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Smooth shading/coloring tutorial [GIMP]


This tutorial is from 2013

but I thought I'll share it anyways as it still may be helpful for some of you. And besides, the other tutorial I have in my DeviantArt gallery - is even older!
The original post is located here - link
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I after I got one message about my “smooth” shading method with using default settings only, I decided to make another tutorial thingy. So I paintined something quick with the round brush. The last tutorial was done 2 years ago; generally I treat my videos as a tutorials because you can see the process and all tool settings at one time, you can pause the video and see the parts which you are interested the most. I use GIMP 2.6.7 with GPS downloaded, Wacom Bamboo Fun tablet. And mouse.

This is a painting tutorial, not a drawing tutorial. It doesn’t show the one and only way to create art. It only shows one way I like to use often. And even if I often use the default round brush and settings, that doesn’t mean I don’t use other brushes or settings. Whenever I need to, I use texture brushes and layer adjustments. Also, please keep in mind that I’m not native English speaker: there may be errors.

What isn’t shown here is that I do a lot of flips and I paint details on zoomed in picture. Those who watch my YouTube videos may notice that I tend to flip my paintings left, right, paint upside down etc.

In the first picture I translated names for some more important tools/settings, so you shouldn’t be confused. I hope the translation is accurate. I may upload this thing on my DeviantArt.

If you have questions, please refer to my FAQ please. 

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TutRex92's avatar
For the past few years I watch your YouTube videos I think I want to try using your method to help me to render my drawings better I also thank you for sharing the tutorials for everyone including me
Twarda8's avatar
Hey! You are welcome. I glad you found them helpful.
TutRex92's avatar
It is helpful but to me it's a lot to learn from you
ruckeysquad's avatar
Gonna save this for later, thanks!

Dzięki za tutorial sam zacząłem dopiero eksperymentować z rysowaniem i gimpem niedawno wiec nie za bardzo ogarniam większości z tego, co tu jest, ale z pewnością się przyda.

DragonPastels's avatar
I have to thank your for this tutorial. I've been struggling with shading and then I came to this tutorial. I tried it out and I absolutely love the results! :D
Here's a link to it, since I can't share it in the comment :)…
Twarda8's avatar
I'm glad you have found my tutorial helpful (even if it's a bit old ^^).
Anuacyl's avatar
Thanks for the link ^,^
RedBerryKat's avatar
this helped me make DRAGON! by RedBerryKat  and The Draco Dino by RedBerryKat
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I was eternally screamed when you replied to me because you are my senpai
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KornerPokett's avatar
This is super helpful! Thanks ^.=.^

I recently made a request on GIMP for a friend and I feel that it came out a mess for me. I'm still figuring out how to make the lines so smooth
Frog-of-Rock's avatar
very interesting to see how you color that way :D I've never considered a technique like this before since I use to fill my drawingobject with a single color and then paint over it. but I think I'll give it a try, the result is just great!
wolfcub's avatar
thank you  for this
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