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How A Wild Tessa Draws by vert-is-ninja How A Wild Tessa Draws by vert-is-ninja
It's so huge, oh my god.

As a disclaimer, I want you to know that I do not think that I am really good enough to be teaching anybody anything, but some people were curious about how I go about things, so please don't think of this as a RIGHT way.

I don't really think there totally is a RIGHT way anyhow, if you can get something to work for you, then it works for you! BLAM!

Hope it's semi-helpful.

Conrad is fron Hanna Is Not A Boy's Name"!
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Clasix Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is awesome. I've always loved how you use the gradient tool. Most people use it and make it look bad, but this is fantastic!

By the way, which program do you use? It seems very familiar to me...
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FengFuXi26 Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2011  Student General Artist
magic wand tool and ctrl+z are my bffls too, i think they're the bffls of everyone who works in photoshop XD
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mmcalpharho Featured By Owner May 22, 2011
Thanks Tessa, I used this guide to do my TF2 fanart. :D
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TapeDiggity Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2011  Student General Artist
Awesome! I was wondering how you achieved all those neat color transitions. The Magic Wand tool's my best friend, too.

I'm a little unnerved by the Color Balance tool, though; usually, the results end up worse than their predecessors...
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ZoOmBiiieE Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2011
Icreible!
Hey! Muchas Gracias! Utilice esa tecnica para una ilustracion y me ha gustado! :)
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SavoyLemon Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2010
i really like your art, so this is helpful! =D
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furballofthefullmoon Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2010  Student Digital Artist
Stop being so hard on yourself! My brain is not rotting, it is flourishing! I never thought to use the pencil tool, but looking at it, the hard pixelated line keeps the paint bucket tool from leaving that semi-transparent line around the inside of the outline that you get when you use the paint brush tool (this has bugged me FOREVER, because if I ever put any of my pictures on a dark or brightly colored background, you could see it through the picture!)

I am an uber cheater when it comes to photoshop, too. But I have this thing about consistent line thickness (in my art, not yours! Yours is awesome), so I have kind of turned into a pen tool wizard.

Now I'm off to go fight Voldemort with my pen tool skills *is shot repeatedly* (I'm also a bad jokes/puns wizard :3 )
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Key-Master-Himeko Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2010   Traditional Artist
Waii Amaaazing~ Do you ever do anything in traditional media? I'm trying to get into comic drawing and thus far I have little more than bits of bristol, sumie ink and a watercolour brush...
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micka-angelo Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2010
this is great, i always admired your style of gradient shading. It's good of you to share your technique (i'm really not so practiced at photoshop) but i have a biiiiig assignment i need to colour and impliment digitally so this has provided me with some insight into ways i can experiment with colouring. (don't worry, i won't try and rip you off) I'm a big fan of your style btw. its awesome.
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SassyZombie Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Pah, I still think it's amazing.
I loathe you and your fantastic skills ~ digital or doodle! XS
Still flippin' amaziiiing!
{I love HiNaBN!} :D

Peace ooout!
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TunaTurtle Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2010
I very much enjoyed having my brain being rotted.
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mikenrikukohaku Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2010
I have been experimenting with new coloring styles so this is going to be unimaginably helpful to me. Thank you! By the way, I have officially fallen in love with HINABN. It's amazing and I love you for being it's creator! XD
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CelestialDeth Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
Dude, I didn't know how to do anything on a computer before but you have EDUCATED ME!!
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EternalFront Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
sooooo cooolll 8D
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driedzone Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
THANK YOU :D
They key to my goddamn questions is here :la:
Oh man I love you XD hahaha
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vermuse Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2010
Holy crap, why didn't I like of using squares/sharp pointed outlines rather than circles and ovals? I've been having so much trouble with forming my humans (i'm still in practice) and when I used a square as the head base it made things soooo much easier.
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SkyShark77 Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2010
I was driving myself crazy, wondering how you made your coloring so wonderfully unique.

Now I know!
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x-Atomic-x Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2010
Magic. This is clearly magic.
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Invader-Zin Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2010  Student General Artist
What version of Adobe do you have? I'd figure all of them look similar but that looks alot like Cs2...
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All-These-Kiwis Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2010
I'm totally have to try this out. I'm a newbie to Ps and even I found this easy to follow along with. Thanks for making it:3
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alyssa-is-on-crack Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2010
I love the way your comics always look.Thanks for sharing your technique. I might have to try some of your tips some time C;
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Fallingfreely Featured By Owner May 27, 2010  Student General Artist
Lol, after I was done reading this I noticed a shoe advertisement above the add to favorites button. Also, great tutorial xD
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catsandscales Featured By Owner May 26, 2010
I've realized lately that what I've been calling "cheating" [which you also call cheating] is actually a kind of mastery of the medium... I recently got a how-to-draw-and-paint-sci-fi-type book by Doug Chiang and I was shocked to see that he used the dodge and burn tools as well as lighting effects! =O Apparently the professionals use these tools too. So give yourself a break. You aren't cheating... you've just mastered some of the tricks of the 'shop. ;)
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Angwilwileth Featured By Owner May 24, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Very helpful. I've been wondering how you draw your comic. =)
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Cola82 Featured By Owner May 6, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
I find these kinds of tutorials endlessly fascinating. My style, at this point, is such a mess of tips and tricks that I've hacked off of other artists.

For instance, I've been staring at your lines for days now (because I am a stalker) and trying to figure out how you got your look. I had concluded that you ink with a pen on paper and scan it in, but LO! It is infinitely more sophisticated and impressive. And I thought my brushes palette was so fancy.

Of course, what makes you so fantastic is hardly your pencil brush and overlay layers. ;D
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sbalesuperstar Featured By Owner May 6, 2010
Tessa, have I ever told you how much I love you?

Cuz I do. You are amazing. The end.

Even if you are cheating, the end product (heck, the BEFORE product) is better than the crap doodles I do! XD
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red-nova Featured By Owner May 4, 2010
I will have you know that this tutorial totally saved my ass for my one class. I had to get something colored in a hurry, and hurry I did. XD

Thank you so much.
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Mime-skeleton Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2010
I'm just starting to use digital on the computer-- and as quick clarification, are you using photoshop?
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Burakotka Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Primo, I adore your style, it's soo awesome.
Second primo, you inspired me to start out my own comic, well, the idea of me making it is pretty gross, but I think I could cope. Not as good as you, but at least...
Third primo! And the main thing, because the previous ones surley made you fell asleep. How do you apply the textures so you have them where you want, they have the right colour and are not interfering with the rest of drawing details?
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rosie88 Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2010
so...ummm, yeah. I'm like a total tech-tard when it comes to photoshop and things like that so...I'ma steal this and practice, okay? thanks bye.
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rachaelwrites Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2010
When it comes to art, there's no such thing as cheating.
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Zanyzarah Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
its not cheating, its taking an inovative shortcut ;D
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Homemade-Happiness Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2010
I have learned so much today. : D
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gossipgirl15 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2010  Student
to shade with the gradient tool what color do you use?
the mid, tha shadow, the cast?...
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LeLadyDi Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2010
to shade with the gradient tool ehat color do you use?
the mid, tha shadow, the cast?...
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SpikeTheFistMan Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2010
Ow my gawd, you're a GENIOUS!!! :la:
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bindweed007 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2010
this is wild!! gotta :heart: your style!!
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kuramay Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2010
...Conrad like shoes. LOL
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mild-marrow Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2010
Rectangle head-base users UNITE!
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DecodedError Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2010
O_O I am mostly impressed by tha fact that you have PATIENCE to work like that. I flip after two minutes when I use that kind of inking/coloring.

And I got to give you credit, because your work is AWESOME and I really love the way you color and ink. And if overlays are cheating, then I know many artists who do nothing but cheat. xD

Keep up the wonderful art!

And I want Conrad's shirt. <_<
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storm-of-insanity Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2010
I tried my best with this style for Sherlock Holmes fanart. I wish I did you justice [link]
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ChickChicky Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2010  Student General Artist
WOW that's so cool X3 What program do you use?
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musigal Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
she uses photoshop cs. very behind the times lol
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ChickChicky Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2010  Student General Artist
omg really!? but it looks so professional, i would have thought photoshop cs3 or something
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ppleater Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
NO WAY you do lines with the pencil tool. I HATE YOU FOR BEING AWESOME.
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XtreamCrazy Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
As I said to my mum before, I am crazy in love with your colouring style. Crazy in love like BURNING WOAH. ~~ <3

Now I shall do what I always do with tutorials and steal little bits that I like in order to add it to my artwork. Cause I that's how I roll.

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Zombie is better.
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cybre Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I absolutely love your style of coloring, so thank you for sharing this! I was very interested to see how your process works. Oh, and your humor is great... love the title :3 Your newest comic strips have such a lovely texture to them too... they almost look like marker! :heart: Do you overlay those textures with a blending mode?
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vert-is-ninja Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2010
I do! I just put 'em on a separate layer and usually put them on overlay if others don't look better. X)
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Zelriku Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I sorta tried something inspired by your style. xD; Though I didn't have the tutorial on hand so I really went batshit insane with all the gradient stuff. [link]
OTL
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DaRkMaYu Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2010
thanks for sharing,I wondered for a while how could you do such amazing works!

Also,I tried to follow your steps here,and miserabily failedI hope you don't mind
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