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painting tutorial
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Published: August 18, 2013
© 2013 - 2019 littleulvar
Also known as "How to use SAI like a caveman." Welcome.

I did it because lots of you asked, I hope that somebody will find it useful.
And I'm sorry for any typos.

character (c) me


Oh, and please, don't send me notes asking about commissions, they're currently closed c:
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frozenvepar's avatar
AAAAND I'm going to add this to my list of stuff to try
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Petra1999's avatar
I've loved your art since ages and wondered whether you have a tutorial up, and was so happy to see this! Thank you very much!
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serelsy|Hobbyist General Artist
THIS IS BEAUTIFUL SEND HELP,,,,,it really was useful just by looking at it. Looking forward to using photoshop like a caveman
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FindingLotus|Student Digital Artist
also usiing the mixer brush will work for blending it all together and making it more "smooth"
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Lucky8D|Hobbyist Digital Artist
What is your brushes? Love that shape!
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tokaharuEdited |Hobbyist Digital Artist
wow! thank you for that!!! :iconnosebleedonionplz:
You are awesome! :iconinloveplz:
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HlndSlght|Student General Artist
I was wondering..Would the color steps be similar in ps as well?
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sevenminutesinheaven|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thx for the Tutorial!
It was really helpful. Until now i always was like ..Oh I need that Outlines I can't draw without them but..jea it worked out really well after I gave it a try. even though I do it in PS not in SAI. So thanks a lot for sharing your knowlage. :D
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shawnerussell|Hobbyist Digital Artist
I learned so much from this tutorial! I did some over involved fan art with the multiply layers tip and was able to add new color dimension I wouldn't have dreamed of without it :) 

Radish Spirit by shawnerussell

Thank you so much for taking the time to share your knowledge and experience with everyone else! 
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danreisEdited |Student Traditional Artist
xD ah, Im just found you again browsing through pinterest and had to stop here to make a comment. Ive been following you on and off throught the years, first thing I saw was a Cecil fanart, and instantly I was in love with you painting style...  I already painted back then, but sucked even harder then today 8D'. Then I found this tutorial. It is one of the most uncomplicated tutorials I've seen around ( and Ive seen plenty ). Very unassuming, aye? Well, this one is the one I always have on the back of my mind when painting digitally. Your method really worked wonders for me. So, thank you very much for it, ok?
Im now on art school, and its mainly traditional media, but I still stick to digital whenever possible.
I came from this:…
to something like this this:… [some study to a bigger oil painting]
Thank you for sharing ur knowledge, there is always someone on the other side that can benefit greatly with it!
And, btw, since I first say this tutorial to today your style has improved greatly! 
I hope you continue here |3, working hard!

Best wishes,

btw, I don't even use sai... [Manga studio is my darling]
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GoodMoeJo|Hobbyist Digital Artist
I have moved on from SAI (due to getting a mac) but this is suuuuuper helpful! hooray!

You're way of teaching is so easy to follow and understand. ;_; thanks so much!
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This is helping me a ton
and I'm only on the second step right now


This is a life changer ♥ :iconmoesnuggleplz:
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Espectacularrr|Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful. I've been playing with different drawing styles and have been referencing this a lot. Very helpful, thank you for sharing!!
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Quailmix|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Love your art, you're a big inspiration! I gave your tutorial a shot, would love to show you the results.
Human Em
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Akirascrolls|Hobbyist Digital Artist
cool tutorial
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MiraDzialynska|Hobbyist General Artist
YOU ARE MY ART-GOD. I mean it! Thank you so much for this tutorial!
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I did not even think to use the freaking multiply to paint on top of my sketch! OMFG. I am so trying this technique! I just waved bye bye to my sketch as I painted. WOW.
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Mugen-mugen|Student Digital Artist
Thank you very much for your tutorial!
It is realy useful!…
By the way I adore your drawings! OwO
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dikosaur|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! continuing to learn until i develop my own style!…
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wonker8|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for this awesome tutorial. I needed something like this. ^^
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PencilPark|Hobbyist General Artist
Digital painting isn't one of my strong suits, but this tutorial helped me a lot!…
Thanks! :D
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Subahrahul|Professional General Artist
Ur Art Style is NICE...Really love the EDGY design...
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Trumplety|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great tutorial! I like it <3
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Spirit-AislingEdited |Student General Artist
thank you for this awesomeness! i tried my best ;-;…
 oh and, I LOVE YOUR ART! YOU ARE AMAZING! PLEASE KEEP BEING AWESOME! <3   *runs away and hides*
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