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The Big Long Tutorial: Part 01 by shesta713 The Big Long Tutorial: Part 01 by shesta713
This series of tutorials will teach you the basics of colours/light/shadow, and how to apply them.
Bullet; Yellow  Part One: Tones, Hues, and Saturation.
Bullet; Yellow  Part Two: Colours, and Intro to Light/Shadow.…
Bullet; Yellow  Part Three: Light/Shadow Continued…
Bullet; Yellow  Part Four: Putting it all together.…

Heart Featured Here:… &… &… &…

DeviantArt   Re-made & posted on Graphisutra:… &…


* UPDATE Oct. 2013
Just letting everyone know I have revised this tutorial, I will re-upload the old version for you to look at as well.
(Though the content is pretty much the same.)

* UPDATE Sept. 2010
I can't even begin to explain how excited and happy I am, so much positive and helpful feedback!
I never would have thought that wirting this tutorial would have been such a success. I truly am thankful!
ANNND, this is my first DD! I think I nearly screamed and jumped for joy when I saw it!
Thank you so much to *Leonca for suggesting it and for ^FantasyStock for featuring it!

I love deviantART!
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Given 2010-08-21
The Big Long Tutorial: Part 01 by ~shesta713 -- Suggester's words: This tutorial helps digital artists to see what they are doing in a new way, so they can create pieces with more interesting color schemes due to an understanding of undertones. ( Suggested by Leonca and Featured by FantasyStock )
starlitsheepy Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm learning so much ~__~;; Thank you.
Kimhoyer Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Two minutes reading through this guide taught me more about Saturation and desaturation then a 40 minute long video lecture on youtube did.

Thank you very much for making this so easy to understand.
shinishikawa Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you
CinnaBoo Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very useful tutorial! +fav
Nuclear-Shrimp Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Very cool and concise! 
congatrehp Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i like it!thanks
Astrikos Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013   General Artist
Your wonderful tutorial has been featured here
Consider giving the article a :+fav: :heart:
stringsandwater Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013
Ive just discovered deviantart muro.Ive drawn and painted for years.This has opened up a whole new universe to me,and I would like to thank everyone envolved.
NourMakky Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Student General Artist
nice! :D
Chlorophylltheleaf Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Thank for this amazing tutorials! TTuTT
barbiejupiter Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
it is great, thanks, but i still find it hard to understand
TONES, and its difference between saturation... Especially neutral
tones... Is it a saturation of one specific warm or cool tone?
or is it a whole big group of saturation of neutral tones?
And in the next tutorial you mention that you have to
choose the group of colours when painting,
but they still have tones-warm and cool, so you still
may use the colour that is not in your chosen group?
shesta713 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Saturation is not specific to warm or cool, in fact it can be any colour. Saturation is simply how "intense" the colour is, or its purest form.

What I mean when you should choose a group of colours when painting, I simple mean to pick a colour scheme and stick to it - of course you can break any of these "rules" because they aren't actually a rule. It's just a guideline.
barbiejupiter Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
ohhh just how intense, so it applies to black and white too?
i love your tutorial, i like that they are some guidelines, something like a "rule" that you can follow and that can help you to paint something "correct".
shesta713 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well black and white aren't technically colours, they are shades. Black is the absence of all light and therefore had no colour, while white is the absorption of all light and all colours.

But yeah, its colour theory.
barbiejupiter Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! Will be returning to your lessons for sure!:)
Neecy-chan123 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Umm.. the sentence isn't finished on the cool undertones bit
Iriskis Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012
ki79ka Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012
Soo very useful! Thank you!
Havoc-The-Tenrec Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012
The undertone thing still kinda confuses me
shesta713 Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Take a look at skin tones, for example. Does yours look more pink, yellow, olive?
If you hold up the colour red to your face, does it make your skin look like its really tan and orange? Or does it look pale and cold?

Technically its all "peach" or "brown" - depending on if you have light or dark skin. But the undertone of it can make it seem warm or cool.
JackSkelcton-JS Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks so much sine i didnt know where to plAce light and dark parts in my drawing
shesta713 Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Glad that it helped, I have another tutorial which has further information on light/dark here, [link]
FeatherfromHeL Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This helps a lot. I usually can't get the right tone colour I want, and now I can :3
shesta713 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Happy it helped you. c:
TibuSoleil Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012  Hobbyist
Really helpful, thank you very much! :D
GoldenAngelDragon Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2011  Student General Artist
blanb Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2011
this whole tut i learned in school in my trade. i taking classes in print shop and graphic design. trust me half the book is the difference between cmyk and rgb and how rgb is evil and should never be used. but there was a whole chapter that discusses everything in this tut. its nice to have a reference note for home though. thank you.
Crazyallucart Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you
maktoufo Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you so much
Webwicked Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2011
Thanks you very much!!!!!!!!
aslix Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
amazing and very helpful. thank you very much for sharing :aww:
IFoldBooks Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing tutorial, both concise and easy to understand! Thank you!

Congrats on the DD btw!
shesta713 Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you kindly. c:
FullMetalMono Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is going to be amazingly helpful, thank you!
Wakato-Girl Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2011
Honestly, I fell in love with this tutorial, I love, is well understood quickly and I think the colors are as one would like to paint them instantly, you're good at this :shakefist:

I say goodbye :meow:
shesta713 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! I'm happy it was of so much use for you!
UniqueDesire Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
wow this is great! thank you for making this!
Geofftoons Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Excellent tut! : )
SydneyNightshade Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2010
I love this, unfortunately it doesn't work for me since I am colorblind and 75% of the things on here don't show up as they would to someone with normal vision lol
shesta713 Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm glad you enjoyed it despite that fact. :heart:
Graphite3b Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Good stuff!
mytymark Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2010  Professional General Artist
Props and appreciation for this very handy and useful tutorial. Congrats on the much deserved Daily Deviation.
ShadzXIII Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2010  Student Digital Artist
I liked it.Wanna see the next one!
shesta713 Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Schoolwork comes first ;P
Any ideas on what I could work on next?
ShadzXIII Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2010  Student Digital Artist
I would love to know how to use brushes :)
shesta713 Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'll keep it in mind ;)
Hardrockangel Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is actually very useful to me. Thank you for making these available. :hug:
FantasyStock Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2010
BrandedWolf Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2010
Very nicely done. :)
KaiyouNoYume Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much for making this! I needed this to understand how the color theory worked. ;u;b
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