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Complete 'Digital Painting' and 'GIMP' Tutorial by crystal-89 Complete 'Digital Painting' and 'GIMP' Tutorial by crystal-89
The Big Colour Tutorial by crystal-89 New Colour Tutorial!

Edit* A DD? OH my goodness. THANK-YOU so, so much to everyone! This is incredible and now it's all thanks to you beautiful people for inspiring me. Many thanks to *EternalRC, ~Art-Recale, *FlirtingWithInsanity and ^Elandria - this means more than words can say.

Download for full view! Refresh page if does not appear, it will take a while, its very big, im sorry.

Simplified Version: Digital Painting Tutorial - Facial Features by crystal-89

In this tutorial:
:bulletblue: Overview of all icons and the basic functions in the GIMP menu.
:bulletblue: Brush and colour palette basics
:bulletblue: Backgrounds
:bulletblue: Skin tone painting and colours
:bulletblue: How to paint Eyes
:bulletblue: How to paint Noses
:bulletblue: How to paint Mouths
:bulletblue: How to paint Hair
:bulletblue: Layer modes and highlights.
:bulletblue: Contains bad humour.

Okay, as promised, I have brought you my MASSIVE digital painting and GIMP tutorial. I have spent the last week putting together this monster for you guys. :aww:
I'm sorry its so big, I just had so much I wanted to say. And at the end of the day, you can choose what you read. It is basically just a overview of everything so you can read as little or as much as you want.

I have used my latest digital painting Rapunzel to demonstrate painting the facial features and background.
Additionally I have added a realistic imaginative example of painting features.

Rapunzel Digital Painting + Steps by crystal-89

If you have any questions, pleaaasse comment, some of my wording may be a little vague or chatty, so I'm happy to clarify, or try to answer other questions.

Thanks so much, hope it helps.

Crystal/ Natalie.
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Given 2012-11-30
Complete 'Digital Painting' and 'GIMP' Tutorial by *crystal-89 Is a very thorough and easy to understand tutorial on using The Gimp. Also suggested by *EternalRC and ~Art-Recale ( Suggested by FlirtingWithInsanity and Featured by Elandria )
BossAEmon Apr 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is awesome mate! :)
stallion999 Mar 10, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I absolutely adore this tutorial. Thank you so much!
WatSam Feb 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
My pleasure!
This is a great tutorial.

I was wondering if you could help me.
Do you have a particular method in choosing the correct colours for the of skin tone at the beginning?

I understand the theory that Light, Mid-tone and Shadow each have different tints which are affected by Form, Environmental Light and which Part of the face it is (e.g.Cheeks are red), but when I look at someone's skin I can't seem to 'choose' the correct colours to make it look believable in my painting.

Do you have any tips/techniques/exercises on how to train your eye to be able to pick out the main colours in the skin needed to produce a good portrait?
sistersparrow Feb 6, 2013  Professional General Artist
Amazing! Thanks so much.
WatSam Jan 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Omg, perfection where have you been all this time?. the most usefull tutorial i've seen. Thank you, thank you, thank you. I mean this
Yeah really fantastic
I'm a befinner in gimp and this tutorial is soo helpfull
Thank so much for spend time to show us how to use gimp :)
Thank you so much! As an absolute beginner to digital painting I think this has been the most useful tutorial I have found so far!
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