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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!

[PART ONE: THE BASICS]
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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
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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
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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  
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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!!!
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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 ^-^
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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
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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).
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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!  :)
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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!
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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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CerberusLives Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Haha! 'Dark red on multiply works great for blood' I always do that! :D Great tutorial Lai, makes the way I work look like an idiot just randomly trying stuff 'til it looks right. Oh, wait... that's 'cos it is! =P
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Laitma Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2013  Student General Artist
Psssssssshhhhhhh, no way, man!!  You know your way around photoshop like a pro, and you've clearly got a method to crank out all the pics you do, as fast as you do.  I'm always envious of how effortless your coloring looks!  D8  
(I paint becuz, well, I can't color lines xD; )
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IronOxid Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
First i thought it was Near, from Death Note ^^
But anyway, a very useful information, thanks alot :D
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Laitma Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013  Student General Artist
You're very welcome, I'm glad that it can be of use!
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PagodaComics Featured By Owner May 23, 2013  Student General Artist
"Don't get frustrated" probably the hardest part for me. I get sooo down that it never wanna look anything like I imagined XD;
Anyway, thank you again for writing down the progress. And 2 hourse...? Woah, you are fast. D=
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Laitma Featured By Owner May 25, 2013  Student General Artist
Hahahah, that's the funny thing I found out about painting, when I paint I'm actually a lot faster than when I try to ink/color things!

But yeah, don't give up, keep trying~!!! I'm sure you can do it! :heart:
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PagodaComics Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013  Student General Artist
Haha, I have a friend who is the very same... And I'm sloooooow~ XD;
And reversed: I do way faster with pencil, or inking. Well not with colouring, that always take lot of time to do. XD;

Thanks =)
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Laitma Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2013  Student General Artist
Hmmmm sometimes I know that feeling, if I'm not painting and I do inks/flat colors, I suuuuuuuck at the flat colors for some reason... @_@;;
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masizo Featured By Owner May 14, 2013
OMG!!! i'm going to try this now!:iconleleleplz:
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Laitma Featured By Owner May 15, 2013  Student General Artist
Ahhhhhhhh, go for it!! Tell me if it works/helps, or if there's anything I can do to make things better/clarify on it! :)
Good luck!
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AngelAndChangeling Featured By Owner May 6, 2013
This is, I d believe, one of the most helpful digital painting tutorials I have ever seen. I've never quite been able to get the knack of it, but this really helped me see what I need to work on! Thanks so much for sharing!
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Laitma Featured By Owner May 7, 2013  Student General Artist
Oh man, thank YOU so much for the super-kind comment, I'm absolutely honored that this tutorial could actually prove to be useful! I just hope that it really does help people figure out how to paint, you're very welcome! :)
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AngelAndChangeling Featured By Owner May 8, 2013
You're quite welcome! I really do appreciate this tutorial- I'm working on a painting right now and it's the first time I've really been able to look at a digital painting I've done and say that it looks painted, not just kind of scribble-colored. I think I just haven't known how to attack it in a way that'll work for me until now.
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Laitma Featured By Owner May 9, 2013  Student General Artist
Ahhhhhhhh yeah! I'm pretty... slow? to pick up on things too (in my opinion), so when I do finally figure something out it's usually an "Ahhhh, that's what I was doing wrong all along!" kind of moment, and I really tried to make sure that I could explain that process well enough so that others could pick it up, because it really is kind of a big mental leap to switch into painting.

Glad it was of help! :heart:
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Erin59 Featured By Owner May 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Woah, that's useful and so informative! Well done, my friend!
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Laitma Featured By Owner May 4, 2013  Student General Artist
Aaaaaaaaahhhhh, I just, I hope it's useful?!?!? @_@;;
I tried to explain things better, more than just the whole, "and now I apply shadows, and now I apply highlights" I see in a lot of tutorials, which... don't... usually help me... : D;;
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Erin59 Featured By Owner May 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Don't panic so, your tutorial is awesome!))
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Laitma Featured By Owner May 6, 2013  Student General Artist
Th-thanks!! ;A;
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Devonition Featured By Owner May 3, 2013   General Artist
I WILL FINALLY PAINT. PROBABLY. hopefully. one day...
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Laitma Featured By Owner May 4, 2013  Student General Artist
YOU GODDAMN FUCKING WILL IF I HAVE TO FORCE YOU AT GUNPOINT MAN

DO EEEEEEETTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTT

IT'S NOT SO HARD, SERIOUSLY. SEE??? YOU CAN DO THIS
I PMUCH MADE THIS TUTORIAL FOR YOU
DO EEEEEEEETTTTTT
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Devonition Featured By Owner May 4, 2013   General Artist
ASDKGLSDFJG I WILL DO IIIT yes asdigjdlfk
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Laitma Featured By Owner May 6, 2013  Student General Artist
How 'bout right now Devo

you lazy bum


Also you finalized Aurora's colors yet?? xD;
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Devonition Featured By Owner May 6, 2013   General Artist
NEVURRR XU (i will try to do that this week 8I;; and at least start the thumbnails for the comic...)
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Laitma Featured By Owner May 7, 2013  Student General Artist
YEEEEEESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS

moar aurora!! I can't draw her decently till I know her finalized design/colors, yo
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Devonition Featured By Owner May 8, 2013   General Artist
haaahdfsghhg yes
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Shnanakin Featured By Owner May 3, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
omfg how are you so awesome
youre idea sbout the lineart omg ;-;
i HAVE TO GO TRY THIS *runs to SAI*
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Laitma Featured By Owner May 3, 2013  Student General Artist
A-Aaaaaaahhh, I only hope that it proves useful?!??? Thanks! ;-;

Ahhh the only thing is, I've never found an equivalent to the pencil tool in SAI, because its opacity controls are different. :< But, good luck! ;-;
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balnibarbi Featured By Owner May 3, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Fucking brilliant. now I wanna go try out some stuff!! aaahhh
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Laitma Featured By Owner May 3, 2013  Student General Artist
AAAAAAaaaaaaaAAAAAAA?!?!?? B-B-BUT BALNI, YOU'RE ALREADY SO BOSS AT PAINTING AND EVERYTHING ;A;

Thank you though, eek I'm honored! :blush:
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balnibarbi Featured By Owner May 4, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Aaauuugh i'm so out of practice, though, i haven't actually painted anything in a long time. Gotta get back into the swing of things!
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Laitma Featured By Owner May 4, 2013  Student General Artist
Ohman well I can't wait to see what you do!! *0*
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progo Featured By Owner May 3, 2013
I'm so proud of you.

Can you be my teacher now?
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Laitma Featured By Owner May 3, 2013  Student General Artist
asfglnskgnsk DON'T SAY THAT, ARE YOU SHITTING ME

I-I-I'm super-freakin'-flabberghastedly-honored though?? I just hope I did this right! ;-;


But seriously, aughhh, no way even man. Btw when I get home or have time whenever this weekend to send them to you you should crit my life drawing pics, I am still so terrible with proportions ohmygosh why ;-;
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chicken-blast Featured By Owner May 3, 2013  Student General Artist
Goddammit woman. Why you so badass.
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Laitma Featured By Owner May 3, 2013  Student General Artist
AAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHH??? Omg hardlyyyyy?? I've just had a lot of people ask, gyah it still feels really silly to do a tutorial, b-b-but I hope it helped some people??? ;-;

/crawls behind couch
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