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TUTORIAL 1: Building the Form by juuhanna TUTORIAL 1: Building the Form by juuhanna
A lot of people ask me how I paint my paintings and collaborations, so I decided to finally make tutorials explaining the steps I take to get to the results you can see in my gallery. :)

Here's part 1, which shows how to get the shapes down easily.
In Part 2 I will explain how to lay down the colors, and in Part 3 I will further explain how to polish and detail the picture.


This technique is actually a variation of really old traditional oilpainting-technique called grisaille, aka greyscale. It's a very useful technique which helps separate the painting-process into more easily controllable steps.

I know I personally can get carried away by all the lovely colors of the world and my painting turns out to be a complete mess unless I think about the shapes first, as a separate step! Then comes the colors, then comes the detailing and polishing.


I'm sorry about certain inconsistency with the screencaps and whatnot, I painted the painting in another city with a mac and then came home and changed to my PC, I used two different versions of photoshop, etc. So getting this together was a bit messy. Hopefully you peeps can still understand something of it! @_@

LINEART by *MeganeRid!

TUTORIAL part 2: Adding Colors
TUTORIAL part 3: Overpainting and Finishing

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:iconhushrain:
hushrain Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2015
What brushes do you use? Photoshop brushes are awful imo :c
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:iconjuuhanna:
juuhanna Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Hmm, I think I used the standard brush at the time I painted this piece... I might be wrong tho, it was so long ago.
These days I use custom photoshop brushes, there's a bunch to choose from! I especially like Loish's, Cubebrush's and Verehin's brushes right now. :)
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chocosola Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Excuse me,  I do you think that's a lesson that I helped to translate. I can even download ????Of course, does not matter if you refuse.
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:iconjmarcel2014:
jmarcel2014 Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
tHANX ! hELPFUL.  *<:)
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:iconjuuhanna:
juuhanna Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
No problem! :highfive:
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:iconbluedrgnmethy:
bluedrgnMethy Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Very helpful!
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:iconjuuhanna:
juuhanna Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Awesome, thanks! :)
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:iconryfaku:
Ryfaku Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2014
love it
can download this ?
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:iconjuuhanna:
juuhanna Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Sure! :)
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:iconryfaku:
Ryfaku Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2014
Thank you so much
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:icondo7anii:
Do7anii Featured By Owner May 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow.. THANK YOU :heart:
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:iconjuuhanna:
juuhanna Featured By Owner May 22, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
No problem! :D
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:iconnayatrei:
Nayatrei Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2014
nice tutorial btw what are your brush settings?
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:iconjuuhanna:
juuhanna Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Uhh, I'm not sure to be honest. I used to have the opacity at around 80% and use a soft edged brush when doing greyscale, back when I did this tutorial (I think). :0 But it's been some two years since I painted this, so the memory is vague...
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Desona Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great tutorial! It helped a lot! Thanks
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:iconjuuhanna:
juuhanna Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
That's great! :hug:
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:iconnaomi160:
naomi160 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2013
Thank you! I'm going to try this right now.
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:iconjuuhanna:
juuhanna Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Ok! :highfive: Let me know how it went! :D
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f-a-n-t-a Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Hi there! Lovely tutorial. I just had a quick question - when you add lighter greys, do you keep the hard brush or do you start using a soft brush once you get to other layers?
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juuhanna Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Hey! I'm sorry to say I can't remember what I did with this one exactly... but unless I'm totally mistaken, I mostly used just one semi-soft edged brush with transparency set on pressure sensitivity. *.*
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f-a-n-t-a Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Ah, makes sense, thanks! (:
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Duexmarble Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2013
How did u put the line Art in Grey. ? Multiply dint work for me.
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:iconjuuhanna:
juuhanna Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
The lineart is on its own layer, which is set to multiply. So the greyscale and lineart don't go to the same layer at all. :) I hope that helps? I'm not sure 100% what your question meant..
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Duexmarble Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2013
Ty so much is a good tutorial.
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Quick-Step Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2013  Hobbyist
This tutorial was beyond helpful as choosing how and when to colour and shadow is always a challenge that is new every time i tackle a drawing. Thank you for sharing your know how!
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:iconjuuhanna:
juuhanna Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Hey that's awesome, I'm happy you found the tutorial helpful! :) 
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ManishaChan Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
what does setting it to multiply do? :)
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:iconjuuhanna:
juuhanna Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
It darkens while being transparent, so it shows through the values underneath. :)
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HeartGear Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you for this tutorial.   I've been trying to get a good beat on this style of art, and this is very helpful.
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:iconjuuhanna:
juuhanna Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
No problem, glad I was able to help! :hug:
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vandel0123 Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2013
sir tell what number code for the light, grey, medium dark, darklet and what techniques, are you using different type of brush ?? or opacity manipulation? plz sir i need you're help i want to make my own character PLz reply me~~~ T_T
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juuhanna Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
There is the palette of tones of grey at the tutorial (3rd picture), you can pick the colors from there with a color-picker! :D But yeah, I use 3-4 greys usually. And no pure black or white!
As for opacity... I make a 100% opacity, flat neutral base under the lineart, and then start painting the light and shadow into it with a brush set to around 60% opacity, and with the transparent line-art (60-80% opacity) on top.
I hope that helps, ask me if you need more advice! :)
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vandel0123 Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2013
ohhh thank you very much sir for having time to answer my questing thx sir ~ ^_^
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:iconjuuhanna:
juuhanna Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
No problem! :hug:
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vandel0123 Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013
vandel0123.deviantart.com/art/…

sir here's my work  i need to clean this and my big problem how do i color this XD any tips sir

Btw sir thank you again for giving my the pallets for light value and dark
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juuhanna Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I actually have a coloring-tutorial for this method of painting! You can check it out here: juuhanna.deviantart.com/art/TU… I hope it helps! :)
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vandel0123 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2013
thx sir
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:iconooquant:
OOQuant Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hi, I found your tutorials helpful and suits my black and white style... 
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:iconjuuhanna:
juuhanna Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
That's great! Thanks for stopping by! :hug:
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:iconooquant:
OOQuant Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
you're welcome ^^,
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j-uyen3 Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Ahh thank you so much, I'd been looking for hours and hours for a tutorial on how to paint in just black/grey/white colors... This is so helpful for me! Your other tutorials are great too! Thanks once again!!! :heart:
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juuhanna Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
That's wonderful to hear! It can make things so much easier to do the greyscale first! :D
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:iconj-uyen3:
j-uyen3 Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes, it seems to be a very helpful technique! After I've gotten a bit of a grasp on how to paint correctly (I still am learning basics LOL) I will definitely use this tutorial! :hug:
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:iconjuuhanna:
juuhanna Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Great! And if you have any further questions about the technique, do ask! :D
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:iconj-uyen3:
j-uyen3 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Okay, will do! Thanks so much for all your help and friendliness! :heart: 
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:iconjuuhanna:
juuhanna Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
You're most welcome! :hug:
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TheLearningArtist Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Your lineart for this was INCREDIBLE.
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juuhanna Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Oh no no, I didn't draw the lineart! ~MeganeRid did! (I wish I was as good as him tho, his lines are gorgeous)
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TheLearningArtist Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Oh! Well, the shading is gorgeous too! C:>
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juuhanna Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! :)
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