Tutorial
 
   
         
Tutorials

Because I had been pestered in the past about advice, I decided to do these tutorials as a sort of way to dodge being helpful to everyone who asks for advice. These tutorials are for the most part what I've learned as an artist in a sort of step by step fashion.

My personal philosophy from both opinion and experience is that you do 99.9% of all your learning through your own trials and errors. Art unlike a lot of other subject materials is all about doing rather than being told what do. Being taught and given advice really is only a minor fraction when it comes to learning and mastering art.

Finding your niche as an artist is very important as well. As flattering as it is for me, I don't want a million carbon copies of my artistic style. As a way to avoid this, I really don't give extremely detailed methods and the like, I only give bare bone techniques that you can interpret and use to your own liking.

Series 1

This set of four tutorials was my initial tutorial set. Created in June of 2006, it highlights the techniques I utilized at the time. I've have since added a few techniques under my belt and dropped a couple used in the tutorials. For the most part they all still hold true and are extremely effective as far as technique goes.

Some things that I have changed since the tutorials is that I no longer go into such a detailed fashion on line prep. I instead take the time after sketching it out in a non-photo blue col-erase pencil to go over it in a 2B or darker pencil. Then after scanning it in, I take it into photoshop, copy the Blue channel in the channel's tab (in the layer's window next to the layer tab) then paste what I've copied onto the original image. This takes away a good majority of the blue lines from the sketch and leaves you with less of a mess to clean up in the line prep stage. I've also ditched using Illustrator for images I don't want to take my time with (which is a vast majority these days) and have switched to a Photoshop technique I have dubbed the "Gabe Tecnique" named after Mike "Gabe" Krahulik of Penny Arcade fame who uses this tecnique and has conviniently posted as a youtube video. I use it in a different fashion, whereas Gabe uses one brush with differing ammounts of pressure to get slight differences in weight, I use up to three to four different brush sizes to get a much broader ammount of line weight. And for coloring in Painter, I've picked up using the detail airbrush to do some fine touch ups.

Scan and Line Prep

Scan and Line Prep

Inking

Inking

Coloring

Coloring

Finalization

Hair, Finalization and Special Effects

Series 2
Coming Soon!

I decided to do a second series after seeing that not very many people have done tutorials outlining general basics of art. From what I've seen, most people just step by step tell people how they approach art. Although this is good as something to pick up along for the sake of knowing, very few people have outlined things that need to be taught. With Series 2 of my tutorial, I hope to outline these things that need to be taught if someone was to pick up art.

Where as Series 1 deals with the more technical aspect of finishing a work of art, Series 2 will deal with the more constructive aspects leading into the drawing itself. Mostly Series 2 will go over a general summary of what I've learned as an artist as far as the basics go. These are things that I find essential for beginners just breaking into the art field and are just starting out.

Tools of the Trade
Drawing In Inspiration
Composition Drafting
Figure Construction
Basic Anatomy
Drapery
Basic Color Theory and Light Logic
Perspective
Sketch Cleanup
Traditional Inking
 
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