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Digital Painting Tutorial - World of Warcraft by Andantonius Digital Painting Tutorial - World of Warcraft by Andantonius
Here's the in-depth version of the process for my recent piece Repel the Tides!

I hope you find this helpful and it's not too wall-of-text-y. At some point I want to do a really well-resolved tutorial that's more simple and concise, but for now this is all I've got time to put together. Hopefully it's still useful!
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DarinHuddy Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2014  Student Digital Artist
:D (Big Grin) Thanks for sharing your process. Very decent of you. 
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jediryhme8888 Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2014  Student Filmographer
Very helpful!! as a young artist I always thought that as one gets older, their art is done a lot faster, and in ways it is,  but not really, good art calls for more time and more thought put in, which is an idea that I have to relearn over and over. the fact that it took you days to complete both puts my mind at ease and makes the whole thing a bit daunting.  I'm studying animation, where 3D animation/enviroment is focused on more, so I'm trying to focus on getting my composition and painting game up, which will hopefully help later on once I start looking for internships or dare i hope for paid internships haha.
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Andantonius Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah, it's unfortunately just a myth that art gets easier as you improve, haha. Usually the reason your art gets better is because you realize how many steps you're skipping and in order to make your work better you start putting in tons more effort on each piece. xP
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RayuelaPics Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
I have to say I suffer from the same misconception. I get that pinch of frustration every time I see an awesome artist posting awesome pieces of work and I think "I would have to spend the rest of my life to get my works half as good". But the secret is time, practice, patience and focus on what you want.

This tutorial really helped me get rid of that misconception. So I'll just get back to work and forget the clock! Thank you very much for your generosity and the effort you put on helping people out :)
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Anviljaw Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
First of, Love the Image and the whole process you took to get it as awesome as it is. and as my  Screen name would Say it is obvious I play a Dwarf In World of Warcraft but I am yet to do a hunter and Saw this.... it Kinda blew my mind a little. but I want to know something more about the gear of choice for your character here. (if he is indeed your character) Could you name the gear off the top of your head or would I have better luck going on WoW head or something of the sort.
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Andantonius Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Haha, thanks so much, I'm glad you like the piece!

As for the gear, it's nothing special really, I didn't want to do any of the crazy over the top raid sets for this piece so I chose some basic low level leather armor. You can probably buy something similar to this from the town vendors in level 20-30 zones. :)
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Anviljaw Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Great stuff, Thank you.

I will keep an eye out for the stuff when I level my Night Elf Hunter, however first is my Worgen rouge and Dwarf warrior.
I am planning on drawing my own stuff.. to go with the character backgrounds that I will write soon enough.

thanks for the reply and Hope you keep on with the great art.. love to see it :)
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Phesant33 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for this :)
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Arterice Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Amazing, thank you for sharing! :)
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Overslayer2091 Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2013
cool
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Andantonius Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! :)
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tictokki Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013  Hobbyist
Thank you so much! Your suggestion to include the color scheme in the rough is brilliant, and really saved a composition of mine. Quick question - how do you use your layers? I see some people having a layer for each color (what!!?) and then there's me, who basically just does it all on three or four...I just feel like painting on too many layers could make the work look choppy? I don't really know though. 
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Andantonius Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Glad you found it helpful! :)

My advice would be to use the number of layers that you're comfortable with. I personally try to use as few as possible, but I know people that use hundreds of layers. It really doesn't matter how you use the tool, just the final product, so do what you enjoy that gets the best results. And when in doubt, just experiment. Try doing a painting on just one layer, and try doing a painting with a layer for each individual element, then find whatever middle ground suits you. :)
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soovigon Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Wow!!!!!!!!!!
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JenniferEasley Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
This is great! My main problem is something you've addressed here - proper planning. I tend to rush ahead and not put the hours in to making a strong drawing, and then of course i get frustrated when my work is mediocre. I often find it hard to think of an idea that i see as being good enough to invest lots of time in to, that's a big problem! Anyway, love the tutorial, thanks for the insight :)
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Andantonius Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah, I think that's a big issue for a lot of people (myself included). Spending the time up front can be tedious, but it's worth the investment in the end. And at the end of the day, what matters is that your piece is the best it can be, not what it took to get it done. :)
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JenniferEasley Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for the reply, i'm gonna try a little harder from now on! :D
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MadAlleyCat Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Thanks a lot for sharing this tutorial. I am a relatively new user of photoshop, so I can definetly use these tips!
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Andantonius Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Cheers, glad it's helpful! :)
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GraySho Featured By Owner May 19, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks a lot for this tutorial. I already started to think that I'm about the slowest of all painters while I was watching all those speedpainting tutorials available. While speedpaintings can be nice and certainly could learn something from them, I really enjoyed reading from you that quality still takes time :)
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Andantonius Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Cheers, glad that's what you got out of it, I think speedpainting is one of the biggest traps that beginning artists fall in to. Not only that it's a 2hr speedpainting, but that they watch videos of it condensed in to 30 minutes and they think if they can't make a gorgeous painting in 30 minutes then they must suck as artists, which couldn't be further from the truth. If it takes you 40, 60, 100 hours to make one great painting, that's not slow, and it's worth every minute of effort.
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Nuclear-Shrimp Featured By Owner May 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Very cool! Thanks for posting!
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Andantonius Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Cheers! :)
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K3babas Featured By Owner May 14, 2013
I love WIPs, sketches, and generally anything showing a person's work flow. Thanks for sharing! Very interesting and helpful.

...Also where did the nightstalker go? :D
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Andantonius Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Cheers! Yeah I love looking at peoples' WIPs too, always insightful.

And I took the liberty as a self-art-director to remove the nightsaber from the piece for composition's sake. It would've been too cluttered.
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Crocofielius Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks so much for posting this! I really wish I had seen this before starting my final for this semester :P
This honestly explains concepts and ideas a lot better than my instructor did :P
I don't like to blame my instructor for my lack of understanding, but regardless.
Really opened up my mind to constructing images :)
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Andantonius Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah, it can be hard to get info from typical instructors, haha. Glad this was of help to you, if nothing else hopefully it provides a new method for building an image! :)

Cheers! :)
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Darantha Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013   Digital Artist
Great tutorial, thank you for making it! Really helpful since you actually took the time to explain stuff.
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Andantonius Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Cheers! Glad it was helpful. :)
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Cpr-Covet Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013  Student General Artist
Awesome job, i've learned a lot from this

Now only if I could have more patience
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Andantonius Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! Glad you found it helpful. :D

And don't worry, patience is something you develop as you work. Eventually you get tired of rushed results and end up biting the bullet and pouring yourself in to something, those are the times when you really find out how far your skills have come. : )
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michael-jones Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013   Digital Artist
nice detailed tut man <3
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Andantonius Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Cheers! :)
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allyhodges Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013
This is great, Jon! Thanks for posting this! :)
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Andantonius Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks, Ally! Glad you like it. :D
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IbreeI Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wonderful tutorial, thankyou!
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Andantonius Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Cheers! :)
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mad-hat-ink Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I also hate "simple and concise" tuts. As an aspiring artist, this is the kind of tutorial that actually TEACHES me something. You explain WHY these steps are important and most of all, you explain how important it is to take your time...whereas all the other tutorials talk about only spending a few hours... but your pieces here turned out way better than those pieces. I've been really confused about how to go about learning digital painting, there are so many different approaches. But I loved all of your reasoning and I am sure I will be referring to this tut often as I continue to learn. I cannot thank you enough for helping me (and others).
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Andantonius Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks, I really appreciate that! I'm glad you found it to be helpful and informative. There's definitely a lot of 'clutter' tutorials out there that get you fast results but don't really help you learn the basics that you can use to create whatever you want, so it's good to hear you think this one's got useful info! :)
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mad-hat-ink Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013  Student Digital Artist
For sure. I also think out of most of the paintings I have seen here on dA, yours seem the most correct/strong, and now from your tuts I realize it's because you take your time and make problem solving decisions early on, rather than later. I'm not sure if our brains just work the same or what, but I have found these tuts of yours to be feel the most in sync with my learning style. I can't express my appreciation enough. Good luck to you in everything you do, I'm sure it will be beautiful as always! And make more tuts when/if you have time!!
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harkins Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Awesome tutorial - much appreciated
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Andantonius Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Cheers! :)
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Eniat Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013  Student General Artist
I don't think I've seen anyone on dA posts tutorials as thorough as this, honestly. I can't speak for other people, but I don't want a "simple and concise" tutorial. I love these! Cheers! :D
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Andantonius Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! Glad you found it useful! :D
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Aphelps Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Thank you. So much. Most helpful tutorial I have looked at in a while. <3
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Andantonius Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks, glad it was helpful! :)
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lou2209 Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Geez I love you tutorials! They're such an interesting read c:

Thanks for continuing to do these :D
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Andantonius Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks, glad you like it! :D
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FoolishLittleMortal Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is a really good tutorial. :D Probably one of the best I've seen here. Because you clearly describe how and why you did certain things and not just show how it's done.
Ok, so you didn't show every single little detail that you worked on, but you described them well enough. I do like how you show the stages of the overall painting from the first concept sketches to final end result. :)
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Andantonius Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Cheers, I'm glad you found it useful! :D

And yeah, I try to show more of the general process rather than specific points in these start-to-finish tutorials, cause it's more about process and mindset than it is about tricks and techniques.
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