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Where to start learning realism. by Suzanne-Helmigh Where to start learning realism. by Suzanne-Helmigh
These are a bunch of slides from a class I used to give on painting realistic materials. 
Hope it helps you! :D Let me know if you have any questions.
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TheSangson Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2016  Professional General Artist
Oh, here's where I read your name over and over, your material chart! Yeah, this is actually one of the very little artwork pieces from dA I open and then stare at quite often. It always superintrigues me, but it's heavily fascinating as well, just as the Teapot and Controller paintings up top. I remember seeing those somewhere as well. Maybe I have been to your gallery and just somehow managed forgetting to watch. Maybe, though, maybe I just didn't want to get remembered that doing stuff like this was possible and should actually hurry up to become that good if I don't wnat to end in the gutter with my life.
However: HA! Saw what you did there in the colours section! Yeah, master Gurneys books are indead a wealth of incredibly inspiring and fascinating knowledge...
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Salvaratty Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for sharing!!!
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Cogn-8 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2016  Student Digital Artist
thank you this was helpful ♥
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Manda-of-the-6 Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2016  Student General Artist
:worship:
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BasaltDragon Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing.
These will help a lot in the long run.
Now to find enough patience to do things like this...
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Hardrockangel Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2015
This tutorial is immensely helpful. Thank you for making it available!
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:iconzaitsu-hatter:
Zaitsu-Hatter Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2015  Student Digital Artist
This seems like a wonderful read. Thanks for taking the time to put this together. :)
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Suzanne-Helmigh Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
You're welcome!! :) 
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CloverWing Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2015
awesome!
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nikkinickles Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2015  Student
you are the best! 
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LocationCreator Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2015  Professional Interface Designer
This is a wonderful tutorial / poster. Thank you!
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LichMcKnee Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Great job :D You're only getting better and better :)
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ThreeDManiak Featured By Owner Edited Oct 20, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Matte materials do reflect, just not specular reflection because, due to their uneven surface, parallel rays of light reflect off differently angled areas, and you know what the reflection rule says: reflection angle=incidence angle in relation to the reflective surface's normal, which means that all those neatly parallel light rays get scattered all over the place when they're reflected, giving the object its "fuzzy/foggy" mirror look.
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Suzanne-Helmigh Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Yes :) but i intend for people to find that out by asking questions to themselves when researching materials :) so kudos! Just like: the amount of light scatter depends on the object color versus the lightsource color 
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ThreeDManiak Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I get what you mean! :D It's just that I study physics and this type of things trigger my "I must correct this small and innocuous imprecision" part of the brain! Sorry! haha
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Gengar1991 Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing, this 's gonna be really helpful. Thanks a lot Suzanne :D
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Suzanne-Helmigh Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Yay thank you! :) and you're welcome! 
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RgDraw Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Really nice ! 
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Kaek Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2015
it's the usefulest!, thanks Suzanne!wild-king-poke 
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Suzanne-Helmigh Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
You're welcome :) <3
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7th-Child Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Woah
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DeviousSqurl Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Nice info, you covered textures I haven't thought of painting yet :)
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Lonear94 Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2015  Hobbyist
Might take a while to ingest everything, still great sharing~
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Rockport45 Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this is great.
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DaddyHoggy Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2015
That's an awesome study - sharing with my 14yo daughter immediately! :clap: :)
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maricookie Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh thank you! I know I am taking classes for this but these are good points to consider to improve my draftmanship. Ill show this to my teacher too. Thank  you so much! XD 
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Suzanne-Helmigh Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Awesome! Curious to hear what he/she thinks. 
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HatPup Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Now that is helpful. Thanks for sharing and good work.
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Roiuky Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2015
wow, awesome, really thank you, i´ll link this right back to all the other students at the university! again, thank you so much!
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Suzanne-Helmigh Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
thanks for sharing! :D much appreciated 
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Faithful-Imagination Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
This was incredibly helpful and super interesting!!! THANK YOU!!! I've never seen a tutorial like this.
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Suzanne-Helmigh Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Happy you like it ^^
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Allen-Ross Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2015  Student Digital Artist
This is such an awesome compilation of information and offers solid starting points in so many different areas.  Definitely an instant Fav and download.  Thank you!
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Suzanne-Helmigh Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks so much!
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PhantomCarnival Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2015  Professional General Artist
Its amusing Ive been wanting to do more realism lately and this couldn't have come at a better time! Growing up for some dumb reason I always thought using references was cheating- I probably could've gotten a lot further in my skills if I did lol. Thank you so much for this!
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Suzanne-Helmigh Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
It's the weirdest ideology that some people try to have XD.
All forms of realism come from studying it... and for studying you need reference.

Thats like trying to become a surgeon without getting to practise on a body XD or a professional violin player without learning master pieces.
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PhantomCarnival Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2015  Professional General Artist
I have no idea why I had that idea either- but I wish I hadn't lol!

Very good point :)
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Bestevaer Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! I've read that learning realism is the best way to get started. Along with Ctrl Paint and Andrew Loomis' books, I think this would be a great way to establish foundation skills. So thank you very kindly for this wondrous tool. :)
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Suzanne-Helmigh Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
also include: color and light by James Gurney and Framed Ink by Marcos Mateu-Mestre
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Bestevaer Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
A book on lighting? And a book about visual storytelling! It's like you knew I wanted to paint webcomics. Thank you oh so very much for these great resources I shall fetch them out as soon as humanely possible for me.

If I may disturb you for a moment more I would like to know what advice would you give a young man dreaming of painting and drawing as well as phenomenal people, such as yourself? Said man has only been drawing for two years and understands foundation studies and drawing everyday are the most important things. Is there anything he is omitting? I... er... um.... am just asking for a friend. It's not me! OK maybe it is... ^^;
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Suzanne-Helmigh Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
:D Best advise will always be: Never give up! Everyone who's work you admire came from the same spot as you are and it up to you how far you're willing to reach :)

As for more technical advice: the basics such as anatomy, lighting, perspective, composition, color theory etc is a never ending circle, never believe you mastered anything. 
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Bestevaer Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I understand. Thank you. :)
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haydenhammond Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Love your work.  If I ever get some time to paint again, this will come in handy ;)
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Suzanne-Helmigh Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
thank you! <3
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PBEsteves Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2015   Digital Artist
This is so helpful! Thanks a lot :)
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alexism77 Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thx for this one !
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Jeufufns Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2015  Student Writer
amazing, I'd just need to learn how to paint in the first place XD
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Cheboboh Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Goddamn this is good, thank you so much!
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redkitebait Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2015  Student Digital Artist
This is amazing! Thanks for sharing :)
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MCMXC2 Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2015  Hobbyist Filmographer
How awesome!
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