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the final charge, questions and answers

Howdy doods and doodettes. I am working on a new tutorial in my spare time (lol) and I wanted to take a page from Cryptcrawler’s (Brad Rigney) tutorial and open it up to questions from the public. I have done several tutorials now and I feel like I keep repeating the same things. There are a lot of things that I take for granted since I have been working for a long time, so sometimes I need to be reminded to talk about them. Since this is an illustration and not just a vignette, like the female hunter, I plan to talk about composition and eye flow. If you have any other questions you would like to ask please let me know. I have no idea when I will be able to finish the tutorial, but hopefully it won’t take too long. Lately I have been messing around with audio filters, so the audio for this tutorial should be better than the female hunter tutorial.

Oh yeah, just in case I wasn’t clear, the tutorial is of this image.

13 Replies to “the final charge, questions and answers”
  1. I would like to hear indepth explanation into your color pallette and how you use color in your illustrations.

    Also, i dont know if you already covered this but i would also like to hear explanation on how to fix mistakes. do you work in multiple layers or do you simply paint over.

    When i paint i cant seem to get that depth and texture im looking for.

    I really like your tutorials i feel that the price is awesome and you really teach us alot.

  2. Yeah actually I do!

    Could you go in a bit more detail on how you color toned paintings? I usually get lost on this stage and I don’t really get the color right. And thinking of color right away is too much for me in the beginning of the painting.

    What can be colored from black and white and what must be colored by only color? How do you do this so it gets accurate?

  3. Great, I loved your female hunter tutorial, it really helped me very much!

    I would like to know more about how to use color. I understand your method in general from your other tutorials, but I’m not sure how it works with detail, and most of the time, I cant get the colors to look right, since painting over gray first, even with a overlay layer, makes the colors look too gray and tend to look dirty. But if I dont do it, the colors lack of cohesion. It would be great if you could talk about that!

  4. I often have issues with placing a character without an environment, and well constructing environments in general.

    I’ve seen a lot of tutorials on how to paint one specific environment the artist wishes to show or randomly stumbles upon, but i’ve rarely see tutorials with environment teaching that explain different methods, ideation, do’s and don’ts, how to study life, yadda yadda.

  5. Great stuuf from you, I put your video tut on my blog http://scx.posterous.com/female-hunter-trailer-by-daarken

    What I want to know is “How you choose the brushes n color” I practise a lot by seeing your video tut but I cant get good result….. I have many sketches artwork but dont know how to colorize them all….if you have time please visit my blog, there are some pencil sketches http://jonrinz.posterous.com

    If you dont mind I can give you one of the sketch and let me know how to paint that on photoshop, I use cs3.

  6. Regarding color – Including the previous questions I would love to hear as much as you can say about color and light in general. In this piece is your color based on intuition and feel or something pre-planned? A mix of both? If its intuition, how long did it take to get to that point and what did you do to get there? I love the glow you have going on in the fire/sword and would enjoy hearing how you created that effect. And a follow up, how did you handle the light source it created and decide where the light would fall on the characters?

    Also, I’d like to hear your thoughts on creating depth and space in a piece. I can see and understand to a point whats going on; overlapping and having the background characters out of focus. But I would be grateful to hear your thoughts on it while watching you create the piece. Its so helpful being able to hear and SEE how to do it at the same time. šŸ™‚

    Looking forward to the new tutorial, thanks!

  7. I simply want to learn as you said brush control…

    when to use wich brush for example when painting faces or the body, smooth and rough edges…

    how hard are the brushes u paint with etc, show this when you paint. would help me the most. šŸ™‚ thx alot.

  8. Except for the things already mentioned, I’d love to hear some of your insights about tweaking the finished image’s colors for print. I’ve had several rather disappointing prints over the years, including an entire comic book colored by me, which came out awful, even though I did my best to put in as much contrast as possible where needed with the CMYK filter set to my publisher’s print settings. What I’ve learned so far is to always lighten up the image severely and put quite a bit more saturation into it, with just a small emphasis on the darks for prints. Since you’ve had your works printed much more frequently, I do believe you might have some other useful insights šŸ™‚

  9. like you mentioned I would like to know more on composition planning, eye flow and different approchases to it (like the thirds rule and such) and how you use them in yout work and one last thing how do you use the body language of a charcter to your adventage šŸ™‚

  10. Hi Daarken!

    I would like to know

    – How do you plan bigger illustrations with lots of characters. Do you just mess around until something is involving or do you make thumbnails?

    – How do you evolve paintings from large blobs? You said you start a paintig with form and line art at nearly the same time, but I’ve seen you use the liquify tool a lot. Wouldn’t it be easier and faster to draw first the structure and do it right and then paint over it? What do you think about this?

    Tanks in advance.

    bye Sascga

  11. Hello, Daarken! I love your art. I think it would be great if you started right from the beginning where you show the canvas size, the brushes you pick and create and as much of the behind the scenes stuff that everyone skips. I know you have a brush making video already but sometimes the extra help of seeing the brushes in the process etc could help. Thanks!

  12. Hi Darken,

    I will begin by praising your previous tutorial;
    I really enjoyed your female hunter tutorial, which is the first ever video tutorial that I decided to pay for. It is well made, passionately narrated and inspirering. When I purchased it a couple of months ago I sought new inspiration and a new set of tools to get me propper into painting digitally. And you did in no way fail. Before I saw your video and decided that I want to start working hard to eventually make a living as an illustrator I had never really painted digitally before only done the odd colouring og my line art in Photoshop. But your methods really turned that around, and I have been practicing digital painting ever since. I really got what I wanted.

    I have all the same questions as the other people, but I know that most the colour understanding comes with practice and not by you telling what you think. I loved Brad Rigney’s video, and I would most of all like you to take a page out of his book and talk about why you do what you do. Listening to Brad talk about doing the hard work and endure hours of mistakes simply because he loves to draw was a real revelation to me, and ultimately what have made me decide to start working hard to become good enough to turn my hobby into my living.

    I would most of all like he hear about what motivates you, what drives you on when it gets hard and maybe a bit about what inspires you, and how to solve difficult problems . To me that kind of advise is the most inspiring imaginable.

    Kind Regards Jakob – Future illustrator šŸ™‚

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