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Tiny tips: Clouded by Ranarh Tiny tips: Clouded by Ranarh
Clouds really aren't that hard to do, I think. It's mostly brushes the successs depends on. That said, take care of the general cloudscape when painting, because cloudy skies usually feature a lot more clouds than I often see depicted; also, don't group cloud types together that wouldn't do so in nature (humans have this strange ability to tell when something is right, even when they never conciously looked at it).
Smoke and fumes are similar, but not equal, to clouds, as are stellar nebulae. Remember that clouds are only evaporated water, and thus are very light - fumes are pushed out of chimneys and have different shapes, and nebulae in space don't encounter any atmosphere to form some structures that are normal to clouds on planets.
Hm, apparently there's a lot to say about something as common as clouds ;) If there are any questions left, feel free to ask. Also see the other Tiny Tips for more help on other subjects.

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:iconmarcmaroc:
marcmaroc Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013
You make such a great work. I hope that I can make one time some thing like you.... I love it
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:iconranarh:
Ranarh Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2013

Just keep practicing, that's what I did ;)

Thanks!

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:iconenbi-to-miruku:
Enbi-to-Miruku Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013  Student General Artist
Thank you so much for your dedication; I love all of your tutorials and tips. As a self-taught artist, I am so grateful that there are websites like deviantART, and people like you. Again, thank you :heart: :love:
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:iconranarh:
Ranarh Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013
Oh, thank you very much! :D
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:iconcongatrehp:
congatrehp Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
hi,i'm hoang anh.i come from vietnamese.in my country.nobody teach ot tell me about it.it have fewer experts in this field.it make me happy and to be crave.can you help me to learn or know it.i need a basic source,tutorials.can you help me?thank you so much for reading.have a good day!
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:iconranarh:
Ranarh Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2013
There are many good online resources, starting here at dA. I suggest the Feng Zhu Design School videos on youtube; Gnomon sells videos by experts of their fields; if you want books, James Gurney has published two that I find invaluable today.
The secret to becoming a great artist is to practice every waking minute. Just go ahead and paint, put it up for critique in online art communities like deviantart, conceptart.org or CGHub; there are many friendly people who will help.
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:iconcongatrehp:
congatrehp Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
oh yeah.i can feel it.it'it's good for me. thanks for your surport.i'm very embarrassed.but you are my inspiration!thanks for advise.i really like"The secret to becoming a great artist is to practice every waking minute".it make me motivation!thank you!!! thank you!!! and thank you so much.i hope i can talk to you more!^^ nice to meet you!if you have a good information,please give me!^^ i have a problem with language.but i'll try to find the way to understand what you say!
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:iconranarh:
Ranarh Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013
Thanks! You don't have to be embarrassed, we all start somewhere. If there's anyhting more you want to ask, you can always write to me.
By the way, your English will improve as well when reading lots of English tutorials. Mine did :)
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:iconbull1983:
Bull1983 Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013
Hello, I would like to see the videotutorial professional on how to realize landscapes with Photoshop and Sketchbook Pro.
Sea, rivers, lakes, skies, clouds, rocks, trees and plants.
I'll pay your videotutorial professional.
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:iconranarh:
Ranarh Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013
Could you please write me a note and explain further what you mean?
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:iconbull1983:
Bull1983 Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013
Hello, I want to learn how to paint all kinds of digital landscapes through video tutorials.

For example:
[link]
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:iconranarh:
Ranarh Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013
I am not currently doing any video tutorials. I'm planning to in the future, but can't say when I'll have the time. You already know digital-tutors, check out the Feng Zhu Design School on youtube or Gnomon for more.
("Note" refers to the deviantArt messaging system, btw.)
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:iconbull1983:
Bull1983 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013
Is it possible?
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:icontahis:
Tahis Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012
great advise, thx! :)
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:iconranarh:
Ranarh Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2012
You are welcome! :)
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:iconshadowleaper:
Shadowleaper Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Great tut thanks! :)
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:iconranarh:
Ranarh Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2011
Welcome, and thanks.
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:iconsuryanarayananh:
suryanarayananH Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Thank you very much... i have suffered for far too long trying to draw clouds.
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:iconranarh:
Ranarh Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2011
Very welcome. :D
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:iconannaleroy8:
annaleroy8 Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Here is my first attempt at making clouds. I think the more I do it the better it will turn out :)

[link]
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:iconranarh:
Ranarh Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2011
It's a very good start :clap:

Try varying the shapes a little more, looking at photographs helps with that.
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:iconannaleroy8:
annaleroy8 Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! I didn't eve think to look at photos of clouds.
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:iconusayfudo:
UsayFudo Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2011  Student General Artist
Epic.
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:iconranarh:
Ranarh Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2011
:blush: :thanks:
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:iconnightlyre:
Nightlyre Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Definitely going to give those brush settings a try. Thanks for this!
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:iconranarh:
Ranarh Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2011
You're welcome, and send me a link to the work you will do with it. :D
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:iconnightlyre:
Nightlyre Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
I actually used this technique to refine the clouds a bit in this picture: [link] So thank you for that as well!
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:iconranarh:
Ranarh Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2011
Thanks for linking! :D

This is pretty cool. Reminds me that I should play that, too.
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Toonicorn Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2011  Professional General Artist
Many thanks for the lesson, sensei! (bows)
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:iconranarh:
Ranarh Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2011
You are welcome Padawan :yoda:
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:iconannaleroy8:
annaleroy8 Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Can't wait to give it a try, thanks for posting this!
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:iconranarh:
Ranarh Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2011
You are very welcome. Make sure to send me a link, I shall be very interested to see your work! :nod:
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:iconannaleroy8:
annaleroy8 Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Will do! :thanks:
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:iconannaleroy8:
annaleroy8 Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Will do! :thanks:
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:iconraemina:
RaeMina Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Perfect! Very well done :D
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:iconranarh:
Ranarh Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2011
:blush: :thanks:
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:iconlokkenshadow:
lokkenShadow Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for that ! I'll try to do some cloudy sky any time.
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:iconranarh:
Ranarh Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2011
I would be very interested to see what you come up with. :eager:

And :thanks:
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:iconlokkenshadow:
lokkenShadow Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I'll tell you when it's done.
But I'm sure that will not be so good as your's, I just paint and draw by hobby, unfortunately, and you are really good.
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:iconnexu4:
Nexu4 Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
thanks for this turorial, i love it :clap:
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:iconranarh:
Ranarh Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2011
You're welcome and thank you. :bow:
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:iconwhite-briefs:
white-briefs Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2011
Funny... All these years I've never thought of using jitter and scattering in order to make more abstract results in clouding... BRILIANT tutorial I say. Simple, yet so eye-opening... Thanks for creating and sharing the knowledge with us. :) :love:
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:iconranarh:
Ranarh Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2011
I'm always discovering new uses of brush features myself. I'm glad to have helped. Thanks for "brillant"! :D
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:iconalphabetsoup314:
alphabetsoup314 Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very interesting.
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:iconranarh:
Ranarh Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2011
:thanks:
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:iconpurplecupcakes:
PurpleCupcakes Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
That was informative and helpful. Thank you for making and posting this. =)
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:iconranarh:
Ranarh Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2011
You are welcome.
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:iconicu1athome:
icu1athome Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great tut, you make it look so easy..
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:iconranarh:
Ranarh Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2011
With just a tiny bit of practice you will find it easy, too. :thumbsup:
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