Archive for April, 2012

Special Effects – Painting Fire

Posted on 2012/04/26 at 11:39pm by daarken 27 Comments
Special Effects – Painting Fire

In this tutorial Daarken shows you an easy way to paint fire using gradient maps. A big thanks goes out to Steve Argyle for this awesome technique.

Texture Overlays – From Photo Source

Posted on 2012/04/25 at 12:39am by daarken 13 Comments
Texture Overlays – From Photo Source

Sometimes in order to save time or make something look a little more believable or realistic, photo textures can help. Daarken shows you how to add a texture overlay to a painting in order to give armor a more realistic feel. The key is to be subtle and paint opaquely over your texture overlay.

Arrange – New Window, The Big Picture

Posted on 2012/04/19 at 11:55pm by daarken 12 Comments
Arrange – New Window, The Big Picture

Working zoomed out can allow you to see the “big picture” and make sure everything in your composition flows well and that your image reads. There are times when you need to zoom in, forcing you to lose sight of the big picture. Daarken shows you how to create a new window of your painting…

Painting Materials – Transparent Cloth

Posted on 2012/04/18 at 1:03am by daarken 5 Comments
Painting Materials – Transparent Cloth

Using the female standing pose from the previous tutorial, Daarken will show you the principles of painting transparent cloth. It is important to draw the figure underneath your clothing because the body informs what the clothing is doing. Drawing through your shapes will also help ensure that your anatomy lines up correctly when it comes…

Female Figure Drawing – From Imagination

Posted on 2012/04/13 at 11:08am by daarken No Comment
Female Figure Drawing – From Imagination

In this video Daarken shows how to paint a female standing figure from imagination. This video was requested by a fan, so hopefully some people will find it useful. This is a fairly quick study, so it is filmed in real time and in its entirety.

Male Figure Drawing – From Imagination

Posted on 2012/04/10 at 11:58pm by daarken 5 Comments
Male Figure Drawing – From Imagination

In this video Daarken shows how to paint a male standing figure from imagination. This video was requested by a fan, so hopefully some people will find it useful. This is a fairly quick study, so it is filmed in real time and in its entirety. In the future Daarken will cover painting male figures…