Deep in the Underworld -step by step-

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This is a step by step of my artwork "Deep in the Underworld", to show how I usually make my pictures.

Dark-spider on 4:34PM Fri, 06 February 2009


This tutorial shows how I did my picture Deep in the Underworld, featuring the greek myth of Hades and Persephone.

I always begin working with sketchs, that helps me to see the picture as a whole. Sometimes I do a pencil sketch and scan it, sometimes I do the sketch in photoshop, and sometimes I work directly with color blocks. In this case I knew exactly what I wanted in the picture, so I did the sketch in photoshop.

Firstly I choose the base colors, that will be reds and browns. For the sketch I selected a bright tone so I can see the dark lines of the draw.

The sketch doesn’t need to be very detailed, just rough lines to have a vision of the whole picture. The lines will be only for reference, they will not appear in the final work. I usually use hard round brushes for sketch.


Tutorial Comments

FS  4:14AM Fri, 10 April 2009

Stunning!!!!Thank you very much for this fantastic presentation.

ElusiveAngel  8:28AM Sat, 04 April 2009

I am speechless. I wish I had even a grain of your talent. Very well done and very interesting to see how it is done.

DimitriElevit  8:59PM Mon, 30 March 2009

this is very interesting =)

kalyan335511  7:05AM Mon, 09 March 2009

Amazing and fantastic work and presentation too

giareg  11:58AM Sun, 01 March 2009

Really fantastic!!

Roboman28  6:59AM Sun, 01 March 2009

Very good picture and tutorial.

UteBigSmile  4:52AM Sun, 01 March 2009

I would also have been born with succh a great talent - LOL. But I also love my renders too, they all have been done without any tutorials, but anyway thanks you so much for sharing! Hug's from Ute

Nancy_C.  2:06PM Sat, 28 February 2009

That I should have been born with such talent...I can only wish! Thank you, so much for sharing!

Jaml  3:28AM Sat, 28 February 2009

Fantastic tutorial!!!.

fire_starr  9:54AM Fri, 27 February 2009

Your work is amazing,Hoping to reach the level of your art work is one day,TY for all you have showed us and share with us on this site,We appreciate all the Talent here on this site.TY fire_starr.

Bobbie25  6:58AM Fri, 27 February 2009

This is so lovely really it is hats off to you hun

novelist999  5:43PM Thu, 26 February 2009

Wow! This is incredible! I'll have to give it a try as I've been wanting to learn more about digital painting. BTW, the dress on the character is gorgeous! I'd love to have a real life version. LOL!

ossi06  7:21AM Thu, 26 February 2009

Very great, very good eye for lighting! I'm deeply impressed, thank you for this performance.

Chaosphoto  8:07PM Wed, 25 February 2009

This is so far past my abilities that it is actually kind of frustrating. But it has shown me how you more amazing artists get there, one bite at a time :). Thanks for posting

ARADTech  6:47PM Wed, 25 February 2009

Awesomeness , thank you very much for sharing your amazing talent with us :))

totoche  1:23PM Wed, 25 February 2009

That was just beautiful! How wonderful to see a true artist at work. Your mastery of the medium and anatomy is truly inspirational.

kira  11:43AM Wed, 25 February 2009

Amazing work! Thanks for sharing your talent

Lazart  10:52AM Wed, 25 February 2009

Absolutely top of the line! What talent you have!

oakland_raider  10:04AM Wed, 25 February 2009

The subtleties in your work is simply amazing! Thanks for creating such a detailed and well-written document outlining step-by-step the process used in creating your works of art. It is inspiring and very informative!

JappMe  6:03AM Wed, 25 February 2009

Amazing and wonderful how the image comes alive. Great work. :)

mystikel  5:49AM Wed, 25 February 2009

I absolutely adore your creations and even more so now that I've seen how it all comes together. Thanx :D

dorkati  5:48AM Wed, 25 February 2009

Incredible details! It was fantastic to see how evolved this image from some lines. I wish I would have so great sense of draw and paint as you! Fantastic work, thanks for sharing with us!

drakmanover  5:44AM Wed, 25 February 2009

To witness creativity and talent such as yours is bad for my health. I'm now totally breathless!

nefertiabet  4:14AM Wed, 25 February 2009

Wow, einfach genial. Eine gro├če k├╝nstlerische Leistung. Ein riesen Kompliment von mir.

Morgana61  3:22AM Wed, 25 February 2009

Assolutamente meraviglioso!!! Stunning!

Eganko  2:48AM Wed, 25 February 2009

totally awesome. Thanks so much for this look into your work.

beatoangelico  5:04PM Tue, 24 February 2009

Marvelous Art fine very compliment....!!!!!!

Polyanthus  3:46PM Tue, 24 February 2009

Just fabulous...what talent!!!! What a feast for the eyes.

julesart  1:54PM Tue, 24 February 2009

I wish I could paint half as well as that! superb talent. Your figures are well proportioned and well balanced. Your shadows and lighting is perfect. I am in awe.

Hone117  7:48AM Tue, 24 February 2009

You truly are amazing. I admire your eye and talent.

AlexandersGrandma  12:37AM Tue, 24 February 2009


bcrathburn  6:09PM Mon, 23 February 2009

i really like the way u explained step by step, but i have diabets and sometmes i can't read to well i wish we had an option to hear u tell step by step.i really love this render. and i thank you for sharing you're steps.

magickmedbh  4:40PM Mon, 23 February 2009

Amazing work! Thanks for sharing your talent!

Kyms_Cave  4:29PM Mon, 23 February 2009

Thank you so much for showing us how it is done..It is wonderful to be able to see how such a tellented person like you does their creations..

Star4mation  4:28PM Mon, 23 February 2009

So that's how you did it! You truly are a very talented artist :)

rbowen  2:45PM Mon, 23 February 2009

You are blessed with great talent! Beautiful work! Thank you for the tutorial.

scabrat  12:43PM Mon, 23 February 2009

I read this this afternoon and would have commented earlier, except I was so blown away I was lost for words. Truly Awsome piece of work. Being a complete novice with zero experience, it was great to see how a true artist develops such a lovely piece of work.

MikeAparicio  11:59AM Mon, 23 February 2009

Whe I saw the first image, the sketch, I said "Wow! I can't beleive this was done in Photoshop"! As I went down every image, my mouth was opening wider and wider, until I got to the final picture... And I fell from my chair!... Unthinkably marvelous!!!!! Mike

PhilW  11:59AM Mon, 23 February 2009

A terrific image and great to see how you developed it - great talent and thanks for sharing!

calum5  11:44AM Mon, 23 February 2009

Incredible,just to add my thanks and admiration!Really enjoyed reading your tutorial and seeing the image come alive.I always look forward to everything you wishes and thanks again cal

deviney  10:50AM Mon, 23 February 2009

Beautiful work,very inspiring.....real big fan by the way!

donnena  7:33AM Mon, 23 February 2009

AMAZING!!! thanks so much!!1

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