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Alicia Tutorial by ionen Alicia Tutorial by ionen
Dawnstar and Alicia could use your help on Steam!: [link]

I've had a bunch of requests for tutorials lately, and figured I'd explain Alicia's painting in greater detail. It touches more on my thought process while working, color choice and blending. Sorry if this is sort of a random combination of tutorial elements. I tried to answer the various notes I've been getting.

I primarily use Photoshop, but the ideas are generally the same regardless of what program you use. Unless you use... MSPaint, and then you're screwed.

You'll probably have to download it to see it properly. Feel free to ask questions in the next 12-24 hours and I'll likely be able to answer them. After that I'll float back into space and wander around with Space Sphere again.
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Alicia Tutorial by ionen provides wonderful insight into the artists process of creating digital works, the results of which speak for themselves! ( Featured by Elandria )
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2D-Dungeon Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
That's a great technique for finding good palettes! Thank you!
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TheGalleryOfEve Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Congratulations on your well-deserved DD!!! :iconflyingheartsplz::iconlainloveplz::iconflyingheartsplz: :clap::clap::clap:
I’m very happy for you!!! :iconloveloveplz: :tighthug:
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Doodah Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
congratulation on the DD ionen ! :D
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NaruHinaSasuSaku4evr Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
suure... sure, the "close-up example of shading" is not just an excuse to do a close-up of her ass
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Jokerboxer Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2014
It's just an example of shading, that is all. No one wants to see that buttox.
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NaruHinaSasuSaku4evr Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Lies. Also, buttocks*
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Joel-Wade Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2014   General Artist
It's nice to see so many great tips crammed into a small no-nonsense tutorial,
you have a clear and quick way to teach, thanks for sharing!
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PureDesignsR Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2014  Professional Interface Designer
good one 
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Fractaldragon Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Some really excellent info in this; I always enjoy seeing an artist's thought processes too. Congrats on the DD!
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imaagination Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Amazing! :)
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Pamaripai Featured By Owner May 17, 2014
Thanks for the tutorial ! :)
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Iviiferguson Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this is really helpful, somethimes I get mad so fast cuz i dont know how to give "life" with colors, xD thx for the tutorial! ^_^ 
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OEPulse Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013
wow thanks alot! really! before i could only draw up to the third box, this is really helpful
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Crysita Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for the Tutorial!
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cuongqtran Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Thanks Ionen, this was quite helpful!
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pje0860 Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
I see your style of work ^_^ it's really Great =^_^= (but me no good at using programs so I am increasing my drawing colour skills)
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Djeroon Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks! this is an interesting tutorial!
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ggFrenzy Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Voted on steam, looks pretty cool :) I really enjoy the design on the Alicia character as well, very cool.
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shadowyzman Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Very nice :) What kills me is to paint over black lines when you're going for a no-lines painting look. It takes ages and makes me cringe sometimes lol
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Floatharr Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012
I really like the design! Totally badass! I can see problems with the lighting and rendering though, no clear light source direction and inconsistent shadows. I thought it would be much easier for you to learn from if I did a paintover to show you what I mean, I hope you don't mind :) Took me 15 minutes, apologies for the huge mess, just zoom out and blur your eyes xD

[link]
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Floatharr Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012
Also I recommend doing studies of cosplay photography! Best source of learning for these kind of pictures :)
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brotherarcheus Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Really helpful tutorial Ionen. Great advice on color picking, lights/shadows and manually painting gradients. Thank you!
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13thMortamer Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012
See I have a problem. I already voted yes before I knew you worked on the project and it just won't let me vote a 2nd time.
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ionen Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
:D
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BlueDemon13 Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
no contest this year?
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:iconionen:
ionen Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Hmmm... maaaaaybe. Would be fun to do, but would be at release.
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BlueDemon13 Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Good enough :D
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TCRgfx Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012  Student General Artist
Thank you is realy helpful
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ionen Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
No prob.
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El5hag5hag Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012
You have no idea how happy i was when i realised you had made another tutorial XD
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ionen Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
:)
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TFSakon Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012
Much more than just helpful :D
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Felix-demon Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012  Student General Artist
How do you know when to stop shading/rendering? Or when is too much?
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ionen Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
For me, if it looks perfectly smooth when at print size it feels like it's too much. I'd rather it be undersmoothed than too much. When it's oversmoothed you'll likely not see the saturated colors as much. It'll get muddy, as combining a saturated color palette with dull colors generally results in dull colors.
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MarikBentusi Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012
Hmmhmm, wish I had a better way with creating gradients while using high-opacity brushes and didn't get lost with shadow layers all the time - but hey, better know what to improve on than being stuck. :lol:
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kiahl Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012
I do not mean to be a dick, but she has two left hands. nice coloration tho.
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ionen Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Haha, yeah, she did. Before I fixed it.
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kiahl Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012
ohgoody. thanks for not takin offense
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McFrankyArt Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I already wondered where the process-pic went but this is a nice surprise^^
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