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Natasha Star ArtRage tutorial by GBWhisper Natasha Star ArtRage tutorial by GBWhisper
A week ago I was asked by a friend to paint someone that ‘is staring at you’. I tried many times before this picture, and it’s not as easy as I thought. The character design should be fun to look at. It shouldn’t bore myself away. After playing with ArtRage 3 presets and Wacom shortcut settings for about 3 days, I started this picture.
The style was inspired by Caroline Anderson and Morgan Weistling. No model/reference used.

Step 1
Using ArtRage 3, create a 900*1600 Essential Canvas. The canvas setting can be found in the canvas library default. It has a quite good texture roughness and not-so-white background.
Start to block in big colors using dry oil brush. Keep the brush size as big as possible (do not do any details now)! As this stage your oil sketch should show the basic design of the subject and the light source. No worry about the color. I like to keep the color thin for now- some people use heavy colors right from the start.
A little hair clip indicates the darkest dark.

Step 2
First create a new layer and move it behind the initial layer, ‘kill’ the background white. This is the good thing about ArtRage: your drawing on the first layer doesn’t merge with the canvas like PS or PT. After doing so, merge the two layers. Turn off the layer pod as we don’t need it anymore.
Now start the annoying part- adding detail features and colors. Why is it hard? Because you are not using the same color in step1 therefore you have to paint over your existing draft again. It is quite possible that you ruin the whole painting with over-confident, however wrong, colors. So let’s keep the color thin. The dry brush that I was using helps blending colors together.

Step 3
Before we get into painting, there’s one thing to do. Use the transform tool>click the image>hit ‘H’ key to flip it>click outside the picture. This allows you to check the ‘unnatural’ feeling of your picture. My character in this pose always has an asymmetrical face- correct it first. Flip it back when you’re done.
The painting bit actually gets lots easier compared to step2. All we have to do is to add more details with a smaller brush. Now the features of the character should ‘make sense’.

Step 4
This is an important step to boost your work to a higher level. Remember I was using large, dry square brushes all the time? Now let’s use a small, thick round brush for adding details. You can just add random details as you wish, with darker/lighter colors. It does make a big difference.
Another thing to notice is that when we use thick paint (glossy/impasto), do not fake the brushworks. If you use it everywhere just because it’s cool, the picture will look fake as a painting.

Step 5
I would call it the final step. There is really nothing more to say… I used palette knife to hide some of my brushworks. I also added a yellow star to balance the composition (kinda top-heavy).

Step 6
This step is not really necessary. Using ctrl+J in ArtRage 3 I am able to adjust the contrast of the picture. Step 6 only looks good on a light background- on a dark background it feels too dark. Step 5 looks good on a dark background (my AR working area) but in Windows preview it looks too pale.
So the color of the working area/background plays an important role in our painting process as well. To change the BG color in ArtRage, simply choose the color you want, hold ‘alt’ key and click outside the canvas (the working area background).
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iEvgeni Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I thought it's Lara Croft  :D nice
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bolsterstone Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2014   General Artist
Nice technique!
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JeffArt4 Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2014  Student Digital Artist
tanks 
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kwixson Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
An outstanding example to show my ArtRage class this winter, and the explanation is a wonderful bonus.
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yasermohavi Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I guess art rage is useless , but you did a great job with it!
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MarioOon-R2 Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012  Student General Artist
this is wonderful :) thank you
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sydneytyler Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
I've been trying to figure out how to use the oil brush tool for ages. This is immensely helpful, thank you. :worship:
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ShallallARGH Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2012
not only beautiful, but really useful too. thank you. (:
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WillbeFire Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2012  Hobbyist
wow, this looks like traditional, I couldn´t believe it was digital. it´s really beautiful, and I find steps tutorials really useful, so thanks a lot!
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GBWhisper Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you for your comment. It's easy to achive this result with ArtRage:)
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WillbeFire Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2012  Hobbyist
I should definitely try it!
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bloodlustattoo Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
just got full version, but cant find settings that simulate my kind of work, but have just 2 days so still need to fight with it.
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HarlequiNQB Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Wonderful work, and very informative.
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GBWhisper Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! Can see you are an Artrage lover
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HarlequiNQB Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Welcome, and yeah I love it - excellent software for the price :)
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Dahlre Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2011
Fantastic thank you for sharing this thought process it is wonderful! :)
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RomanPetruk Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2010
excelent!! :)
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Orathio Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks for sharing the tricks! :D
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GBWhisper Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
you are welcome
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ninopolisel Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2010
this is great.. thanks!
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GBWhisper Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
thank you and... you are welcome!
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LuisaRafidi Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2010
The finished painting looks beautiful and very traditional-looking. Very useful step-by-step, too! In step 4, what were the brush presets you used exactly, if you don't mind me asking?
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GBWhisper Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
PTL are 50, 25 and 50. IAS are xvx... if you know what I mean. It's just a normal round oil brush, but on a textured layer it's gonna look thinner.

The dry, blocky brush I was using: PTL 50, 10,2 and IAS xvv.
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LuisaRafidi Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2010
I think I get what you mean, but my dry brush looked less, well, dry than yours. Could you show me a screenshot of the presets for both brushes?
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GBWhisper Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Na.. I think I've explained well.
Dry Square: Pressure 50%, Thinners 10%, Loading 2%, Insta-Dry off, Auto Clean on, Square Head on.
Normal Round: Pressure 50%, Thinners 25%, Loading 50%, Insta-Dry off, Auto Clean on, Square Head off.
and two more good brushes:
Artist Oil: Pressure 0%, Thinners 20%, Loading 10%, Insta-Dry off, Auto Clean on, Square Head on.
Glossy Hatching: Pressure 70%, Thinners 0%, Loading 100%, Insta-Dry off, Auto Clean off, Square Head on.

By the way I am using ArtRage 3. Different canvas will have different result as well. You said my brush looks dryer than yours? Because I was using the canvas with heavier grain. The canvas that I was using is called 'essential canvas' if I can recall. So thick paints will look thinner on heavy grain canvas, and dry brush will look even dryer..
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LuisaRafidi Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2010
Oh, forgot to ask something. In photoshop you can lower the brushe's opacity to blend. Is there something similar in artrage? Like putting more thinner, or something.
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GBWhisper Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Sure, there are different ways of doing it:

1, For Oil brush, all you have to do is to raise the Thinner value. Like real paint, if you blend in oil, the saturation will be lowered as well.
2, For Ink pen, just lower the Opacity level.
3, For Sticker spray tool, simply lower the Spray rate or Alpha in Spray Variation table. So far I could not get a perfect imported Photoshop brush yet. Settings are different.

That's all. I think the result of the Inky pen looks close to Photoshop most.
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LuisaRafidi Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2010
Thanks for the information!
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GBWhisper Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
you are welcome
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LuisaRafidi Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2010
Thanks for giving more details. Yeah, I'm using the essential canvas, too, and ArtRage 3. Thanks again for the help, and keep up the wonderful work :)
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Ice-guy Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2010   Digital Artist
Finally! Somone doing quality work with artrage 3 on here. I'm finding that I love artrage more and more. Also I understand your plight with art teachers. Honestly though it could be worse.
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GBWhisper Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! ArtRage3's got great potential, just a bit slow.
Talking about 'quality work', I dont know why so many people use AR in a 'wrong way' (you know what I mean). The developer made it too playful, sticker and stencil stuff. The public image of AR is still amateur.
Now people are saying adding vectors, timelines into AR. I do use those functions but Im not sure if it is the right thing to do for AR.
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Ice-guy Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2010   Digital Artist
Yeah I know what you mean. Honestly there are still a few things I would like them to add or change, but not much. Water colors (or colours as you spell it where you are) get bogged down really easily, and I wish that the blenders were a little different...That being said I actually think it is better than painter in someways. It's definitely easier to learn how to use. At any rate I do like your stuff. Have you ever considered submiting a tutorial for AR?
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GBWhisper Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
I am actually thinking of submitting AR works/tutorial to ImagineFX next year, but not to the AR forum. The forum people have their little groups and I dont really enjoy that over-friendly atmosphere.
The blender tool works perfect with paint thickness (or you will have to use the wet blender tool which is a bit fake). From what you were saying you might use watercolour a lot. I personally think that oil brush with high thinner or super wet marker tool works better than the watercolour tool. Watercolour tool's got a circle head and it feels strange.
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Ice-guy Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2010   Digital Artist
That would be awesome. I have a subscribtion to IFX. Up until last issue I was actually getting at the same time as Europe, but then it took two months to get the latest one. :( I don't actually use water color that much for that reason. I'm still new to all this and it takes me forever to finish anything...I wish I had more time. I honestly think IFX would probably be very happy to have you contribute to their mag. Some day I hope to be able to do something like that. I have a lot of work to do before I'm ready to do anything like that though.
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prawnsushi Featured By Owner May 5, 2010
Nice painting:)

Somehow the star reminds me of Mandriva lol (what? i'm a geek? :noes:)
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GBWhisper Featured By Owner May 5, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Yes, you are. why not super mario or cowboy.. or Vietnam-_-b now Im a geek
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prawnsushi Featured By Owner May 5, 2010
Well, i'd rather send Mario to hell than see him here.
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prawnsushi Featured By Owner May 5, 2010
u_u
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donsilbers Featured By Owner May 4, 2010
very impressive
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kios18 Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2010
Great Job !!
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GBWhisper Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! I love your works as well!
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toubab Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
just wondeful work! :)
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GBWhisper Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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