Hi, Im sorry to bother but i was wondering what effects and things like that did you use to create this? I watched your Steelem Tutorial and saw you used gimp. Im fairy new to photoshop and i was wondering if i could get some tips from a professional such as you. I understand if you dont want to though thanks anyway!
I am never bothered and if I can help out I am just happy (I am not a professional though, just a hobby-artist ^^ but thank you so much anyways) . For the Bloodline Deceiver I used Photoshop Elements (PSE) (using the gimp-program because my own computer is away on repair)
The things you need are: (besides Photoshop and perhaps a scanner) A pen-tablet, practice, inspiration and a lot of patience
I have a Trust Tablet (would never be able to do what I do without it ^^) and use some cloud brushes (you sort of put them into the Photoshop program) for some backgrounds. Brushes you can download for free but be sure to read the agreements, like giving credit to the one who made the brush and stuff. I have tried a lot of brushes but the only one I have had any use for was cloud-brushes.
You already are god at drawing and painting so I don´t think I can help you much there, only stuff you learn by time. Watch tutorials and speed-paints to get ideas and know-how on how to do stuff.
Step by step is: I do the sketch by hand, scan it into the computer, draw lineart on a new layer (using the ink-tool set on soft), new layer-color it in one color and save it for shading, new layer-all colors, use first one-color layer set to overlay and adjust opacity so it looks good and erase or paint the shades on that layer.
Photoshop is a VERY big subject so it might be easier if you tell me more exactly what you need help with. It´s taken me years to learn how to use it and there is so much you can do with it.
I cant thank you enough for being so eager to help. ^^ a big thank you for the tips. Alsom what i am wanting to imprve on it making my art look more, oh i suppose realistic. like this picture from this wonderful artist: tribalartfan-123.deviantart.co... You and her are some higher artists that i am positively inspired by! But once again thank you for your eagerness to help me
Yeah she is awesome seen her stuff before (and though I had her on my watch...oh well she is re-watched now ^^)
Well the best tips to draw realism or semi realism is to study anatomy, I am (obviously) into wolves and dogs and that is the thing I think I draw best. Google is good for skeleton-anatomy so google the animal you want to study and look at the skeleton commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Fil... and draw the directions the skeleton goes in and it is a good base like evasion.imag.fr/Membres/Franck... after that you can sketch a little more like muscles and round it out, it will be so much easier when you are to draw skin and fur/eyes/ears etc later. After that you sketch your character.
In Photoshop there is a lot of preparing work you have to do before you can start drawing fur and there is a whole bunch of ways to draw fur (for the realism) and you gotta know how long and in what direction the hairs may go on the body (and if there is wind blowing/ water in the fur etc but start with still ones and it will be easier). Here is a www.youtube.com/watch?v=sdCXPz... to how I drew the first Bloodline-werewolf.In this I do not use any lineart, just the sketch and that works too. I was trying to see if that worked and the blue was actually a mistake (mistakes can be awesome). For the new one emberwolfsart.deviantart.com/a... I just used the old prepared image and painted over it after hours and hours of individual painted hairs it turned out so much better. Also search on tutorials for Photoshop, but only for the thing you want to learn at the moment or else you´ll just get confused (been there done that XD) like for the drool browse.deviantart.com/art/Hopf... I found an awesome tutorial, cause I had no idea to do that before this one. Also write down what you discover while drawing (you wont remember them else) like how you found how to change a layer, how you were thinking when drawing the fur and how you came to the conclusion. Remember you are always learning (every artist is or they will never be any better) and mistakes can turn out amazing and never be afraid to explore the program and try new tools and techniques. And feel free to ask me anything
I just search for them as I go along and if I need to know I search here on dA or google but here are a few that I´ve used as well (or else you jut write; tutorial and what you´re looking for, like a rock tutorial, an eye tutorial etc : www.youtube.com/watch?v=SVWKEC... -this is a really good "basics" tutorial and give it a few watches. Here is also a very helpful page and a lot of tutorials on it: ctrlpaint.com/