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Exercise 48 Results: Painting Blood Step by Step by CGCookie Exercise 48 Results: Painting Blood Step by Step by CGCookie

Check out and Download the Step by Step and Original Practice Sheet .PSD HERE.    

Artist: Tim Von Rueden (vonn)

Blood can be a simple material to execute as long as your mindful of the colors you are using, the thickness of the blood, and where you place the highlights. 

For the exercise let’s break down each step and see how to apply blood in different circumstances.

  1. Refined Outline – Start with a clean outline and visualize how the blood will interact with the subject matter, whether it’s dripping or pooling.
  2. Dark Base Color – To recreate a more natural looking blood color that’s closer to an actual representation, try working with a darker, richer red to act as your foundation color.
  3. Add Neutral Red – On top of that base color, lay down this lighter red where the blood thins out and ignore the thicker areas.
  4. Light Red – You can add further emphasis where the blood is thinning out by placing this much lighter red.
  5. Remove Outlines/Refine – Once you remove the outline, clean up the edge and refine the details further. You want to make sure it “reads” without the lineart.
  6. Highlights – This step is what will really make your material “shine”. Blood can go from looking flat to having dimension with just a subtle addition of highlights. So be mindful of where you want the light source to be coming from and stay consistent. Remember that for blood highlights, you can create a great effect with adding very little!

This is a great material exercise as it can be rather simple! Just remember when working with blood, keep three things in mind:

  1. Work with a darker red base, a lighter red can look silly and give off the wrong material impression.
  2. Is the blood thinner or thicker? Thinner blood will appear lighter and thicker blood will appear darker.
  3. Your highlights should be minimal as they will act more effectively when they are isolated and subtle.

When you finish the exercise, remember to submit the result to the “Submissions” tab near the top of this exercise. You can see other submissions alongside your own!

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Sweetwolf05 Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much. This is very helpful.
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DeleteArtShiv0 Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
so helpful
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entryunknown Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2018  Hobbyist Artist
Nice tips! I AM GOING TO BE USING THIS ALOT HEHEHHEHEHEHEHEHEHHE
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pjsansy Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ovo
Blood
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Asanti-Midnight Featured By Owner Edited Mar 11, 2018  Hobbyist Filmographer
Thanks for making this i needed it so badly 
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ArkiRaptor Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! I love your totorials!
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EBruceBillWolf Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is excellent
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AtLeastimalive Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2018
Very Helpful. Nice Work. 😎
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PurpleMNinja Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2018
Looks great!
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Anohei Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2018
"refined outline" l m a o ; - ;
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:icongammia:
Gammia Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2018  Hobbyist
I loveeee it <3
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MisAnthroPony Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2018
This is some pretty detailed stuff.
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:iconrxnhl:
rxnhl Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2018
Well this is a bloody mess

Ba dumb tish
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PotatoFridges Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
lmAO LMAO
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NightmareDesign-Yu Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2018
Oh awesome!!

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dynamore Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2018
This is pretty good!

Some of it went over my head, but I'm all up for tutorials!
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FoxSnapRecord Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2018  Hobbyist Filmographer
why don't you create youtube account ?
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swagfox89659 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2018  Student General Artist
WARNING! Carry on reading! Or you will die, even if you only looked at the word warning!
Once there was a little girl called Clarissa, she was ten-years-old and she lived in a mental
hospital, because she killed her mom and her dad. She got so bad she went to kill all the
staff in the hospital so the More-government decided that best idea was to get rid of her so
they set up a special room to kill her, as humane as possible but it went wrong the
machine they were using went wrong. And she sat there in agony for hours until she died.
Now every week on the day of her death she returns to the person that reads this letter, on
a Monday night at 12:00 a.m. She creeps into your room and kills you slowly, by cutting you
and watching you bleed to death. Now send this to ten other pictures on this one site, and
she will haunt someone else who doesn't. This isn't fake. apparently, if you copy and paste
this to ten comments in the next ten minutes you will have the best day of your life tomorrow.You
will either get kissed or asked out, if you break this chain u will see a little dead girl in your room


I hate these things but im gonna try it
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Vixxiin Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Absolutely amazing. I have a very strong vasovagal response and felt a little sick looking at this, so great job xD Definitely adding this to my reference favorites.
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whiskers Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2018  Hobbyist Interface Designer
This is fantastic!  Thanks for sharing!
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TheAuMaster Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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Chocliy Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh yeE
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:icontheaumaster:
TheAuMaster Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yw uwu
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Z23-active Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Finally! A brilliant blood tutorial, thank you so much!!!
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geno1312 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2018
I don't usually believe in these things, but I don't want to tempt fate

WARNING! Carry on reading! Or you will die, even if you only looked at the word warning!
Once there was a little girl called Clarissa, she was ten-years-old and she lived in a mental
hospital, because she killed her mom and her dad. She got so bad she went to kill all the
staff in the hospital so the More-government decided that best idea was to get rid of her so
they set up a special room to kill her, as humane as possible but it went wrong the
machine they were using went wrong. And she sat there in agony for hours until she died.
Now every week on the day of her death she returns to the person that reads this letter, on
a Monday night at 12:00 a.m. She creeps into your room and kills you slowly, by cutting you
and watching you bleed to death. Now send this to ten other pictures on this one site, and
she will haunt someone else who doesn't. This isn't fake. apparently, if you copy and paste
this to ten comments in the next ten minutes you will have the best day of your life tomorrow.You
will either get kissed or asked out, if you break this chain u will see a little dead girl in your room
Reply
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Eliaselhabach Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2018  Student Artist
LOL I saw the same in French and Spanish^^ 
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:iconcerpcake:
Cerpcake Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2018  Student Filmographer
Fart
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:iconmjopu:
Mjopu Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
it fake
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:iconshqrkdoodle:
ShqrkDoodle Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Man its fake.
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Nivet-Dia-Portum Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2018   General Artist
I have needed this
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Kk62606 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2018  Student Artist
WARNING! Carry on reading! Or you will die, even if you only looked at the word warning!
Once there was a little girl called Clarissa, she was ten-years-old and she lived in a mental
hospital, because she killed her mom and her dad. She got so bad she went to kill all the
staff in THE HOSPITAL so the More-government decided that best idea was to get rid of her so
they SET UP a special room to kill her, as humane as possible but it went wrong the
machine they were using went wrong. And she sat there in agony for hours until she died.
Now every week on the day of her death she RETURNS TO THE person that reads this letter, on
a Monday night at 12:00 a.m. She creeps into your room and kills you slowly, by cutting you
and WATCHING you bleed to death. Now send this to ten other pictures on this one site, and
she will haunt someone else who doesn't. This isn't fake. apparently, if you copy and paste
this to ten comments in the next ten minutes you will have the best day of your life tomorrow.You
will either get kissed or asked out, if you break this chain u will see a little dead girl in your room
Reply
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Kk62606 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2018  Student Artist
Sorry, I do not have an excuse. Btw, I didn't not make up this story. I copied this from somebody from deviant art somewhere. Reason why I did this was because I'm gullible sometimes and I get scared really easily sometimes and I tell myself that this isn't true but part of me thinks it is. Like I said, this isn't an excuse and I get that. But please understand that I didn't know what I was doing. Especially if I'm tired and I do things like this sometimes in the middle of the night, which I now have stopped doing since last last night.
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:iconcerpcake:
Cerpcake Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2018  Student Filmographer
FART
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:iconmjopu:
Mjopu Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
it fake
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crushedtulips Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2018
Awesome! Thanks!
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Bluelightning1234567 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
oh wow this will help a lot!
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SketchedGalaxy Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2018  Hobbyist
I like how realistic this looks. A great guide!
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skethekidandcole Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2018  Student Artist
WARNING! Carry on reading! Or you will die, even if you only looked at the word warning!
Once there was a little girl called Clarissa, she was ten-years-old and she lived in a mental
hospital, because she killed her mom and her dad. She got so bad she went to kill all the
staff in the hospital so the More-government decided that best idea was to get rid of her so
they set up a special room to kill her, as humane as possible but it went wrong the
machine they were using went wrong. And she sat there in agony for hours until she died.
Now every week on the day of her death she returns to the person that reads this letter, on
a Monday night at 12:00 a.m. She creeps into your room and kills you slowly, by cutting you
and watching you bleed to death. Now send this to ten other pictures on this one site, and
she will haunt someone else who doesn't. This isn't fake. apparently, if you copy and paste
this to ten comments in the next ten minutes you will have the best day of your life tomorrow.You
will either get kissed or asked out, if you break this chain u will see a little dead girl in your room

Reply
:iconcerpcake:
Cerpcake Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2018  Student Filmographer
FART
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:iconmjopu:
Mjopu Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
it fake
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:iconartclasstothemax:
ArtClassToTheMax Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2018  Student Traditional Artist
sounds like a 12-year old's deviant art OC.
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mason2424 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2018
no.
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ProblemAutumn Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I hope you made this. If so, then that means you couldn't possibly have been stupid enough to fall for it. :) 
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