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Darth Maul
by TonchyZ

Hello, and welcome to my first tutorial :) First of all, don't even bother to read if you just want to draw 'ultracool' without working like mad. Good art requires lots of work. Lots. It took me 9 months to get here, and I feel like I'm still on the beginning. Still many things to learn, way too many. Blah, smartass mode turned on... *click*... there. This is partially tutorial, but more an explanation how I did the pic. I believe you can learn a lot from this. At least I'll try to pass on my knowledge. All images here were done in Photshop 6.0.1 with a Wacom Graphire. Hrm, another digression, but I must; don't complain if you don't have a Wacom. A tablet doesn't make a good artist. A good artist can use any material and paint kickass stuff with it. No expensive thing can bypass the lack of general knowledge. Drawing with mouse only takes more time. (a good example is Petar Ivanchek, he uses only a mouse ).I had a reference photo here, but I did not trace it, or draw over it. You can copy the pic in the separate layer to see how much your pic looks like it, but I try not to do that, it really makes me more nervous. Off we go! (click on any of the pics to see it in full size)

Blocking the main shapes. It needn't look nice, just to give you some material to start from. You should try to get the proportions, main values and colors right here. It's not too late to correct it later, but it's easier this way. Usually for this part I use paintbrush tool (B) with 100% opacity, brush dynamics / opacity set to stylus. Wet edges, of course, off. You might want to start the pic small, about 50% or 25% of the final pic size,do this step while it's small, and then punch it up to the full size. I worked in 1000x600 from the start here. Background was done with the large soft brushes, and the foreground loosely with hard-edged large brushes (specifically - 60px wide calligraphic brush, 35px and 19 px round brush).
Ok. Now you should have a pic which looks good when you squint or blur it. It means you got the main shapes and values right. To find some mistakes, I suggest you flip the canvas horizontally. In my case, the pic looked totally skewed with lots of errors. It's useful to flip the pic occasionally while drawing, just because your "third eye" gets used to the errors over the time. When the big errors are fixed, you can start working with smaller brushes - here I used 5px and 9px wide round brushes.
Step three. The guy seemed fat so I stretched the pic a bit. Continued working with smaller brushes. Worked a bit on the right colours. Oh, don't forget - if he has a red makeup, it's not red! It has dozens of different variants of pink, orange, and other colors. The black makeup acts pretty much the same, only it reflects the surrounding colors more. I used cyan to do the lighter parts of the black makeup.

Another decrease in brush size. 5px, even 3 pixels wide round brush for adding nicer details. Worked a bit on the cloth. See, cloth wrinkles are one of the hardest things to do, and that's why I didn't start adding details on it until now. In my experience, everything comes out better if you don't complicate the things. Generally, don't start at one part of the pic and do it in tiny details with 1px wide brush (eyes for an example). What will happen? Three scenarios are possible (i'm speaking metaphorically, of course) :

1. you will give up the pic after spending 5 hours drawing the hair, when you find the lighting is done totally wrong

2. you will finish the pic, but the parts won't fit. they'll look like a patchwork. And

3. you will finish the pic, and it will look kickass. only problem here is that it'll take more time to correct the perspective errors than to draw the whole pic. So, let me quote Mr. Mullins here: "GENERAL TO SPECIFIC!"

Step 5... 'tis starting to look better, huh? Used 9px brushes to add the horns, colors: bright brown and some desaturated browns too. That grey thingie is a start of the highlight. The face is pretty much finished here, all the main features done. The forehead highlight, above the eye, being a bit touched up. Changed the value of the left part of the background to make horn more contrasty. Proceedin' to...
Step six! Added pink and purple (would you believe it?) to the horns, also some dark, dark browns and oranges. Added reflected light on the right side of the head. If you are not familiar with the term 'reflected light', find Ron Lemen's excellent tutorial on primary shapes. I think there's a link in the links section here. Anyway, started refining the clothes and touching up the face. Eyes were touched up a bit with a 1px wide brush. The paintbrush tool is at all times set to 100% opacity. For the gentler (sp?) highlights you might want to decrease it to 33%. Hmm, what else to say here... nothing, Iguess, gotta keep something for the next step.
Finally finished the clothes. Didn't want to smudge it because I liked the rough look. Generally, smudging and smoothing seemed like a bad idea, the scribbly look of the face really impresses me. The pic is pretty much done now. You can desaturate the pic if the colors are too saturated, or you can desaturate only a part of the pic to emphasize a certain portion of it. And that's it. Picture finished. I hope you had fun reading this and I'd be very glad if you learned something. If you find the text dull, and you are bothered by the gramatical errors, please, be mild. My English isn't very good :) mhm, yes... the finished pic looks like this:

See you next time! p.s. Any questions, crits, comments, suggestions, flames, bombs, viral diseases... drop me in the mail :)


Great Tutorial!
There's a lot of helpful tips here. (I never thought about flipping the canvas horizonatally before.) Wish there were more tut's out there like this one. Thanks for making the effort, Tonchy.
Re: Great Tutorial!
i like it too... you did a very good job... my only question would be: do you use layers?
Re: Re: Great Tutorial!
I try to keep the number of layers as small as possible, and that's usually 3 or 4 layers max. The good thing with layers is that you can do some larger changes you're not sure about and be able to undo them later, or just to compare the new and the old version. Too many layers only brings confusion.
Very nice and proffesional tutorial here. helps us "newbies" out a lot.
May I ask for how many hours you worked on this pic?
Re: Good!
thanks. you're zkreso, right? this pic was done in 4 hours and 30 minutes... you might call it a 'speed painting', but i usually don't like to rush the pics.
Re: Re: Good!
Lol... you know about me? :D 4.30 hours... speedy. I don't know what to say. I usually spend about an hour on my pics, but then again they're not very good anyway. I might spend more time when I "grow up".
Ah well, enough with this blabber... I'm guessing chat is not why you made this forum, but that feedback is.
Btw, I would appreciate it if you would check out my razor piece I made just recently. It's at my devart account.
This is an AMAZING pic! how did you do the lips so well?
That's so good it's not fair. **chokes** the mouth looks really, really real, and the eyes are drawn so they stare at you no matter which direction you turn your head in....
Dude ure k-rad...love ya style..and the tut...

Good stuff, hope to see some more stuff like that on the web

this is a great tutorial, it's helped me a lot and i'm sure it'll help lots of other people.
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Re: Jedi knights Jedi academy
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