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Bird and Bard: Walkthrough by shideh Bird and Bard: Walkthrough by shideh
Big file warning! :la:

As promised, here is a step-by-step walkthrough of "The Bird and the Bard"



I hope you can read my writing! If you have any further questions, feel free to ask :heart:


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Painter Classic and Photoshop 6.0
artwork Jennie Hln
Semiyar Adele Lorienne S.
Diana Kelly Kilbourn
Lovely texture from =cloaks
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:iconwinetta:
winetta Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012
did you color everything on one layer? your work is really awesome

im trying to improve as well
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shideh Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Yes, I did :) Thank you!
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Felix-demon Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012  Student General Artist
I was wondering how long this painting took you? Epic amount of details in there.
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iSeriouslySuckAtArt Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012
thanks for sharing :D
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ProfelisAurata Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Very useful and informative! Thank you :)
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shideh Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I'm glad you enjoyed it! Thanks :)
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CorgiFoxi Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing walkthrough I like how you paint skin. How do you manage to blend it so that it looks like actual skin? I'm still learning myself how to paint skin naturally.
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ChopperJ Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2011
The contrast check is a very good idea! I'll have to keep that method in mind.
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:iconshideh:
shideh Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Yes, it's very helpful!
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fedechiccaaa Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
O____O amazing!!
Thank you for sharing this!
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:iconshideh:
shideh Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
I'm glad you enjoyed it! ^__^
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Yura-chan Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2011   General Artist
wow
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:iconkeyade:
Keyade Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2011   Digital Artist
It's so magical that I feel like crying...seeing all the pieces come together
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:iconshideh:
shideh Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Aaw, thank you so much! ;__;
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Usei Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Finally, someone explains reflected light.

*has issues with reflected light and contrast* >.>;

This is most helpful. Thank you!
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shideh Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
I'm glad I could help :hug:
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VisAnastasis Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
It's so handy! Thanks for sharing it! :love:
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shideh Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
I'm glad you find it useful! :blowkiss:
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VisAnastasis Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Of course it's useful! :clap: You're one of the greatest digital artist I ever sow and I hope one day I could became at least half ( of the half's half) good as you are! :blowkiss:
I greet you, great genius! :worship:
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cuygirl Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
WOW! I think no more is needed to be said!
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Julibee-Darling Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
THANK YOU!!!!!!
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shideh Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
;) :heart:
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incognisance Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2010
God bless you!! That tutorial was worth a million bucks! It not only covers digital art techniques, it also points out how very important it is to have a fundamental knowledge of traditional art and painting.

I'm going back to the basics from now on! No amount of technology, digital or otherwise will ever replace true talent and hard work!

Thank you for this piece of inspiration. May your fountain never run dry!
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shideh Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
I'm so happy that you found it useful! Yes, basics are very important. :D
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LA-Fairy Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That is amazing to see the process. I don't think I could ever make anything that detailed! Love the piece!
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shideh Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks :love:
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deCharles Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Tank you for sharing this, it´s fantastic
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shideh Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
glad you enjoy it! :blowkiss:
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shy4 Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2010  Student Digital Artist
great art and amazing walkthrough. thank you point this greyscale contrast check coz not many artist talk about it, but it seems to be very helpfull!
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shideh Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you :D
Yeah, the greyscale check is very helpful!
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Dragonblade99 Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2010   General Artist
you're artwork is absolutely amazing! I am comletely facinated with computer painting right now and trying to figure out how it all works. I have a few questions that I've just been DYING to ask someone, and since you said you were willing to answer questions, here they are.

1)What is it with digital hair? I find it so difficult to capture through digital painting the detail I see and can capture with a regular pencil. How do you do it?

2)I asume you're using photoshop (as it seems most people are...) what type? I have essentials, but I'm sure that I'm probably missing some very useful tools. Also, do you know if it matters what type of wacom you use?

3)could you go over the cloak pattern thing again? Did you just select it, or was that all hand done? It's amazing either way, but I would love to figure out how in the world you did that.

Thank you!

~Nichole~
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shideh Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Hello Nichole, and thank you!

1) The trick is to change the size of the brush when you paint digitally. It helps to use a thick brush to start with to block in the basic colors and shapes, and then move towards a smaller brush when painting in the details. I do have a great tutorial on this to recommend you: [link] It's a simple and clear one.

2)I use both Photoshop and Painter when I create a digital work. As for Photoshop I have version 6.0 and for Painter I have the most basic version - even without layer function. I haven't worked in PS Essentials myself, but I don't think that there are any super-important functions you are missing out on. One good thing to remember is that it isn't the program/medium that makes artworks good, it's the artist. Meaning that whichever program you use - you can get really good at it and create wonderful works of art with your imagination ;)

I don't think that the Wacom type matters much either. Some cheap types might not be as durable and as good at sensing pressure, and some other types might feel smoother to work with. But I think it's a matter of taste.

3)And lastly, about the pattern. To do this you need to use Layers - do you have that function in Essentials by the way?
*Paste the pattern you want to use on a separate layer above the area you want to add it to.
*If you want to you can change the colour and contrast etc of the pattern to make it blend in better or to achieve various effects.
*Lower the opacity of your pattern layer (to around 20% works quite well)
*set the layer blending mode to overlay - this will make the pattern blend together nicely with whatever is beneath it.


I hope this cleared up things for you? :meow: Feel free to ask again if you want to know more.

~Jennie
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Dragonblade99 Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2010   General Artist
Thanks, that helps a lot. In answer to your question, yes: essentials does have a layers function... (I think I would go crazy if it didn't! ;) ) I'm working on a new piece now for the 100 theme challenge and it's coming along nicely... but eh, it's still rough. I guess I just need a lot of practice as digital medium is still rather new to me.

One last question before I stop bothering you. Where do you find the pattern? Can you just look it up on line or... what? I'm sorry if this seems rather petty, but I've been serching and serching, and I just can't seem to figure out how to use a pattern unless it's done freehand... which I could do, but would rather not, if you know what I mean.

Thanks so much!
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shideh Featured By Owner May 1, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
You can search for patterns at sites like these: [link] , [link] or just google "free texture".
Look around at dA too, use the search function to find lots of great textures. :D
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YikYik Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2010
Thanx for the tips! :nod: Not that I'm painting in the computer very much... like, never. But anyway, some useful tips in the case that I should! :D
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shideh Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Haha, glad you found it... useful :blowkiss:
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YikYik Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2010
Of course! :aww: Hey, I can scan a painting, then convert it to grayscale and look for tones/contrast and stuff! Right! :bucktooth: Just takes a lot longer time! Haha! :D
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shuyinda Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is great! I absolutely love your coloring! And drawing skills for that matter :D
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shideh Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much :D
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stragan Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2010
I've alway's been confused about layers when putting details onto a flat colored image.
For example, when you started adding lights/shadows on #3 to #4, do you brush on the same layer the lineart sketch is? (I am assuming that the line sketch and the flat colors are on the same layer)

I am confused about layer orders.
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shideh Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Hi, sorry for my very late reply.

At #4 I added the light/shadow on top of the sketch. So on a different layer, one could say :) Even though I painted basically everything on only one layer.
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VeraPeneda Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing, and very helpful! *At least, for me...*
Specially in that part where you turn the work to grayscale to see the contrast! I would never remember something like that that can be so damn helpful and easy!
Thanks for uploading!!!
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shideh Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! I'm so glad you found it useful :blowkiss:
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VeraPeneda Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
:D
You welcome :hug::heart:
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thenadefox Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! This is really helpful! :heart:

Do you think you would ever do a tutorial on lighting? You seem to have a really intricate understanding of how light works.
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shideh Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
I'm glad! :heart:
Oh, I don't know. Perhaps I will do that sometime in the future, but I don't have any plans for it at the moment :)
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Tilebus7 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2010  Professional General Artist
This is one hell of a Walk through.
And a damn good one. :D
You got some serious Skills, my friend. ^^
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shideh Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks a lot! :D
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Tilebus7 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2010  Professional General Artist
hehheh
Ya Welcome, dear. ^^
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Valhalrion Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2010  Student Filmographer
very helpful tips in here!!
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