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.:Tool Shaded Doll - Hair:. by FionaCreates .:Tool Shaded Doll - Hair:. by FionaCreates
For those of you who are unsure what tool shaded digital dolling is, it is a cross between pixel dolling, and digital painting. Think of it a miniature digital painting if you will.

The gallery is under customisation -> dolls -> tool shading

This tutorial is a basic insight into how I work on my tool shaded dolls. The base is my own though you can use any base you wish to make your own dolls provided you use proper credit.

I will perhaps be doing other tool tutorials soon but I thought I'd start with hair. Knock yourselves out.

Feel free to note me or comment here with any dolls you may create where this has been useful.
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:iconcherie-stenson:
cherie-stenson Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you for the Tutorial! :-)
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:iconfionacreates:
FionaCreates Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014  Professional General Artist
No problem :D
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sarahsmiles916 Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Very nice
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FionaCreates Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thanks :)
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:iconmidsneypixels:
midsneypixels Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you! this was immensely one of the things I struggled with!
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:iconfionacreates:
FionaCreates Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2011  Professional General Artist
no problem.
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:iconmidsneypixels:
midsneypixels Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm fine with it tradiontally, but when it comes to digital painting and dolling, I don't get hair.
it just doesn't make sense, :D.
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:iconfionacreates:
FionaCreates Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2011  Professional General Artist
try working in reverse, instead of drawing in the dark strands leaving the light free, like you would do with a pencil, start with a dark solid colour and draw in the lighter strands. It seems to work better this way with dolls.
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:iconmidsneypixels:
midsneypixels Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
hmm. I suppose that makes sense. I'll try it, thanks.
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Travallian Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
This helps out a great bit. Thanks!
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:iconfionacreates:
FionaCreates Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2010  Professional General Artist
No problem glad it helped :D
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:iconqweia:
Qweia Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2010
Great tutorial! :'DD
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:iconfionacreates:
FionaCreates Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2010  Professional General Artist
thanks :D
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lhorrorbeachl Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2009
you do the best pixel art ive ever seen o_o
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:iconfionacreates:
FionaCreates Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2009  Professional General Artist
this isn't actually pixel art but tool shading, in which I use the photoshop brush to create miniature digital paintings. Still difficult, but not pixel by pixel.
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gethsemane-butler Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2009
Thanks for the tut. I already have a technique of my own, but thanks to this I think I can find a way to improve that technique. :thumbsup:

If you don't mind my asking, do you happen to know any good tutorials for minor base edits?
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:iconfionacreates:
FionaCreates Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2009  Professional General Artist
I don't know any particular tutorials as I just alter what I want, move pixels change colours etc as and when I need them.... I rarely use tutorials so I don't know many good ones.
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gethsemane-butler Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2009
Okay, that's fine.
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FionaCreates Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2009  Professional General Artist
tbh you don't need a tutorial, all you need is the confidence to just do it. you dont like the eye, draw the eye how you want it. (make sure the basemaker allows edits mind you.. XD
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gethsemane-butler Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2009
Yeah, the confidence thing is what I have trouble with. -_-'
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FionaCreates Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2009  Professional General Artist
just do it.

if you fuck it up, do it again

and again

you will learn far more by teaching yourself, than by relying on someone elses step by step,
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gethsemane-butler Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2009
I teach myself a lot of stuff, but I'd like to see how someone else does their base edits.
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FionaCreates Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2009  Professional General Artist
I have a vid on youtube. I cut off the head of the base and draw in my own.
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LadyAnutar Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2009  Student General Artist
Wow, this may just revolutionalise(sp) my hair shading, seeing as I'm still using the dodge and burn tool :o.
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gethsemane-butler Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2009
I use the dodge and burn tools to enhance highlights and shadows when I need to, but I actually use different colors for the highlights and shadows themselves.
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FionaCreates Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2009  Professional General Artist
dodge and burn leaves you pretty much no control... you should try this :P
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:iconladyanutar:
LadyAnutar Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2009  Student General Artist
I tried it and I love it :love:. Deffinately won't be going back to the dodge and burn tool :P
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FionaCreates Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2009  Professional General Artist
we all dodge and burn sometime, it is just all the sweeter when we learn not to XD
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LadyAnutar Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2009  Student General Artist
:D
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seraph-blade Featured By Owner May 10, 2009
Thank you, a lot, for this tutorial.
i think I'm getting better at tooling hair now. It kinda actually looks like, GASP, hair, now.
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:iconfionacreates:
FionaCreates Featured By Owner May 11, 2009  Professional General Artist
no problemo darling :D
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DCZed Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2009
Thank you :XD: I've wanted a more efficient way of doing hair ^^;
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:iconfionacreates:
FionaCreates Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2009  Professional General Artist
no problemo :D
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LunarLotis Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for making this Tut LOL I'm not so good with hair myself and this will help me alot XD

I understand you used the 1pxbrush but what was the opacity and hardness of it set to?
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FionaCreates Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2008  Professional General Artist
full opacity and full hardness because I use a touch sensetive tablet, so I when I'm working if I press light I get a light opacity mark.

However if you didn't have a tablet (which I didn't used to) you can set the opacity to around 40% and build it up in layers of colour, though you can just play with the method to work out what works for you.
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LunarLotis Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for the help ^_^
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Charlene-Art Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
I love your tutorial work man. Very enlightening. Although I am still confused about pixel art dolls...
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Hollyxdolly Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2008
Wow. I never even thought of sketching out the design first then filling it with color. Or even slowly adding highlights and shadows alternating the two.

I'll definitely have to try this technique out. Thanks for the tutorial!
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FionaCreates Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2008  Professional General Artist
Glad you liked it. I'd like to see anything you make using this tutorial. :D
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Bitterkawaii Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2008
Love seeing how other people doll, and confirming that yes, it is compleeeeetely different to my technique XD
Good stuff, useful :)
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FionaCreates Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2008  Professional General Artist
Well considering our dolls look completely different somehow I think the technique is different XD Thanks for the comment :P
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hesinmydreams Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
See this is where the Mad Evil Genius comes in. Seriously awesome work :D
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FionaCreates Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2008  Professional General Artist
:P Thanks but I'm not Mad.. might be Evil Genius though..
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:iconhesinmydreams:
hesinmydreams Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Mad, not like in a bad way. Like a super awesome creative kinda Mad :D
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FionaCreates Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2008  Professional General Artist
XD wow Sarcasm or dry wit does not pull off well on the internet.. lol
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:iconhesinmydreams:
hesinmydreams Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
It doesn't. What a shame. O_O lol
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Black-Widow-Witch Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2008
Very nice tutorial Pyrochan! I especially love the little things you touched on like selecting the doll and then inverting it to work on the final touches without creating stray pixels. So many new artists that start with tool shading skip that step.

Great work!
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:iconfionacreates:
FionaCreates Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2008  Professional General Artist
Thanks. I hate stray pixels and working with a selection is the easiest way to avoid them :P
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rebrella Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2008
Wowzah! That's truly amazing~
I love your work! -stalks-
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FionaCreates Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2008  Professional General Artist
Thanks. I won't need to get a digital restraining order will I? (j/k)
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