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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  Hobbyist
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!
CrushedxIce Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013
I love this, thank you so much! I like the rough look of pencil lineart, too, and I could never figure out a way to keep it and still get some coloring in (my worst fear, lol) without resorting to digital inking first. Can't wait to try out the tips in this tutorial myself, thanks again!
azgalors Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013  Student Filmographer
NeckTieKat Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is really helpful! Thank you! ^w^
SIN-DESIGN Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Thanks for the tutorial, very useful!
SonicAdvance Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Warum habe ich das nie über die DevianArt suchfunktion "tutorial" gefunden? D: Das ist ja göttlich! :D
Der hammer! Direkt ausprobieren wenn ich zeit habe :3
Sambomaster Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2012
Super arbeit..du machst das ganz toll! :)
soovigon Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012  Professional Filmographer
olivegbg Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much for sharing this. I simply must try to make a brush of my own now.
MayhemZtreet Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
-sigh- I still need to learn how to use Photoshop... I'm a total neophyte in that area.

I love how you start a picture knowing what you want to do and where you want to get to. It makes everything SO much easier.

You are an amazing artist. My respects and congratulations on your formidable talent.
Gold-Seven Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I love how you start a picture knowing what you want to do and where you want to get to. It makes everything SO much easier.

I'd say that's a vast portion of all there is to any kind of art. Funnily, I see this in my kids. One of them isn't very talented; still doing a circle for the head and a block for the body and five single sausages for fingers. The other draws the silhouette of everything before fleshing out - plainly seeing what the final result is going to be.
MayhemZtreet Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah... although that doesn't mean necessarily that they can't achieve the same level of proficiency; it only means one has to work harder to get where the other gets by instict. Good to know your kids are picking up on their mom's enormous talent!
alxarien Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
amazing tutorial.. will try working with it and let u know how it turned out :)
lisazacharias Featured By Owner May 27, 2012
When you used your custom brush on the background trees, did you use a large size for some of the texture, and then a smaller size to paint the shapes of the trees?
Gold-Seven Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
No; in Photoshop 6. you can't make custom brushes smaller ;)
GertrudeFin Featured By Owner May 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
SOOOO HELPFUL!!!!! You have no idea! THANK YOU!!! :D
ninoikeren Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wow this is so cool! thanks for sharing this! :D
Darkteri Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
thank you! this is quite helpful :D
Shenzo17 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much for posting this. It has been a great help.
GielvanEekert Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012  Hobbyist Filmographer
Really helpfull. Thank you Sir!
Gold-Seven Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Glad it's helpful! :)
Laudi87 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012
Wenn ich das nur auch so hinkriegen würde!!!
Roxor41 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012
This is another great tutorial from you- the info about using doge and burn to texture is very helpful. Thanks!
Gold-Seven Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
You're welcome! Glad it helps!
Musiak Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2012  Student General Artist
Thank you! I'll be using this to learn over the weekend. Thanks so much :D
Mad-Sniper Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Gorgeous! Thanks so much! Did you print out your photoshop doodle and use a lightboard to redraw it? Or did you just redraw it by eye?
Gold-Seven Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I describe the process here: [link]
Mad-Sniper Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Awesome! Thanks :XD:
Alywe Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2012
Thank you!
LindaJV Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
This was really helpful! I really like it when artists infuse a little bit of colour theory into their tutorials, instead of just explaining what brushes they use and the like. But not so much that it sounds like a textbook, which I've seen as well, heh. You've got a nice balance of techniques and theory, I like it. I'll have to keep the lighting tips you've given in mind. :)

And don't worry, even with CS5, this is still current. ;) The only difference I could spot was that when you try to erase on a transparency locked layer in CS5, it doesn't erase to white, it erases to whatever background colour you have selected. But that's obviously a tiny detail that doesn't matter much at all. XD
Iplywittrees Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I very much want to do digital art and am feeling myself hit the cliff of a learning curve, but I see things I want to do... And I want to do them. Thanks for the tutorial. It helped.
bagasuit091 Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
fazhiionztar Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
waa amazing, you are great!!
FlameOfFrost Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2011  Student Photographer
Very helpful, been following it all day :love:
Skilly-n-Duff Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2011  Student
This is going to be incredibly helpful! Thank you!
Vampyric-Saiyaness Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're an amazing artist. I'm still rolling with Photoshop 6 too. It does the job! I'm off to check out your gallery now. I'll be referring back to this for sure.
Gold-Seven Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! I'm glad it helped :)
GrainsOfSands Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2011  Hobbyist Filmographer
Wow! This is really beautiful and useful. Thanks :D
shiny-baka Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wow, this is so amazing! it deserves to be a daily deviation
ErinaceousIgnoramus Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for sharing this! ^^ I'm just starting digital colouring, and let me tell you, this is 100x more useful than anything I found on Google. XD
Gold-Seven Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
I'm glad it is! Thank you!
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