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Tutorial: Zombie Dragon by LindseyWArt Tutorial: Zombie Dragon by LindseyWArt
* Warning: Big File *

Well many of you have asked so I decided to whip this up as I progressed through my last painting. I figure some of you would appreciate it. :)

This isn't so much a tutorial but a step-by-step to how I arrive at a finished creature, so sorry if I leave a lot of important tips out. If you have any additional comments or questions don't be afraid to ask.

I hope you all enjoy. :nod:

Artwork: [link]

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| Photoshop CS4 | Artwork and creature to me, Lindsey W. (~SephirothsHeart)|

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Insanity-Fox Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2012
Instantly shocked
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Zogatn Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2011
that was cool :D
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Iron-Fox Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
this is awesome. I love the shiny bits.
this makes me want to do more creature designs.
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transcevocare Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2011
that was very informative~ thank you
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LindseyWArt Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
No problem, I am glad it helped. :nod:
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DSil Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2011  Student General Artist
Hey, thanks for the breakdown! Definitely going to pore over this.
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LindseyWArt Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Certainly, it's my pleasure and I am glad you found it useful. ;D
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DoppiaC Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2010  Student Digital Artist
Gonna try this technique tomorrow, thanks for making this!
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LindseyWArt Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Certainly, I hope it helps. Tell me how it goes, I'd love to hear. :nod:
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DoppiaC Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2010  Student Digital Artist
Already working on a monster realized with your tut... will write on your page as soon as it's finished! :D
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LindseyWArt Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Sweet, I can't wait. :D
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DoppiaC Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2010  Student Digital Artist
Here it is. :3 [link]
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LindseyWArt Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Very awesome. :nod:
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DoppiaC Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2010  Student Digital Artist
Thank ya - Thought it would come out better than this, but it's a nice beginning. :3
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LindseyWArt Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
It is defiantly a good start, no doubt about that, It just takes a lot of practice. To put things in perspective I usually work on art for at least 5 - 10 hours a day, ranging from studies, sketches, or full blown works. The results of your hard work will eventually show, just keep at it. :nod:
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Tatchit Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2010
I would love to ask a quick question:

some artists prefer to use grayscale and then color, others go straight into the color. What is your opinion?

(and nice process btw)
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LindseyWArt Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Both are just techniques that artists use to basically arrive at the same result, personally I suck with color all around but I prefer it when artists go straight into color. When artists color gray scale it's often muddied down and the vibrancy you get from using just color, is lost. Now there are those who use gray scale, color it using overlay, and then render on top of that layer, which I also admire. Gosh, if only I was that good though. :lol:

Hope that helps, and thank you.
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Desperish Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2010
Very useful!
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LindseyWArt Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Glad to here it. :D
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Thuner Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2010
Great artwork! :)
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LindseyWArt Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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DreamsOfSilence Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Really awesomely done! :) You're such a great artist, and I think you deserve a lot more views and comments on your stuff.
Keep up the good work!
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LindseyWArt Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much for the kind words, I greatly appreciate it. I always like to treat the people who do watch me. :D
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DreamsOfSilence Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2010  Professional Filmographer
You're welcome. :)
^-^
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NEGOXE357 Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2010
Great tutorial!
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LindseyWArt Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Good to hear it. :nod:
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Light-Schizophrenia Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2010  Student Digital Artist
very useful indeed
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LindseyWArt Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Good good. :nod:
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rockleefan Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2010
I love it! Do you have any brushes you could share with us? And what is your trick to blending the black and white to create such a smooth shading? Thanks!
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LindseyWArt Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
I use a lot of random brushes that I have collected from various digital artists throughout the years, but most of them are used to texture. Here is one artist's brushes I use [link] which, you can download from here [link]

I typically just use the basic round brush in Photoshop and set it on low "flow", around 30%, and low "opacity", 70%, to blend. I also smudge with a custom brush to further blend parts that need it. As I progress through the painting and begin to detail I'll start using harder brushes to achieve sharp details you often see.

Hope that helps. :thumbsup:
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rockleefan Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2010
thank you, that helps a lot. That brush is fantastic, so is your work! Keep it up!
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LindseyWArt Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Glad I could help, it's the least I can do. :nod:
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Nya-ko Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2010
Very cool. I love seeing process work like this. (:
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LindseyWArt Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Same here, I tend to enjoy them more than the painting itself. So many useful details, facts, and tips you pick up in progress shots that you wouldn't see normally in a finished painting. :nod:
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Nya-ko Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2010
Exactly! I often find it much more inspiring as well.
Thanks for sharing. :D
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LindseyWArt Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Certainly, it's my pleasure. ;D
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