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Character Design – Creating a Warrior

Posted on 2012/05/23 at 8:34am by daarken 30 Comments
Character Design – Creating a Warrior

In this video Daarken will take you through his process of creating a character from a simple black and white sketch in Photoshop. There is no audio commentary in this video and the video is sped up by 4-6 times. The sketch in the video is unfinished since the end process was not able to…

Painting Rain – With Custom Brushes

Posted on 2012/05/21 at 12:43pm by daarken 4 Comments
Painting Rain – With Custom Brushes

In this video Daarken will show you how to use the custom rain brush that was created in the last tutorial to add some rain to an existing painting.

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…