Digital Art Tutorial: Overview Of My Digital Painting Process

posted on 1st of may, 2010

This article summarizes my personal digital painting technique using Corel Painter and Photoshop.

Dionysus (Feb 2010)

1. Initial sketch. Image

2. Defining overlapping layers with flat colors. Image

3. Fleshing out 3D shapes and designating colors in isolation. Image

4. Adding the background basics to establish shading and environment colors. Image

5. Adding hilights and shadows to the background. Image

6. Adding more elements to the composition. Image

7. Fleshing out the remaining basic elements. Image

8. Adding details and accessories to each element. Image

9. Rendering the final lighting and fine details. Image

10. Adding the final touches to the composition. Image

11. Enhancing the environment with Photoshop (tinting, depth of field and vignetting.) Image

12. Finished version with final touch ups applied.

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Comments (9)

Posted by Wildmac on May 17, 2010
You do fantastic work! Great blog :)
Posted by Mani33 on May 03, 2010
Awesome! Good luck in sales!
Posted by Kixalot on May 03, 2010
Your work is so impressive. Thanks for mapping out the steps for those of us who are curious but not talented artists.
Posted by Anatomyofrockthe on May 02, 2010
To answer your question. This piece took about 30 hours. I worked on it over the course of a month, so I always lose track of the exact time involved.
Posted by Anatomyofrockthe on May 02, 2010
Thanks for the awesome feedback, everyone! I'll constantly be adding more tutorials and artwork for you to enjoy.

I finished a Cloud Painting tutorial, which I'll be adding to DT in a few days. You can preview it on my website at: http://www.surrealpixelstudio.com/tutorials/clouds.htm
Posted by Frantab01 on May 02, 2010
Fantastic, very creative and talented, well done :)
Posted by Mariaam on May 02, 2010
Wow! Hard work! And well done. Thanks for sharing this!
Posted by Jonvitalija on May 02, 2010
Wow!! how many hours !!
Posted by Egomezta on May 01, 2010
Wow... amazing process to obtain your great images, thanks for sharing, this way we can admire even more your work.

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AARON RUTTEN is a Seattle Artist who has a unique eye for producing creative designs. His many accomplishments set him apart from the average artist. Aaron prides himself on being fun to work with. He is extremely open minded and comfortable taking on even the edgiest of projects. Aaron's talents are leveraged by businesses throughout Seattle and his work is seen by Millions of people in countries across the globe. Aaron illustrates by hand, using a digital pen and tablet. Software allows him to create a painting using the computer screen as his canvas. The software simulates tradit... [Read more]

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