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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 (www.wacom.com/en/us/creative/i…, 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?
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krazykrista Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014
Hi!

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, but...watch tutorials, take classes if you can, learn from everything you see around you! :)

Good luck with your new tablet! :D
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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: laimonas171.deviantart.com/gal… ). 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
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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!
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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
Kudos!

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: i.crackedcdn.com/phpimages/art… , 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
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krazykrista Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2014
Awesome! Thanks for the info! :D

Glad everything seems to be working out! :)
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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
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krazykrista Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2013
Thanks very much--I'm really glad you enjoyed it!! :D
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BlizzardCommunity Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013
AMAZING
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:iconkrazykrista:
krazykrista Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013
Thank you!
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Rudakzmm Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Cool
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krazykrista Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012
Thanks!
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Aranthulas Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2012
veins of FIRE! i love it haha
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krazykrista Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012
:D
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NatsukoKoi Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2012  Hobbyist
Haha, awesome and hilarious. Sounds like the things i would do with a painting.
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chalzi Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
This tutorial is as amazing and insightful to the process of painting, as it is humorous.
Love it. <3
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krazykrista Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2012
Thanks!! Glad you enjoyed it!!
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Tumblii Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Holy crap! This is amazing! >:D
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krazykrista Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2012
Thank you! :)
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Tumblii Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2012  Student Digital Artist
No prob :)
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shaymayca1 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2012
Very good insight into the painting process!
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krazykrista Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2012
Thanks! :)
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Ahkward Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2011  Professional General Artist
I loved reading your commentary. XD Thsi kind of "method" changing it again and again. XD I do that a lot. lol
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krazykrista Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2011
Hehe thank you :)
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Mad--Hatter Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2011
Wow, such an in depth tutorial! It was really great, and very helpful to have so detailed information. You also made it very fun and funny to read with your semi-serious commentary. :) Awesome work!
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krazykrista Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2011
Thanks! Glad you enjoyed it!
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Ixi-Nox Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2011  Student Digital Artist
This made me laugh so much. XD You made for an incredibly fun tutorial to read. (:
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krazykrista Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2011
Hehe I'm glad you enjoyed it!! :D
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nertissas Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2011
How do you blend your brushstrokes? they are soooooooooos smoooooth!!!
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krazykrista Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2011
I usually just use a brush that is set so that its transparency varies with pen pressure...then working big also helps too!
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nertissas Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2011
i never tried painting digitally but i bought the wacom tablet a few weeks ago and i am really looking forward to try it!!!!! you art is amazing! i have no clue how you didn't get the first prize!!
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krazykrista Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2011
Aw, thank you!! :) Good luck!
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mauriciocruz Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2011
Hey o/
Hello.
I Loved your Tutorial, simply Awesome!
But, I have a Question.
Is there any program wich does Models to paint over? I Mean, If there is some program that has models pre-maded to paint this kind of painting...

Sorry about this annoying Question xD
And Thanks.
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krazykrista Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2011
Not that I'm aware of, but I don't use 3D software for my work.
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Adrian-Alastair Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice work, thanks for sharing the steps with us.
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krazykrista Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2011
My pleasure! I hope they were helpful! :)
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SolDevia Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2010  Professional Artist
OMG how useful (and funny) was to read your tutorial... I'm really having a lot of trouble with light/color/shading and, even i wasn't searching for help, I found your tutorial and helped me a LOT.... I'll try to finish a Sailormoon fanart i have inconclused (because my eternal painting problems ._.) and wich is taking me like 80 hours too...


BTW, I love WOW X) (but I'm horde... so, BYE :vanishhhhh: )
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krazykrista Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2010
Hehe, glad I could help! :)
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rotsentu Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
nice tutorial! you should won this contest.
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krazykrista Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2010
Aw, thanks... there was a LOT of great artwork that got submitted though--I'm quite happy with my honorable mention! :D
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rotsentu Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
your welcome! actually, in a contest like this,
honorable mention is more than great.
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fxx85 Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2010
Awesome :D
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krazykrista Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2010
Thank you!
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MsterBeatty Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2010
Nice work, Did you take a class for photoshop or did you just practice a lot because I too hope to be as good as you ;)
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krazykrista Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2010
Ah, well...I mostly taught myself photoshop about 10 years ago, and now it's basically my job. :) This painting happened somewhere in-between!

Good luck--I hope it helps!
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MsterBeatty Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2010
:/ I want a job drawing hook a brutha up ;)
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julieloveart Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2010  Professional General Artist
What's better than veins?

VEINS OF FIRE!!!!!! HAHAHAH!

This is soooo awesome! I actually hadn't looked at this one yet!

I'm so jealous. And eager to be that good with digital work! Did you do that on tons of layers? Like all those trees I kept watching disappear, reappear... where did those go? And did you just erase the hair or how did you change it up so much?

Thanks, ttyl Val <3
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krazykrista Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2010
Yep...tons of layers, loads of tweaking. Some art comes easy...this one did not...it was a lot of wrestling to get it to be right. :)
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Neijman Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2009
so amazing! love the monsters arm!
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krazykrista Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2009
Thank you! :)
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