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Digital Painting Tutorial - Part 2 by Zhrayde Digital Painting Tutorial - Part 2 by Zhrayde
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alwayshime Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this is by far the most informative digital painting tutorial I've seen yet. You explain timidity and flatness which are both my biggest errors. thank you so much!
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ishali Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
thank you so much for this, it helps a lot :hug:
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Danika-Fernandez Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2014
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.
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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~!
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Shiba-Inuuu Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2014  Professional Filmographer
This was great~  Thanks!
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krishnasep Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2014  Student Digital Artist
thank u,,,,,,,, Zhrayde .....very use full stuff
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TFSakon Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2013
Thanks for the addition.
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Zhrayde Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013  Student Digital Artist
You're welcome
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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?
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Zhrayde Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013  Student Digital Artist
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
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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.
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Zhrayde Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2013  Student Digital Artist
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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leejun35 Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2013   Digital Artist
Your tutorials are exactly what I'm looking for. It help me a lot!
Thank you for sharing :love:
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:iconzhrayde:
Zhrayde Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2013  Student Digital Artist
You're welcome! I'm glad they're helpful! :D
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UNlikeableMegastos Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2013  Student General Artist
You must not be tired of the many thanks you receive (I also thank you, yeah). Your tutorials deserve this apreciation!
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Zhrayde Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Aww, thanks! It's good to know people appreciate these since I spend a lot of time putting them together. ^^;
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yowamushi-chan Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2013
Thank you so much for this tutorial~!
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Zhrayde Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2013  Student Digital Artist
You're welcome! I'll be posting another soon.
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oblivious222 Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2013  Student Digital Artist
When painting values, what opacity do you feel comfortable using? I typically feel like 50% or less is good for me, but that may not be the case for others.
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Zhrayde Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I keep Opacity at 100% almost all the time. I don't even have opacity set on my brush settings. The only setting I change is the Flow. That's just my preference. 50% seems like a good setting. Many artists will use anything between 20%-70%. Flow works similar to opacity and I use it at 10%, 50%, and 100%. Here is a tutorial by Carlos Cabrera you might find useful: [link]. He mainly changes the opacity and not the flow, which may help. The tutorials are in real time too which is also great.

I hope this helps you! If you have any more questions, don't hesitate to ask! :D
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MichaelTannock Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2013
These tutorials are extremely helpful, thank you for making them!
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:iconzhrayde:
Zhrayde Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2013  Student Digital Artist
You're welcome! I'll be making more soon. :D
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Revan-o6 Featured By Owner May 31, 2013
One of the best tutorials I've seen so far :) Thanks a lot. The colours used in your pics are great. I noticed you covered here some basic colour theory, maybe you could consider making a tutorial that would go deeper into that and explain your thought process behind choosing and applying colours. It would be extremely helpful too. It's just a suggestion though, I realize it's a lot of work and takes time :)
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Zhrayde Featured By Owner May 31, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Thanks a lot! :) I'm working on another painting right now so maybe I could use it for a basic color theory tutorial. :D
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Revan-o6 Featured By Owner May 31, 2013
Great! Looking forward to it :D
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:iconoblivious222:
oblivious222 Featured By Owner May 28, 2013  Student Digital Artist
This has answered so many questions I have had for years. Thank you so much. Instantly following you after this tutorial :D
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Zhrayde Featured By Owner May 29, 2013  Student Digital Artist
So glad this has been helpful for you! :D And thanks for the watch. :squee: I'm honored. :aww:
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Chungphantomhive Featured By Owner May 24, 2013
This cleared up a lot of mistakes I made... THANKS :D
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:iconzhrayde:
Zhrayde Featured By Owner May 25, 2013  Student Digital Artist
You're welcome! :D
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BrainDeadDork Featured By Owner May 21, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Wonderful tutorial!
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niacherryblossom Featured By Owner May 21, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
oh thank you i have all those problems above too not so much but i have them....so this has helped me lots. Now i c how to improve on them.
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Zhrayde Featured By Owner May 22, 2013  Student Digital Artist
:)
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teralilac Featured By Owner May 21, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for sharing XD
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GodnessCrow Featured By Owner May 21, 2013
awesome
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TheDevilReborn Featured By Owner May 21, 2013
I am just now leaning my way around digital art and this is a excellent tutorial for that!
If you don't mind I would like to add this as well as others in your gallery to my :+fav: list to help me out later.
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Zhrayde Featured By Owner May 21, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Sure, go ahead! :aww:
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:iconthedevilreborn:
TheDevilReborn Featured By Owner May 22, 2013
Thank you!
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CrazyBrainz Featured By Owner May 21, 2013  Student General Artist
Informative but wonderfully concise! Will be using! :thumbsup:
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:iconzhrayde:
Zhrayde Featured By Owner May 21, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Awesome. :)
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:iconlairam:
Lairam Featured By Owner May 21, 2013
This was truly helpful and you have mad skills
there!
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:iconzhrayde:
Zhrayde Featured By Owner May 21, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Thanks! :hug:
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Dizzyzebra Featured By Owner May 21, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Thankyou, very useful.
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LhuneArt Featured By Owner May 21, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Very good, thanks for sharing!
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:iconzhrayde:
Zhrayde Featured By Owner May 21, 2013  Student Digital Artist
You're welcome :thumbsup: You have an incredible gallery by the way.
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:iconlhuneart:
LhuneArt Featured By Owner May 21, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
You're too kind, thanks! So do you! ^^
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Art-Eater Featured By Owner May 21, 2013  Student Digital Artist
wow <3 Thanks so much for this <333
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:iconzhrayde:
Zhrayde Featured By Owner May 21, 2013  Student Digital Artist
You're welcome. :hug:
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:iconart-eater:
Art-Eater Featured By Owner May 21, 2013  Student Digital Artist
:cuddle: You're the best!
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BATTLEFAIRIES Featured By Owner May 21, 2013
This has everything a decent tutorial needs.
Great job, and than you.
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Zhrayde Featured By Owner May 21, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Thanks! Glad it's useful! :D
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