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Complete 'Digital Painting' and 'GIMP' Tutorial by nataliebeth Complete 'Digital Painting' and 'GIMP' Tutorial by nataliebeth
Edit: May 2016 - I have recently been receiving a lot of attention on this piece and really appreciate the continuing support! I get quite a kick out of reading over this and seeing my 18 year-old sense of humour coming through! I hope to do a new updated tutorial as my style and understanding of painting has changed a bit since this time, but I am happy to answer any questions you guys might have after reading this. Thanks again!

For more art, tips and behind the scenes, you can see more on my pages.

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The Big Colour Tutorial by nataliebeth New Colour Tutorial!

Edit* A DD? OH my goodness. THANK-YOU so, so much to everyone! This is incredible and now it's all thanks to you beautiful people for inspiring me. Many thanks to *EternalRC, ~Art-Recale, *FlirtingWithInsanity and ^Elandria - this means more than words can say.

Download for full view! Refresh page if does not appear, it will take a while, its very big, im sorry.

Simplified Version: Digital Painting Tutorial - Facial Features by nataliebeth

In this tutorial:
:bulletblue: Overview of all icons and the basic functions in the GIMP menu.
:bulletblue: Brush and colour palette basics
:bulletblue: Backgrounds
:bulletblue: Skin tone painting and colours
:bulletblue: How to paint Eyes
:bulletblue: How to paint Noses
:bulletblue: How to paint Mouths
:bulletblue: How to paint Hair
:bulletblue: Layer modes and highlights.
:bulletblue: Contains bad humour.

Okay, as promised, I have brought you my MASSIVE digital painting and GIMP tutorial. I have spent the last week putting together this monster for you guys. :aww:
I'm sorry its so big, I just had so much I wanted to say. And at the end of the day, you can choose what you read. It is basically just a overview of everything so you can read as little or as much as you want.

I have used my latest digital painting Rapunzel to demonstrate painting the facial features and background.
Additionally I have added a realistic imaginative example of painting features.

Rapunzel Digital Painting + Steps by nataliebeth

If you have any questions, pleaaasse comment, some of my wording may be a little vague or chatty, so I'm happy to clarify, or try to answer other questions.

Thanks so much, hope it helps.

Crystal/ Natalie.
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Complete 'Digital Painting' and 'GIMP' Tutorial by *crystal-89 Is a very thorough and easy to understand tutorial on using The Gimp. Also suggested by *EternalRC and ~Art-Recale ( Suggested by FlirtingWithInsanity and Featured by Elandria )
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HK66 Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2018  Student Traditional Artist
Holy cow, this is by far the most complete and helpful digital painting tutorial I've seen - including all the videos I've watched! Thank you SO much, I'll be referring to this often from now on! :O
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beetale Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
blucloud-zz  h o l y s h i t t u 
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nataliebeth Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2018  Student General Artist
Haha thank-you for the compliment lol! :lmao:
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AKitNamedMinty Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2017  Student General Artist
This is amazing.
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nataliebeth Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2017  Student General Artist
Thanks so much! :love: Aww!
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AKitNamedMinty Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2017  Student General Artist
You're welcome.
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mrkinkoi2011 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I am watching you :)
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nataliebeth Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2017  Student General Artist
Thanks so much for the support! :aww:
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alexrees Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2017
This will be of great help. Thank you!
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nataliebeth Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2017  Student General Artist
You are so welcome! Glad to hear it has helped! :aww:
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magpiepatronus Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Legit thank you so much, I've been stuck with flat colour and poor shading..I tried to paint. It was bad. I'm super excited to test this tutorial out, so again thanks a ton, this is absolutely stunning!
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nataliebeth Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2017  Student General Artist
Aww, this is exactly why I create these tutorials! Let me know how you are doing now! :aww: Thanks again!
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MikesScribbles Featured By Owner May 21, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm glad you include some bad humor in your tutorial.
 looks like a lot of work, thanks...
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nataliebeth Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2017  Student General Artist
Haha, unfortunately, my bad humour has only gotten worse with age haha! :lmao:

Appreciate it!
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MikesScribbles Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
do you have any advice on formatting a tutorial in GIMP?
yours are quite nice visually...
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nataliebeth Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2017  Student General Artist
Hi again! I don't have anything specific! Just work on layers, cause I had to move things a lot! And a bit of humour never goes astray. :lmao:
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SomeOrdinaryKinkster Featured By Owner May 13, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
Awesome! Hopefully this can help me along! I've only been drawing for a few months, and I'm just now getting into purely digital drawings. I'm really itching to improve my art style, and knowing that high-quality drawings are possible with GIMP gives me a lot of hope! I'm also grateful for the explanations for all the tools, as I'm left with something to be desired when I look at the GIMP forums and the like. Thanks a bunch for making this!
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nataliebeth Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2017  Student General Artist
Of course! Tools only aid the artist... the skills of an artist makes them versatile with working in many mediums!
GIMP is a great program! I only started using Photoshop for professional reasons in recent times!
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SomeOrdinaryKinkster Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
Didn't actually anticipate a reply to this; thanks!

I made the investment and went with Manga Studio EX 4 and have been using that exclusively as of late. Been thinking about investing in SAI Paint or the newer version of Manga Studio/Clip Paint. I was going to keep using GIMP as well, but for some odd reason, it decided it didn't like my tablet. Worked fine before, but it was too much of a hassle to try troubleshoot.
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nataliebeth Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2017  Student General Artist
I have had trouble with Gimp recently with my tablet. But I need to buy a new tablet as my current one is very old haha!
That's great news that you've found something that suits you! That's the right way to go.

Hope you continue to grow and learn lots! :la:
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acritarchman Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2017
Absolutely awesome indeed!!
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nataliebeth Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2017  Student General Artist
Thanks so much! Glad you think so! <3
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TheSlyCatFace Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Do you make a new layer every time you lower the brush opacity and go over the skin or hair again?
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nataliebeth Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2017  Student General Artist
Hello there! Thanks for your question, normally I just work on one layer because I'm wanting to blend colours that are already there. I tend to work on layer for skin, layer for highlights, layer for accessories/details that I might want to change. Layer for hair, layer for clothing. Layers for colour changes or filters. :)
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jumartini Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2017   Traditional Artist
Thank you! nice tut! :)
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nataliebeth Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2017  Student General Artist
You're very welcome! Glad you like it!
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Gyrforce Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
This is an amazing tutorial!  Thanks so very much for taking the time to make and post it for us digital painting aspirants!:D

Why doesn't Photoshop have a decent smudge tool? XP  I'm really considering using GIMP simply because it's a lot of time and effort in PS to use simple tools to blend colors and whatnot when GIMP seems to accommodate the artist waaay more (in more than one way, I'm learning!).
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nataliebeth Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2017  Student General Artist
OH MY GOSH YES!
The smudge tool is like their bane! If I'm ever using Photoshop, I'll go back to GIMP if I need to use the smudge feature lol! I'm glad someone else agrees!

Thanks so much for your comment. :aww:
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MikesScribbles Featured By Owner May 21, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm using another freeware program for line work, and realizing that GIMP is so much better for coloring / paint work. being a drawer by nature its taking a while to get the concept of building by color, not building by line.
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LIMwong5 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2017  Student Filmographer
Dude this is awesome!
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nataliebeth Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2017  Student General Artist
Thank you so much my friend! :la:
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valentangelo Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
super grateful for this! i've just downloaded gimp and i really have more experience with drawing than painting. this was a great overview :)
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nataliebeth Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2016  Student General Artist
You are so welcome! I am really glad you like it and it's helped! <3
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krasuchu Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Even though I use Clip Studio Paint, these tips are extremely helpful for me! Thank you so much for sharing, and I know that my art will be able to improve immensely from this~
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nataliebeth Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2016  Student General Artist
I am so glad! This was what I wanted - a tutorial that was really universal and could be applied to any program. <3
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penpower Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great guidance. Thanks for pulling this guide together. I'm just starting out with GIMP and these tutorials make a big difference.
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nataliebeth Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2016  Student General Artist
You are so welcome! Glad to hear it will help! <3
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Whiteknightofchaos Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for sharing.
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nataliebeth Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2016  Student General Artist
You're very welcome! <3
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DJTechEx Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hey you, this is pretty amazing and also informative... You have similar working style and patterns like me, this is pretty much how my workflow goes :)
I see you were asking some people where did they found this deviation, well I stumbbled upon it on google search. I was searching "GIMP color blending" to try to find some useful tools or something and this came out.
It helped a lot of people and it's still helping, so I just wanted to put a comment here and also congratulate your work.
Yeah, added to watch ;)
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nataliebeth Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2016  Student General Artist
Awwww! This is so sweet! Thanks so much for taking the time to read it and leave such a beautiful comment. You have made my day! :hug: :love:
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Kierryn Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Was this done using a tablet.? Trying to find some simple colouring tutorials for GIMP with a mouse as i don't have a tablet
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nataliebeth Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2016  Student General Artist
I used to draw with a mouse! But then I started using a Wacom Tablet and haven't looked back!
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Kierryn Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Unfortunately I don't even have a mouse to use :L Stuck using the touchpad on a MacBook; Which is absolutely horrific :(
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nataliebeth Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2017  Student General Artist
Oh gosh no! That's tragic! You'll have to get a tablet one day soon! Make it a birthday present! :la:
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LunarDiaries Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This tutorial is amazing! Thank you!
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nataliebeth Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2016  Student General Artist
Thanks so much! Glad you like it!
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Amacdesigns Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2016   General Artist
awesome, best tutorial I've seen on DA, thanks
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nataliebeth Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2016  Student General Artist
Wow! That is high praise! Thanks so much my friend! :love:
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MiningForDegus Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2016  Student Filmographer
Thanks for making this, it'll help so much :D
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