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Digital Art Tutorial by spiritwolf77 Digital Art Tutorial by spiritwolf77
I've been wanting to do this ever since I took my old outdated Photoshop tutorial off the 'net. But I wanted to wait until I had a better understanding of all these programs and actually found a process I really liked. Courtesy of a little extra free time over Thanksgiving break, I have finally put this thing together.

This tutorial goes through all the steps I use to produce a piece of digital art. It covers things in Adobe Photoshop CS, Adobe Illustrator CS, and Corel Painter 9 (if you have different versions of these programs, you may still be able to use the tutorial but some minor or major details might be different). I hope people find this useful, as opposed to long, tedious, and redundant. I've yet to see anyone else post a tutorial on the exact same process so hoepfully you'll get something out of it.

I also apologize for how increadibly long it is. I considered dividing each step up into a different file, but that proved more complicated than I would have liked so I just stuck with this.

I apologize in advance for any typos/terrible spelling errors. The day Photoshop gets a spellcheck will be a happy day for me.

Feel free to send this link to friends and post it places and such, just please do not repost the actual tutorial itself. If you want to show it to people, send them the link to this page or my gallery, thankye.

Thank you all so much for all the favorites and comments! I'm very honored!
Also, I've received a number of good comments that made me aware of things I should have mentioned in this desc originally:
1-A tablet is not 100% needed but there are several parts of this tutorial that will not quite work without it. For example, anything involving pressure settings like opacity transitions and line tapering.
2-If you use the pencil-linework method and don't have any tracing paper available, you can also use regular printer paper, tape it over your sketch, and put it up on a window during daylight hours...instant lightbox!

Edit 2: Thank you guys for the continued support and feedback! Just to let you new watchers/commenters know, I actually don't update this gallery anymore. You can find new art over here: :iconautogatos:
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CalebPerkinsArt Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2017  Student Digital Artist
used this as a reference for my picture
Black Widow by CalebPerkins  
DubaiBunniesUAE Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2017
Gorgeous work.
anushhk-13 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2017  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Thank You. Its useful and nice.
kingarthur-online Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2016
wow...This is very hard to do.. When I download this in my computer.There's a lot of error, I cannot download it..Can anyone send me a link or tutorial for how to download it.. Thanks.
autogatos Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Hey, I'm really sorry, I'm not sure why the download link doesn't work anymore, but unfortunately I don't have it anywhere else on the web anymore I think? In any case, it's pretty old and outdated at this point and there are plenty of newer, similar tutorials on DA that cover a lot of similar things. :)
Cristianfandos Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2016
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pr8ik Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2015
damn.. i think the download link has expired for some reason. could someone post a link.. thanks!
autogatos Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Hey, I'm really sorry, I'm not sure why the download link doesn't work anymore, but unfortunately I don't have it anywhere else on the web anymore I think? In any case, it's pretty old and outdated at this point and there are plenty of newer, similar tutorials on DA that cover a lot of similar things. :)
JahniaLanee Featured By Owner Edited Feb 13, 2015  Student Artist
This looks so hard to make. :(
Artist6094 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Oregs Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
memeow10123 Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
do you have a class?????????Meow :3
FurDomo Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
aporcelana Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
This. Is. GREAT! Thank you!
NewFalcon Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2013
Good work.
PeshugadePosho Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2013  Student General Artist

Teach me, Sensei

readndraw Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013
nice picture
jovalie4 Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013
Pleaws, tell me why I can't draw like this? ;u; help me please...
Randybutternubbz Featured By Owner May 1, 2013  Student Digital Artist
practice makes perfect, so just keep practicing
jovalie4 Featured By Owner May 18, 2013
xD I'll never be that good
nour1010 Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012
how can i watch this video please
jlyvers Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
A very nice tutorial, thank you. I am a deviant but had not seen your work. I use Stumble and your page this page came up. Thank you for posting.
mapper3 Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Try coloring your pictures without Photoshop. I'm all for a little digital touch - up, but have you considered painting or colored pencil? You can find these in high quality at fine art retailers. Your art is good, but I'm also somewhat naturally averse to furry art. No hard feelings meant.
spiritwolf77 Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013
I studied traditional drawing and painting in school, using a wide variety of different mediums. I just prefer working digitally.

And okay, everyone is welcome to an opinion. I don't really have any interest in, say, drawings of cars, but I don't seek out artists who draw cars and tell them I don't like their subject matter. Because really what would be the point of that?
MoshiArt Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nice! Keep it up!

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Check out my art! I'm new at deviantart. XD
Bruiserstang Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012  Professional General Artist
Wow thanks, you have a great talent! :)
xxStitichyxx Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
wow i was like "hey whats the program everyone is using." well duhh!! dammnn. i got to school for this stuff. i should have relized. thank you for giving me a reality checkk :000
lionskanadenica Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012
How do I watch the tutorial ??
LionellWolf Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Download image
Rorzmackay Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012
I might be being completely stupid, but how do I watch the tutorial?! Can't seem to open it... where's the video? I really want to watch it!
Rorzmackay Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012
Scrap that - I realise it's not a video! Found it!
gabuchin Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012  Student General Artist
I can't change roundness from fixed to pressure :( I'm using Illustrator CS5 and I also selected a calligraphic brush as you said
I tried using a fixed roundness but I don't like how it looks
what can I do?
Akki141 Featured By Owner May 17, 2012
I haven't tried it yet but it looks pretty ok to follow, thank you very very much
ZeekAt47 Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2011
Wow! What a great tutorial! And please don't apologize for the length. Your patient detail is what made it so useful. I can tell by the date that this is several years old, but it's very useful and I'm glad it's still here. Thanks for teaching this old dog some new tricks!
Komui-Pushed-You5776 Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2011
I have a question. What programs do you recommend for digital art?
autogatos Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Honestly I recommend whatever you enjoy using the most! My personal favorite is Photoshop.

From a practical perspective, learning Photoshop is probably the most useful since it's the most frequently used program in the industry. I've worked with a lot of different software over the years and my preferences have changed over time. I used to use Corel Painter a lot, but these days Photoshop has such a great toolset that I can use it for the techniques I used to use in Corel.

And if you're interested in vector work, Flash and Illustrator are the most-used of that type. Illustrator tends to be used more in graphic design work (I have less experience with that program) and Flash is used more in the browser-based game industry.
rhirhianna Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2011
How do I actually view the tutorial? All I can see is the image. HELP
NinjaKa-Chan Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2011
i think u have to click download
photoshopupates Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2011   General Artist
Nice post. we are impressed by the way you produce a clear description of your topic. thanks for the information and keep on posting thank you photoshop updates.
willysyto Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2011  Student Artist
oh que maravilla es un tutorial porque ni ganas me da de leer
IronKanabo Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2011  Professional Filmographer
"I also apologize for how increadibly long it is?!?" You shouldn't apologize, you should be worshipped as a deity among artists for it because you just wrote the bible of digital art! XD

*AHEM* Let me read the first verse...
Bluegreen17 Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is really astounding! You've made the whole process really clear and very clever!
octavioandrade Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2011
wooww nice, can yu teach some more tips and trics to draw and makes combination with photoshop/illustrator......
loool-joool Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2011  Student Digital Artist
duuu :P
Xedus44 Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2011
Very helpful, thankyou!!
MandaFreddy Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2011  Student Digital Artist
awsome i wish i could do that
Chandy84 Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2011
how did you can do it???? :O
saidomari Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2011
araleann Featured By Owner May 26, 2011
I really love your tutorials! I didn't know Corel is that awsome. THANKS!!!! I'll credit you for my first try of it. :D
minymoe678 Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2011
it looks ok
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