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Rendering tips
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Published: January 21, 2012
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What do I do with my Friday evenings.

Okay this is what happens with the box from my previous tips sheet thing: [link] Ooooh, look at thaaat!
This is more advanced. You're supposed to know how people are made already. (No, not that)
RENDERING. That's all. It's kinda boring.

Rendered some faces from this meme: [link]
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PotatoGuybdb's avatar
PotatoGuybdb|Student Traditional Artist
Ouuu thanks, this will help me a lot.  :)
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artstruggles's avatar
This helps a LOT! Thankyou. Also, I always used white for highlighting hehe.
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Smirtouille's avatar
Smirtouille|Professional Digital Artist
:p I'm glad it helps. Though this tutorial is old and my rendering techniques improved since. I should update it when I get the time.
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Zantique's avatar
Zantique| Digital Artist
I liked it, It will help my Art out.
Thanks!
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JudgingEagle's avatar
JudgingEagle|Hobbyist General Artist
Excellent breakdown; thanks for the good advice
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AClockworkKitten's avatar
AClockworkKitten|Professional Digital Artist
What brush did you use for the actual rendering?
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Smirtouille|Professional Digital Artist
This one on the right: smirtouille.deviantart.com/art… And a regular round brush with opacity set on pen pressure. The key here is to work with a very large canvas.
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AClockworkKitten's avatar
AClockworkKitten|Professional Digital Artist
Soft round, right?
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Smirtouille|Professional Digital Artist
The hard one. Make sure it has opacity set on pen pressure though, otherwise it sucks. ^^
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ingridsorensenarts's avatar
ingridsorensenarts|Professional Traditional Artist
Cool informative tutorial, easy to understand and illustrational, but I must say I think your first drawings are much more lively and interesting than your painting of them.
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Smirtouille|Professional Digital Artist
Thank you. I did get stuck in a kinda clean, "safe" and boring rendering technique at that point. I have just started to break away from it this year, going back to my older ways of rendering that were more organic and intuitive but not nearly as safe.
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ingridsorensenarts|Professional Traditional Artist
On the other hand, I can imagine that doing that and mastering it the "boring and strict way" pays off in the long run, or? Nice work by the way. I'm not doing anything wholely digital, but I use wacom , photoshop and sketch book pro inbetween stages to relieve my paintings from being messed with, so I am a little familiar with some of the challenges with doing it digital. I fnd that improves my physical work too .
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Morbidouce|Hobbyist General Artist
A very good tutorial, thanks :)
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andymoshi's avatar
andymoshi|Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! :O
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PilyongKerubin|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks :meow:
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Dirge-of-Fate|Hobbyist General Artist
i never fully understood what rendering meant, and it always confused me on how to do it. this tutorial really helped me out!! thanks for this piece C:
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Smirtouille's avatar
Smirtouille|Professional Digital Artist
Yeah, rendering is basically to make things look 3D in the context of painting. Glad my tutorial could help you out!
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Dirge-of-Fate|Hobbyist General Artist
i'd see examples of rendering, but the person who did it wouldn't really explain or they did it so complexly!
thanks for the llama, by the way!
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animegirl007's avatar
Thanks for the tips :nod:
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JasonTormos| Digital Artist
Very helpful thanks for sharing!
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PemaMendez's avatar
PemaMendez|Professional Digital Artist
ohhh, NICE!, may I ask, why do you insist on not using black or white?
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Smirtouille|Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
Less black/white values makes your image richer and more realistic, as pure black and pure white are rarely seen for real. If you look at a face it's very rare that you will find actual pure black in it except for the pupil, and it's not even necessary to always show the pupil to paint a convincing-looking face. : )
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PemaMendez|Professional Digital Artist
I see, very true, but what about the paintings that have that creepy atmosphere with high saturation (example [link])? is it okay to use black there or I should still just pick a really really dark tone of the color?
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Smirtouille|Professional Digital Artist
There is nothing that you "should" do or not do. Standards depend on whatever you wish to achieve. Avoiding black helps toward naturalistic/realistic effect but the effect is not an end in itself.
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