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A tree/foliage painting guide

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I put together this simple guide for painting trees/foliage. Its far from perfect but maybe it will be helpful to someone.
I'm using Krita and Wacom Cintiq, but it should work in pretty much any other painting program.

SOME TIPS THAT WORKED FOR ME:

- I used only one basic, hard edged brush with pressure sensitivity set to size.

- make a sketch first. Keep every color on a separate layer, decide on the light source and color palette, paint in the basic shapes for each color. Then you can start adding the leaf shapes to each layer.

- keep every color on a separate layer.

- use the negative space - add leaves but also make some leaf-shaped holes here and there

- keep the shapes in mind - make sure it doesn't look like a bunch of grapes in the end (unless that's your style, then it's fine!)

- this is just a basic guide. You can upgrade it with adding new layers in between, some gentle shade on the layers, add some transparency to your brush and vary the colors a little bit.

- if you get stuck - get back to the basics and start over Wink/Razz 

But above all - HAVE FUN!! :D (Big Grin) 

 IF YOU LIKE THIS TUTORIAL AND WANT TO HELP OUT, you can buy me a coffee at KO-FI ;) (Wink) Heart 
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enchantinghues's avatar
This is really helpful☺️
skratek's avatar

Aw thanks, I'm super happy to hear that!! :hug:

thanks for the guide 🥰

skratek's avatar

you are very welcome! :hug:

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thank you, very kind! :heart:

skratek's avatar

My pleasure - I hope it's helpful! ;)

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MWINS's avatar

This looks really helpful and fun! Thank you for sharing, I'll try this out someday!

skratek's avatar

Thanks a lot! :blush: I hope you can make some beautiful art with this ;) it's really not hard, you just need to get the whole picture first and not get lost in the details (talking to myself here too.. :P )

Stellabluegirl's avatar

Great step by step tuto. I'll keep it in my fav for the next time i need to draw a tree or a bush.

Your tutos are welcoming, keep going.

skratek's avatar

Thank you ! :heart: It's what's working for me (I'm still learning too..) and I'm always happy to share with fellow artists! :D Still, practice is the best teacher I think ;)

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