Monika Zagrobelna
Monika Zagrobelna
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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three point lighting in painting
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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big cat digital painting
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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August 16, 2020 1 Comment Tutorial

How to Learn to Draw by Tracing

Tracing has a real bad name in the artistic community, and for a good reason—an artist can spend years to learn how to draw a realistic human from imagination, and a tracer can replicate the same end result in minutes. However, there are other forms of tracing that have nothing to do with pretending you…

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August 9, 2020 3 Comments Article

I want to draw, but I don’t know how to start

There are plenty of beginner tutorials for people who want to learn how to draw. But it’s like there’s no order to them—one’s teaching you perspective, other’s about color theory, then there’s one about anatomy, and another one about physics of light. And the worst thing is that each of them seems to require knowledge…

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July 31, 2020 0 Comments Tutorial

How to Fix Proportions in Your Drawing

Let’s say you’re drawing something from a photo reference, and you can see something is wrong—you’re not sure what exactly, but your drawing looks different than the reference. In this short tutorial I’ll show you how to fix this issue by adjusting the proportions. How to Fix Proportions in Your Drawing This is my sketch,…

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