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It was high time for a new tutorial - so here it is!

Technique: Digital colouring and painting
Programme: Photoshop 6 (graphics tablet recommended)
Techniques: Shading, lighting, creating custom brushes
Experience with digital media: Intermediate recommended. I don't explain the most basic of the basics in this one.

Please note: I still paint in Photoshop 6; a lot of things are probably different in newer versions, but most of what I explain here will (hopefully) go for more recent version too.

Disclaimer: This is not the only way to colour, it's probably not even the best way to colour, but it's the way I colour. ;)

Enjoy! :)

Finished image can be found here: [link]
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Lukeage Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2014
Thank you, this is great and very informative!
TheJeyK Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2014
Thanks for the tutorial, really ilustrating on some things i just couldnt get my self to grasp
Joichiroll Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
oh beautiful! Thank you for this wonderful tutorial, I can add to my vault of how to paint from a traditional drawing <3
Androdjinni63 Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey, thanks. I have been looking for something that says more about base colors and how to move from them for a while and this one is the best thus far!
MoonlitFox15 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
so, for the first part, you draw a picture on paper, then put the finished picture into a printer,scan it into the computer, than use photoshop to color it?
Gold-Seven Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
That's the way I used to do it, yes. I can't draw on the computer. :) Today, I'm back to using traditional media for all my steps.
RagingNerd Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2013
Thank you so so much, this is an amazing tutorial!! :heart:
VeTeRiLu Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2013
Thanks for sharing!
moka-te Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013
Thanks for posting this tutorial! I'm new to digital art ('new' as in: 'got my first tablet a week ago' new), and I find your post very educative :)
DeybDR Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this is the 2nd time I saw a good tut about digital painting and it is really good. Two thumbs up!
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