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Tutorial - Narration and Mood by Ranarh Tutorial - Narration and Mood by Ranarh
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I tried to explain a few things to keep in mind when telling a story in a painting, using my painting "Follow" as a guide.
For young artists: From my own experience, I can say that you should not feel discouraged because some viewer tells you he "doesn't get it" (or worse, because he doesn't get it claims it's not there in the first place). Not everyone may understand the story in your painting, but if most do, that's enough. Storytelling is left to imagination and interpretation, and therefore people will read things into your artwork that you never put in; sometimes that is good, sometimes not.
Also, it is okay to leave mysteries even to yourself as the creator. You don't have to do a Freudian analysis why you put a red scarf on a figure or an apple in the corner if you just felt like it. All you have to do is to make your artwork consistent (don't be peaceful in the left half of the painting and warlike in the right, unless you intend to depict conflict, etc).

See the painting here: [link]


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OnyxOryx Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013
This one is especially awesome!
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Ranarh Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013
Thanks :thanks:
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sevenofeleven Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2012
Thanks for the tips.
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Ranarh Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012
You are welcome.
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mosobot64 Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012  Student General Artist
Ranarh, as usual, you're a genius.
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:iconranarh:
Ranarh Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012
Thank you very much,

such a comment was just what I needed. I've just been busy for hours updating my gallery and journal. :hug:
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:iconmosobot64:
mosobot64 Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012  Student General Artist
That makes a lot of sense. You put in a ridiculous amount of work into what you do here, and I think it shows.
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gemistryartworks Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It makes me realise that I don't plan enough, which I should, it would save a lot of time in the end! I've just found the composition tool in Corel painter, I can see how you've used it in your painting and how the eye gets drawn to the stag instantly.

Yep there are a lot of lessons here, keep it up!!
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Ranarh Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2012
The tool is very useful indeed. I'm glad you found the tutorial useful, and I hope I've saved you some time, because I had the same problem, and often had to rearrange my entire painting in a late stage.

:thanks:
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Lowegule Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
superb
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:iconranarh:
Ranarh Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2011
Thanks! :D
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Akiyama24 Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
How very true.
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Ranarh Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2011
:thanks:
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LimeGreenBunny Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
An amazingly well done tutorial, and just when I needed some inspiration too.
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Ranarh Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2011
You are very welcome :thanks:
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FawnhART Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
This is fascinating and it got me thinking and coming up with different scenarios for my pictures. Thanks so much for sharing your knowledge :D
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Ranarh Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2011
You are very welcome! :)
Quite often when you come up with an interesting character concept, you feel the need to show its entire design. That means showing it front on; which is probably the most boring way to show a character. Coming up with an interesting scene is much more rewarding.
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FawnhART Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Definitely, I can't wait to apply this to my next pic and try to give it a bit of oomphf! Thanks again :D
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Destynee33 Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Very well done tutorial! It is well written and clear, as well as easy to understand (which is the most important part of any tutorial.) You offer much inspiration and encouragement to all artists, and I feel like this has sparked up my urge to draw again. Really well done, a fabulous tutorial. And the picture is gorgeous as well!
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Ranarh Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2011
Thank you very much. I'm happy you like it, and even more, that it made you start drawing again! Feel free to show me what you come up with.
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Destynee33 Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Alright, I will if you like! I'm planning a big drawing, with full background and lots of detail and everything, which I haven't done in ages. But it's to honor my 100th deviation here on dA, so I want to make it something special XD So thank you <3
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SECRET-NINJA-SUPER-M Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2011   General Artist
Tis brilliant! ^_^
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Ranarh Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2011
Thank you very much! :D
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Little-Moose Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
MOOSE.
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Ranarh Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2011
Kind of ;)
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Yunsildin Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2011  Professional General Artist
Yay! Thank you for another wonderful tutorial! I always learn so much from yours. :hug:
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Ranarh Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2011
Thank you very much, I'm happy to help :)
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regklubeck Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow! Fantastic detail - thanks for the info.

PS - I :heart: Moose! ;)
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Ranarh Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2011
Thanks and welcome.

ps: It's actually a Reindeer/Elk/Wapiti ;)
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