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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
Charlie~
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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:
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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. :)
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pumpernichol Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2010
where can i find spatter brish 39 or a brush that will create a similar effect/texture?
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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 :)
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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
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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:
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Chrysshart Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2010  Student Digital Artist
wow! that's incredible!
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Raishuu Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2010
Thanks a lot :)
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Passion91 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist


:wow::wow::wow:

Amazing ,, loved it
very beautiful painting ..

you are so talented :clap:



AVATAR fan :D




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Raishuu Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2010
Thanks a lot :D
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AuroraWienhold Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2010  Professional General Artist
Wow, this is so cool! :meow:
Great job and awesome walkthrough.
Do you use Flash for that?
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Raishuu Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2010
Oh, I probably should have added that in the description... I used a program called Flash Slideshow Maker for the walkthrough, I have no idea how flash works. The only downside is that there is a character limit to the "Description" of each picture so I couldn't explain how I've done things in detail. Although I wouldn't have known how to explain anyways :giggle:
Thanks for the compliment, I'm really glad you like it :)
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Cryobash Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2010
Rather interesting, thanks for sharing ! ;)
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Raishuu Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2010
you're welcome :)
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Lilyas Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2010  Professional General Artist
Sehr interessant zu sehen, wie Du Dein Bild gemacht hast! :D
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Raishuu Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2010
Hehe, freut mich :aww:
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tucco Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2010
Nice painting!
the flash how-to is fresh :P
great job!
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Raishuu Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2010
Thank you :aww:
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greensandsguy Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2010
großartig!!! ich danke dir sehr... also ist es so entstanden wie ich es mir gedacht habe... schlicht und einfach durch können und viiiiel zeit.... ^^

*ich hätte interesse an deinem brush-set*

gibt übrigens auch ein fav! nur damit ich es wiederfinde, weil das werd ich nochmal brauchen! :)
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Raishuu Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2010
Ich benutze nur die Standardpinsel von Photoshop. Die Größe ist meistens konstant eingestellt und wird nach Bedarf (und relativ oft) über eine Taste am Stift geändert (bzw über Rechtsklick), ansonsten ist meistens nur die Opacity auf Pen Pressure gesetzt. Für die Details in den Haaren auch manchmal andersrum, Opacity fest auf 60% und Größe auf Pen Pressure.
Einige Bereiche des Hintergrundes (da wo's verschwommen ist) sind auch mit einem von den runden weichen Pinseln gemacht, genau wie die Punkte im Gesicht.
Uuuumm... mehr fällt mir grad nicht ein. Vielen Dank für den Fav!
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greensandsguy Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2010
ah ok... ja das mit dem wacomboard-pen kenn ich, mach ich auch so... es scheint wirklich daran zu liegen, dass du die geduld für sowas hast... ^^
naja und eben perfekt gesichter zeichnen/malen kannst....

ach, ich kann dir persönlich ein brush-set empfehlen, welches ich bei andree wallin gefunden habe... ich wollt dir eigentlich den link schicken, aber find es grad nicht.... mist!
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Raishuu Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2010
Ich denke es ist ne Kombination aus Geduld, dem Wissen, wie Portraits in schwarz/weiß "funktionieren" und der Tatsache, dass ich bei digitalen Bilder rumprobieren kann ohne Ende was die Farben angeht. Das traditionelle Bild ist viel frustrierender.

Ah schade, das würde mich echt interessieren. Sag mir, wenn du's findest, ja? :aww:
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greensandsguy Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2010
ja... da hilft dann für mich also nur üben... verdammt, ich hatte gehofft es gibt da einen trick oder so... ;)

ich such nochmal ausführlich und meld mich dann! die müssen doch zu finden sein.... :confused:
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Wicked-Illusion Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I haven't seen the move yet.I didn't get attracted to it like most of the people but I'll watch it eventually .You did brilliant job!
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Raishuu Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2010
Thank you! Go watch it, I really enjoyed it :)
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greensandsguy Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2010
you really seriously gotta watch the movie!

even if you hate blockbusters, scifi and all the stuff, it is still worth it...

and maybe let me know what you thing of it... :)
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thesilverfenrir Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2010
Absolutely amazing! It turned out gorgeous! I love how you wen through step by step as well, it is very helpful! I also love your drawing style! :)
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Raishuu Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2010
Thank you, I'm glad it helps :aww:
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