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Digital Painting Tutorial Part Two: Walkthrough by Laitma Digital Painting Tutorial Part Two: Walkthrough by Laitma
Thanks for reading, guys!

You can watch the animated playback of this painting from the oekaki board: [link]

And, I just wanted to leave a note on the tool I used, pencil tool: It's an incredibly simple tool, it does no blending on its own and that's actually why I like it. The pencil tool has a hard/pixelated edge, but it's a very... transparent tool? and I find I enjoy having the control I do over its opacity, it makes layering on the colors and blending them very intuitive for me. Your tool preference will vary, but good luck with whatever you use! I've sadly never found an equivalent to this tool in PaintTool SAI, but the Pencil tool in Photoshop is practically the same, just with slight opacity differences.

Final notes: I guess if there's anything to take away from this tutorial, it's:

1) Keep your sketches loose. A lot of artists struggle when they start to paint because they keep trying to get it to match their clean, polished lines, when really, painting is really more about "carving" form out of colors and rough sketches. When coloring lineart too often we let the lines define the form, and then we don't know what to do with the color! In painting, let the colors define the form!

2) Explore the color box, and experiment. Don't move linearly--explore what combinations of saturation and desaturation give you! Color-pick across pieces you like, see how they worked with their colors. Don't be afraid of dancing around colors (though it's usually easier to do with desaturated tones)!

3) Don't overwork it! Overworking something--such as the too-refined sketch, and the too-much-shading on the ear, are really easy to spot though we often don't realize what we're looking at at first--we just know that it feels off, that it feels like the artist struggled in that area. The simpler you can keep something, the better and more natural it will look, usually. If you're fighting something, stop, step back, and try to figure out why. Try to do the minimum work necessary for something to feel "right", and then leave it alone! That's a skill to develop, learning to ease back! (As someone who's OCD about details, I can testify.)

4) NEVER GIVE UP. I included lots of embarrassingly old oekakis I did to show you guys, it takes more than one try to pick this stuff up, so don't get discouraged! Keep trying, and keep experimenting as you go! Even now, every time I try to do something a little different in how I pick my skin tones, and it's helped me a lot in getting to where I am today.

Good luck, and please let me know if there's anything I can do to help, or any tips/crits you'd like to offer. :)
Keep painting!

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babi00xd Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
useful and really good tips !! i'm a bit stuck on my work and i need more ideas and tips XDD thanks fot the tutorial and i found it really helpful !!
i should try new colour combinations instead of picking linear colours :S
Laitma Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2014  Student General Artist
Ahhhhh, you're very very welcome, I'm just so glad that it could be of use!!!  And your stuff is looking lovely, keep pushing those colors, I'm sure you'll get it in no time!!  : D
babi00xd Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks :D i ve just started to paint on Photoshop but i'm kinda stuck on blending so i'm trying grey scale ..then i might be able to play with colours later on XD  
Laitma Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2014  Student General Artist
Ahhhh, good luck!!  It's hard no doubt, but I'm sure you'll figure it out, and grayscale's a great place to start!  Good luck!!!
luluChwan Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Thankyou so much fr this tutorial I just started digital drawing and I do like the painting rather than the cell shading so thanks again for taking your time to do this ^-^
Laitma Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014  Student General Artist
Awwwww, not at all, I'm just so glad to hear that this tutorial can be of use, you're very welcome!  Keep up the work!  :D
sgtbuckwheat Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013
I love it when artists share the how to methods of their process. It is a great thing to pass on to the others of us who struggle (my weakness is value and color, so I might be able to use some of this).
Laitma Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013  Student General Artist
Ahhh, I'm glad that this could be of use to you, hopefully!!  You're very welcome!  :)
AddisonDickins Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013
Well these two tuts (part I & II) have made my beginning journey into the digital world a bit more comfortable.
Now I can do a high tech digital version of my old school poor drawing and painting, waw hoo!
Laitma Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013  Student General Artist
Ahhhh, I'm just glad that it could be of help, you're very welcome!  
Good luck!  :D
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