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Tiny Tips: Five-colour-trick by Ranarh Tiny Tips: Five-colour-trick by Ranarh
When I was starting out, I used to block in a base colour, slapped some black on the dark and some white on the light side and blend it, all at 100% opacity, of course. Blending a cel-shaded picture however looks terrible, so: Use plenty of colours. Paint, and don't let some buttons in the toolbox dictate your work style. And stay away from the airbrushes for shape defining.

"Ranarh's tiny tips" is a collection of iddy-biddy tutorials, each containing small bites of advice anyone can chew, aimed at beginner's level artists. They are not software-dependent. If there's a problem you have, something you feel someone should finally explain, or are just curious what I have to say on a particular artistic issue, feel free to tell me.


You'll find the whole Tiny Tips Collection, plus some full-grown walkthroughs in my tutorial section. Check out my blog and website for exclusive tutorials, walkthroughs, and tips.
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:iconraine0678:
raine0678 Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
awesome and very helpful
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Ranarh Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2013
Thanks a lot!
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:iconraine0678:
raine0678 Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
your welcome
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:iconjeroine:
Jeroine Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much for this tutorial!
It really helps a lot!
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:iconranarh:
Ranarh Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013
Thank you!
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Jeroine Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
No problem! :)
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MsDaemon Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012
Thank you for the tiny tips, they make a huge difference! :)
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:iconranarh:
Ranarh Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012
You are welcome :)
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DesignbyKatt Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2012
[link] thanks
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bread-doh Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2011
should one pick...
"Complementary color to the light's color"
or, "Complementary color to the object's color", actually? I saw a tutorial on painting a red apple, which it said to use green as the complementary to object's color.

I've read somewhere that complementary colors are mere colors to use for "Muting" the saturation of object being lit. :o

and more addition to the red blush, its either the human skin properties or make-up, and all that things to mind when one paints... sometimes I just feel lost in it. :lol:
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:iconranarh:
Ranarh Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2011
I understand your confusion. ;)

Actually, I have learned that shadow colors should be more saturated (I should have that fixed in the tutorial), as a rule of thumb:
It is easier to pick the main colour and shift it towards the complementary of the light, not the object.

I find this colouring the shading side especially difficult when the light itself is strongly coloured.
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amiroteia Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2010   Digital Artist
Deine Mini-Tutorien sind prima. Schnell, präzise und einfach erklärt. Hilft mir bestimmt bei meiner nächsten Coloration.
Lg
amiro
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:iconranarh:
Ranarh Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2010
Vielen Dank!
Manchmal ist es echt schwer mit einem Thema aufzuhören . . .;)
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:iconmk-d:
MK-D Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
omg thank u so much this is going to be really helpful! :)
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:iconranarh:
Ranarh Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2010
Helpful means a lot to me. Thank you!
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sa55y Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2010
excellent tutorial! Is this done in Photoshop?
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:iconranarh:
Ranarh Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2010
Thank you!

Painted with Corel Painter, layouted with GIMP. The tips themselves are independent. ;)
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sa55y Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2010
I was just curious hehe it looked a lot like photoshop but also like painter at the same time
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:iconranarh:
Ranarh Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2010
GIMP is a lot like Photoshop, so you're about right. (To be honest, Photoshop is yet a bit more comfortable).
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Legion-renaisance Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2010
wow this is something new i just learned thanks for the tips
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:iconranarh:
Ranarh Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2010
You are welcome.
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Ineitatto Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2010   Writer
Thank you for creating this tutorial. It is very helpful.
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:iconranarh:
Ranarh Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2010
Thank you very much! :D
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Ineitatto Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2010   Writer
It's no problem. This is working so well for me.
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angelic-army Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2010   General Artist
the simplest one i've found...with some notes to make it easier to understand. thanks a lot! it really helps. :thumbsup:
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:iconranarh:
Ranarh Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2010
You are welcome, and I'm happy it is easy to understand.
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shikaandtoshirofan Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2009
Wow that's so useful! Thanks for the tips! :iconthankyouplz:
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:iconranarh:
Ranarh Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2009
Happy to be of help! :D
And thank you for the lollipop ;).
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shikaandtoshirofan Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2009
:D no problem!
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DameOdessa Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
So interesting and useful :omfg:
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:iconranarh:
Ranarh Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2009
I had hoped so - thank you!
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visque01 Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2009   Traditional Artist
thank you once again....

and thank you for telling beginner artists about the black and white shadowing. those colors will muddy up a really good picture. i use color pencils and have always followed that idea of not using black as a shadow medium. it really throws the color off, making it look muddy....
great tutorial.
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Ranarh Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2009
You're welcome. Strangely, using black seems to be quite common, although in traditional media as well, burnt umber, ultramarine blue, and what-have-you are all better suited for shadows...
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visque01 Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2009   Traditional Artist
yes that is true. my son is learning at the Art Institute, and when i told him about black he gave me a shocking look. telling me that this is what they teach us. so i challenged him and we both did a drawing of sorts, him in he's teaching ways and mine in my self tought ways. ha, i won.
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Ranarh Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2009
Hihi, nice. And congratulations! ;)
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:iconvisque01:
visque01 Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2009   Traditional Artist
:) thank you...
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differentego Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
really helpful :thumbsup: thanks
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Ranarh Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2009
You're welcome!
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Minzile Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2009   General Artist
exactly what i was looking for at the moment XD... i've got no concept for coloring just do what feels right but the current pic i'm working on has such a complicated light and shadowplay. to make it perfekt this little rule helps ^^. thank you a lot!
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:iconranarh:
Ranarh Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2009
Thanks!
I'm happy to be of help. Any thoughts which topic I should address next?
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:iconminzile:
Minzile Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2009   General Artist
background and forground. that would be awsome. esp concerning colors :). i've always got a lack of harmony there ^^
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:iconranarh:
Ranarh Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2009
I'll see what I can do - thank you! :thanks:
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serbus Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
>< Omg, I'm sorry, but when I first read that I thought it said "Ranarh's tiny tits". I know, I'm horrible.
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