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Progress: Cognoscente. by Shinerai Progress: Cognoscente. by Shinerai

It's not super fancy and that's because I'm lazy. Several people have asked me for a coloring tutorial of some kind, but I really don't want to make one. Mostly just because I just make stuff up all the time so I color almost every piece differently. So I took a bunch of screenshots while painting my most recently submitted portrait of Yoi and maybe this will still help some people grasp my thought process when I'm drawing. If not, it's okay because I don't either.

I've also created a tutorial on how to add color using gradient maps.
shinerai.deviantart.com/art/Tu…


enjoy!

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bro-tato Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
this is an awesome tutorial!! i have to try painting again sometime haha
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DuskyTops Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks Shin! this tutorial worked out great! i'm very happy how my results look like :D fav.me/d7tzgtr
I'm very grateful, you've enhanced my art capabilities!
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Shinerai Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hello!! thanks for sharing the result of your experiment with me :D It looks really great! The shading is very painterly but still soft, and I just love the crispiness of the sharpen filter. did you use SAI for this?
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DuskyTops Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! and for your question i did use SAI!
i edited it with Photoshop just for the filter,
SAI sadly doesn't have all  the filters that photoshop have, and i find that
Photoshop is better for filters and editing,
 
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DuskyTops Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
As is said on your "Cleanse" deviation, i am more than happy to get this kind of information, just dropped in to say that!
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Reivenmore Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014  Student
Thank you very much for this. I'm really new when it comes to digital art and I've yet to find my own way with coloring.

On a side note, I like your color choices for this one, it really brings out a sort of majestic or awe inspiring feel to it with the depth.
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Shinerai Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You are quite welcome! :D Thank you for the compliments ;u;
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Mmkaay Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2014  Student Digital Artist
THANKYOU for this tutorial. I've been studying digital painting and just can't get things right from start to finish or find any tutorials as good as this. Thankyou again for sharing your methods!
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Shinerai Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
why you are really quite welcome! I have a PSD file uploaded and a tutorial on how to add color using gradient maps. Did you see those too? c:
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Mmkaay Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Yes I did see and faved them to my tutorials folder.
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Shinerai Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
great! C:
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SoutoAIPX Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014
Wow, this is beautiful. Would you also share your photoshop brushes and what you use each for as a tutorial?
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Shinerai Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hello! I will probably not be doing that since all the brushes I use are default photoshop brushes <3
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SilverOkami666 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Is your program CS6?
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Shinerai Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No I use CS3 :)
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SilverOkami666 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Photoshop, nonetheless! Yay!
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mute-owl Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2013
I did this using some of the ideas you use for your art. ;v;

Moos Dragon by mute-owl
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Shinerai Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh gosh that looks just so wonderful ;u; I love the piece that inspired it too. I bet that creature is enormous!
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NerielMi Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Hmm, thank you for uploading this, I certainly got some interesting tips that I didn't know about from this! I would be curious about the masks and applying gradient maps, do you plan to make a 'how Shinerai does this' tutorial about them, too?:)
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Shinerai Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist

Yes I did make a tutorial for that :D

shinerai.deviantart.com/art/Tu…

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NerielMi Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome, thank you.:D
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Sinnibelle Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's the idea of going in without lines that blinds me and stops me from being any good at doing anything with color.. I really think trying to wrap my head around this concept will help and seeing the way you over layed a little sketch and then colored loosely around that really helps. Thanks so much
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Shinerai Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
you're very welcome c:
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Rabenfeder Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I die a little every time I notice that I'll probably have to quit SAI and use photoshop again... Because my shading in SAI always ends up looking horrible and by all means, I REALLY always adored your style in these ^ . It's just so beautiful, I don't even ._. and here rabenfeder.deviantart.com/art/… I tried real hard on the fur for many hours and still don't know why it just doesn't touch me -_- (I slacked on the hair, ik, but i was kinda wanting to end it.. i get pretty sloppy towards the end) ahh shinzzzz~~~
I don't guess that I can make this work in anyway? ;w;  with all the tools
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Shinerai Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh gosh but I love the flow you've put in the hair ;u;
I wish I could help; I know people that make beautiful work in SAI, like :icontwilitwolf: but I dont know how to use it.
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Rabenfeder Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
aww, that's sweet, hon :heart: :hug:
I still have a lot to learn about fur, the flow is okay I guess but I didn't really get it to look as realistic as i had imagined. *sigh* Oh well, better luck next time x'D

Yeah, i know some people too, but photoshop tends to give birth to way more beautiful artworks ;w; (if i count the numbers only)
NhhHHH but thanks for showing me that artist, as soon as I'll get back to my bf next week 'll try to practice a bit
<3
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Shinerai Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
you're welcome any time cx
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MukArt Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I've been practicing in painter to hopefully be able to paint as smooth as this, but man i can never get the shading as smooth as that lol.  i love how you do this.  man though i get so lost if there isn't a fairly drawn out sketch to work with X.x  gonna try working over a light sketch next time lol
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Shinerai Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you very much for your compliments! If I've ever had one talent, it's working off of a BSd sketch xD
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MukArt Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
no problem! XD  my sketches don't need to be super thought out but i need some sort of form there XD im bad about that lol
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NagoshiAshumari Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Thank you so much for making this tutorial ;v;

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dizz-zy Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013
wow....it's really beautiful. especially the lighting and the soft colours.^^
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Shinerai Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much for the compliments c:
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JenniferEasley Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Lovely work!
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Shinerai Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you!
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Dragons-Desires Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Hey Shinerai! I'm just wondering...what brush do you use to paint? I use a custom one but I'm having troubles creating sharper/smoother shading. I used photoshop by the way.

I've never been successful with the brush that sort of acts as a like a of gradient based on pressure, and I haven't had any luck with the airbrush either. I always try and smooth things out using the eyedropper tool as well so that's not the issue...it seems like no matter what brush I use my works never come out smooth :c and no tutorial i've come across seems to explain it.
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Shinerai Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Actually, to paint I use the one that you were talking about, that acts like a gradient based on pressure. I typically use a mid-range pressure sensitivity (compared to firm, which I use when lining). It definitely took me a long time to get used to it and it's probably not the most efficient brush but it's the one I like the most xD
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Dragons-Desires Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Well then i guess I'm just going to have to get used to it then aren't I! haha. Maybe I'm just using it incorrectly. Thanks for responding! Keep being awesome :P
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Shinerai Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome! And I'll try! And you know, I'm always open to tutorial suggestions and things like that so feel free to continue asking questions C:
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KiRAWRa Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013
Oh man this is absolutely fantastic. I've been having trouble getting the hang of lineless digital painting until someone simply said to me: "Stop trying to treat it like drawing, its more like sculpting", and wow, everything just clicked. Your process is an excellent representation of that and has most definitely given me a clearer idea of how to go about digitally painting, thank you!
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Shinerai Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm glad you enjoyed the progress image! It took me a long time for it to click, too. I originally started out with a refined sketch and then I would have to work within the confines of lines, without actually having lines and, well, it just wasn't easy. I found that being more carefree and kinda making it up as you go is a lot more enjoyable and simple!
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KiRAWRa Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013
I'll be sure to try out your methods for myself, I'm excited to have another go now that I understand the technique better!
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Ryooshi-Ryuu Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013
God......I feel so inferior.....how do you do thaaaatttttttt I love your coloring style so much!
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Shinerai Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm glad you like it ;; it took me lots of practice.
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SilverPoot Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013  Professional Filmographer
STOP DAT LINELESS PAINTING.

IT HURTS MY BRAIN.

(You do it so well @_@)
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Shinerai Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Haha!! I'm glad you think so ;; It's definitely a style I want to develop more <3 Though I'd give it up for the fluidity and naturalistic mannerisms you portray within your own lines ♥
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SilverPoot Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013  Professional Filmographer
I have always loved the look of lineless painting, and it does, in a sense "hurt my brain" because I have always relied on strong, obvious lines to build up my drawings and can't really wrap my brain around the technique of painting lineless until I really practice it more (my attempts thus far are really sloppy). I have always wanted to learn to tame that lineless painting style, because damn it looks so pretty when done certain ways.

Honestly, I never really assumed you did your paintings so loosely at first, because by the time you're done with it, everything is so sharp and tidy, and I've always admired that.
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Shinerai Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I used to rely on lines a lot too, which really made my first attempts at lineless art look like . . . . like I just turned the lineart layer off xD And it also made lineless art really difficult at first; I've tried doing it with an extremely clear sketch, but I've found that doing it losely is easier, strangely enough. It also helped to force myself to doing it on one or two layers, that way I don't have a chance to try and incorporate lines. xD

I think you should totally try it some time though, I mean it has become a style that I really enjoy, when I used to hate it.
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SilverPoot Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013  Professional Filmographer
True, practice does make progress! One of these days when I actually draw more, I'll have to give it more effort :I
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ProMenthefus Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013  Student Filmographer
Tres chiq
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