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Whispers Of Death Digital Painting Tutorial by Andantonius Whispers Of Death Digital Painting Tutorial by Andantonius
I saved process shots of my Diablo 3 piece (Link) and put together a tutorial for it.

It's always fun doing these and seeing the process in retrospect, and hopefully you guys get some use out of it. :)
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Faraleigh Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2014  Student Writer
Yes. You most decidedly make this look too easy. There's so much attention to detail here, and I love it! I've never been able to render detail into art other than writing. It just somehow isn't something my brain conjures when I think of pictures.
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Andantonius Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
haha, thanks! A lot of it just has to do with looking at lots of reference, there's too much detail in real scenes to be able to think of it all from imagination.
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Faraleigh Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2014  Student Writer
I feel a little less inept now. :) I never really used photo reference when I drew... Maybe if I ever get back into that, I'll have to give it a shot and see if I can stuff more of that delicious detail in. :D
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mavhn Featured By Owner May 22, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
hey man, this is really awesome thanks for spending the time to give a look into your process.
just a question, how big is you working file when finished? I notice the final image posted is 2000x3945. Is that the size you worked on it or is your photoshop file bigger? 
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Andantonius Featured By Owner May 28, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks, glad it's helpful! :)

The full size is actually a bit bigger than that, 3300 x 6510 specifically. If there's a character in the scene I generally want the canvas to be big enough that I can paint the face without having to use any brushes smaller than 5px.
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mavhn Featured By Owner May 29, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
yes thats what i was thinking. a bit more resolution would be handy for the face details. thanks again and look forward to seeing more of your work inspire me to paint more
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Darkenmarr Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So you happen to have any pointers on I can do to get comfortable with backgrounds? When ever I think about it I get really overwhelmed. Do you have any suggestions on how to get started?

And THANK you SOOOoooo much for this it was amazing and has inspired me to keep practicing with sketchup.
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Andantonius Featured By Owner May 3, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I think the most important things are to study perspective and observe from life. Perspective for getting them technically accurate so the space feels believable, and observing life to help "populate" it with objects and things that will make it feel like a real place. And of course lots and lots of practice. :)

Glad it was helpful!
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Darkenmarr Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Do you... ^^*
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EisArt Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2014
I love your honestly about the hands. Some days bamm.. I can do them then others WTH is going on... ;-) 
Kick butt tut. I am learning so much from all you guys sharing your talent as well as technique(s) . BIG THANKS!!
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Andantonius Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
haha, yeah, I don't think it's possible to truly master hands, just something you deal with your whole life. =P

Thanks, glad it was helpful!
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tbonegirl28 Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2014  Professional General Artist
Excellent tutorial! I'll have to try something like this!
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Andantonius Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! :D
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Gookins Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Indeed, seeing the whole process along with your way of thinking explained does help greatly. Thanks as always for taking the time out of your schedule!
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Andantonius Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Glad it was helpful! :D
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DEADLY-INK Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for sharing this tutorial. This is an incredible help seeing how others approach their art work and seeing a piece come together so well in that process.
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Andantonius Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! Glad it was helpful! :D
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Xeikkeiu Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks so much for this tutorial! ^^ Helped me understand that it takes a lot of preparation for a solid illustration
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Andantonius Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Glad it was helpful! And definitely, preparation seems like it takes too much time but in the end it saves you a ton of time since you waste less time struggling to solve problems. :)
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Xeikkeiu Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
True :D and I guess this workflow is more for big illustrations than concept art, when you can afford to take the time 
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JillLenaD Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I always love seeing the process work behind pieces. It's amazing how many thumbnails you went through and still that's your regret to not have done more! How do you find inspiration at the thumbnail stage to make so many unique compositions? 
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Andantonius Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! :)

As for thumbnails, I don't often have inspiration for them, haha. I just know that in order for me to get a good piece I need to search for a long time, longer than I usually do. I usually do two types of thumbnails; the first type is to find an idea in which case I'll usually just start drawing the elements I know need to be in the piece and see where it takes me. The second type is to find a composition, where I may have an idea I like but don't like how it's framed, at that point I can do a lot of different thumbnails of the same scene with different camera angles, framing, aspect ratios, etc.

Usually each thumbnail provides one more piece to the puzzle and leads to the next idea, and after 50, 100, or 200 of them you'll probably have the puzzle pretty much figured out.
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JillLenaD Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
You're welcome!

Hmm, I see I see.. well thank you so much! I will try that method with my thumbnails.
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AlexKonstad Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
 on the next one I would advise taking a bit more time to break up the 'evenness' of the sketch up models, push an edge out, break up a profile, add some grit, some wear and tear. This will help accentuate all the other elements and make the place feel lived in and 'real world' rather than a painted up 3Dset for a pretty character. Cheers! Think about that picture as a whole!
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Andantonius Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Totally agree, the buildings are boring in comparison to the character, something I gotta work on. There's a healthy balance between working with simple 3d and freehand drawing that I have yet to find. Cheers!
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Nanameeeeeee Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
thnks for your tutorial! I hope it helps me with drawing background and character in the same space X)
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Andantonius Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! :)
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eclecticmuse Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2014  Professional General Artist
This is amazing, what an awesome walkthrough. Hopefully I can apply the process (especially the patience!) to some of my own art. Keep up the great work!
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Andantonius Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks, glad it was helpful! I definitely recommend upping patience and time spent on artwork; I think that's the cause of most artistic problems, including my own, haha.
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hedgehog3000 Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Amazing and very useful tutorial!
Lovely piece of work and good luck with the contest :)
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Andantonius Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! :)
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hedgehog3000 Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2014  Student Digital Artist
No problem! :)
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Nuclear-Shrimp Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
really cool! It's always nice to see the whole process!!
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Andantonius Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! :)
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elhoyonegro Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014
As fan as I am of your final pieces, I always love watching more the process shots that you put up of them.
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Andantonius Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! I always like seeing peoples' process too, it makes me want to draw like nothing else does. =P
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Fodistpo Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I think it would have been cool if you did all three.. And post it like a comic side by side. It looks as if she's walking closer to the audience.
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Andantonius Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
haha, though I do paint quickly I agree with Malichan, that would be a hell of an undertaking. xD
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Malichan121 Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I don't even wanna know how long that would take.
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Fodistpo Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Hav you seen how fast thi dude works.. he could definitely pull it off. Comic artist do.
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Grieverjoe Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014
Damn, Andan. Never cease to impress. :)
Thanks for sharing.
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Andantonius Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Cheers! :)
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Stormwarp Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014
This is a breathtakingly well done tutorial! It only helps one to appreciate use of references and individual steps even more! I love, love, LOVE the concept of using the thumbnails- it's hardly new, but it's becoming increasingly uncommon the longer I look amongst the artist community. Thank you so much for being willing to share such a wonderful look into your process! It definitely gave me food for thought into how much time and reference material I want to put into future 'serious' art. And bonus props for picking something wicked like Diablo for your subject matter! :clap:
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Andantonius Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks so much, I'm glad you found it helpful!

That's definitely something I think needs to be brought to light more, people get too caught up in speedpaint time-lapse paintings and forget that most artwork out there goes through many planning and referencing stages before reaching a finished state.
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3Eira Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thank you very much for sharing this tutorial, it's really helpful. I really have to invist more time in the thumnail step :)
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Andantonius Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
My pleasure, glad it was helpful! And yeah, thumbnails are the most important and most overlooked step in imagemaking these days.
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