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Tutorial/process for Damaged by Arenheim Tutorial/process for Damaged by Arenheim
Fairly big file, sorry! D:
I'm not great at this kind of thing, but I wanted to try anyway. It's kinda basic, but I think it's a decent method for something quick and fun.

Some things I wanted to point out...
The pencil, watercolor, marker, and sometimes airbrush are the tools I use the most in SAI. They're just the ones I like best. The pencil tool at full opacity is great for filling in flat color. Watercolor and airbrush are good for blending and smoothing, as well as filling in areas where you want soft color and shade variation. And great for quick yet interesting backgrounds.
In terms of composition, when cropping it's a good idea to crop more than just one side. For example just cropping at the feet tends to be a bit awkward, adding at least one more cropped edge to that usually makes for a better picture overall. Also you want to avoid cropping at joints.
And this isn't an ideal example of color. I was a little spontaneous with my palette choices. If you want help with color theory I'd suggest looking up a tutorial on that.

I hope someone finds this at least a little helpful! :D

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Creyn Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Student Digital Artist
This is awesome! You're awesome! :D
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Arenheim Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012   General Artist
:blush: Thank you! XD
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Creyn Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Student Digital Artist
No problem! :D
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DoomedToasters Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
omg this is amazing!! Are those are my two favorite things too!! Hot guys in pain! ...sound weird... lol. This is amazing, I am so going to try this technique and I will most definitely learn from it! Love all your stuff!
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Arenheim Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2012   General Artist
Thank you! :)
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DoomedToasters Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I hope I reach your artistic level some day! I'm practicing!!
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Venn-Shi Featured By Owner May 13, 2012
Whoa that is cool! Thanks for taking the time to post it, you make it seem so easy to do!
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Aikodea Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome! I enjoy seeing how people make these epic arts~
Seems like all the cool artists use SAI (or Photoshop) o3o Where do you get it...?
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Arenheim Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2012   General Artist
*nod* I use photoshop too. But the version I'm most used to is on my desktop compy which is old and doesn't run it very well anymore. And I have PS CS5 on my laptop, which I use, but SAI is just simpler and not as much of a memory hog. XD I tend to use PS more for final touches and editing, as well as for the screentones for Agen. But there's a TON of really awesome drawing programs out there.

Anyway I got SAI here: [link] It's about $65.... But there's a free month-long trial for it.
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Aikodea Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, I can see that. I have Photoshop on my old laptop, but said laptop is, well, old. Doesn't really work well anymore. I only have Corel Painter Essentials on the laptop I currently use, and since it's intended for making digital art that looks traditional, I find the brushes (actually, the whole program) immensely irritating. I just can't seem to get used to it! Figured I'd look into getting something else.
But... it seems that SAI won't work on a Mac? Darn, $65 is pretty good in my opinion for art programs. I really don't know what other programs to look at. :/
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Arenheim Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2012   General Artist
Ah yeah, I tried getting into Corel Painter for a while. But yeah, don't like it too much. It's a good program, and I guess if you spend enough time messing with it to figure everything out, you can do some pretty awesome stuff with it. But yeah, not really the style I want to work with.

Oh yeah, sorry I forgot about that! Yeah...it's just for PC. :/ I don't know if they're ever planning to make a mac version or what. And yeah it's definitely a good price for what you can do with it! Well sorry, that's too bad. Um... I know of a few other programs, although I've never used them personally so I couldn't give too much info on them... Like GIMP or IllustStudio, I think those are kinda similar to SAI or PS. I don't know anything about GIMP other than some people compare it to SAI. And all I know about Illuststudio is they tend to have ads for it in Style School magazine, but since they're in Japanese I can't read about it. XD *completely unhelpful*
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Aikodea Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, you are being helpful! I had forgotten about GIMP, and I've actually never heard of the other. I'll definitely have to check them out! Thank you!
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s1naptic Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome - thanks for sharing your process! Always cool to see how others work.

I'm also envious that you're able to keep that many layers straight - seems like once I get up to 3-4 layers, I lose track and starting painting randomly into them, lol.

Great picture too; your lines are fantastic and I like the choice of color!
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Arenheim Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012   General Artist
I'm glad it was interesting! :D Have you been doing much with SAI? I remember there was a point when you wanted to get the hang of it a bit more...

Actually it took some practice to keep track of layers, 'cause I used to do the same thing. Naming each layer helps me. Not only is it easier to see what layer is where that way, but it's also like making a mental note of the layer order. It seems to improve my awareness even if I'm not fully paying attention to the layers in the midst of working....Kinda like saying a name back improves your chance of remembering it. Actually I don't know if that makes much sense... XD;
But anyway yeah, it's tricky. I do try to keep my amount of layers as minimal as possible. But at the same time I like having the freedom to go back and rework something without messing up something else.

And thank you! I wasn't really planning to make much out of this sketch, it was just a doodle... but I kinda liked the result of it, plus it was fun and it's been a while since I've ad a chance to just sit down and do something for fun.
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s1naptic Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Hehe, yeah, I'm still very interested in getting my SAI skills up to par... However, I've been distracted by good old pencils and paper the last few months. I've been doing a lot of sketching of just about everything, and a lot of remedial exercises in form/value and color theory. I'm going to get back into SAI soon though, it's so fast and responsive and the tools that blend remind me a lot of working with prismacolor pencils back in high school - which I love. Eventually, I'd like to replace Painter with SAI in my digital "artbox". Painter has become almost unusable, IMO.

Your layer method makes total sense - It's something I should be doing on all my pieces just to save me some headaches making edits. :D
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Flayrah Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012
Awesome! I love seeing people's process. I'm nosy like that u3u
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Arenheim Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012   General Artist
Haha me too!! XD Sometimes I just browse through tutorials to see what kinds of things people are doing.
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Flayrah Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012
aww yeah! *high fives* uvý/
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CharlesMuller Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012  Student General Artist
Wow, just WOW! Very helpful, thanks a lot =D
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Arenheim Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012   General Artist
Glad it's helpful! :D
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