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Discussion in 'Smeargle's Studio' started by icepick, Jul 14, 2009.

  1. icepick

    icepick she brings the rain
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    Sorry guys, not doing requests at the moment unless you catch me on IRC and engage in direct conversation with me and make me feel awkward about turning down a request.

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    I will be writing a tutorial for this once I think of some good jokes.
  2. fatsnorlax

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    These are amazing!
  3. Ivysaur

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    icepick, your painting style is really fantastic, your thread is one of my faves for sure. I'm not sure why I haven't luvdisc'd this yet hahah

    also the pun in your title is A++
  4. Chou Toshio

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    sweet, looking forward to it icepick, and I'll be sure to talk to you directly and make you feel awkward until its written lol
  5. icepick

    icepick she brings the rain
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    Done, cross posted in the tutorial thread.

    Most tutorials deal with a line art style, and since I usually paint without line art, I want to demonstrate a basic method I often use.

    tutorial (open)
    Preliminaries:

    -Knowledge of anatomy, shading, etc. This guide isn't intended for people who are only beginning to learn drawing, though certainly they can still learn something.

    -Tablet. I have six shortcut keys and a touch ring on mine, which are invaluable for quickly switching between tools and changing brush size. I recommend eye dropper (i), lasso (l), and step backwards (alt-control/command-z) set onto the shortcuts, brush size set to the touch ring, and on the pen, brush (b) and pan (space) set on the pen.

    -Canvas size of at least 1500-2000 x 1500-2000.

    -Brush. The only brush needed is the hard round brush with tablet pressure controlling opacity.

    Step One
    Start with a simple sketch. No need to worry about cleanliness or detail, the only thing important here is to get an idea of the composition and get the anatomy right.

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    Step Two
    On a new layer, lay down the base color of the pokemon. Choose a low saturation midtone and paint in the silhouette with the largest brush practical. Erasing can be used for sharper shapes (observe how the tail of Eelektross was created).

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    Step Three
    Still using large brushes, continue blocking in colors using low saturation midtones. A common mistake people make when choosing colors is allowing the subject to determine which colors to use. Do not assume certain objects are always certain colors; they must work within context. One way to approach this is by blending colors. In order to paint the lips of Eelektross, I started with a salmon hue, lightly painted over the blue of the body, and color sampled the resulting color. The usefulness of blending colors is why I recommend having eyedropper as a shortcut key.

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    Step Four
    Before beginning shading, a light source needs to be chosen (though it is more prudent to choose the light source during the sketch phase). Here, the light comes from our left and in front of Eelektross. To choose shades, color sample the base color, and change value and saturation to fit with the light source. The hue may also need to be altered, depending on the color of the light source (here it is white, so it's not necessary). It is essential to start with large brushes and reduce size while painting, rather than using a small brush and trying to capture all the details in one go. Not only is this more convenient, but also colors and details are preserved, and smoothness is easier to achieve.

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    Step Five
    Start cleaning it up. Get edges sharp either by erasing or over painting with white. Blend the shades by color sampling intermediate shades, but don't overdo it. Extremely smooth blending looks unnatural, and colors will be muddied.

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    Step Six
    Begin to detail. Now is the time to render textures, and references are handy here (admittedly I didn't use any). As a corollary from step 3, when painting normally white objects (teeth, eyeballs, specular highlights, claws in this case), don't be hasty to use white. Use subtle hues or gray instead.

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    Step Seven
    Finally, lighting effects can be added cool effects and colors. Use a soft brush set on overlay to achieve this. Keep in mind that effects are often new light sources, so surrounding areas should react accordingly. The red from the lightning also makes the inside of the mouth and lips reddish.

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    Painting complete!
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  6. Pocket

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    boss Elektross!
  7. icepick

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    intensely badass

    especially that venusaur
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    Ninetales so powerful.
  10. bombiron

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    i wanna harness the power of dem mofos
  11. Focus

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    lol Sunkern

    but seriously, that is awesome!
  12. Pocket

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    Nintales overlord.

    Finally in its rightful place.
  13. DjGopher

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    Loving the colors in charizards fire
  14. bombiron

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    if youre not busy, i dont wanna request anything, because i bet youre busy as shit.
  15. Supe

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    I love your painting style! I cant help but to keep coming back to look at the Volcarona in the OP.

    Also, thank you for posting that Eelektross tutorial. Although I'm still a beginner at digital art, I found it extremely helpful. You were detailed yet concise. Hard to come by tutorials like that.

    Keep the awesome paintings coming!
  16. Antithesis

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    What a style :D. You're awesome :3.
  17. NatGeo

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    Oh my gosh did I mention how much that sun painting is AMAZING

    Reminds me of some primordial time in the past where monsters ruled fueled by the sun brought to them by some sage fox, allowing them to wreak absolute havoc....

    :D
  18. DjGopher

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    I really liked your tutorial..
    but I wish I could actually watch you lay down colors/sketch and whatnot.
    In the most creepy way possible, of course :D
  19. icepick

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    You mean, crouched over my chair while feeding me macaroni and cheese and running a hand through my hair while singing the theme song from The Greatest American Hero at 3 in the morning while we're on a bus to your uncle's house? Not okay...
  20. DjGopher

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    How is that creepy in the slightest?
    Though I don't think they'd let your computer/tablet on the bus..
    I guess the next best thing is to make a video? :O
  21. Shining_Latios

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    These are amazing. Awesome job!
  22. Blossom

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    Wow that recent artwork is amazing. Especially the Venusaur. Love it! =3
  23. Paradoxus

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    Is that Sun Team photo for an RMT? Regardless it's still badass.
  24. blastoiseboy19

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    the 5th gen sun article in the main site
  25. leon2443

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    the tyranitar is the best in my opinion

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