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Here's the [rather tedious] process I went through to paint my Nightwind of Aldrassil image (you can see the final version here: [link] ).

I think this might be more useful as an example of what NOT to do than what TO do, but it might at least be insightful and a little entertaining, I hope.

(The painting was done in 2006, but these images have sat around on my desktop since then, and I only just crafted them into a tutorial. I hope I didn't leave out important details!)

If you have any questions, I'll do my best to answer them!
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laimonas171 Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2014
hello, I have bough graphics tablet (wacom intuos (…, and I like some of your works, So I wanted to ask few things if you don't mind :)
1. What application you use for drawing?
2. What brush settings (maybe specific brush?)? (P.S. I do understand that brush sets does not makes you great artist! Practice does, but i'm pretty sure it helps in some cases).
3. What canvas settings is optimal for drawing? (I have tried draw on large scale, but it starts to lag with some specific brushes, though I have quite powerful laptop).
4. Maybe I should know something else as starter?
krazykrista Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014

1. I generally just use Photoshop, though I've used Painter some in the past too.
2. I use some of the standard ones (hard round, namely), often modified to suit me. I also have a few custom brushes I've made that I regularly use.
3. Generally I work at somewhere around 4200 x 3000 px at 300dpi, but I keep my canvas zoomed out when I start so I get the big things painted before I zoom in further to start on the details. If your computer can't handle that size of file, it's certainly okay to work smaller. Working big just means that if you ever ever ever want to print your painting, you have enough resolution to do so. Working that large also means that even if the details are a bit messy, when you scale it down to save it up to DA, those aren't so visible. :)
4. Watch lots of tutorials from lots of different people. There are loads of techniques, and I don't paint one way every time. Get your idea down in its most basic form as quickly as possible, with *only* as much information as you need to express it. (Only after that should you begin refining things.) There's plenty more, always, tutorials, take classes if you can, learn from everything you see around you! :)

Good luck with your new tablet! :D
laimonas171 Featured By Owner Edited Aug 24, 2014
Thank you very much for informative answer! Well , I noticed that only watching tutorials doesn't gives you 'skill' :D Though, I do believe I tried to draw at 4000x4000 (default dpi: 72 ? ) reason i tried that, as you said, during resize (to smaller) it doesn't keeps messy part, and all 'shades' looks more shady :D anyway, I'm not sure Or higher DPI will reduce lag (I think opposite, though I'm not sure what DPI is exactly :D).. I will probably need to test various canvases and get right one. I was thinking I have pretty good computer for that kind of thing.. (I7 processor 2.2Ghz, 10GB ram,  geforce 740m and SSD hdd...) but it seems it's not enough.
Welll thank you for your answer! It was really helpful :)

Thanks, so far i did very few drawings with it (mouse and sunset, other digital paintings was done with mouse...) (as i'm not artist i'm glad with results, you can check on my gallery if you interested in. (drawings section:… ). My job is very busy at the moment and I have not much time for that, P.S. I'm web-programmer, so that's kinda totaly new thing for me :D
krazykrista Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014
DPI really only makes a difference for printing. Don't worry about it; it's the pixels you care about. If 4k x 4k doesn't play nice with your setup, try 2k x 2k instead. See if that helps...

Programs other than Photoshop might choke on larger image sizes. I don't know if you're using Photoshop, but it's something to consider.

From what I can tell, your processor and RAM sound fine (your graphics card isn't by default used in Photoshop, if I recall correctly).

Good luck!
laimonas171 Featured By Owner Edited Aug 25, 2014
I do use Photoshop :)

Now then you pointed out, It really do uses INTEL integrated graphic card, but not GT740M! That must be the problem... I will investigate that after work, thanks again! You're my hero now :D

EDIT: Well, I was able quick fix itm, and going to share it with other who may have same problem! All you need to do to get it work is Open "NVIDIA Control Panel" after that select "Manage 3D settings" and at "Program settings" tab, Click "Add" select your photoshop (or other by default not compatible programs) exe file, and select at "Select the preferred  graphics processor for this program", "High-performance NVIDIA processor".

I did quick testing on 4000x4000 300DPI it works much much better, It not fallows only if you draw full 4000 length complex lines (by complex lines i mean something like this:… , but even so it's not so bad delay! Though, smaller lines (like for actual drawing, because i guess nobody does full convas lines all the time :D ) working flawlessly!  

So thanks again, I never had situation that NVIDIA was not supporting apps by default, as a programmer who spends a lot of time, I have learned quite good technical stuff, I will double check all programs next time after I  see they not working fast enough :D
krazykrista Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2014
Awesome! Thanks for the info! :D

Glad everything seems to be working out! :)
cowgirlem Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2013  Professional General Artist
I sat through this three times... it was amazing to see your progression - so much so I had to show my other half!
Your painting skills are amazing and I'm in total awe of them!
I think I'd find it hard to commit so much time to one element of the painting and then change it completely so it blew my mind to see how much of that you did - but didn't lose patience with the image entirely (as I'm sure I would!!)
Just amazing and thanks so much for sharing it!! :D
krazykrista Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2013
Thanks very much--I'm really glad you enjoyed it!! :D
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krazykrista Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013
Thank you!
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