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Mini Painting Tutorial

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Oh my gosh, it's a dopey coloring tutorial! As if there weren't enough already on dA. ;) If anyone is curious, this is pretty much how I've been working lately. I would have uploaded this sooner, but for some silly reason I chose to use a commission image and had to wait a bit before I posted it publicly.

Oh! And this was done in Photoshop. But you can do the same thing in Painter, too.

The actual image was made for Dungeon magazine, issue 148, I believe. :)


EDIT: Some additional notes:

*You can use this method with full scale illustrations, not just portaits. It can be a little tricky figuring out what colors to use in the Overlay layer, but it's still a good quick way to get your overall color scheme worked out and (most importantly) unified.

*You don't have to start with green. Any darkish color works well. And if you don't like it, you can always change it very easily. Think of the Multiply layer as just your underpainting. Whatever color you choose, it's going to look weird until you start painting on top and bringing out the midtones and highlights. But that rich underpainting will help make the colors on top pop out that much more and saves you some time as far as figuring out your midtones and shadows.


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Just getting back into using Photoshop for Illustration and trying a more painterly style than my old "line and fill" method. This is one of the most useful tutorials I've seen and I love the result, thanks juliedillon !

Have you done any other tutorials? Would be really interested to see how you utilise these techniques on a larger scene. 
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KearowHobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you sooo much ! Also when I saw the character I thought that he looked like Scrooge would look like at the end of A Christmas Carol. Anyone else ?
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BellisaurusHobbyist Digital Artist
This is really cool, thanks for sharing!
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KaNoirProfessional Digital Artist
this is the tutorial I've been looking for all this time, thanks!!
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Hysteria-IncHobbyist Digital Artist
This is so useful!! I've been looking for a way to get away from using line art as my crutch for actual digital 'painting' styles but its been so hard trying to just start over without a simple tutorial. lol I'm lazy like you in that i don't wanna do line art just to help the bottom painting look ok...and THEN actually start painting.  This has certainly earned my watch and favorite,keep it up!!
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lenetta16Hobbyist General Artist
I feel like there's something missing in this tutorial because I did everything but meh. The top layer covers all the red and tints and everything. More steps would've been a big help, even though this is an old tutorial
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LazarustartStudent Digital Artist
that was a special brush or something....? :O
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SanguitharHobbyist General Artist
This looks really helpful, thanks!
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OhMyHippogriffHobbyist General Artist
I think this was really good. Thanks for this!
KyprinusKaprio's avatar
This was so cool to a fellow learning lazy "painter"! this is so cool 

how do you get the skin texture to be like that?
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OnTheMountainTopHobbyist General Artist
See this is interesting. I usually work in reverse, with the sketch set on multiply over solid layers of color and a dodge/burn mask set on overlay over the color. It gives it a kinda cartoony look that I like, but now I'm gonna try this way and see how it turns out.
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lynxchoHobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! I was searching for something like this, my workflow is a mess right now. This is amazing!
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WaLLYtheRabidHobbyist
This was super helpful to me.
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ColanahHobbyist Digital Artist
This might change my life coloring wise...and also save so Much TIME!  Not to mention layers.  *flashes back to 100+ layers in individual folders*  Tempted to go back and redo many a color piece trying this.  Thank you for sharing this!
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SoftCloudProjectHobbyist General Artist
This is great!Thank you. -3-
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this really helped me alot! thank you so much
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Anikin-SkyhuggerHobbyist General Artist
It's still a bit rough with the layers and the different styles (multiply layer, what?) but It's still helpful for a ps-starter. I guess. Maybe. We'll see. :'D thanks!
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Meylin-tyanHobbyist Traditional Artist
That's awesome! Thank you!
I'm painting in SAI, and most Photoshop-oriented tutorials don't work well for me, because they recommend using complex layer modes and filters I don't have. But yours is really simple and with stunning result! Will try this today :)
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undeadmonkey88Hobbyist General Artist
Just what I needed to help get me started in painting! Thanks for this.
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ImagineAkiraHobbyist
Amazing *^*
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IslandxInxThexSunHobbyist Digital Artist
Interesting tutorial!

I didn't think to utilize layers like this.
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AstrikosHobbyist Artist
This is awesome!
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