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Custom Brushes – Rain Brush

Posted on 2012/05/15 at 11:30pm by daarken 3 Comments
Custom Brushes – Rain Brush

In this tutorial Daarken goes over one way to create a custom rain brush. Many times you will want to avoid using too many custom brushes because they tend to be very obvious if not used correctly, so make sure not to overdo anything when using custom brushes.

Color Manipulation – Adjustment Layers

Posted on 2012/05/10 at 11:56pm by daarken 3 Comments
Color Manipulation – Adjustment Layers

In this tutorial Daarken shows you how to use adjustment layers in order to add to or change your color palette. The great thing about adjustment layers is that they don’t permanently alter your image. If you don’t like the changes, you can always turn off the adjustment layer and go back to your original…

Clipping Masks – For Character Design

Posted on 2012/05/09 at 5:16pm by daarken 14 Comments
Clipping Masks – For Character Design

Often times it is important to keep different elements on separate layers, especially when it comes to concept design. In this video Daarken shows you how to create clipping masks to help you keep your different elements separate and speed up your painting process.

Creating Masks – Quick Masks

Posted on 2012/05/03 at 11:03pm by daarken 8 Comments
Creating Masks – Quick Masks

In this video Daarken shows you one way to create masks using the quick mask option. There are many, many ways to create masks, so this is just one method.

Photoshop Tools – Actions

Posted on 2012/05/01 at 11:42pm by daarken 6 Comments
Photoshop Tools – Actions

Creating actions can really help increase your efficiency. In this video Daarken shows you an example of how to create an action that will allow you to use the fire gradient map trick that was shown last week with the click of a button. You can download the action here, or by visiting the Actions…

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.