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Exercise 36 Results: Berries Step by Step Chart by CGCookie Exercise 36 Results: Berries Step by Step Chart by CGCookie

The Full Berry Exercise Results HERE.  

Artist: Tim Von Rueden (vonn)

This chart is my example and step by step tutorial for those that are looking to try out this exercise for themselves. Remember for this exercise, your highlights and color placements are what are really going to sell the final results! I also used some of the CG Cookie basic brushes to produce the results. I think it good to see how to break it down in your head when you are creating your own. I like to separate the main stages into: outline, solid base, initial detail pass, remove the outlines/refining, highlights/bounce lighting, and finally shadows. Just like the Exercise 27: Candy Exercise it was fun working on a macro level of study and seeing all the nuances of color and where minor highlights were placed to indicate the different forms of the berries.

  1. Outline – Begin with the overall look and shape to each berry, remembering to take your time defining the shapes, even when it’s tedious (patient pays off!)
  2. Solid Base - Choose a solid base color from a reference and work more neutral or even closer to a darker value to build upon.
  3. Initial Detail Pass - Before laying down another color, focus on where you want your light source and stay consistent throughout! Also bear in mind whether the light will pass through the surface (such as the raspberry) and be absorbed or will it be mostly reflected. Also be mindful of secondary colors like the green transition in the strawberry.
  4. Remove Outlines and Add Gradients - This will give the gem a solid foundation from here to detail further! This stage can be extremely time consuming but worth it!
  5. Surface, Highlights, and Bounce Lighting – The placement of highlights will define the overall render quality of your berries. Be very mindful of the way the highlights are rounded out on each surface and where the form curves inward. The subtle surface textures will add a sense of realism as well.
  6. Shadows - Now let your object rest. Not only be mindful of the direction and placement of your shadows but look at how some shadows draw from the color of the berry itself, adding a subtle touch of color. I also like to soften the edge just a tad to make it feel more real and less tight and sharp on the edges.
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:icondarkdragondoesfnaf24:
DarkDragondoesFNAF24 Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
my only tip is to improve your art on the strawberry's leaves
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MettatonIsFab Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Are you sure you didn't just take the berries from your fridge and put them down, took a picture and then Photoshopped them in here?
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miminaa-chan Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Realism is a thing u know
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MettatonIsFab Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
I know. Jokes are a thing, too.
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:iconmiminaa-chan:
miminaa-chan Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
oh sorry ^^ im dumb . I said that cuz some people have already told me this kind of shit. Sorry.
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MettatonIsFab Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
That's fine, lol.
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M-A-F Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This comment is hilarious. x'D
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:iconmettatonisfab:
MettatonIsFab Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Is it really?
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:iconm-a-f:
M-A-F Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Try it and see.
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:iconmettatonisfab:
MettatonIsFab Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
I suck too much to.. >.>
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SketchedGalaxy Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2018  Hobbyist
hmmm
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Cexxloc Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2018
wow great tets thanks!
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ASCI-Red Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2017  Student Digital Artist
Hey man, awesome tutorial! I finally got off my ass and gave it a try: 
Exercise 36 Results - Blueberry by ASCI-Red

I almost never do anything outside of lineart and your tutorial really helped me get started on breaking past that! Thank you so much!
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SketchedGalaxy Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2018  Hobbyist
i like
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SomeGuy957 Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2017
I think i am gonna eat my screen
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Lotos4Blossom Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2017  Student General Artist
Thank you so much for this !!! TwT
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WhyIamaPotato Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2017
I WANT THAT STRAWBERRY...wait it is a drawing? This is so realistic I tought they were real!
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swickarts Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
this pretty cool, i like how real these are. made my mouth water a bit. 🙂
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:iconkayaokazaki:
KayaOkazaki Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The last ones look like photos
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NightBlossom----Sans Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Any possible way i could eat those cause they look delisious and im hungry
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LizrisIsBoss Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2017
Were these done digitally or by marker?
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:iconkaierra:
kaierra Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
digitally.
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FoolytheCat Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
Wwwooooowwww!😃
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:iconapeman80:
apeman80 Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I've never done photoshop before but starting to see the appeal from this.
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PinkLightning64 Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2016
OMG SO REALISTIC
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Dsmart2k10 Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2016  Student General Artist
Fact: Strawberry is NOT a berry :p
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AmelaDraws Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
None of these are berries XD
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Drop-draws Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Truthfully, watermelons, avocados, bananas, etc. are berries, but the fruits on this list are not. Aren't we just amazing at naming fruits and berries?
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AmelaDraws Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's the most IRONIC thing i've heard all day
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Dsmart2k10 Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2016  Student General Artist
Yea! It's weird :s
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WhyIamaPotato Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2017
This is so weird xD
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ThatNerdArtist Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
I kinda wish more people do step by steps for food. It can be anything i just wish their were more.
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DarkBeforeDawn23 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2016
That blackberry looks so real I want to eat it! Amazing painting skills here, I hope I can achieve this someday
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PinkLightning64 Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2016
yeaa
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Isabel96 Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2015
This is great, Thank you! 
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NorwayOrNoWay Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I looked at the thumbnail and thought you put fruit on paper! Such a great drawing~~
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Laikian Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2015
Astonishing 0.0

I wish I would be able to do that in no time ^^;
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TheAngeldove Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2015  Professional Interface Designer
:iconpurplebutterflyplz:¸¸♥´¯) Thank you so much!
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Varflock Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That part with removing outlines is what I need to learn and it seems I'll be able to do that using your tutorials. Thanks for help. : )
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zetsubou-kiira Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2015
For me its easiest to repaint over the lines, but you can also just make outline layer invisible instead.
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:iconwerekiki:
werekiki Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
When I looked at the final steps I thought that it was a picture.
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MagcargoMan Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nice, the mulberry/blackberry looks especially life-like.
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mayoua Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oooh, thaaaanks !
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WooperYorokobi Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
O_o That looks SOOO real!!! OMG ONOZ Emoticon OMG ONOZ Emoticon OMG ONOZ Emoticon 
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Hesperyda-san Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2015
Whoa! You are a master!
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miphii Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2015
I want to eat this.
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:iconyelliy:
Yelliy Featured By Owner May 28, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It looks so real
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:iconchiaticle:
Chiaticle Featured By Owner May 28, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So cuuuute :heart:
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Bulldoggenliebchen Featured By Owner May 23, 2015
it should be a DD. Epic!
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KeMaru0713 Featured By Owner May 11, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
so realistic! cool!
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