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Digital Painting Tutorial by cbwebb Digital Painting Tutorial by cbwebb
Got a few requests to upload this over here. I'll need to update it later, since at this point it's a little bit dated.

A digital painting tutorial briefly explaining how I paint in general. This is a tutorial on technique only, and is done under the assumption that there is a prior understanding of light logic, anatomy, composition, and personal stylistic choices.

This is text heavy, but the text is helpful, I promise. If you don't like to read, the drawings of the spheres (which I'm aware are defying the laws of light logic) are placed so you can have an easier understanding of what's happening in each step visually.

Keep note that I'm not very qualified to teach anyone anything, and this obviously isn't the only way to paint digitally. It's simply my thought process when painting as I have learned it. So just take it as a guide, and use what is helpful to you, combine with other techniques that you like, etc.

Hopefully those of you that requested this enjoy it!

Correction in Step 2B: My neglecting to proofread allowed a mistake to slip by stating that cast and form shadows are basically the same. Let it be known here, that form shadows are softer blends, cast shadows are harder, or not blended at all.

A Note on Blending: I forgot to mention how I blend and soften edges in this- and I do so with other color and the eyedropper tool (which you can quickly access with the option key on most computers, or set up as convenient to you). Because pen pressure is on, just place a midtone stroke on your dark, eyedrop it, blend it according to pressure. It's the same concept as how you would blend paints or colored pencils.
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Psychosist Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This changes my life!
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cbwebb Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2013
So glad to hear you got some use out of it!
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DigiNyxx Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is very useful. Thank you!
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cbwebb Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2013
No problem! I'm glad you got some use out of it!
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osiristheghost Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2013
beautiful
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cbwebb Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2013
Thank you!
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DuctTapeResidue Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012  Student Artist
This is a fantastic approach to digital painting. I've been struggling with it for a while now, trying to get anything to work in my favor. Reading your tutorial has brought many of my frustrations into the light so that I may work through them in a more constructive manner. Thank you! And by the way I love your style. <3
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cbwebb Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013
Aw man, I'm so glad it was useful to you! And thank you so much :)
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Lead-C-Art Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, yummy. Thanks for this.
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cbwebb Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013
No problem! Hopefully it's of some use :)
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Desperish Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012
This is SUCH a crazy good tutorial.
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cbwebb Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012
Thank you so much! I'm crazy glad you think so :)
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neon89 Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very informative tutorial, I've been trying to color more in grayscale and this has helped me alot, thank you :)
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cbwebb Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012
Oh! No problem at all! so glad you got some use out of it! Best of luck with your grayscale paintings, as well :)
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cercueil-de-fleurs Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012  Student General Artist
This has been very helpful for me in developing my painting style, and I continue to use this tutorial as reference. Thank you so much for resubmitting it ♥
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cbwebb Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012
Oh goodness, no problem. I'm so glad that you got some use out of this silly thing :)
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avymus Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for this! This was very helpful! :)
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cbwebb Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2012
Glad you think so. I'm always iffy about putting things up like this, being under the presumption that it's probably not all the helpful :P
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avymus Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
For sure! I just loved seeing the progression from the beginning to the end. It's different from how I work (I use a tight, detailed sketch... my safety net). :)
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Kerrigore Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for sharing this, it was helpful. :) I am curious though, do you tend to do your paintings in a grayscale then move to color?
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cbwebb Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2012
Glad you think so. I actually usually paint straight in color- for the purpose of when this tutorial was created though (by a few requests asking how to paint digitally), I thought that grayscale would be most effective in a simple and straightforward way, since it bypasses loooooong explanations regarding hue/saturation, color temperature, translating value of color, color as it reacts to light, etc etc color theory in general. So hopefully it's still helpful even though I passed up the whole color thing.
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Kerrigore Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah it was certainly good that you did it this way. I am curious though regarding what steps are taken from the grayscale version of an image to one of color.
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cbwebb Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2012
Not too different- the process is basically the same. The biggest difference is in the first two steps- the overall color base should be in a midtone background laydown, and when you value map in step two it basically is mapping two colors: Your light color, and your shadow color. And then slowly building shapes in between.

If you want to work from grayscale, then you can also tint the whole thing using color adjustments for your base, and then play with adding color using new layers (set to a combination of "color" and "overlay") and playing with the opacity of them.

Hopefully that helps some- I'm more than happy to take this to notes if you would ever like to discuss it more in depth :)
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Kerrigore Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I think I got it. :) Thanks a ton.
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cbwebb Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012
No problem!
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