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Digital Painting Tutorial Pt I by lithriel Digital Painting Tutorial Pt I by lithriel
Part I 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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LupusBlackEden Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2015  Student General Artist
Very helpful
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Accvser13 Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2015  Student General Artist
Thank you, even as a beginner it helped me a lot.
Great tutorial!
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yulss Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
muy util. gracias
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melissyjane Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for a wonderful tutorial! So helpful to have someone explain a method for picking out skin tones. :)
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noramorrison Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love the way you set it in parts so as to teach. Will download and use the knowledge to start my photoshop tutorial. I illustrate by hand, so photoshop is my new medium goal. Thank you
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tator803 Featured By Owner Edited Jun 22, 2014
Are you on sl? I wanna learn how to do a photo like this but I already have an avatar to work on
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IpanJadahz Featured By Owner May 6, 2014
tried a few times, *still failed
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koevch Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is so helpful.
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SnowyOwls Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much for doing this. :) It's really, really helping a complete and utter noob. 
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StephaniaArts Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2013
Now finally a tutorial whiich shows how you can put down skintones easily, you have no idea how much I love you for this! Been fighting years on finding a good way to put down skintones! Thank you, thank you so much!
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Akamar Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
... I don't... see the "other Dynamics" at all..
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holliebraxton Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013
Great tutorial!
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yasermohavi Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Some people begin the painting process with valuing in Grayscale then overlay paint over it...as I see you used direct painting? what is your technique called? which way do you think is better ?  by the way thanks for great toturial
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TheRaiderInside Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
WOW I gave up A LOT when I did digital painting; now that I've actually tried with your method I'm getting the hang of it! :hug: Thanks so much! :hug:
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foliyo09 Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013
You're my best! thanks for the tutorial!
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Princess-Suki-W Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013
Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge with us :heart:
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MF1989 Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Nice tutorial!!! can i ask you if u just use brush or u use the smudge too to mix colors??
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curtneyj Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013
Nice tutorial!
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Ghost104237 Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012
I can't find the whole "shape dynamics" "other dynamics" "jitter" thing...I'm using a trial version of Corel Painter 12, so do you know anything that can help?
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BinaryMonster01001 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Shape dynamics and jitter are for Photoshop only. I don't know about Corel Painter...
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lithriel Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012
Sorry, I don't know Corel Painter at all. Wish I could help.
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Ghost104237 Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012
That's ok :) I'll look around.
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bdunn1342 Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012   General Artist
Thank you so much for this tutorial, especially the details about picking colors. Color theory is tough for me, but this is a great step in learning more. :)
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Vashtari Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This puts things in a new perspective for me. I tend to freak out when I go into realism style painting. I can do well in traditional drawing with blending and smoothing, but if I go into any painting, my brain goes out the window. This breaks it down in concepts I can grasp at visually.
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lithriel Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2012
I'm the same way. I prefer using traditional methods in my work because that's how I learned to draw. Digital or not the process is the same.
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Vashtari Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
That's one reason why I love Wacom's products. They go out of their way to make it feel traditional in the creating process. The pen that records drawing movements really blew my mind.

I suppose translating drawing into digital painting may help me learn traditional painting better. Everyone has their learning process.
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Qiae Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is great, thank you. :3
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lumographia Featured By Owner May 24, 2012
Thank you for posting this tutorial. May I ask what pressure setting you use for you stylus in the Wacom control pane. The default medium, or something with more pressure (to the left) or less pressure (to the right)?
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lithriel Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2012
Sorry I never saw this comment. Not sure what happened there but I just use the default settings as far as I know.
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lumographia Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2012
Thanks. :-)
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darkmorgainelefay Featured By Owner May 15, 2012
Thank you for posting this!! :hug:
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DeDehelmy Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2012
this tutorial is awesome :) thank you
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Sabby1300 Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2012
Using this painting method looks really time consuming. In theory, it shouldn't be as time consuming if you've had painting and figure drawing classes, but even if you haven't (which I have...), and you just so happen to draw/paint really fast...could this process get done pretty quick?

I'm asking, cause I really love painting this way. I just don't very good patience. I want things done when I want them done, lol. But I also want them to look good. And I work fast. I've been able to come up with some pretty decent stuff even with my working speed, as far as figure drawing goes. But do you necessarily -have- to spend hours and hours on this kind of painting to get it to look right, or could the same results be done by a quick, restless hand?
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lithriel Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2012
Nope, it's not fast. This method takes me around 20 hours. If you are looking for a speed painting tutorial you are likely to have more loose strokes and less finessing- which is fine, but that is not this style per se. And yes, as listed at the top of the tutorial this is for intermediate painters (those who have anatomy to at least a passable level). I have found that if you reduce the file size to say half of what you see here you ought to cut the time back some. Hope that helps!
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Rohit95 Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2012  Student Interface Designer
useful Tutorial .Many thanks
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Miafka Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ваша помощь неоценима) спасибо!!))
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RainyDayFun Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks!
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Eliisabet Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much! Helped out alot :)
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MartaVasques Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much for this! :clap:
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bobitalizuca Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2011
Hy .amazing tutorial but have not really understood the Part 5 and Part 6. I tried different tutorials because I really want to learn to make this beautiful paintings . If you want to help me I would be grateful
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lithriel Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2011
I'm not sure what you are asking. What part about it don't you understand? I assume you have photoshop?
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bobitalizuca Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2011
yes i have. i know to do pop art but i relly want to learn to do paint i relly love the final result . you use a soft brush ?
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lithriel Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2011
I state what brush I use and when in the tutorial itself. I am not sure I can help you if you don't understand what I have written because I still don't know what you don't understand about it. The tutorial itself is a means to an end. If you know how to draw semi decent portraits already, then it may help you but if you don't, you won't get much from it. If you know photoshop, then you should know what I mean when I talk about the brushes. If you don't, then this tutorial won't help you either. It's only a tutorial on my process.
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3Ninja Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2011
nice
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Sheemple Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
If you don't mind my asking, what version of Photoshop is this? I have CS5, and I can't find "Other Dynamics" or opacity/flow jitter.
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Melomix Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I too have CS5. You can find those (opacity and flow) settings under Brush > Transfer in the brushes menu.
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Sheemple Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome. Thanks for the help. :D I'm totally new to Photoshop, but I'm slowly learning how to use it.
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Melomix Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome! I've had it for a while now and I still don't know how to use it correctly/to it's fullest potential...LOL. :'D
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lithriel Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2011
CS4. You aren't using elements are you?

Go to "Windows" > "brushes" and look at the options the window brings up. I hope CS5 isn't that different.
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Sheemple Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nope, the options aren't there. Maybe CS5 is just really different. (And I'm not using elements, by the way.)
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