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I'm going to walk you through the creation of a recent drawing of mine, seen in detail at the wallpaper pack
. In the course of this design I used a couple layer mask based digital coloring techniques which I think will be helpful tools for empowering newbies, or could save skilled artists production time. I'll try to talk you step by step through these methods along with screenshots as the design processes, and with any luck you'll learn some valuable new skills.
Personally I consider the difficulty of this as 'easy' and suitable for beginners. However a bit of drawing ability is required if you are going to produce your own line art, so to that degree maybe this should be considered 'intermediate'... This is not intended as a detailed guide to understanding masks, it's only a practical walkthrough of a specific approach. Also, this is not a guide to teach you how to draw just like I do.
I think these are fairly powerful techniques but which should be very easy to grasp, I am real hopeful this will help a lot of little newblets out there!
There is some soft core drawn nudity in this. If that offends you, come back when you've grown up... Beautiful pose reference provided by Marcus Ranum www.ranum.com , aka ~mjranum-stock
, but that stock itself is not included in this download.