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Painting Fur – With Only the Round Brush

Posted on 2012/06/20 at 12:36am by daarken 26 Comments
Painting Fur – With Only the Round Brush

In this video Daarken shows you how to paint fur using only the round brush. The purpose of this tutorial is to show that the brush you use doesn’t matter. Even though you need to paint something that is light and fluffy, you can still accomplish it using only the round brush. No layer effects…

Texture Overlays – From Photo Source

Posted on 2012/04/25 at 12:39am by daarken 11 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.

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…

Still Life – Painting Glass

Posted on 2012/02/03 at 12:48am by daarken 10 Comments
Still Life – Painting Glass

In this video Daarken goes through the process of painting glass from a photo ref. This painting took about 30 minutes to paint. Homework – Paint a transparent object, simple! Post your painting in the forum Still Life – Painting Glass.

Still Life – Painting Eggs

Posted on 2012/01/05 at 10:56pm by daarken 8 Comments
Still Life – Painting Eggs

This tutorial continues with more still life painting but focuses on rendering an object with a matte surface as opposed to the shiny surface of an apple. This tutorial also shows how to render a high key object. Not all paintings need a lot of contrast. Egg photo ref Homework Create a still life painting…

Still Life – Painting Apples

Posted on 2012/01/03 at 7:35pm by daarken 22 Comments
Still Life – Painting Apples

Still life painting is an important step for any artist as it teaches the importance of form, light, and composition. Basic rendering fundamentals can be learned from still life painting. Even though most people may find the subject matter boring, you will be able to use this knowledge to paint creatures, characters, and virtually everything…

Still Life – Painting Metal

Posted on 2011/11/11 at 5:39am by daarken 48 Comments
Still Life – Painting Metal

Still life painting is one of the foundations of every good artist. Learning form and value is crucial for any artist, and it all starts with a metal pot. Painting a metal pot or an apple may not seem like fun and games, but it is a necessary step in learning how to understand form,…