken me a lifetime of constant drawing with an "I want to be an artist when I grow up" mentality, a 4 year degree in art, and a couple of years of digital painting experience to get where I am today. Don't expect it to happen overnight. I started when I was 3. I'm 26 right now and I haven't stopped drawing since. I have years more to learn. Had I tried to learn in digital medium to start with I wouldn't be the artist I am today.
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Homeboy-sparten Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's insane. Yeah I figure it'll take a long time, so I'm gonna keep working on it and trying to improve. I'm not really in a great position to be able to take classes, but I'll definitely start reading up on some books about drawing anatomy and proportions and things of the sort. Hopefully that'll expand my artistic knowledge and help me slowly improve.
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JPerezS Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Happy traces! :D
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lithriel Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2011
Do you mean like people are going to trace my tutorial?
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:iconjperezs:
JPerezS Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No, I'm making reference to your 2nd part last words: "Happy Painting!"

I mean, sounds like the Bob Ross': "Happy traces" :)
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lithriel Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2011
Oh I see. I haven't seen a Bob Ross show in like 10 years. Must be why I missed the reference. ;)
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JPerezS Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:D
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lithriel Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2011
Huh?
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Orion-M-42 Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you for sharing your process. the end steps help out so much where i am with faces.

i always feel i'm almost there, but when i look at my finished piece there's always something missing. :O_o: if you have a few spare minutes perhaps you could offer me a pointer or two .. hundred? :P

thanks again for sharing, hoping to reach your level of adeptness sometime this century :D
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lithriel Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2011
I'm so sorry I didn't receive this comment in my message center. The best thing for anyone is to really learn the basics and fundamentals of art before they try to master digital painting. For me, this meant picking up a pencil and paper and drawing boxes and cones before I moved on to portraiture. Once I felt comfortable with value, light, construction, proportions, and then color, I moved to digital painting. Digital painting is merely a medium and no program can make up for what you lack.

It's a time consuming process as I got a degree in art but it was well worth it in the end.
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