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Glowing Eyes in 8 easy steps by Blackmane Glowing Eyes in 8 easy steps by Blackmane
I'm sure these are more or less totally bogus, so dont worry about telling me they arent realistic. This is how I imagine glowing eyes work, and how I paint them :3 You can see the first evidence of this technique in the painting close up of Myrorr. This tutorial was also partly made as refrence for Pyre's eye....and I was working on the image anyway- so it's also a preveiw image of the thing I'm submitting for ~Flying-Fox 's contest :D

Anyway, enjoy! all the normal copywrite bullshite, ect ect.. and if you use this, please drop a link! Nobody's dropped a link before though I'm sure people have used my tutorials, so peeps, let me know if you're using them or I may stop making them.
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ArrinKirr Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
[link]

BTW I only used four layers :P
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Blackmane Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2008
Hey! That looks good, and hooray starcraft!
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ArrinKirr Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
STARCRAFT II FTW

Thanks :D
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ArrinKirr Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Just so you know, I'm using it :D I'll link you when I'm done.
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Blackmane Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2008
^^ thanks! I like seeing what people use this stuff for- lets me know I'm not painting into a vaccum ;3
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Hather Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2007
*smacks self in the forehead* Yet another thing that its completely obvious to me that I hadnt thought about till now to improve my art coloring, more layers. I will say that for a manga scene that I did a test color for, for a friend, I got up to around 50-70 layers on it all. Now I get to consider a layer for each of the individual colors and tones :D

How many different tones of a base color do you use? To clarify this, when you lay down the base color, like the dragons base scale color, how many different tones of the base color do you use? I typically use the base color and 3 lighter and 3 darker and depending on what I consider the base layer's material to be, I may include an even lighter or darker color to improve shading.

I have usually done the base color with all its shades on the same layer but this little bit of rummaging through your previous comments and replies have helped me out as much as your tutorials :D I also found and watched Nam. :giggle: I love finding artists that are better than me so I have something to compare my work to and ask myself, "What do they do that makes their art so much better?" and it helps me out quite a bit as my art has improved a lot since the first day I posted here.

Keep up the awesome work and sorry for the lengthy comment.
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Blackmane Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2007
I like lengthy comments :) I dont get to reply with them as often as I'd like (Work and school, heh :P) but I never mind them!

When I first started using photoshop I easily had around 80 layers. on a peice. I'd do things like having each part of, say, an eye laid out on separate layers. Then I realized I was spending too much time labeling/searching through layers and not using many of them again. I've found since then that fewer is better, and a good policy is to have tricky stuff or things in the foreground/background on their own layers, plus one group for the character. Generally I condense down (ctrl+e is your friend :) ) often, so my system closely resembles a "test and check" kind of activity. Whatever works on the test layers gets condensed down, but things are separate enough that I can move characters in the composition somewhat lastminute if I have to.

As for base colors, this somewhat depends on your definition of base and what style you're working in. For a realistic image in a natural setting, I will base my objects one or two very close (often dark and low saturation) colors and get most of my tonal variation from shading and highlighting. For these eyes I think I did a blue-green base (though you could argue blue-green brown due to surrounding colors) and just worked my way up to lime and then bright yellow orange through successive highlighting.

Hope that helps!
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Hather Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2007
Any replies about this kind of thing will help. I just wish it were easier to lock a base color with locked transparency that carries over to seperate layers V.V Oh well, its more work but I will have to see how my 132 layer project will turn out.
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MoonMochi02 Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2006
Always wanted to know how to make the eyes glow. Thanks for the tip!! ^_^
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Vierdz Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2005  Student Traditional Artist
Wow, this is very helpful. I'm favoriteing. :pie:
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