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January 15, 2010
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So, I hope this works. I have no idea how to work with flash and dA (actually, I have no idea how to work with flash at all) so bear with me if it doesn't. Finger's crossed!

Anyways, here's a walkthrough of my Neytiri painting. (The original painting is here: [link] ) It's not very detailed since I didn't take that many screenshots (these are all I have) but I hope it helps someone nontheless.

Some basic things:
Try to see the shapes you want to draw/paint. Compare the fifth image to the later ones and see how the shapes I thought I saw differed from the ones that were actually there. I actually rotated the canvas and flipped it upside down so I wouldn't be distracted but what I thought I was seeing.

I'm used to that from my traditional work, but colour is something new for me. With this painting, I just put down the colour I thought would fit and then adjusted the brightness, hue and saturation to what I saw in the reference. I'm not 100% happy (the right part of the face is too dark for example) but that's okay. I'm still learning.

Don't be afraid to paint over stuff you've already done. When it doesn't look right, change it :P

Now to the hair...
I started with painting the whole area almost black, the darkest shade there was in the hair. Then I put down the basic shapes with a midtone. I set the Opacity on Pen Pressure (like almost all the time) so I could also paint some very faint shapes in the background. Then I went over the whole thing again with a smaller brush size and lighter colour, adding details and single strands of hair.
It takes a lot of time but it was actually fun since the hair was really messy and I could just scribble around in some places and it still looked good :P

If there's anything else you want to know, please ask, I'm always happy to answer questions :)

I hope this is helpful to someone out there :aww:
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AuroraWienhold Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2010  Professional General Artist
Wie hast du's eingestellt, dass nicht dieses automatische Video startet? Ich kämpfe gerade ein bisschen mit dem Programm und er startet immer beim ersten Bild mit einer Slideshow, die ich nicht komplett ausgestellt bekomme. Hab im Moment nur die Testversion, aber wenn nötig würde ich das Programm auch kaufen, damit es ohne Slideshow läuft (also nur zum Blättern so wie bei dir :) ).

Lieber Gruß
Raishuu Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2010
Tut mir Leid, dass weiß ich nicht mehr. Ich hab aber nichts gekauft, es sollte also irgendwie auch so gehen.
Ich hoffe einfach mal, dass du in der Zwischenzeit eine Lösung gefunden hast :blush:
AuroraWienhold Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2010  Professional General Artist
Macht ja nix, habe es leider nicht so eingestellt bekommen.
Aber ich versuche es jetzt direkt mit Flash. :)
pumpernichol Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2010
where can i find spatter brish 39 or a brush that will create a similar effect/texture?
Raishuu Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2010
It's one of Photoshop's regular brushes. Any brush that looks like the mark a real brush leaves when tipped on a surface should work :)
pumpernichol Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2010
how have you put that grid on top of the image with the measurements aroudn the edge. It'd be a great help as im a bit of a noob to PS
Raishuu Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2010
I have the grid saved in a seperate file and put it on all my references, whether I work digital or traditional.
There are thre ways to get guidelines. This one was custom made. I made a new document the size one of the squares of the grid should be. Then I drew a line along the right side of the square and one a long the bottom. Then I chose Edit -> Define Pattern... and named it Grid or something. Then I created a new document in A4, chose the Paintbucket, selected Pattern instead of Foreground and filled the canvas with the pattern. I saved that in a seperate file and just copy paste it whenever I neeed it.
Another way, which doesn't work with traditional stuff because it doesn't print, is to use View -> Show -> Grid. It's best when you're new to working with a grid because the grid size is really small.
Or you can select View -> Rulers and drag a Guide from the rulers onto your canvas. You can hide/unhide those by selecting View -> Show -> Guides. This is very helpful if you need just a little guideline and I would only recommend it for really difficult areas, not the whole image, since it can take a while to cover the whole canvas with guides ;)

I hope this helps, feel free to ask if there's anything left unclear :aww:
Chrysshart Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2010  Student Digital Artist
wow! that's incredible!
Raishuu Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2010
Thanks a lot :)
Passion91 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist


Amazing ,, loved it
very beautiful painting ..

you are so talented :clap:


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