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TUTORIAL - digital painting. by vinegar TUTORIAL - digital painting. by vinegar
Sorry for the high compression of this picter, but a higher quality pic would took ages to download..

this is a tutorial showing how to paint on the computer. I've been asked a lot how I'm doing this or that, so I used my lady of the swan pic to explain how it was done.

It contains few tips about colours and creative use of references. It also contains few close-up's at the bottom.

Mind 2 things:

1. This is a PAINTING tutorial and tips picture. I might add drawing and colouring tutorial later.
2. This is also the way how I'm painting. It doesn't mean it's obligatory to everyone, okay?

and also - FULL VIEW if you wan't to read it. And it has some tips written there so looking at the small pics won't help you at all :giggle:

hope some of you will find it useful..
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:iconhumde:
humde Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this is good stuff!:D
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mondonaj182 Featured By Owner May 18, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
You do beautiful work, thanks for the tutorial.
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:iconhmart:
HMart Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2011  Professional General Artist
thanks
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:iconpseejunkie:
pseejunkie Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2010
This is amazing. Thank you for taking the time to create this. I'm not sure if I am advanced enough to attempt this. I'm more or less in the very beginner stages of drawing actually, But I really get a great insight into the process of how beautiful digital work is done, such as this !

Thank you
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markolainen Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Great tutorial! Will definitely save this for later use.:)
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:iconkarysky:
KarySky Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2009
Wow, you're my new idol here :D Awesome tutorial!
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Fayte-de-Desespoir Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2009
Thank you! this is wonderful!
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lovagirlalot Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2009
What brush do you use.
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:iconvinegar:
vinegar Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2009
read the tutorial maybe? it's all there. Although it's an old one i still use the same - standard, hard edged photoshop brush.
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:iconkliph:
Kliph Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2009
Thank you for your superb tutorials, they really help. I mainly do pencil drawings but want to try digital art, but wasn't sure where to start, so these are great. :hug:
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:iconnamioki:
NamiOki Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2008  Student Digital Artist
This is absolutely wonderful, vinegar.
You're very talented and have taught me a lot with this tutorial!
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dzonivejin Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2008
tnx!!! :+fav:
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:iconstolide:
stolide Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2008
This has helped me more than you could imagine... I'm watching you now... :)
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:iconemmery:
Emmery Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You give some great advice here. I learned a lot. Thank you very much! :)
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:iconvinegar:
vinegar Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2008
you're welcome! but this one is pretty old, some new ones coming soon ;)
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:iconemmery:
Emmery Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh cool! I'll keep an eye out then. :)
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mttw-artistic1 Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2008
very nice tutorial! i will definitely have to try your style of painting.
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:iconnleboe:
nleboe Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2008
amazing tutorial, thank you so much
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:iconwolftraveller:
WolfTraveller Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2008
thank you so much for this tutorial
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VonTalavang Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2008   Digital Artist
great way for designers, and fast results

but

to be honest... this is bad way to learn how to draw and paint
just copy objects and put together
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:iconvinegar:
vinegar Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2008
err, I don't really say your point, where do i write anything about copying objects and putting them together? i think you must've read another tutorial..
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:iconvinegar:
vinegar Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2008
*see
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:iconchukkz:
Chukkz Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2008  Student Digital Artist
This seems very helpful, especially the black/white/NEVER! thing. :D
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:iconvinegar:
vinegar Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2008
glad you liked it :)
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:iconhotah:
hotah Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2007   Digital Artist
Thanks for the tips. Good tutorial!
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:iconredvamp:
RedVamp Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2007
just one question... what program do you use? :P
could you please answer.... :blushes:
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:iconvinegar:
vinegar Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2007
it's been said in the tutorial..

anyway, for this old painting here i used opencanvas. but i also stated very clearly the method is the same in all other programs, and all the tips work both in traditional and digital media.

right now i use photoshop 7 and painter 7 most often.
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RedVamp Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2007
thank you for your help. :blowkiss:
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Suzanne239 Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2006  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
sorry for commenting ages after this was submitted, but I'm also trying to go digital and your tutorial is of great help! Thanks! :D
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:iconvinegar:
vinegar Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2006
not a problem, thanks a lot! :)
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stayclearawake Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2006
Hey there! That was really a useful tutorial. But I got a question to ask, if you don't mind answering them. =) Do you normally pick the colours and create your own patlette, or do you pick the colour from those reference pictures, but modify them so they don't look photo-manipulated? Thanks alot for creating this tutorial and answering my questions, that's a +Fav definitely!
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vinegar Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2006
thanks :) i never pick up colors from a reference to paint with them. sometimes i check them with eyedropper just to see how it works (you know, sometimes some colors mixed with others look completely different).. but i never follow the reference so closely, it's more for general shape and shadows.. so i come up with my own colors in general :)
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surrealgreen Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2006
Very nice, thank you. I often have a hard time coming up with a complete composition, so your method of looking at several reference pics is very helpful. I also find that my pictures often don't combine well--the different elements don't mesh. So your emphasis on correct color combinations is very helpful--I'll have to try again soon!
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:iconvinegar:
vinegar Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2006
good luck! glad that i've been helpful to you in some way :)
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odd-socks Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2006
Thankyou, that was really, really useful.
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PoliteYetPeculiar Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
A very insightful tutorial. :3 Thanks for putting it up!
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BlackSaiyan Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2006
wow, I adore those tips ^^
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ekimailbox Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2006
Thankyou so much ><
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Loveit Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2006
you do amazing work!!!!!
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Sarga Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2006
I love it.

Thanks.
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:iconmorinoki:
Morinoki Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2005  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Um... Vinegar, czy mogę mieć kilka pytań? ^^;
1) cienie/światła nakładasz na tej samej warstwie co kolor otoczenia?
2) używając watercoloura - jak wysokie opacity ustawiasz? Denerwuje mnie strasznie to narzędzie, bo nie miesza różnych kolorów ze sobą. > < W ogóle nie potrafię zrobić gładkich przejść między jednym a drugim odcieniem, nie mam pojęcia jak Ty czy Maudt to robicie. T^T
3) znasz program Shi Animated z oekaki, prawda? Czy w oC da się uzyskać taki efekt malowania jak penem z Shi? Żeby tak się gładko prowadziło, "nieinwazyjnie"? :tears:

Jeśli nie sprawi Ci to kłopotu, udziel mi odpowiedzi, proszę serdecznie. :please: Próbuję od kilku dni pomalować jeden szkic, podchodziłem już do niego z 10 razy i wciąż mi jakieś g wychodzi. :cries: Proszę~~~! T___T
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:iconvinegar:
vinegar Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2005
Alez sie biedaku naczekales na moja odpowiedz.. przepraszam, ale przez te rozjazdy, wyjazdy i prace nie mialam kiedy odpisac..

1. tak, oczywiscie. na pewno zauwazysz, ze wraz z doswiadczeniem bedziesz ograniczac liczbe warstw.. jak zaczynalam (i juz odkrylam co to sa warstwy, lol) to robilam wszystko na osobnych.. co zdecydowanie przeszkadza w spojnosci calosci i nie jest do niczego potrzebne.. teraz ograniczam sie do jakis 5-6 max, a i tak zazwyczaj mniej..

2. teraz juz wlasciwie w ogole nie maluje w opencanvas, ale jak malowalam to mialam jakos tak na 3/4.. chyba.. ale generalnie bawie sie tam ustawieniami, nie korzystam tylko z jednego..

3. tak, pobaw sie wlasnie opacity i suwakami.. nie jestem w stanie Ci bardziej pomoc, bo musialabym widziec w jaki sposob malujesz w jednym i drugim programie, by zobaczyc jak Ci wychodza przejscia walorowe..

raz jeszcze przepraszam za tego laga >_< daj znac jakbys potrzebowal czegos jeszcze!
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Morinoki Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2005  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Dzięki serdeczne! Skorzystam z rad na pewno. ^^
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telekinetick Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2005
We used the same Gisele picture :giggle: [link]
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:iconvinegar:
vinegar Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2005
ha, ha, i know! :D i just noticed this yesterday and been thinking of writing to you :giggle: i like how your piece turned out, completely different than mine which prooves in both examples that using references can be more creative than overpainting :D
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telekinetick Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2005
Haha, I know, right? It's cool to see how both our works turned out :D.
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Frei-Frei Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2005  Student Artist
och i kolejny świetny tutorialek, extra bedzie się z czego uczyc :D
ale do jakiego programu graf. on jest?
bardzo fajnie, że niejesteś samolubna jak niektórzy, extra rysujący i kolorujący artyści :hug:
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yukus Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2005   Traditional Artist
swietny tutorial :D
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leaf90 Featured By Owner May 2, 2005
I have a VERY important question. (at least I think it is.) How do you get the smaller picture(for the reference) on a new layer?
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misterbean2000 Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2005
Thank you!!!..
you are holy!

* bow *
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