Shop Mobile More Submit  Join Login


Submitted on
June 16, 2011
Image Size
257 KB


11,278 (1 today)
756 (who?)


Creative Commons License
Some rights reserved. This work is licensed under a
Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 License.
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.

"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.
Add a Comment:
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
Ranarh Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2013

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


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:
Ranarh Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013
Oh, thank you very much! :D
congatrehp Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
hi,i'm hoang anh.i come from my country.nobody teach ot tell me about have fewer experts in this 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!
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, or CGHub; there are many friendly people who will help.
congatrehp Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
oh yeah.i can feel'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!
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 :)
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.
Ranarh Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013
Could you please write me a note and explain further what you mean?
Add a Comment: