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Basic Painting Tutorial_01 by killskerry Basic Painting Tutorial_01 by killskerry
To see everything better just download the full image. Apologies in advance if I missed any spelling errors or bad grammar.

This is really a basic tutorial. I don't go into alot of intricate detail because their is so much to cover. I just started at the barebones.

If anybody has any questions just ask em in the comments and I'll answer as best I can. Hope you find this helpful/enjoyable in some way.

Thanks for voting in the poll that spurred me to do this.
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colorfultrash Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
This is probably one of the most helpful tutorials I've ever seen! Thank you so much.
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tintenrausch Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2011
Very helpful! Than you!
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GreenSprite Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2010
Woah that sounds... needlessly complicated to be honest.

Why create a vector image when the final one is not going to be vector? Why bother with the line tool over the lineart instead of just tracing it in Photoshop with a brush? Sure, you need a steady hand, but you get better as you go.

Why use the lasso tool when you have to select flat shapes? The wand would do just fine.

Sorry if this sounds like criticism, it's not, it's just me being surprised. The final result looks beautiful so you probably know what you're doing, and your method has some advantages that I'm not aware of :)
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hokuto Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2010
What an interesting process! I like seeing how things develop... One day I really ought to play around with Flash.
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MicroPup Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2010
I have always wondered how you get those cool textures in the work. I've been trying to work with textured brushes but I'm doing something stupid I'm sure because the lines aren't really textured they are just smears of the texture with the texture at the end.
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GreenSprite Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2010
Make sure you mess with the options in the Brush Tip Shape menu (especially the scattering!)
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KreepingSpawn Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
that's maddening! :ohnoes: but well worth it. ;} you have such a unique and playful style. thanks for giving us some insight into your process! :D
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Ashira-Rain Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2010
Thank you. :heart:
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Heatheru Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2010
This is a great tut with lots of tips to remember, thanks for posting it!
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moonytash Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2010
Wow, how much work for a painting. Using Flash is unusuall... Thanks for the tutorial. Really interesting!
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AmandaMyers Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2010
It's so interesting to see how other artists work! I had no idea that you did some of your work in flash! I bet it makes color fill and selection so much easier. I love your final sentence. It's so true ;)
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UnrecReflect Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2010
Along the lines of what "ton-dieu-noir" said. You can select the vector paths in Illustrator, copy them (and while Photoshop is already open) you can go into your PS document and hit Paste.

A dialog will pop up giving you 'Paste As:' options. Choose 'Path'. Now if you go into your 'Paths' tab the path'll be there. This is useful for selections and in case you decide to change the resolution of an image, the paths won't degrade like a layer would.
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killskerry Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2010  Professional Filmographer
I have not touched illustrator in years I swear this is probably a much easier answer to what I'm doing.
Like I was telling miss Ton-dieu-noir on the comment below this one, I just use flash more because I'm used to it (use it at work all day) and I like the organic results I get from the line quality.

Do you use illustrator often?
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UnrecReflect Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2010
Nah. I (like yourself) use Flash for all my vector drawings, then I usually bring the lines into Illustrator or PS if the image is going to be for print. It's just so much easier to draw in Flash.
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ton-dieu-noir Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2010  Professional
that's a really interesting process... have you considered using Illustrator for the flat colour process? you could import the shapes individually and if instead of using lines you used shapes with outlines to make your image you could simply remove the outline when you've figured out your colours?

I think that your process is really cool :) and I always love the way your illustrations look :)
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killskerry Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Well its funny because I actually learned how to use illustrator in college but to me shapes and lines I made in the program just looked and felt like something a computer made. I was limited by setting points and it didn't look like a human hand did it.

Flash is a program I use all the time for drawing because I work as a prop builder and character designer for a flash animation studio. I feel like its easier to draw in flash and the line tool is just awesome.

It could be I just was taught illustrator badly because other people use it to make things I can't even imagine.

Also...thank you!
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ton-dieu-noir Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2010  Professional
you're right, that's actually the reason i don't use illustrator. It's really not that intuitive. Thanks for sharing your process with us :)
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Mamath Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2010
I had no idea you use vectors to do these. That is a really interesting technique!
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MetalMagpie Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Fantastic tutorial. You work quite differently to a lot of other artists I've come across on dA. :)
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killskerry Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2010  Professional Filmographer
lol probably because I do things in a stupid unnecessarily complicated way.

I'm sure other people are taking the smart road on their paintings.
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