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Tiny tips: Falling rivers by Ranarh Tiny tips: Falling rivers by Ranarh
I had been asked for a tutorial about waterfalls, so here you go. As always, there are many things that could have been added.
Take care of the landscape beneath the waterfall, e.g. paint it first; many cliffs do not drop straight down but have jagged edges where rocks stick out, or the large fall is precedented by tiny falls and currents.
The steady mist allows lush vegetation, and there are even birds in South America that nest behind the water curtain.
As usual, looking at reference pictures will help you paint better, but be careful; many beautiful photos are taken so that the water looks very soft, like hair. That is not natural, waterfalls always look foamy.

See my other tutorials about water:
Water - waves [link]
Water - reflections [link]
Water - colour [link]


"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.
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petiteUlis Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2014
This is not the point here, the tutorial is correct  but I must add that natural (non-magical) rainbows have the red on the outside and the purple on the inside of the curve...
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Ranarh Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014
I'll remember it, thanks for pointing it out. :)
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Kurotorasempai Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Very helpful. Thank you!
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Ranarh Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2014
You are welcome.
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La-Nee Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
featured here: [link]
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Ranarh Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012
Thanks a lot! :thanks:
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La-Nee Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're most welcome :)
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space-commander Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I love your tutorials :) Instant faves on all of them
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Ranarh Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012
Many thanks!
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Cr2O3 Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2012
much thanks for that
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Ranarh Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012
You are welcome!
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fastaanta1924 Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Lovely tutorial ~ Nice work. c:
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Ranarh Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012
Thanks a lot!
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fastaanta1924 Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome ~ c:
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locodela Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great tutorial I needed something like this :)
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Ranarh Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012
You are welcome, and thank you :)
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Evildarling Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome, I always find it hard to make those big waterfalls... thanks for making this :D
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Ranarh Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012
You are welcome :)
Feel free to send links to what you create.
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Triceratonfan4 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome. Great work. :clap:
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Ranarh Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012
Thanks a lot! :bow:
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thereallinebyline Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Very nice. I'll definitely be filing this away. Something in me knew that the pretty ribbon-of-water waterfalls you see all over the place just aren't quite right, but I couldn't put my finger on it.
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Ranarh Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012
I'm glad to help. The photos had me troubled a bit, too. But now I've figured it out, it's all clear. There are many beautifully artistic photos out there that don't make very useful reference.
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Faithypooh Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012
Dude, I am so glad I watched you. This is amazing!!
It should get a DD or something!
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Ranarh Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012
Thanks a lot! Of course I wouldn't mind you suggesting it ;)
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Faithypooh Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012
No problem!
How do you do that?
I've wondered how, to be honest x'D
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Ranarh Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012
The list of moderators to send your suggestion to is here: [link]
:)
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Faithypooh Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012
Thanks :3
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