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Airbrushing tutorial Corel+PS by fraeuleinwunder Airbrushing tutorial Corel+PS by fraeuleinwunder
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Since I made some screenshots during painting my last deviation, I decided to make a tutorial out of this. I don't want to be megalomaniac, but when I started to draw this portrait, I nearly gave up and thought it would never be something that looked more or less good, not even to mention being finished someday.
But I kept on drawing and was quite happy with the result. So please take this as an inspiration next time you think you can't draw for your life. I hope the description on how I do things come in helpful for you, too. :)

The result can be found here: [link]

Since I'm not english, I bet there are some mistakes in it, but I hope everything is understandable.

Please tell me what you think of it and if you think I could change something to make it more helpful. :)

EDIT: What I forgot to mention: The straight-line-rule depends on the orientation of the face. In the picture I used, the head is nearly frontally seen. That means the line you would draw touching the chin runs parallel to the one in the eyes, which is here, incidentally parallel to the border of the picture. If the head is turned, the line that connects the eyes might be in a different angle, but it still has to be parallel to the line of the chin (and mouth in the relaxed position). However, more individual faces might vary, but it is a good orientation. Same goes for monsters (the more symmetrical ones, though), horns, ears, eyes should be on more or less parallel lines. :nod:
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:iconchiragtheoo7:
ChiragtheOO7 Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for tutorial
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BellaArtemis Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I have been searcing for a tutorial like this for ages :D Thanks :)
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fraeuleinwunder Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2010
Glad that it could help you, thanks for your comment! :)
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moonnos Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2009
that's very great. It's nice to see that some don't use much layers. well here you used one at the face. It's more like painting to canvas :)
I'm actually that boring that I use multiple layers to back up my work .. :(
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:iconfraeuleinwunder:
fraeuleinwunder Featured By Owner May 16, 2009
:) Thank you.
Well, my usage of layers totally depends on what I do - I recently drew some stuff that had really many layers in total, but it gives me a completely another "feeling", it feels more "combined". (Not to mention my computer getting horribly slow..)
I think the comparison to drawing on canvas gets it very well. When I drew the theoden, I really felt like "modelling" the face, like a sculpture or something...ah, now I want to draw something again..:D
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Senna-ndi Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2009
really good tutorial
thanks a lot
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:iconfraeuleinwunder:
fraeuleinwunder Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2009
Thank you! :)
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:iconxnatje:
xNatje Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2008  Student General Artist
This tutorial is verry helpfull!
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:iconfraeuleinwunder:
fraeuleinwunder Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2009
thank you! Glad it could help you! :)
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:iconresurgida:
resurgida Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2008  Student Photographer
Great tutorial! The best one I've seen in DA so far...
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:iconfraeuleinwunder:
fraeuleinwunder Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2009
Wow thank you! (very late, I admit ;)) That's very nice to hear. *proud*
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Pley-mo Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2008
Yes! I've got my tablet :D
I use it as my mouse, always. I tried a few times to airbrush some stuff in PS but it's jsut to hard for me :( I can't make a smooth 'gradient' by brushing and smudging. I guess I will have to practice a lot more
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niki-in-disguise Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2008
Wow, i'll try this when i have some time,
Théoden ftw!
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fraeuleinwunder Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2008
Thank you! :) Hope you will be/ were successful!
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Togusa76 Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wirklich beeindruckend,
ich werde das mal versuchen :D
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fraeuleinwunder Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2008
Danke! Und, schon was versucht? :)
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Togusa76 Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ähm ja, aber ich glaube das digitale liegt mir nicht so ^^;
Ich werde wohl beim traditionellen airbrushen / zeichnen bleiben :D
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ImperialBlue Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2008
Great totorial
You're a genie :eyepopping: :thumbsup:
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:iconfraeuleinwunder:
fraeuleinwunder Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2008
Thank you soo much, my dear friend! :hug: :)
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:iconimperialblue:
ImperialBlue Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2008
yer welcome sarah XD
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:iconpley-mo:
Pley-mo Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2008
Nice tutorial :)
The steps are very clear to me! I will defeniatly try this when I got my tablet :) Thanks a lot!
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:iconfraeuleinwunder:
fraeuleinwunder Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2008
Thank you, I'm glad you liked it! Did you allready get your tablet? :)
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BackFlash69 Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2007
Wow, good tut. I found it really useful. :)
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:iconfraeuleinwunder:
fraeuleinwunder Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2007
Thank you, I'm happy you could make use of this! :)
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:iconkalkatos:
kalkatos Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2007
Very good tutorial =]
I will remember it when doing portraits.

Nice job
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:iconfraeuleinwunder:
fraeuleinwunder Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2007
Thank you, I'm happy you found it useful! :)
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taho Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
The straight line aligning the pupils is a new fact for me! Thanks!

It's quite amazing how this progresses, especially when you get to the finer details of it.

I have a question about Painter though, regarding layers. Can you treat layers as you do with PS? I.e. lock the lineart above all else and color beneath? The trial version didn't allow me to do this(if possible), thus, I was confined to a one-layer paint.
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fraeuleinwunder Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2007
I'm glad you could profit from this! :)
Painter allows multiple layers just like photoshop did, including all actions like setting the layer to different modes, lock transparency etc.
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projectTiGER Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is really cool and useful!

But I do have but one objection.

You are obviously an owner of a tablet. Have you ever tried drawing hair with a mouse?

*Im very sorry if you did indeed draw the entire thing with a mouse...In that case...ZOMG WHAT?????? You. Are. A. GOD!!!! *
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fraeuleinwunder Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2007
I'm glad you found it useful!

You are right, this is drawn with a tablet. But before I got that I drew a lot with my mouse. ( [link]
for example, this is one of the first trials in digital art from my old account on which I only post photos anymore. As you can see it is much more smudgy and not clear since using a mouse makes the smudge tool seem a good decision.)
I agree that it is really hard to draw this way, but if you are determined to get a tablet, ebay should be fine. It must not be a high-priced one for the beginning - my first tablet was a 10€-one from ebay, but it worked. :D
A mouse means a lot more work since you can theoretically do everything you do with a tablet, too, but you have to adjust things like pressure, opacity etc manually..this takes ages, so I can fully understand your complain.
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projectTiGER Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
^^

...Mouse users must abuse the smudge tool with venom...

BUT...:iconraincookie: does everything with a mouse. So I'm rather determined to try. =D

..and thank you for putting up with me. =)
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fraeuleinwunder Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2007
Well, she uses a lot of cg-ing and other techniques that are not as hard to achieve with a mouse as realism is (but I know some realistic painters who use mouses, too, they're so awesome for their patience..I wouldn't have some, am too lazy, which is why I trust in the mighty convenience of my tablet ;)). I wish you luck to achieve what you want! :)
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:iconprojecttiger:
projectTiGER Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you :hug:

You've made my day~ ^^
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SQuiShyMaBoBz Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2007
wow thats incredibly neat~! i like seeing your process its really neat to see how u did that amazing picture. I think ur very good at realism :aww:
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fraeuleinwunder Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2007
Thank you very much! Glad you like it :hug:
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Dub-T Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2007
Very nicely done. Will be adding this to my :+fav: tutorial list.
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fraeuleinwunder Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2007
Thank you very much! :)
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Dub-T Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2007
Thank you for sharing
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Shelby-is-Crazy Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2007
i likes it =)
now i wish i had photoshop
*sniff*
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fraeuleinwunder Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2007
Thank you! With which programm do you paint?
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Shelby-is-Crazy Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2007
paint i guess
LOL
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fraeuleinwunder Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2007
There are some programs with more features for free on the internet, like gimp for example. You can get it here: [link]
It might not have all the features Photoshop provides, but at least it is a big improvement to MSpaint. ;)
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Shelby-is-Crazy Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2007
might try it =] thanks
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