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How I Paint - A Tutorial/Process Piece



I've had a few questions asking what my process is, so I thought I'd share it. Definitely not saying it's the right way, I'm self-taught, so this is only the way I've figured out how to do things. I'm sure a billion art teachers would have a lot of critique on it - and if they do, I hope they tell me!! I'll take any tips that might knock down the amount of time this takes. A few things I didn't mention explicitly in the piece are:
1. Reference photos help immensely, that way I can see the folds of cloth easily and where light falls
2. I generally use the smudge tool to blend my greys
3. The reason I use the "glazing" technique (where you start in greyscale and add color) is primarily because I used to be petrified of color. This way, I can experiment with it without losing the integrity of the piece if I screw up.
4. Yes, it takes forever. Yes, I get really sick of blending greys. And if I think I'm done blending greys, it probably means I need to go over it another pass or fifty. But it's all worth it for the color layer, I love that.

I hope this helps someone out there! If not, it was at least really fun to put together. :) Subject is Dean Winchester, from the show Supernatural.
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:star::star::star::star: Overall
:star::star::star::star::star-half: Vision
:star::star::star::star::star-empty: Originality
:star::star::star::star::star-empty: Technique
:star::star::star::star::star-half: Impact

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Wow, this is an AMAZING tutorial! I never thought of coloring this way! In fact, I may try this myself... :3

Anyway, I think this would be a helpful tutorial and it's very easy to read and understand with the step-by-step process and with the examples next to each one, so thanks a bunch for making this easy to use!

My down-sides to this would be that in the final piece (and I know this is kind of nit-picking) there's a bit of blue in his hair, or a hole in the coloring? My other nit-pick would be that the outline of the whole thing kind of bothers me. An outline I think is fine with the hair and face and such, but with this realistic style I think keeping the outline on the hair isn't exactly what I would have done to keep the style. I'm not sure if it's because of how you did this or because of the process, but I would probably take off the outer line art for the hair at least when you do this.

Anyways, I think this is great! Especially the clothing, it definitely looks great with this process. Just the little fixes on the hair and it's all good!

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