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Complete 'Digital Painting' and 'GIMP' Tutorial by nataliebeth Complete 'Digital Painting' and 'GIMP' Tutorial by nataliebeth
The Big Colour Tutorial by crystal-89 New Colour Tutorial!

Edit* A DD? OH my goodness. THANK-YOU so, so much to everyone! This is incredible and now it's all thanks to you beautiful people for inspiring me. Many thanks to *EternalRC, ~Art-Recale, *FlirtingWithInsanity and ^Elandria - this means more than words can say.

Download for full view! Refresh page if does not appear, it will take a while, its very big, im sorry.


Simplified Version: Digital Painting Tutorial - Facial Features by crystal-89

In this tutorial:
:bulletblue: Overview of all icons and the basic functions in the GIMP menu.
:bulletblue: Brush and colour palette basics
:bulletblue: Backgrounds
:bulletblue: Skin tone painting and colours
:bulletblue: How to paint Eyes
:bulletblue: How to paint Noses
:bulletblue: How to paint Mouths
:bulletblue: How to paint Hair
:bulletblue: Layer modes and highlights.
:bulletblue: Contains bad humour.

Okay, as promised, I have brought you my MASSIVE digital painting and GIMP tutorial. I have spent the last week putting together this monster for you guys. :aww:
I'm sorry its so big, I just had so much I wanted to say. And at the end of the day, you can choose what you read. It is basically just a overview of everything so you can read as little or as much as you want.

I have used my latest digital painting Rapunzel to demonstrate painting the facial features and background.
Additionally I have added a realistic imaginative example of painting features.

Rapunzel Digital Painting + Steps by crystal-89

If you have any questions, pleaaasse comment, some of my wording may be a little vague or chatty, so I'm happy to clarify, or try to answer other questions.

Thanks so much, hope it helps.

Crystal/ Natalie.
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Complete 'Digital Painting' and 'GIMP' Tutorial by *crystal-89 Is a very thorough and easy to understand tutorial on using The Gimp. Also suggested by *EternalRC and ~Art-Recale ( Suggested by FlirtingWithInsanity and Featured by Elandria )
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TheLastVoodooman Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2015
Mother of god, this is absolutely great.
Question though: have you ever considered myking these into videos? I always find videos more comprehensible
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VulcanVet Featured By Owner May 20, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome! I know right? No reason at all why rulers should make a tablet lag, they just do. XD No problem, glad I could help. :3
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poctwa Featured By Owner May 20, 2015
ty.
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XxHAMADEHxX Featured By Owner May 20, 2015
Hey friend I tried it today. It worked. Thank you very much. that is the most ridiculous reason for problem I have ever had XD. I appreciate it.
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BlueBeasty Featured By Owner May 4, 2015
I LOVE YOUUUUUU!!!!:happybounce: 
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bluemooze Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2015   Digital Artist
Excellent!  Thank you very much.
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smokeredblack Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2015  Student Artist
this is soooo helpful
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shadow-of-love624 Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2015  Student Filmographer
O.M.G!!! This is SOOOOOOOOO unbelievably helpful! All of them! THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!!!!!!! :happybounce: Heart :happybounce: Heart :happybounce: Heart Love :happybounce: 
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VulcanVet Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hope it works. You're welcome.
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XxHAMADEHxX Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2015
Nope but I shall try it. Thx
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:iconvulcanvet:
VulcanVet Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! Hopefully this will enable me to finish that painting I keep getting stuck on...
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VulcanVet Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Sorry to butt in, but I was just passing by and noticed your question on lag and GIMP. Have you tried going into view and unchecking 'rulers?'. I find that having the rulers displayed makes GIMP lag with my tablet something chronic but it works fine with them off...
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josephhhkawaii Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
no problem! glad to help.
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PhilipMessina Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2015   General Artist
I went ahead and bought it, thank you for helping me :)
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josephhhkawaii Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
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PhilipMessina Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2015   General Artist
I don't mind the money, because if I get a good one straight away I won't need to buy another later.
I'm in the UK, never heard of "Best Buy".
I would appreciate a link though, thank you :)
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josephhhkawaii Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I'll give you the exact model. If you want a link on BestBuy or something I can give that also. It's called "Wacom Intuos Creative Pen and Touch Tablet". It's around $100. It's a little pricey, but I think it is more worth than a $30 tablet that I used to have that broke down after 2 months. I recommend this brand.
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PhilipMessina Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2015   General Artist
When I did an internet search I discovered the name "wacom intuos" covers several different models.
I don't know which one to buy.
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:iconjosephhhkawaii:
josephhhkawaii Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
wacom intuos is pretty solid. I recommend.
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PhilipMessina Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2015   General Artist
Can you please recommend a tablet? I don't know what to buy.
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XxHAMADEHxX Featured By Owner Edited Feb 18, 2015
I have a question. I don't use gimp for art work(I only use it for photos) because my tablet always lags on it =(
Do you know how to fix this problem?

Thanks for the tutorial =D
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alices-art00 Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2015
What program/app did you use?
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essnbee Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2015  Student Digital Artist
This is wonderful, I was looking for something that had to do with color blocking!
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RaveRay Featured By Owner Edited Jan 16, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is freakin amazing! Thank you so much for putting time into making this
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blubaloooo Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2015
This is fantastic! thank you so much!
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gustavogf Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2014
Holy shit that's an amazing tutorial! I can only image the amount of work you put up to do this. Thanks for that!!
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Frienddesign Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:happybounce: 
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HydraArts Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Okay, thank you :)
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Mittyke Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2014
Wow, very useful! :D
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TheWilyWildcat Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2014  Student General Artist
You're very welcome, it has helped me no end!  :D
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nataliebeth Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2014  Student General Artist
Aww, thanks so much my beautiful friend! Much appreciated! I'm glad that I could help you in some small way on your travels with your art! <3
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TheWilyWildcat Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2014  Student General Artist
This is SO useful...thanks so much for making this!!!!  I just downloaded GIMP recently, had no idea how to actually paint nice pictures without manipulating a photo, until I saw this...it all makes sense now!  And your artwork is excellent too, just like the Disney movies yet with an added artistic style, I can see why this got a DD!  Thanks again! :happybounce:
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Sappira Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ohhh yesss. Thank you that is yet another thing I need atm :) much appreciated! 
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FriendshipWasMagic Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2014
Whoa, I appreciate your reply, thank you! Sadly, I'm through digital drawing fer now :(
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JustSilvia Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh wow, I wish I had your skills @_@ Working with the ink tool was always very hard for me...
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nataliebeth Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2014  Student General Artist
Reading comments like that is thanks enough!
I was the same, I use to work with the softest lightest colours, but I was always so amazed by alicexz 's use of colour and it really inspired me just to go crazy. Another good way to use colour is to try out the Ink tool. It forces you to work with really strong colour. Check out some of my latest deviations, they were made with the ink tool. :)
And of course! I need practice too! Just go for it! <3
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JustSilvia Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yea well, you gave me (and not only me) a lot of precious clues so I'm using them ^^ It was you who encouraged me to use different colors when shading, not only black and white with "soft light" mode. And now I'm asking myself, why I couldn't come up with it by myself :D I'm using your tips about eyes, teeth (still need A LOT of practice), mouth... You helped me a lot and I don't know how to thank you properly ^^;
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nataliebeth Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2014  Student General Artist
Aww my dear, It makes me feel giddy to hear that too! Thanks for your support and don't stop with your art! <3
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nataliebeth Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2014  Student General Artist
Oh thankyou for your wishes, shes doing better this morning which is an improvement on the last few days so that makes me happy! Oh poor kitty! It's hard cause you want to tell them it will get better but they just look miserable. </3

Have a lovely day too!
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random-drawer-person Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
No problem. ^w^
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alikkandhi Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thankyou ^^
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LabyrinthLiz89 Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2014  Student General Artist
Oh, so sorry to hear that your dog is sick:( I really hope he gets well soon! I've had a sick cat for most of this week and she is finally on the mend (think she just had a bad cold).

Have a lovely day!Hug 
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Trilly21 Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Aww, thank you very much for your wise words! Much appreciated! :*
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JustSilvia Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much! Hearing something like that from someone like you means to me much more than you van even imagine! :tighthug:
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TiaHarribel93 Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2014  Student Artist
it's nothing :)
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RachBurns Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! XD 
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nataliebeth Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2014  Student General Artist
Ill check them out now! Thanks so much!

You're amazing at hair and I loved the shadows on the neck in your Queen Iris piece!
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nataliebeth Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2014  Student General Artist
I just wanted to say too that your comment made my day, had been having a rough day with my dog not being well and this brightened my spirits so thank-you! Im so glad I could be of help to you! Much love. Natalie.
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nataliebeth Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2014  Student General Artist
Aww thanks so much for the comment. :)
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nataliebeth Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2014  Student General Artist
Im so glad to hear you're having success! Thanks for telling me!
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