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Digital Painting Tips by ToySkunk Digital Painting Tips by ToySkunk
Just some things I thought you guys might be interested in.
My rambling tutorials seem to go down well. This is less of a rambling tutorial and more of a ramble, but seeing as so many people seem not to know about these things, I thought it was worth writing up. Nothing specific on here, just haphazard advice, but enjoy. =)
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lunskun Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much for all your tutorials
riggabomb-art Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2014
Oh wow, you are a lifesaver. Thank you so much for all your tutorials (particularly the joke ones). 
Qatz Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for the tut! I haven't tried painting fur, but that was a great tip!
reikohattori Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
excellent! thank you, this is very helpful!
public-hex Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012
really helpful advice :) i lol'd many times-- the creepy digital tool examples especially.
Noitusan Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2011
Very informative and useful tips. Thank you so much for making this and sharing it with us.
ChachiTonks Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So many words x.x

But alas, the ones that I have gotten around to reading have been incredibly informative, and I'll definitely keep reading.

Thanks for posting <333
SolitudeInterlude Featured By Owner May 19, 2011
You have great tutorials. Thank you so much!
JoyfulKid Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2010
very informative! I found it very helpful
zaishe5757 Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2010  Student Filmographer
thanks a lot:)
Silver-StarFire Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks a bunch for the tutorial. I'll be certainly looking back on this and others to get better at my painting. thanks again. ^-^
AngelusNoir Featured By Owner May 10, 2010  Professional General Artist
very helpful tips!!:XD:Thanks for sharing!
Earthsick Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2010
Nice. <3
Even though I knew most of this already, it's nice to learn new things. :)
harrie5 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2010  Student General Artist
This is really really helpful o3o I want to give digital painting a go, but I'm researching tips and such before I do. Your tutorials are really helpful and I'll keep what you say in mind :3
DiscoMunication Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2010
very imformative. this has helped me quite a bit with my details etc and what not to do :hug:
Rei-chann Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2009
Your tutorials speak the truth. :D

Thanks for the great advice.
unfinishedtears Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
may i ask if using dodge and burn tool creates a fake-looking results? i saw a tut about dg-painting and he said that its better to smudge... how true is that..??
ToySkunk Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2009  Professional General Artist
I personally dislike both dodge and burn and smudge. :lol: I do have reasons!
Dodge and burn:
I think that it's better to select your own colours for light and shade because then you can really control the hue (changes in hue as well as tone can make for an interesting picture). With dodge and burn you get a really dark version of the 'base' colour or a really light one - it often goes 'too far' and results in something that looks like plastic.

I don't understand why a tut would tell you to smudge instead of dodge/burn though. :o Smudge doesn't have the same result as dodge/burn, unless the tut was talking about painting a shadow then smudging it to blend it. I believe that it looks much better if you can blend colours with the brush only (by changing the opacity, flow, softness etc.) as using the smudge tool will result in surfaces that all have a very similar texture... and not many real life objects have that smudgy texture. :lol:

These are just my opinions but hopefully they'll be interesting to you. :)
unfinishedtears Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
i see! you really said a lot and thanks for that! lately i tried using those 3 tools, and yeah. i don't really like the results... that's why its so embarrassing to upload it in DA~!!
really thanks a lot!, after school, I'll try ur advice! hehehe!~!

~thanks again!~!
Radditz Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks this will be extremely helpful.
KristinnaBundgaard Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2009  Student Photographer
aww this is just the ultimative tutorial :D so great that you made this (:
Felfreak Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2009
That's so very helpful, thank you for making this! ^^
PixieEars Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2009
Hey, useful tute! You make some good points I'll try to keep in mind :D
BloodHowl Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2009
Man, godlike tips. Will help loads :D
Fury-From-Above Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2009
Excellent, I myself have experience with digital painting, but it's all in my old account(which I had to abandon due to "making enemies" so I am still skittish revealing it).

But I think there are possible, responsible ways of using dodge, burn, multiply, screen, and liquefy, as long as they are mere touch ups, or you will paint over, etc. I often used multiply and screen blending modes to help unify shadows, extra shine or mix colors. Dodge and burn used very very carefully can adjust a shadow or highlight a little bit. And I myself have done artwork done only with filters to make textures or backgrounds for things like sigs and banners.

It shouldn't be something to be ashamed of as long as the results are indistinguishable. Even in physically existing artwork, tricks are done such as tilting a watercolor painting to wash a sky or putting salt on wet water color, or sponging or adding in different mediums that alter the paint in texture, consistency, etc. The terms "dodge" and "burn" come from traditional darkroom photo editing techniques.
HiddenPlaygrounds Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2008
Hey! Your tutorials are not only useful, but also you are quite skilled with the compostion of layout...

I have a specific question about this one. The picture with the "cloud filters" - What exactly did the filter do to the picture? To me it looked just like a normal shaded painting and I don't really see what you mean there.
ToySkunk Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2008  Professional General Artist
Cloud filter is a particular filter in Photoshop that randomly generates clouds on an image using whatever two colours you have selected. People use it all the time in an attempt to create realistic looking skies but it just doesn't at all - it looks worse on a bigger canvas, where it's really obvious that it's a result of an automatic filter. :)
In the screenshot in which I demonstrate the cloud filter it's not really obvious because I had to take such a small cut of it, but it's an attempt to show what it looks like when people try to create a misty effect with the cloud filter - they'll put the filter on a new layer and overlay it over the painting. It can look quite blotchy and throws the colours all to pot!
criissa Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
awesome, professional 8D
Ravenswan Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2008
Extremely helpful, thank-you
sazuoche Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2008
Yeah, sometime I do that too ^^;
hellfiresniper Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2008
These are awesome tips. I admit I made almost all of those mistakes, but this gives me a better understanding. :)
NaamaYM Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2008
great tips. thank you for taking the time to write and illustrate them.
RennardX Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Lots of great tips here. :thumbsup:
dolfingz Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2008
wow - i feel slightly guilty now! it's nice to see a tut from a real digital artist :D
pichu4850 Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2008
nice tips here 8) i do the flipping of the image some times, too.... I also like the tips with the fur and stuff. And ugh I hate it when people overuse photoshop effects XD It's just so annoying, like they're cheating or something.
arnivore Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2008
good insight... I want to get photoshop now... :) thanks.
lazysmirk Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2007
Awesome advice XD I should flip my work more often.
Aries888 Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2007
love the cat example :nod:
x-CalicoCat-x Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2007
Well said :D
Hopefully this will make some of my pictures a tad more realistic ^^

Also, do you use a graphic tablet or a computer mouse?
ToySkunk Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2007  Professional General Artist
I use a graphics tablet and I really recommend getting one - it's not a magic tool that will vastly improve art but it's much easier to hold a pen-like object than it is to use a mouse. :) And you're less likely to hurt your wrist if you use a graphics tablet too!
x-CalicoCat-x Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2007
Ah, no wonder I can't write some days. I've been thinking about getting a graphics's tablet for about a year now, and my mum is actually going to get me one for Christmas.
Thanks for answering my question =]
ToySkunk Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2007  Professional General Artist
No problem! I recommend requesting a Wacom if you're getting one for Christmas. The pressure sensitivity is great and Wacom's worth the money. :D Rest your wrist!
badianychick Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2008
hi.... yeah!... i'm doing my first illustration on photoshop... with mouse and is really, really hard! but i don't have any option... i need to finish this digital painting now is my final project, and it's a shame, we never work with graphic tablet... well the course was for learn the basic tools of photoshop like the horrible filters and things like this... i wanna buy a graphic tablet, but later, now i don't have money :[
... well sorry 4 my english:p
unique-chic Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2007
This is really helpful!
vilhelmina Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2007  Student Digital Artist
This one has a lot of good tips in it. (:
XD But it's so hard to remember to flip stuff! I remember sometimes, then I work on the drawing for three more hours (or some other random extensive amount of time), THEN flip it, only to notice a handful of new mistakes which would have been easier to correct if I'd flipped more like once every half hour or so. 8DD But yeah.

<_< I should also listen to the other thing... Uh, what was it... dA, your comment box is way too far down, I don't like having to scroll up and down all the time. Oh, yeah, the part about naming layers. 8D Have you been spying on me?
*tends to have 30+ layers involved an average piece... and never names them* It is confusing... But naming them is so definite, you know? You have to decide what's going to be on it, and then if there's something else you have to change the name. And yeah. XD I tend to rule that out as extra work, while in reality, it would probably help.

I shall end this borderline-spammy comment here, I think. I'm getting too tired to withhold my coherency, you see.

Nice tutorial, though! (:
little33cat Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2007
sooooooo useful!!!thank you
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jhubert Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Added to the Art Tutorials Wiki.
K-Koji Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2007
wow..I paint so..WRONG :XD: ;;...I am traditional painter more (how I pay rent most time D: ). So I treat digital paint like traditional @_@. In any digital paint program, I use ONE layer xD (well the lock background, and then just one layer on multiply- that is all). I think I treat like a real life painting @_@;. I guess people seem to like so somehow they work in the end, but I appreciate these information because maybe I can save myself some pain and time <3
oashisu Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2007  Student Filmographer
Me likes this tutorial. Its very niccee
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