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Nebulae Tutorial

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After numerous requests, I have decided to make a tutorial on how I paint my Nebulae. I did my best to include every part of my process. I'm sure the thing is riddled with spelling and grammar errors. Just ignore those, there's a reason I'm an artist and not a writer.

I hope you all can learn something from this. It took quite sometime to get it done. If you have any questions or are unsure about anything, don't hestiate to ask me.

I've included my custom cloud smudge brush that I use in all my paintings

Get your copy of my painting here
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:star::star::star::star::star-half: Overall
:star::star::star::star::star: Vision
:star::star::star::star::star-half: Originality
:star::star::star::star::star-half: Technique
:star::star::star::star::star: Impact

Probably one of the best, if not the best, tutorial I've come across on creations of Nebula with the round brush approach. I'm so sick of seeing nebula brushes and other tutorials using fractals or some other resource. Good job going out of the box. I've been watching your work for some time now and am continually impressed by your consistent knack for good, organic-looking, nebula painting. I'm glad you finally shared your technique. I was very curious.
Maybe the only thing I would add: I've noticed most of your nebula creations take up the entire canvas. I may suggest working with smaller nebula, further away from the focal point, and adding additional space features into your art.
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DannyWapBangHobbyist Artist
I used this to make my Toonami Nebula photo.
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Good job! May I ask can I use the could brush in my project?Wink/Razz 
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Holy f....
I am dumbfounded by the beauty of your painting skills!
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OMG! Great... incredible... gorgeous!!! 
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Have to try this one day !!
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MetabrushProfessional General Artist
Awesome work! A couple of years old and still so fresh, relevant and the best of its kind.
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MariaLoikkiiHobbyist Digital Artist
Hello and thank you for the excellent tutorial! This has been very helpful indeed!

About the cloud brush: couldn't find any rules about the usage of the brush so I decided to ask. What's your view on the artworks made with this brush, can they be shared in DA and can the artworks themselves be sold? For example if I want to make a nebula background for my art and then someday maybe want to sell the artwork in question? I wanted to clarify this. And also if I share in DA a nebula I made with this wonderful brush of yours, how do feel about that? I have unrestricted stock.
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TylerCreatesWorldsProfessional Digital Artist
You can do whatever you want with the images created using my brush. 
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Kathryn-KnetteHobbyist General Artist
This is exactly what I was needing for my next project! I've always loved space themes, but I just couldn't wrap my head around how to create them with my own style and down to what I needed.

Thank you!
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Thank you so much good sir! ^^
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Never mind, I found your Tutorial, and it's phenomenal too!
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CoonpeltStudent Digital Artist
oh nvm lol, this should help me a lot :) thank you so much! :heart:
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tadp0l3Hobbyist Digital Artist
stumble upon this now and then. And its equally awesome every time.
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TylerCreatesWorldsProfessional Digital Artist
Glad to hear, I know the finished result isn't close to some of my other works, but I hope the process was clear enough for people to learn. 
KokoKiero's avatar
Thank you for the great tutorial and for giving us the brush to use with it! I attempted it here: kokokiero.deviantart.com/art/D…
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cdesign-artHobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for this tutorial ! It helped me to create this cdesign-art.deviantart.com/art… =)
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TylerCreatesWorldsProfessional Digital Artist
Cool, but you can't use my art like that tylercreatesworlds.deviantart.…

You need to remove this. 
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cdesign-artHobbyist Digital Artist
Sorry, I found this reference just by searching on google images and really thought it was a photo... I removed it. 

I'm going the rework the shape of the nebula so I could publish my drawing, thanks for telling me and thanks again for the tutorial.
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