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Painting Tutorial by Girl-on-the-Moon Painting Tutorial by Girl-on-the-Moon
YAY. A tutorial. :D

The finished Donna painting can be seen here: [link]
And the rest of my paintings are here: [link]
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NoAngelHonestly Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm trying a painting according your tutorial. Now I find it nerve racking to constantly switch between the photo and the painting. Maybe because I'm new at it, but I do it all the time. Any tips there? (I only got one screen nor can I afford another)
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Girl-on-the-Moon Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well, I put the photo NEXT to the painting, which you can do with just one monitor.
Your view of the painting and photo might be quite thin if you have a smaller monitor, but flipping between them is not necessary (or recommended). The first image in the tutorial shows how I put one next to the other pretty nicely.
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ConfusedSoAmI Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Does this work with Photoshop o-o I LOVE your work :D
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Girl-on-the-Moon Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
From all reports, it works pretty well! I don't really know how to blur/blend in PS but others seem to have used this tutorial for PS.
And thank you! :)
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ConfusedSoAmI Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Okay I'll try this weekend! While I was reading your comic, it inspired me to start my own so that's what I'm going to be doing for the weekend! I really do love your work :D
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Girl-on-the-Moon Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh that's awesome! :D
And thank you. :)
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ConfusedSoAmI Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
No problem :)
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IHeartHeartGallifrey Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I am absolutely DYING to do some digital paintings, but I don't have my own tablet to do it on, or the program to run it. :/ I am determined to try this! I just dint know how the hell I'm gonna get it together.
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SHINeeInABox Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013
So will this technique not work nearly as well in photoshop? D:
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:icongirl-on-the-moon:
Girl-on-the-Moon Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Kinda not really no. Sorry. D:
Corel Painter offers a free trial though I think! :D
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NoAngelHonestly Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes and the lite version is relatively cheap. Not all options and brushes are included but enough to make some decent work..
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SHINeeInABox Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013
I'm a complete newbie to photoshop and this question is probably really stupid, but I can't find the opaque acrylic brush, nor the 'just add water' brush >.<
Do you download them? Or make them from scratch?
Sorry, it's probably a really dumb question ~.~
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Girl-on-the-Moon Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
There's no such thing as a stupid question.
The brushes described in this tutorial are for Corel Painter, not Photoshop.
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Yusagi Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I used TwistedBrush to follow the tutorial here [link] so I *think* it translated well to it \o/ I couldn't find an approximate brush or effect for the hair part, but...I'm not actually sure how the brush works.
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Spookeriffic Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I've just started experimenting with painting (again) and am trying a method similar to this - except my hands shake from a medical condition. I'll keep trying, and hopefully your tutorial will help me along. Thank you for posting it. :)
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Girl-on-the-Moon Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No problem! Best of luck! :)
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JinelleA Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012  Student General Artist
Just wanted to say, thanks for the tutorial! It's helped me along a lot, and I hope you don't mind I put a link to it in one of my pictures. D:

This one: [link]

I've been having the moral problem with feeling like I'm "cheating," but I definitely need the extra help with drawing realism. I figure I can let go of the handlebars when I get some more experience and such.
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Girl-on-the-Moon Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hey no problem! You did a really great job!
There's no shame in "cheating", it's all just learning. :)
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JinelleA Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012  Student General Artist
Thank you. <3 And yeah, I've definitely got a lot to learn and I shouldn't take shame in not trying to tackle all of it at once.
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Girl-on-the-Moon Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I get hung up on that a lot, but you really just have to keep drawing and you'll find yourself moving forward.
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soullesslupe Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I'm a bit curious, I do the same thing (using an eyedropper to select the color) and I always feel guilty because I feel like I'm cheating. I don't trace the image or anything like that, though. What is your opinion on this?
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Girl-on-the-Moon Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well, I think it's something every artist has to gauge for themselves. Personally, I don't see it as cheating at all. I think using guides on paintings and sampling colour is just the same as using a life model, or using a ruler. It's just something to help you along.
If you want to use those helpers, that's cool. If you want to try painting without that kind of help, that's cool too. I'm coming to a point where I feel like I want to let go of the handlebars for a minute and try painting without a sampled palette or maybe even no guidelines, and that's pretty exciting. But I'd never feel any shame in going back to those helpers, and I'd never look down on any artist who never wanted to get away from them.
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alesiunea Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2012
Thank you for the tuto
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Broskiiiadactyl Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
This is awesome!

Thanks to you and this tutorial, I've embraced digital realism, which I have been afraid to try for quite some time. Here's my first work [link] Although I used SAI, so the tools are different. But I still like how it turned out^w^

Couldn't have done it without this bit of amazingness! Thanks again~
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Girl-on-the-Moon Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ah! It's wonderful! He's so cute! Really, very nicely done and I'm happy to have helped. KEEP IT UP. :D
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StarlightWhispers Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice tutorial! :D Do you know if using Corel Painter would get similar results?
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Smacdaddy Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
It is awesome! Bravo! Thank you for the tutorial!
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etchasketch1209 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2011  Student General Artist
"I BLOODY love you!" hahaha ^^ in honor of Donna :]

stay awesome!
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WitchRinnie Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks to your super helpful tutorial I made this [link] !

Thanks so much for your tutorial!! :hug: Before I found it I was giving up U_U
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Girl-on-the-Moon Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No problem! Nice work!
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IBelongToTheDoctor Featured By Owner May 6, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
I bow down at your artisic feet of awesomeness.
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larak333 Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2011
ten is smexy!
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margaw Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2011  Student General Artist
I'll try this right now! xD Thanks a lot!
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gisela1910 Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2011
I jsut cannot open your tutorial via Photoshop CS5, Painter 11 or via Fireworks.

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:icongirl-on-the-moon:
Girl-on-the-Moon Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Open my tutorial? What do you mean?
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gisela1910 Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2011
I downloaded the jpeg tutorial and couldn't open it with photoshop, it's ok i've copy the image tutorial in MS Word and are following the tutorial that way.

Thanks for your generosity in sharing your tutorials it is much appreciated.


gisela
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Girl-on-the-Moon Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Er, yeah, no problem. :)
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Ioshuaus Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2011
HOW DID I MISS THIS??
Seriously, how did I never see this when it popped up...? :-/
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S-E-R-G-E-Y Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2010
Great tut! I wonder is there similar brush like "add water" for blending in Photoshop? I paint by different way but want the same style like in painter..i love how it's look in Painter
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Girl-on-the-Moon Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
There isn't really anything in PS that does the same thing. If I try the same technique in PS that I do in Painter, it turns out looking like a smudged photo. Not very pretty.
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TimeLordNicko123 Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2010  Student General Artist
could you do the hair in more detail please? i tried and it's a bit on the crappy side, much better than previous attempt though. I don't really get it. Awesome tut though
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TimeLordNicko123 Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2010  Student General Artist
what tablet do u use?
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Girl-on-the-Moon Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wacom Intuos 3, the largest size.
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Aisho Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2010
This actually isn't that different from how I do my paintings xD I thought I was the only one, too. I was starting to get neurotic about it. "OMFG I'M DOING IT ALL WRONG, I TOTALLY AM."
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basicallyemily21 Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is excellent <3
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cyanineblu Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
For some reason, I never "understood" Corel. I may try it again now.
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Seaphire Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
SUPER HELPFUL! :tighthug:

I never know which brushes to use in Corel and anything I attempt to make in it comes out horrible lol. Now that will change! yesssss :heart:
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carbonpencil Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2010
An good tutorial! I like it!
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Do0dlebugdebz Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I like this so much. Makes it so much fun to learn. :) Are those the only three layers you use?
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Girl-on-the-Moon Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yep. :)
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