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Snake Shot
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Published: November 26, 2004
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Well....another MGS fanart of mine. Looking forward to the release of MGS3 international version. :)

Done in Painter and photoshop. 1hr


One of my DA friend was asking me about how to paint faster in Painter, like this Snake piece. Here is my reply to him that may be relevant to some of you here as well:

Hmm...that's a real tough question.

There are a few critical factors that affect your painting speed:

1) Level of understanding of the fundementals, such as colour theory, lighting behavior, visual harmony, anatomy...etc

2) Level of understanding of the software. In this case, Painter.

3) Level of understanding of the subject you are about to draw.

4) How much you can visualize the final image in your mind before you actually paint it.

Therefore, the speed of your painting depends on how accurately u can place a stroke on the canvas that can means something to the overall image. Young artists often make mistakes by zoming into details too soon without looking at the overall tonal values of the image. As a result, they spend too much time correcting the mistakes they spotted on the image as they progress.

For my snake pix, I used Painter's Loaded Palette Knife as the painting tool. Due to the raw and unpredictable nature of the brush, it provides great freedom for me to paint in a rough and speedy manner, and quickly get the overall tones and values down. Having said that, this in fact applies to all kind of medium, not just for palette knife.

Honestly, the software can never define your painting speed, but rather your experience and understanding of those factors I mentioned above. If you can paint fast on paper, you can paint fast on computer most possibly.

Hope it helps. :)
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delta7Xx's avatar
snake? snake!!? SNAKKKEEEE!!!
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IOUANAME's avatar
OMG Snake or is this big boss? Either way I loved metal gear solid I played the crap outa one of them on the ps1 I haven't played anywhere past or before sadly I went with Xbox for most of my childhood
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maiconlourenco|Professional Digital Artist
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Mafer|Professional Digital Artist
Ashley Wood.
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Cassie-Draws|Student Digital Artist
So badass! :D
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EdoanMello|Student Artist
Looks like Snake in Metal Slug haha! Great work!
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Rebeldude86's avatar
This is so bad ass.
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artistang-kamote12|Professional General Artist
This is just as badass as the real Solid Snake. SUPER LIKE IT! :D
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Can you draw like Ashley Woods?

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ChrisNext's avatar
now when see to Big Boss..???
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sovereignpisces|Hobbyist General Artist
I have a boyfriend who would LOVE this :3
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Tyappert|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Just picked up a drawing pad to try out digital art, and your advice is incredibly helpful. I do all the things I shouldn't and don't do enough of what I should. Great art, great advice! Cheers!
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SteedAngus|Student Digital Artist
you certainly know how to capture movement with each stroke.
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InsoLENTinsO's avatar
Oh god. Another great art. Now I really want to marry you or something.
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MorganHowell's avatar
awesome pic and helpful tips!
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Talietzin|Hobbyist Artist
I approve.
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DraconicParagon|Hobbyist Digital Artist
I am a HUGE MGS fan! This is a perfect tribute to that great series! :spyed:
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xthesundancekidx's avatar
love it, how bout doin a 25th anniversary piece?
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Dancer40320's avatar
this is awesome.
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