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Tiny tips: Die, white, die by Ranarh Tiny tips: Die, white, die by Ranarh
I admit I don't see the character portraits on white or a preset photoshop gradient as a background as often anymore. But they're not extinct yet. Which they should be. Creating an interesting background with not much work for your bust portrait, first colour wash for a bigger picture, or what-have-you isn't hard at all.
I cannot emphasize this enough, so I'll say it again: Simply using an effect filter *is not enough*. Always work over what your computer did for you if you want to avoid that dreadful artificial look.

"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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Zedna7 Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2015  Student Digital Artist
I just faved your tutorials and ran :XD: I find them very inspirational and they give me something to think about when I prepare for my works. It's like the theories of Andrew Loomis, which explains very good about stuff to do and think about before you start. Like composition, values,etc etc. Although I'm not that good to go with value balancing yet x)
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Ranarh Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2015
Now that comparison is quite a compliment! Thanks!
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Zedna7 Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2015  Student Digital Artist
You're very welcome :la:
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HCWalsh Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2010
yay~ more tiny tips~:dance:

I'm just getting away from white backgrounds...:XD: This helps a lot, now I feel like I have more of an idea of what I can do if I'm not doing a full background~:D Thank you sooo much~:iconredbullglompplz:
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Ranarh Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2010
I'm pleased I've helped! I'm curious to see what you came up with. :D
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HCWalsh Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2010
I haven't done much but I did try to use that kind of jittery paint idea here >>[link]
Hopefully it worked out ok~:XD:
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DameOdessaStock Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2010
Thanks a lot for sharing this!
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Ranarh Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2010
It is a pleasure.
(And don't feel cornered, as a pencil artist - it is no problem to leave that background white ;))
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DameOdessaStock Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2010
I usually get comments telling me "draw a background plz" -_- ^^"
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Ranarh Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2010
It's always been an annoyance for me to fill large areas with pencil... :D
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DameOdessaStock Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2010
:iconyesyesyesplz:
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ShuiYue Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2010  Student Filmographer
Thank you! This should be standard issue for deviants, NO WHITE BGs!
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Ranarh Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2010
Absolutely :nod:
Thanks :thanks:
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chilalisnowbird Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
100% agreed on the mission of death to white backgrounds. I wonder, though, if you'd be interested in doing a tiny tip on 2-3 easy ways to do a quick background? I am finding -- particularly with my new CS5 -- that if you have no custom brushes and no textures premade, then it's a lot more time consuming. :)
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Ranarh Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2010
Thanks for the suggestion, I'll see what I can muster up. Nice idea. :D
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