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Inatten - steps by eilidh Inatten - steps by eilidh
Not a tutorial per se, just some of the steps to Inatten, along with some brief explanation of how I worked.

If you find this helpful, or have more questions, just let me know. :)

(finished image here):


Close up: [link]
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DjDiversant Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2012
1-2 step... OMG)
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eilidh Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Well, I had nothing saved in between! Though it's usually a very fast-working stage. :)
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ana0708 Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2010
wowwwwwww
i wish i can draw like that
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eilidh Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Well... work on it. :) It's not like I knew how to draw like that 10-12 years ago when I first started. ;)
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Akamar Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Hope I get confident enough to try it this way. ;3 I'm still wanting to sketch, but I'm finally breaking into creating paintings without lineart.

:3 Going to keep this for future reference
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eilidh Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Lineart is more often than not a good idea (you see that I resorted to it at a later stage too!). But I find that starting with colour first helps me set the mood for a piece better. It's like having a blurred vision of the whole thing, then refine your way towards a detailed finish, rather than a blank canvas waiting to be filled (which I personally find very intimidating!) ;)
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Akamar Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
that makes sense. I should probably start toying with that to help develop my palettes for different pieces..

By lineart I'm guessing you mean sketches? I was refering to my tendency to ink my images, and have these solid, enclosing lines [link]

I'm trying to transition into using light and shadow to define form (like I learned in school. >_< wonderful way to waste 40k, that..) [link] It took a bit convincing for me to try to make that jump.

... I really need to finish that last one.

:3
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eilidh Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
I suppose I bundled lineart like that in your link with an outlining sketch together. :lol: But the idea is more or less the same anyway.

Now, for lighting, it's best to have in mind your light source, otherwise things start looking muddled. Some good pointers are in Loomis' Figure Drawing books, pages 77-78 and onwards: [link]
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Akamar Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
:D

>_< I do try to note my primary and secondary light sources, and the colors I want to use for them, but tend to fall into a rut in regards to direction. I just need to experiment more. :D
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eilidh Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Just work on it, and you'll get it right eventually. :)
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Akamar Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
:D
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steinschn Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Great to see you making mistakes and done it a better way. That's helpful to see how other and better artists work. =)
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eilidh Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
There are of course those very highly skilled people who get everything (or almost everything) right from scratch, but unfortunately I'm not one of them! So I must make do as I can like the rest. ;)
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Primeless Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2010
thanx for sharing, dude!
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JohanndeVenecia Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2010
Btw, on step two, what brush were you using? Hard Round or Airbrush Pen Opacity Flow? It looks like the second one but I'm not too sure.
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JohanndeVenecia Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2010
That was incredibly helpful. Its going to the fave list for future reference.

Saving it under a different file name is smart, I never thought of that. Whenever I needed to flatten whole layers, I would duplicate the flattened layer in case the other goes bad. Saving under a different file name preserves individual layers though so your way is definitely safer.

I admire how you blocked in with colors from the beginning. I find that hard to do right now, so I first paint in BW, then color it in later. My ultimate goal is to paint from the color swatches like you. Because the current way I do things tend to make the subject look like a vintage colorized BW photo XD.

Cheers. This was helpful.
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eilidh Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
That's great, I'm glad you find this helpful. :D

Saving under different filenames has saved my bum (well, my painting for that matter) almost without failure. I tend to obsess with my pictures and go a lot back and forth to get them feel right. That's one of the things I love about digital: it's so forgiving!

As for the brushes: it's always hard round brush (I hardly ever use the airbrush). You can see the brushes I used for Inatten here: [link]
The textured ones are by *concept-on-mac.

- The first one is what I use to block in colours (consequently, in step 2 also). If I press my stylus more I get a fully opaque stroke; if not, it's just a fine glaze.
- The second (full opacity, size dynamics -- and usually small diameter) is for small details where I want my picture to be extra sharp.
- For a sharp look in larger areas but better colour and blending control, I combine the settings of the first and second brushes into the third. You can see this in the folds of the final step.
- For blending (face, hair) I prefer a speckled one like the last one rather than the airbrush.
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JohanndeVenecia Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2010
Thanks again, Eilidh. I'll try out using hard round, but I'll set the opcacity to pen pressure, and see how it goes. BTW, I ran into a helpful vid on youtube last night. He talked about people who go to painter for tools not available to PS (especially the blending one called 'just add water' - I don't have painter so I'm not sure if I wrote that right). Anyway, he shows how to mimic that tool in PS, using the dreaded smudge tool - but tweaked in the brush settings. Here's the link: [link]

It's probably too basic for your level but it got me excited haha!
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eilidh Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Hey, nice trick, that! I had always been out of favour of the smudge tool (except for very specific, minor tweaks), but the scattering setting makes it behave in a wholly different way!

Thanks for sharing. :D
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JohanndeVenecia Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2010
My pleasure!
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chryssalis Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2010
You are very talented!:heart:
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Sirielle Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2010   Digital Artist
Very nice walk through! I see I am not the only one saving many stages of work.
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eilidh Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Dzięki! ;)

Apart from being able to go back to previous stages, it's good to save on a separate file before exporting PSD files from Painter. Sometimes they end up corrupted.
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Sirielle Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2010   Digital Artist
Παρακαλώ :D
I use RIFF format. Painter tends to corrupt layers from time to time - making a kind of scratch impossible to remove or paint over. The only cure I've found was to save it as TIFF or another different flattened format, reopen and then paint over. I'm not sure if it was only Painter 9 bug or has 9.5 got it, too (I use 9.5). Anyway I try to keep as low layers number as I can, to avoid slowing down with large files.

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getcarter Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2010   Photographer
Thank you for sharing your secrets with us!

itīs a great piece!
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eilidh Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks, Chris :)
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getcarter Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2010   Photographer
:)
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