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TUTORIAL - How to colour horses digitally by thunderbulletz TUTORIAL - How to colour horses digitally by thunderbulletz

Here it finally is; a new tutorial from me of how to colour horses digitally! :dance: The old one I uploaded to my gallery in 2010 got deleted in my massive clean up because well, it was old and my style of painting has improved and changed quite a lot since those times. However I'm not really sure if it's completely correct to call this piece a proper tutorial because I think it's more like a walkthrough and I'm kinda sucky at teaching other people so yeah. I'm also terribly sorry for the possible typos and overall bad English, but I do hope you'll like the walkthrough anyway and maybe even find it a bit helpful too!

Any questions, feel free to ask, but before that make sure that you've read the walkthrough carefully because you may find your answer there! :)

See the finished painting here!

Info & Credits
- Horse referenced from [link] by *venomxbaby
- Background texture [link] by ~Sirius-sdz
- Artwork Aura Heiskanen / thunderbullet(z) 2012
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myhandstypewords Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
if i hadn't seen this tutorial, I would have thought the picture was a photo that you cut out and put on a idfferent background.
Like really, its super good.
SpottedDucks Featured By Owner May 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow!!!! Amazing! 
Luna-Digital Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It looks like a picture! Thanks for sharing this tutorial, it's very helpfull :)
horselover90123 Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2014
thank you so much for this tutorial!! im doing this way for my horses and its turning out really good so far! :) this had helped alot! 
Flyncior Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, your tutorial is really helpful! :D
Thank you for sharing it! :heart:
FoxxyHeart Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
May I ask what size the custom brush is?
Mr0Crocky Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2013
I must say that finding your tutorial has been for me the equivalent of some kind of illumination or miracle. And i'm not exagerating.
I've been (and still am) trying to master realistic techniques concerning animals and  nature, and although at least I think I'm beginning to get some decent results concerning canines, horses (and other ungulates with the same kind of fur) had been for me a long-lost battle. I just wasn't able to make realistic shadows or fur, and the fact that I'm not very familiar with horse anatomy made it worse. But this - this has been like a blessing, some kind of gift, of enlightment. Thanks to you I've finally understood how to paint fur in equines. And I just don't know how to thank you for that.
I'm a little..."scared" about using tons of different colours, but I'm going to give it a try.
Again, thank you so much for sharing this with all of us, specially with a clumsy like me who was even more lost in that matter than a blind man in the middle of the darkness. :happycry:
ZaxForever Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is an incredibly helpful tutorial! Will you ever do a tutorial for your sketch and lineart stages?
thunderbulletz Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013
Thanks a lot! Well, there aren't any magic tricks used in my sketching process because I always draw my sketches using the gridding technique which basically means diving both your reference and drawing file into squares and drawing what you see square by square. The result is very detailed sketch with correct proportions but if you wish to draw your sketches free-hand without using grids, then I'm afraid I don't have any great tips other than practice and patience! :)
ZaxForever Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
How do you set up a grid? That's my main trouble.
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