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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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Given 2012-11-30
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 )
Frienddesign Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2014
Very nice
Trilly21 Featured By Owner May 26, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amazing tutorial! One of my biggest dreams is to learn how to make digital paintings! Traditional drawings are nice as well, but I'd love to learn something new. :)

So I tried it, but, Jesus, my firts try looked awful... o.O xD But I don't give up! I'll try it again and again! xD

I've been using Gimp for more than five years but thanks to your tutorial I discovered new options! :O :D Thanks again! 
KeyboardingChihuahua Featured By Owner May 16, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
I've always had a lot of trouble with digital art. I think I'll try this tutorial out. ;D
yumyumcat Featured By Owner May 3, 2014
You are so generous to offer such valuable information.. I am so happy to see this, I dl  for my thanks soooo very much I could  hug u! Hug +fav 
OneOneThreeZero Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014
Hey! can I ask a few questions? :)

How long does it usually take you to make your works of art?
And it must be a horror story looking at your layers menu :) how many layers do you average at? and do people still name each and every layer? haha

THANKS! and you are one heck of a talented artist.
Kremetartboom Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2014
Thx so very much 4 sharing, I'm still trying 2 find my way in GIMP.
TiaHarribel93 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2014  Student Artist
Great tutorial!!!
ImmaCatastrophe Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
SO USEFUL ERRMAGERD :la: :happybounce: :woohoo:
GraphicsLizard Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2014  Hobbyist
I know this is a late comment but I must say, great tutorial! I have been looking for one like this.
alikkandhi Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
do you have the video? i'm a beginner ^^
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