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Digital Painting Tutorial - Part 2 by Zhrayde Digital Painting Tutorial - Part 2 by Zhrayde
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Danika-Fernandez Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2014  New member
Thank you so, so much. I've been drawing for years, but it's always been on paper. I just recently got a drawing tablet, and I picked it up pretty quickly, but I've been looking at a LOT of tutorials, tips, and reference images to improve my skills. I think I'm pretty good, but I have yet to get to this level. Your tutorial right here addressed my biggest beginner mistakes. Seriously, you were spot on. I know that I need to be a it riskier, but I also need to not use so many definite blacks and whites. I also need to incorporate more dynamic ways of coloring and shading.
Really, though, this is a big help, and I want to thank you for taking the time to make it. The same goes for all of the other artists that share their knowledge on the internet to help people like me.
RenToRyuuIntheTardis Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
OMG! I HAVE TIMIDITY! I just realized lately, I have pretty awful contrast in my painting bcus of timidity T_T but ur tutorial is exceptionally helpful and insightful. (and educational!) ty~!
Shiba-Inuuu Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2014  Professional Filmographer
This was great~  Thanks!
krishnasep Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2014  Student Digital Artist
thank u,,,,,,,, Zhrayde .....very use full stuff
TFSakon Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2013
Thanks for the addition.
Zhrayde Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013
You're welcome
Willroy Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013
Simple question: do you go out of your way to find inspiration? or does it come to you? and have you always enjoyed digital painting?
Zhrayde Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013
A bit of both. Sometimes getting inspired is hard. Often times I'll look at other artist's work for motivation. Other times I may be inspired by a simple idea that pops into my head.

For the most part, yes, I've always enjoyed digital painting. Although, that's not to say I've haven't been frustrated trying to learn to paint. :D
tcarr12 Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
For the colors, how do you suggest we start picking? Like... My images have the last problem. Thing is, I don't really know what else to use for skin tones besides warmer colors like gold and orange for light and cooler colors like purple for shadow areas.
Zhrayde Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2013
Because color is so relative and complex, it's really hard to say. One trick you could use is, "When in doubt, use the compliment". For instance, if you're painting a red rose, you could use green in the shadows. Or because a rose has red petals and green leaves, you could use blue in the shadows, which would make a split complimentary color scheme. There are so many factors involved in choosing colors, there's nothing more I can say except experiment. A big part of choosing color depends on your understanding of how color works in the real world. Study color theory like there's no tomorrow.

One great way to learn how to choose color is to study how other artists use color. John Asaro has an impressive, nonconventional use of color in his work. Here's one example of his work: [link]. For this paitning he uses orange, green, and purple to paint skin, which is a split complimentary color scheme. You could also study artists here on DA such as Marta Nael, Pete Amachree, and Thomas Honz.
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