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SPEED PAINT tutorial: vaporeon by purplekecleon SPEED PAINT tutorial: vaporeon by purplekecleon
Here you go. Let me know if you have any questions.

I do have a couple of things to say about color though: be bold in experimentation. You can only learn from what doesn't work. Generally it's very hard to make things stick out on a background that has the same color as the thing; for example, Vaporeon would have a hard time being prominent underwater unless you really understand how to work with light and color.

You need to give yourself good starting colors to work with, in a speed paint. If you only want to spend an hour or two on it, you need to lay out a good foundation. The rest of it, the part that looks good, is honestly not as important, because if you have a bad foundation, it doesn't have a chance of looking good.

Always draw from the colors you've laid out. There are a couple of exceptions that I follow, and that's if I don't have a light enough color. For instance, in the ice beam, I wanted it to be a little brighter, so I stuck some BRIGHT YELLOW-ORANGE on top of the blue, which helped a ton in making the blue stick out. This is a good trick to remember: to make a light stick out, stick a very bright variant of the complement of the color on top. That is what I did here: orange and blue are complements, so to place the orange-yellow on top of the blue helped the blue to look very bright.

Anyway, I might make a guide later to how I understand color, and different ways I use it. For now, I hope this helps!
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Sophiaricetiger Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2014
ok so how do you speed up the recording? I have movie maker, but it doesn't have the speed-up/slow-down feature. I don't want to download anything either. But the tutorial helps a lot with the drawing part! thank you!
SaatciSpider Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2014  Student General Artist
Your tutorials are really helpful! Thanks!
NintendosZelda Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm SO confused with the layers T______T

Let's check if I did the layers correct:
First, I have the sketch layer (overlay, opacity 100%)
Than a copy of this sketch layer (multiply; opacity 50%)
And then a background layer (normal; 100%)
(are there more?)


In Step 4(and Step 5):
Are the flat colors of Vaporeon directly drawn in the same layer as the background? (I did it, just wanna make sure)
In Step 7:
Thats the most confusing part for me... "working on top of the sketch" So... right at the sketch? Same layer? If yes, WHAT sketch layer?
The overlay - 100% -layer (First I thought this layer, because of the 100% but It looks weird and not like in the tutorial D:)
the multiply - 50% -layer?  (do I have to change opacity afterwards?)

(Or did you create a new layer above the others for this step?)

And after this, do I have to hide/delete the other sketch layer? D:
I'm really confused about which layer is used for each step  T_T (Maybe you can tell me how many and what layers you have)
I'm surely making something wrong, argh Q^Q
Sorry for being so super dumb, please somebody help me, I really love this style and I'm so grateful for this tutorial, thats why I'm so frustrated of myself for not getting it right Q__Q

Please help me, I'm begging you ;___; *kneels*

My english isn't perfect, hope it's clear (maybe that's the reason I'm missing something v.v)

PS I love your art, you're my favorite artist here in DA *_*
Maybe I didn't get everything but your tutorial already helped me very, very much, especially with coloring, Thank you :D
HRandt Featured By Owner May 4, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Nice tutorial! Thanks you Love 

It would be too much to ask what brush settings do you use? I'm always very confused about what bleding, dilution, persistence and advanced settings to use Oh Noes! 
KaueD9 Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2014
You are awesome! Thank you so much for your tutorials!
dacostac Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2014
Could you provide a link to the Brush Tool you use? I am trying to set up my SAI to have all the things I need :) Thanks!!
PlatinaStar Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Might come in handy!
DraggieTheArcher Featured By Owner May 25, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
What website or program do you use to speed paint?
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