Monika Zagrobelna
Monika Zagrobelna
June 6, 2021 0 Comments Tutorial

Lion Anatomy for Artists: Skeleton and Muscle Diagrams

If you want to draw realistic felines, I’ve made a couple of handy diagrams for you! Keep in mind that these drawings have been intentionally simplified to make them more useful as artistic references—if you’re looking for veterinary-level accuracy, I suggest you use a professional anatomy atlas instead. Skeleton Although bones are mostly hidden from…

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April 11, 2021 0 Comments Tutorial

How to Paint Fur: Short, Medium, Long, and Thick

Last time I showed you a simple method to shade in digital art. However, while it’s easy enough to shade something that doesn’t have any texture on it, shading fur is another pair of shoes. And to make matters worse, fur comes in different variants, and each requires a different approach! In this tutorial I’ll…

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March 28, 2021 0 Comments Tutorial

How to Shade in Digital Art: a Simple Method

There are countless ways of shading digital art—it’s one of the reasons why there are so many distinctive styles, even when the artist is trying to paint semi-realistically. However, to create your own style of shading, first you need to know the rules. In this tutorial I’ll show you a universal method of shading that…

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January 27, 2021 0 Comments News

I’ve Created an Animal Anatomy Course!

I’ve often been asked if I wrote a book about drawing animals, and I haven’t (yet), but this course is really close to it! It’s over 4 hours of narrated video, explaining everything: from the pose and proportions, to the muscles and surface anatomy. The videos are pre-recorded, but this course is supposed to imitate…

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November 15, 2020 0 Comments Tutorial

10 Mistakes in Shading and How to Fix Them

If you want to paint something realistic from imagination, you only have one thing to learn—shading. But it’s a more difficult and complex subject than it sounds. The truth is, it requires you to install a real 3D rendering software in your brain! And until you develop this software, you have no other way than…

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September 27, 2020 0 Comments Tutorial

What Are Blend Modes and How to Use Them in Digital Art

In many digital drawing tutorials you may be asked to “change the Blend Mode of the layer to Multiply”, or something along these lines. What is this about? In this short tutorial I’ll show you what Blend Modes (or Blending Modes) are and how to use them to your advantage. I’ll also do my best…

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September 17, 2020 0 Comments Tutorial

How to Paint Fur with Ambient Light

When you paint fur, what you’re actually doing is painting the shadows between the strands of hair. These shadows appear even if the light is weak and ambient, so you can paint them before you decide on the direction of the main light source. In this tutorial I’ll show you how I “sculpted” long fur…

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September 6, 2020 0 Comments Tutorial

Three-Point Lighting in Digital Painting

There’s this concept in photography called “three-point lighting”, where you use three types of light to properly accentuate the form of your subject. We can use it in art as well, slightly adjusting it to make it fit the natural light conditions. In this very short tutorial I’ll explain this concept to you, using my…

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August 30, 2020 0 Comments Deconstruction

A Colored Cat: the Making Of

During the last lighting study I learned how important it is to define the lighting early on, before adding any details. So I decided to apply this knowledge to the process of painting another one of my colored big cats. Here’s how I did it! 1. Basic Sketch First I found a reference photo for…

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