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How to draw SMOKE DUST CLOUD EFFECTS tutorial

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If you found today's tutorial useful, check out the links below for MORE TUTORIALS covering how to draw...
PLANES      HORSE HEADS      ROCK FORMATIONS
      ANGRY EXPRESSIONS      FABRIC       WATER      VEHICLES

And if YOU have a REQUEST for a tutorial subject, just let me know in the comments below, or on TWITTER HERE or INSTAGRAM HERE :) (Smile)

Lorenzo!
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So happy it’s useful! TONS of new tutorials coming here every day of the week, hope you continue to enjoy them!

Lorenzo!

CaseyFluffbutt's avatar
Great info-thingies, thanks.

And they translate over to dip pen and ink very well.

I liked your rock formations tutorial - did this (cropped 10% of bigger picture)

i.imgur.com/1tdgTGE.jpg
EtheringtonBrothers's avatar
My pleasure!

Yes, I use brush pens, so the step over to dip nib and ink should be relatively easy.

This is GREAT work! Loads of varition, use of shadow etc, they have excellent weight and form!

I'm going to blog that in our next roundup of fan and tutorial art over on the blog in the next few weeks! Thanks so much for sharing!

Lorenzo!
CaseyFluffbutt's avatar
Glad you liked it.

I tend to go "off piste" with ink - I get told off in art forums for not stippling. For some reason, I'm not that keen on stipple-work. I appreciate the skill and I like some pictures... but just not interested in doing it.

I'll use a dip nib, create silhouette style (basic cartoon, black and white) or wash some water over it with a water tank brush and blend out the ink to shades of grey.
Or even go the whole Sumi-E way and paint with diluted ink, layers upon layers to create the deep darks.  I've even used fingerprints to create texture. *grin*

I also have a carbon-ink brush pen that is delicious to use... washed out reasonably nicely too (you need to be fast and it's not as smooth as the water based inks).

Sometimes (anathema to watercolour artists), I'll also use some white ink for super white highlights.  Watercolourists say "the white is the paper"... but I find that leaving the paper-as-white with ink leads to an odd sense of depth (white should be "high" to me) - adding white ink on top of black makes the white semi-blend into the black.... and it ends up looking sort-of 3D (white high).

Example (the teeth and some of the eyes)

i.imgur.com/0POqQp4.jpg

Note - this is copyright to Hasbro, I asked and they won't give permission to use it... some maybe not blog it on

And this is my take on a fantasy picture (Boris Vallejo I believe) - again, likely copyright.

i.imgur.com/HbeszQr.jpg
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Hey pal! I think you have great techniques, those two pieces are lovely - and if I was you I wouldn't worry too much about what other people think you should or shouldn't be doing with your art - just do your own thing! That's what all the best artists do :)

Cheers!

Lorenzo!
CaseyFluffbutt's avatar
Heh - i don't worry about them.. I admit to feeling a little sense of pity that they are hampering themselves with a "one way only" attitude.

Thanks for the kind words.
EtheringtonBrothers's avatar
EXACTLY! So many ways to draw everything, where's the fun in not trying them all?! Great work!

Lorenzo!
DecaffZombieBrains's avatar
I never thought about these. This is very helpful, thank you.
EtheringtonBrothers's avatar
No problem, glad it's useful! TONS more coming every week :)

Lorenzo!
ProtanaArchives94's avatar
That looks like the smoke that Rebecca Sugar could draw.
EtheringtonBrothers's avatar
Just went to see who she was, she has a coooool style! Cheers!

Lorenzo!
Leetel-Cat-Bug's avatar
I just found out there was an amazing artist who gives extremely helpful art tutorials!
Oh there they are right now! Wink/Razz Clap 
EtheringtonBrothers's avatar
:) Haha! Here I am :)

Thank you so much for such lovely words, I'm so glad these are helpful, and that the word is spreading! LOTS more to come for you!

Huge cheers!

Lorenzo!
satyrbones's avatar
very helpful! thank you!
EtheringtonBrothers's avatar
My pleasure! Thanks for the kind comment, I hope you enjoy all the upcoming posts!

Lorenzo!
romelfrost's avatar
And another great tutorial.  Love you brothers. :happybounce: 
EtheringtonBrothers's avatar
:) Cheeeeeers, pal! Much appreciateit! Another one coming in a few moments :)

Lorenzo!
AZTECH2009's avatar
Huge thanks for another great tutorial.
EtheringtonBrothers's avatar
My pleasure! Glad they're going down well!!

Lorenzo!
Zykedragon's avatar
This is incredibly helpful as I could find no logic to it! Thanks a lot !
EtheringtonBrothers's avatar
No problem, so glad it helps you see a way to think it through as you draw, that's awesome to hear!

Lorenzo!
pixelmech's avatar
Love these. Keep them coming! One thing I would ask - the images are a little small. Not sure how big your original is, I would love these twice the size.
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