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Ionem
07-01-2005, 11:58 PM
Tutorial time!

1.Open up Microsoft Paint.

2. Choose a nice light color (I use light blue) and select the pencil tool.

3. Using your mouse, or preferably a tablet, sketch your skeleton. This sketch can be as sloppy as you want, it's only a guide for use later on.
My exaple's a Voltorb, because I'm doing this quickly for the tutorial, so it's an easy one. Typically a skeleton would be much more than this.

http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y263/ionem/sketch%20tutorial/1.png

4. Select black as your primary color now, and using your mouse, or preferably a tablet, use your guidelines to draw your outlines. Remember that you still don't have to be incredibly precise on this, but make it less sloppy than the skeleton. Go back and forth a few times when making lines to create a look like the following:

http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y263/ionem/sketch%20tutorial/2.png

5. This is the little-known feature of Paint that makes all this possible (this is repeated later on, but in a different use). Select the color of the sketch as the primary (foreground) color. Select the background (usually still white at this step) as the secondary (background color). Then, using the eraser tool with the right mouse button, go over all the sketch lines. The tool should erase only the lines of the primary (foreground) color.

http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y263/ionem/sketch%20tutorial/3.png

6. Choose some colors and fill in the big chunks with the paint bucket tool. Fill in parts that are meant to be white with any light shade, and fill in your background with any color that you are not using on the picture.

http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y263/ionem/sketch%20tutorial/4.png

7. Repeat step five, but instead, replace all instances of white (or the former background color), with black (or the outline color). Using the right button on the mouse with the eraser tool makes this all possible in a quick and manageable amount of time.
Note: This step is the reason that we colored white spots and the backgrounds with a different color. By using the eraser tool, we fill in all white spots on the image with black paint.[/i]
After you finish this, you can just paint-bucket the replacement colors back to white as wanted.

http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y263/ionem/sketch%20tutorial/5.png

8. Shading, now. It's really easy. Take a color and then select a slightly darker shade to it. Using the pencil tool, draw a line of a region that you'd like shaded. Then just paint-bucket it in. Look at the example.

http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y263/ionem/sketch%20tutorial/6.png

9. Note: This last step is optional. It gives it a more realistic and "painted" look. Otherwise, it's a very neat sketched cel-shaded drawing, like in The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker.[/i]
Following the new technique we learned in steps five and seven, as well as choosing colors significantly darker than the dark shades in step eight, we recolor the outlines to become darker shades of the insides, giving it a more realistic shaded feeling.

Voila. The final product.

http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y263/ionem/sketch%20tutorial/volty.gif

Angelic Kitsune
07-02-2005, 12:37 AM
Thats a great tutorial! It should be stickied.I tried it awhile ago,but I sucked it up a notch. :neutral:

Ionem
07-02-2005, 03:47 AM
Hey, thanks. But just keep at it, if you like it. You'll get better.

It must be hard with a Mac, though. @_@

Angelic Kitsune
07-02-2005, 04:01 AM
Damn straight.It looks fine on my computer but it must look pretty bad on yours if hardly any people like my stuff :eh:
Hell,even I hardly like my stuff!xD

.AzureLight
07-03-2005, 09:05 PM
Great Ionem!

This really should be stickyed! :oops:

Pichu
07-05-2005, 09:32 AM
Hahaha.....great tutorial...It's informative.....it really should be stickyed

~*Alex*~
07-06-2005, 12:45 AM
Thats a great tutorial! I tried it awhile ago,but I sucked it up a notch. :neutral:


Ditto for me too. I suck at drawing on paint and on paper too. :sad: