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Well, I promised a while back that I'd try to get another tutorial made over winter break, so here it is! I had wanted to do another video tutorial, but just don't have the time to plan and edit one right now, but I'll try to get some time-lapsed videos out sometime.

Apologies for the massive walls of text, but I wanted this tutorial to go beyond just what tools and step-by-step processes to use; there are plenty of those tutorials floating around, but very few that focus on the real foundations of making an image. Hopefully this will be useful in both areas!

Let me know if anything's unclear or needs correction!

Put in the Corel Painter category because technically the image was done in Painter, but this can be applied to pretty much any software.
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Suggester's words: Digital Painting Tutorial by *Andantonius is an amazing tutorial on digital painting, educational and easy to follow! ( Suggested by eXiidus and Featured by FantasyStock )
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Explodingzombies Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2017
I know it's been said, but thank you for this tutorial!!
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bujanitapaul Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
Thank You ! This is very inspiring . 
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EcstaticMind Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for this beautiful tutorial. It is very instructive.
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JacquelineBarkla Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2015  Professional General Artist
Thank you for taking the time to do these tutorials! to aspiring artists it's stuff like this that really helps motivate us to keep on trying after failing! :)
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DarinHuddy Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2014   Digital Artist
:D (Big Grin) Thank you for sharing your process. Excelsior!
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Sleyf Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks so much for this! Am currently using it to help with a picture XD, I never tried the greyscale shading approach before!
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Gookins Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks a lot for sharing such a in-depth step by step process. Such comprehensive instructions are rare to find freely on the internet. Cheers :beer:
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:iconandantonius:
Andantonius Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks, glad you found it helpful! :)
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CosiVivace Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Student General Artist
This tutorial sounds just like my 2-D and art history professors! On another note, it's very helpful to see the process step-by-step. I've always had a good understanding of values, but when it comes to transitioning into colour? I am so lost... Fortunately, your tutorial helped me grasp a better understanding of how to apply colours consciously, which seems like 'common knowledge,' or knowledge we all learnt (as artists or not) in primary and secondary schools the way you explained, ha.

Anyway, like the rest, I am thankful for your surprisingly thorough tutorial that just so happens to make sense - as a bonus, of course. (Thumbs up.) Now let me see if I can apply this knowledge accordingly... I have terrible sense of colour palettes, ha ha.

Take care, I look forward to admiring your future pieces.
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Andantonius Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks, I'm glad it was helpful for you! It's definitely tough to transition from value to color, the key is definitely to simplify it as much as possible.
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lou2209 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I'm pretty sure I read this when you got the DD and I had no idea what any of it meant.
But reading this now, wow, it's helped so much!
Recently I've been trying to focus on my values (because I get too caught up in pretty colours) and this'll definitely be good to look back upon :3
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Andantonius Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Cool, glad it's been helpful to ya! Definitely re-reading tutorials and stuff years later can make a lot more sense, haha. I'm still having moments where something I heard years ago suddenly makes sense.
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xRAMENformee Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013  Student
i've been creeping through your gallery, and your works are all beautiful but i especially enjoy your detailed tutorials! Thank you SO MUCH for taking the time to create all of these!! they really help explain or clarify many things, i will definitely be referencing them in the future. Thank you!! :D
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Andantonius Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks so much! Glad you find them helpful! :)
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Cheboboh Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Holy shit! Thank you so much for this! o_o
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:iconandantonius:
Andantonius Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
My pleasure, glad it's helpful! :)
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TaishoTan Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012
Love this detailed explanation of the tutorial..It conveys the message clearly on how to improve drastically...
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Andantonius Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks, glad it was helpful! :)
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1o11y9o9 Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Wow. Just wow. This is absolutely amazing. It puts anything I've done to shame. :facepalm: Do you think you could explain what you mean by "interesting shapes"? I'm a little confused.
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Andantonius Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks, I'm glad you found it helpful!

And about creating interesting shapes, it's kind of hard to explain, but try and think about it like an animator. If you're drawing an arm, you don't just want to draw shaky, unconfident tubes that kind of feel like arms, you want to find exactly the right shape that conveys the pose and action that you're trying to capture. This principle applies to everything, if you're drawing fire, the shapes of the fire can't just be squiggles, they have to be carefully thought out, how curvy is it, how spiky, how thick, how thin, how much does it vary, what's its overall shape, what's its minor shapes, etc. It's about being purposeful with everything in your image and not just slapping paint down and assuming it's going to give you the feeling you want. :)
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elufie Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
thnx, very nice:)
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Andantonius Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Glad it was helpful! :)
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HinataTakahashi Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012
Thanks! really i needed this ♥
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Andantonius Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Glad it was helpful! :)
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thewordlesssignature Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, this is so helpful...! I really appreciate how much information you put- most tutorials kinda glaze over things, but you've really put a lot of thought, time and effort to really explain the workflow! And if you don't mind, stalking your DA page will now be in progress...xD
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Andantonius Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Cheers, glad it was helpful! :)
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CyrilLight Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2012
Thank you. Especially for going indepth and explaining the 'why' behind the process. That helps so much. You made a great tutorial!
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Andantonius Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
My pleasure! I'm glad it was helpful to you; I definitely try and get in to principles and exact 'why's of the way things work, too many tutorials are just step-by-steps for one-trick results imo.
Thanks! :)
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DreamHorseStudios Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is one of the loveliest, most comprehensive tutorials I've ever seen on digital artwork with a painterly technique. Thank you!
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Andantonius Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks very much, I'm glad you found it helpful! :)
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theartofTK Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I have been having trouble finding exact info on this but I have for the most part a pretty good idea on how light hits things. The part I am unsure about is the highlight. Does the light hit it and bounce off to your eye similar to a billiard ball bouncing off the side of a pool table? Does that make any sense?
Great tutorial once again!
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Andantonius Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah, that's basically how it works. If you want to get scientific about it, the specular reflection is a direct reflection of your light source itself and it will reflect out at the same angle it struck that particular plane at; so if it hits a plane at a 30 degree angle it will reflect off at the opposite 30 degree angle.

An easy way to look at it is to just take a mirror or phone or something metal outside on a sunny day, move it around and watch the weird shaped reflections it bounces on the objects and ceilings you point it at; then if you point it towards your face you'll get that bright light flare that's actually a reflection of the sun itself. At that point, the angle from the sun to the flat plane of metal is the same as the angle of your eye to the flat plane of metal and you "see" the specular reflection. This happens to a lesser degree with other, less shiny objects and less powerful light sources, but that's the theory of it. Same with mirrors; they're just one giant, perfect specular reflection.
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theartofTK Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you. You are so helpful!
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Grace-Zed Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You are a genius! This tutorial is very helpful. It helps me to understand the steps to making an amazing piece... and I like the last part - take a long break and come back to the image with fresh eyes. That's what most people, including my self, forget to do :XD: Thanks for explaining everything so well
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Andantonius Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks very much! Glad you found it helpful. :)
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Freesong Featured By Owner May 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Stunningly brilliant and detailed tutorial. Thank you so much. <3
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PHRAM Featured By Owner May 3, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
ty 4 sharing :D
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SarlyneART Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2012  Student Digital Artist
God, I want to hide under my blanket and never come out again ._.
It is clearly and advantage to learn what your mistakes are, but at the same time I feel like an idiot for always wanting to finish things quickly and then wonder why my paintings (on dA and my old traditional works in school) don't look how I wanted them to.

You have a great grasp of what art means and we all can learn so much from you, thanks for this! And now I'll go and kick myself in my lazy bum and start the picture I am currently working on all over again with the help of your tutorial. >D
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Andantonius Featured By Owner May 8, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Cheers! It sounds like you've got your head in the right spot- the most important thing is to be purposeful and keep practicing. You know where you need to improve, so hit those areas hard and you'll be in business! :)
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SarlyneART Featured By Owner May 30, 2012  Student Digital Artist
:)
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Jadeyfish Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazingly helpful and thorough :)
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icemoonx Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012
Thanks! It is very helpful!
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swilson429 Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2012
This is great. Thanks so much.
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DeviousYordle Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
awesome tutorial. thank you very much.
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EchoBloom Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2011  Student General Artist
Remarkable didatic skills. I'm pretty sure that I won't come home this weekend and start a collection of masterpieces, but this was certainly very educational. It has explained in a much clearer way what other tutorials just put as "and then you rub some color here until you like it or I think that this hand isn't fitting for some reason so I changed it", which leaves you in the dark while thinking that maybe you just needed to be born with that sort instinct for art, sigh!
Overall, an ability to translate your artistic intuition was needed indeed, but I can find many steps where we just notice that all of that boring stuff about plannning composition is not just overthinking things, repressing instincts or being too academic; it actually exists and works, and this tutorial convinced me that it's undeniably helpful. This must have taken an awfully long time to do, but thanks a lot! I'm pretty sure that lots more of people can make good use of this as well.
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Andantonius Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks very much! Sounds like you've got out of it everything that was intended and it's good to hear that it was clear and understandable. Hopefully it gave some drive to keep trying and a few nudges in the right direction!

Best of luck in your studies! Hit me up if you ever need help! :)
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Chytry Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
;u;; T-t-this... This is amazing. ;A;
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AmitSadik Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
awesome tutorial thanks :D
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Chercitia Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2011  Hobbyist
This is extremely helpful and inspiring... thank you so much! I will definitely try this process.
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Lancerey Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2011
You've always given me the best advice, and I'm always envious of your skills. I learn a lot from you, so you know I just eat these tutorials up. Thank you for another great instructional piece.
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