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Step-by-Step Digital Painting Tutorial by Qinni Step-by-Step Digital Painting Tutorial by Qinni
Reblog from my Tumblr? :blush:

Please read my commentary before asking any more questions~! thanks :D

Finished Work:


Edit: I've had a few repeated question of how I work my lineart into the drawing.
I'd like to clarify that i don't really actually have a clean line-art. I have clean-sketches that I work under, but they're not what I personally call lineart. If you zoom in, they are very messy. I do merge the layers together at some point in step 5, and I continue to literally work the colours of the lineart into the skin (which is why i turned the sketch layer into overlay so the colours become very similar and nice to work with). That way I can get an almost none-lineart quality.

also, if you're wondering about canvas sizes, check out my journal about them: [link]

The program I used was Painttool SAI, but I think you can achieve similar effects via photoshop with a low-opacity textured brushes.

I hope this helped : ) Sorry it's so darn long. I kept it as short as I could but it's still a pretty long process.
Please keep in mind this is more of a guide to my painting process and how I technically go about doing this; It's not going to automatically teach you how to render or understand structure or anatomy (which I hope I will cover in more tutorials in the future.), which is very important, of course, to the painting itself. That's why I'll be slowly going through and doing more tutorials on anatomy and structure in the next few months, hopefully :D.

A good practice for rendering is actually to do still life and human sketches. preferably with a pencil, and not digitally (yet) :). If you have any questions feel free to ask me :D

Step-by-step animation:


In the mean time, have some of my other anatomy tutorials:
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ShadowKeaton2 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Lovely art and tutorial! It's helped me out a lot but I was wondering (I even looked through all the comments to see if anyone else has asked this... >.<) do you change any of the other settings on the marker tool?

I see that you changed the blending and persistence, is there any other changes you make? And what settings do you use for the water tool? I haven't used any digital art programs for a few years and I'm trying to figure out what kind of settings I like! I used to use photoshop but lost it so I turned to using sai and have been really enjoying it. ^^ 

Thank you, this tutorial has really given me motivation to continue on with digital art again! :)
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ckk211918 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2016  Student Photographer
Do you scan your picture to your computer or do you draw it on your computer? I am so confused. Lol. Thank you in advance!
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Kuhseem Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The line part confused me, you don't erase the lines? You merge and blend them inward? 
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Qinni Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
inwards, outwards, whatever looks proper and according to lighting and form. 
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Kuhseem Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ohh, thank you very much
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sleek2001 Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2015  Student Digital Artist
can you please post a large picture of your textured brush at high opacity.
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LpsScarOfficial Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I use Painttool sai and I can say that I just suck at drawing in general. I'm just trying to get used to drawing with it. I can draw good enough on paper, just not well. 
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Sassatelli17 Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I've already tried out digital art, with some sucess but I can't help but feel like it is... Impersonal? I must say I feel the same way about writing on my laptop my fanfictions. I like to feel the paint on the paper, the brushes in my hand, the whole "ritual" of working in traditional ways. My hope it's to achieve a level of detail and light/shadow equivalent to the digital means. In my last pieces I'm getting to it slowly, like one detail per work. My last one were the breast bones, almost 3D like.
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Qinni Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
the only medium that can achieve digital detail and feel is probably oil or acrylic; or rather, digital often mimics those two mediums, and you'd have to use extremely large canvases. Digital's cheap and easily fixable, perfect for commercial usage, but this is why fine-art, gallery-type artists will not use it. Digital doesn't do well traditionally, and similarly, traditional art doesn't do as well when viewed digitally rather than in person. whichever medium an artist chooses though, their draftsmanship skills doesn't change though :)
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ChakramMae Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Student Traditional Artist
I've really only done art in traditional mediums, and I'm only just now beginning to dabble in digital art.  I still prefer working traditionally, but I've realized that working strictly in traditional art can really limit you.  It's really difficult to make a living when you are only working in oils.  Of course, it's still very hard to make a living as a digital artist, but I feel like it opens up some doors as far as commissions and creating a following.  The speed and the fact that you don't need to purchase paint and canvas or a studio to work in alone are huge positives.

I'm going to continue to work in traditional mediums while exploring digital art.  A lot of traditional artists look down on digital art.  I think it's a fear that it will render them obsolete, and I also think there's some jealousy because of how fast an accomplished digital artist can churn out fantastic work, as well as jealousy over the fact that digital art makes it easier to make a living.  They probably don't realize how much skill goes into digital.  I've only just begun and it's a really challenging adjustment.  My hope is to eventually be able to make some sort of living off my art, and maybe at some point in the future I will be good enough at digital art that I can use it to do that.
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Sassatelli17 Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Then perhaps you would enjoy a fellow artist here in Deviant.
Gyoushi by KR0NPR1NZ in Watercolor WIP
Laovaan
I used to think just like you but this friend showed me an entire new way of working in traditional to look like digital.
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Qinni Featured By Owner Edited Oct 20, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
and airbrush sets are extremely expensive :); it's much cheaper to invest in a tablet since airbrush sets and colours can run you up to $500-$1000, not to mention it's a lot more time consuming just to mimic digital medium. on the other hand, the watercolour/pencil crayon ones still looks very traditional and not at all digital ^^. 

also, i'd like to point out that this all this artist does is copying other artists. I'd be a lot more impressed if they were doing their own work. It's a lot more difficult when it comes to figuring out what colours to put down yourself compared to copying an artist
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M1ZAR Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
how large of a canvas do you suggest working on?
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Awkward-CtrlY Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2015
This is a great tutorial, thank you!!
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Le-Vane Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Fffff-
First off, this picture is absolutely adorable and gorgeous TT u TT
Secondly... It's how I've always wanted to paint. ; u ; So thank you for making this tutorial!

Lucky me, I get to draw all day today~ |D
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BlueberryInk Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
When you duplicated the sketchy lines in step 5, did you merge them both with the characters or just one layer?
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Qinni Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
i think i merged them together? haha it's been a while. Do whatever feels right for your sketch and play around with the opacities :)
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Rololi Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
what did you do to the sketchy layer? Did you blend it in with the colors or did you completely erased the layer?
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Qinni Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
blended it in :)
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ForgetMeAgain Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
May I ask what size your canvas and resolution you use is?
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doodleape Featured By Owner May 29, 2015
Amazing work!! How long did the final piece take you to do?
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josephhhkawaii Featured By Owner May 17, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
awesome tutorial! is "FIN" a pun...?
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greeneye1981 Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
-- Awesome tutorial !!
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DarkRapier Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Sorry to bother you, but I have a question. I know about the marker and the water tool, but what is this textured brush that you are using?
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Nuit-Luna Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for the tutorial! I've been struggling, but I really want to learn how to paint digitally. ;u;
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Qinni Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
ack, sorry for the late reply, but i used marker with a flat bristle brush i think xD. 
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waterwolf996 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
can this work for paint tool sai too?
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Nuit-Luna Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yep, it is on Painttool Sai. There's even a little window showing the tools on Sai. She says in the description of the tutorial as well that she did everything with that program.
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waterwolf996 Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
thanks for telling me
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midnight-rose77 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2015  Student Photographer
This has helped me so much! Thank you!
(It also taught me not to make such large portraits xD)
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YahzeeSkywalker Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2015  Professional General Artist
...this is very useful, and the art is  very beautiful. Congrats!
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shadowlupen Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
This is beautiful! I'm still trying to get comfortable with digital painting Ive been using the original CS for ages but I did download Sai to give that a try too This was very helpful I was always wondering about blending the line art
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Noviazi Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2015  Student General Artist
How in the world do you do the shine that you have on the scales? If it was explained in the tutorial, so sorry but I must have missed it, haha.
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Qinni Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
lol it's literally just going over each scale with the shading colour....it's very time consuming lolol x_x;;;
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Noviazi Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2015  Student General Artist
Haha, I feel ya.
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DarinHuddy Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
:D (Big Grin) Thanx for sharing. Much appreciated.
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Karaikou Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is exactly what I'm trying to do at the moment!! ;w; Your tutorials are great, please keep up the good work! ~
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TinyMushroom Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2014  Student General Artist
You should make a tutorial book, I would definitely buy it!! You explain te essence of the things that makes the biggest difference in our drawings. T_T Thank you for all your hardwork of giving your time on making tuts for us <3
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Snap-Chip-Clip Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Thank you SO MUCH for this! :'D
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ColorGold Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2014  Hobbyist
O _O
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AClockworkKitten Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2014   Digital Artist
How do you render, though?
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Qinni Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
to really understand how to render is really to understand the form; so understanding how the anatomy looks in 3d, which means to do more life-drawing and real-life studying. it's hard work and it will take time. Be patient and practice lots :). I have a journal with a list of books that may help you, if you can afford to buy books :). good luck~!
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Gmandz Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i dont like to draw undigitally ( rarely practise with pencils and papers )  because i can feel and draw smoothly in digital. So any problem for my situation? 
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Qinni Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
well, if you can overcome your lack of smoothness with a traditional medium, it will help your digital medium a lot too. 
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LovelyNoire Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for this tutorial. I really want to try out digital painting and know this will help a lot. Thank you !
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kumeo Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014  Student General Artist
Thank you very much for this tutorial, I have been looking for a tutorial for Photoshop, though the ones I find are just not right for me, again thank you!
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hemam Featured By Owner May 27, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Many thanks for this tutorial! Any piece of advice from an excellent pro like you is always unvaluable. I find very useful when people explains their workflow, since I am usually very anarchical and somehow random in my procedures.
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EZIZA Featured By Owner May 24, 2014
That was awesome! I dind't know DeviantArt has so many tutorials!
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