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Digital tutorial pt 1 by AmandaDrage Digital tutorial pt 1 by AmandaDrage
well I don't know if I can really call it a tutorial. Hope someone finds it helpful/amusing.

sorry the writing is so small, you know what I'm like - once I start typing I can't stop :lol: not a good thing. I couldn't fit it all in in a larger font size.

On to Part 2: [link]

EDIT I am a complete prawn. This has been up for 3 and a half years and I am only just realising that I somehow forgot to link back to the stock I used?? :XD: What a twerp!
My reference is of course by ~Jello88 [link]
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Areebah Featured By Owner May 16, 2013
used your tutorial to make this [link] thank you so much!
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner May 24, 2013
Cool :thumbsup: No prob... have fun! Lovely work by the way :)
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Areebah Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2013
I did! and thank you bunches [:
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TheCrimsonSpell Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
I have a question...

You call it the blender brush but, I'm using photoshop CS5

Where exactly is it in the tools?
Or does it maybe have a different name as well?

Sorry for the dumb question >~>
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012
For Photoshop I guess the Smudge tool is the closest equivalent. I have never used CS (I have Photoshop 7 lol) so I am not familiar with the tools it has. If I remember correctly the Smudge tool is quite harsh, so it may be helpful to play with the opacity and other settings when using it :)
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TheCrimsonSpell Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Thanks you very much, now I can finish the tutorial :)
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012
Yay :dance:
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Hazelnut-Eyes Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for this, it was really helpful :3
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2012
Aw no problem, I'm happy to hear that! :w00t:
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Hazelnut-Eyes Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
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Hazelnut-Eyes Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
[link]
Looky what I did! My first piece, wouldn't have been able to do this without you :meow:
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Kaydeniro Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
now... if only i could draw. XD
-goes to try this anyways-
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012
:XD: Well I hope it helps anyway! :)
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HicksteadsDreams Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
What sight did you use. for example gimp or photoshop?
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012
I used Corel Painter :)
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HicksteadsDreams Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I have corel paint shop pro but I dont have a blender brush.
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2012
Oh, that sucks! Are there no blending tools at all?
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loup-de-la-nuit Featured By Owner May 30, 2012
Wow! It is very helpful^^
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012
I'm glad! Thank you! :)
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Alywe Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2012
Thank you!
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2012
Oh, no problem! I hope it helps! :)
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The-last-hoofprints Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2011
thnx!AT LAST I FIND A TUTORIAL FOR COREL PAINTER X! I USE THAT BRILLIANT THINGY!
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2011
:w00t: No problem! Hehe yeah not all of us can get along with Photoshop!
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CanisterWhoops Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2011  Student General Artist
This is amazing help <3
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2011
I'm glad :)! Thankyou!
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Gigi132214 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2011   Traditional Artist
really good, but it's not very simple to me, I've been trying so hard to try and do this and I've been working for up to 5 hours a day trying to figure out how to do this, looking at numerous tutorials/demos, so far this is the best one I've found but its just not simple enough for me. I have the hang of actually shading, but its where to shade that I don't know. If you could let me know through a message or something (idk how deviantart works, i literally got it a minute ago) I have a journal entry explaining what I can't do if that helps you help me. But only help me if you have the time or you want, if you can't for whatever reason don't worry. many thanks and very much appreciated if you help me

P.S your art work is amazing!!! wish i could be as good as you!
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2011
Hey, I am so sorry for my late reply!!
It's really just adding block values (or colour), blend, add more, blend, etc as much as you want to. As for where to shade... I will admit I rely very heavily on references. Things like light and shadow really fox me if I try and do it on my own, especially when it comes to a complicated shape with many planes, dips and curves - like a horse. All I can advise is to use references and copy them until you feel more comfortable with light and shade, and anatomy in general. It comes in time. (That's what they told me, anyway. haha)

Make sure you create a new layer for your colouring/shading, to keep it apart from your lines - then you can alter one without messing up the other.
I hope that helps some - again I'm very sorry for seeing this so late!!
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coocky5 Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2011
i like this lineart and your tutorial :D ! great
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2011
thank you very much! Hope you will find it helpful! :)
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goldenboo Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2011  Hobbyist
Thank you! This is first time I've tried it. Perfect help. I had no clue how to do this before.
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2011
hehe no problem! I'm glad it could help :) Thank you v much!
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KyoDracon Featured By Owner May 21, 2011  Hobbyist
WoooooW!
This IS AWESOME!!!!
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner May 25, 2011
Haha glad you think so, thanks :) I hope you find it useful!
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AreoBleu Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thank ya so much! i have corel, and this will be awesome to use as a help for me to improve!:boogie:
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner May 6, 2011
Ahhh cool :D No problem, and thank you! Have fun :D
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whitefang4000 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much! When you use the eyedropper tool, are you using it to grab tones from your reference? Also what type of brush do you use? (Do you lower the opacity and flow on it or is soft/hard or is it set to airbrush or is the opacity set to pressure sensitivity?) Also is the blender the blur tool?

Sorry for so many questions. It's just I've made drawings like this in a similar way but it always comes out very blurry (even though I didn't use any blurring tools at all) so I think it may be my brush settings. Thank you for reading this extremely long post though XD
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2011
Hey, sorry for the late reply ^^;
Yes I use the eyedropper on the reference to make sure the colours I use are as close as possible (if that is my intention). In the case of greyscale, I do this because I want correct areas of light and dark as in the reference (I reduce saturation in the reference completely, so it's black-and-white). I usually alter it later on to my tastes - I don't often stick to the reference completely when it comes to colours and shades!
I do my painting in Corel Painter, using the Digital Airbrush tool. I never paint in Photoshop so I can't help you much there! If I were to however, I'd use the Airbrush type setting with softer edges (scroll down the list, it's the very soft looking brush that starts at size 17 pixels). I would lower the flow quite a lot.
As for blending, again I use Painter ^^; I don't like the way the Photoshop "blender" (the Smudge tool) looks. When it comes to Photoshop, I think the best way is to use low opacities with the airbrush and blend manually - that is, lay many layers of colour on top of one another.

Have a look at this tutorial by `AquaSixio [link] it explains all the Photoshop brush settings and their different effects a lot better than I can! ;)
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whitefang4000 Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you!!!
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Shimmering-Elf-Rawr Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
AHHMYGOOSSHHHH. Sorry. But this is so..... :iconcryforeverplz: I worship at your footsy pajamas. :iconworshipplz:
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2011
LOL well thankyou! I'm glad it could be helpful...
I don't know if you'd be interested, but I just did a tutorial on the greyscale method, and making horses with paint markings. I'll be uploading it sometime today!
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Shimmering-Elf-Rawr Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I definitely would be interested, hehe. Thanks millions. :aww:
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oohmyeloise Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2010
what do you mean by a softish blender?
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2010
I use Detail Blender in Corel Painter, not too high opacity. By "softish" I just meant something softer than the Photoshop blender, which I find to be a bit harsh and "pointy". I know you can change the settings to make it softer, but I could never get it to work very well for me!
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OceanTime Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2010
Thanks for making this tut!

I'ts really going to help me :D
When am done with the drawing I'll give you a link!

Sorry for my terrible english -.-'
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2010
no problem, and thank you :) I hope it helps! Cool, would love to see when you're done!
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Celleno Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2010  Student General Artist
This tutorial is amazing. I only wish it was in photoshop, but hopefully I can still learn things from it and apply it to photoshop. One of the hardest things I've come across is trying to blend areas better and more smoothly.
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2010
:) thanks, I hope you'll find it useful! I have never got on very well with the blend tool in Photoshop. It seems to not be very well suited to this kind of work. A lot of people who use Photoshop will blend manually, by using many layers in very low opacity, to give the effect of blended colours and shades :) The downside being it's timeconsuming!
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Celleno Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2010  Student General Artist
Ya, I was experimenting last night and it does seem like the key is low opacity and time. I think I'll just have to keep experimenting until I find a system that works for me.
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2010
:thumbsup: it's the best way. Good luck!
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xCrystals Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Haha, I think the 'once I start typing I can't stop'-part is very funny; you mention it like it's something bad, but actually, it only makes you more clear in your explanation :D
I also think this is the most handy tutorial I've ever seen (the steps are very clear, and the wip-pictures are absolutely amazing :love:) and even though I'm a very bad DA-painter, I bet it'll be useful for me too :aww:
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