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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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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
Snap-Chip-Clip Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2014  New member Student Digital Artist
Thank you SO MUCH for this! :'D
ColorGold Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2014  Hobbyist
O _O
AClockworkKitten Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2014  Student Digital Artist
How do you render, though?
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~!
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? 
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. 
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 !
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!
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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