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how I paint a drunken dwarf by Loopydave how I paint a drunken dwarf by Loopydave
Because absolutely no-one demanded it!!... yes, its a step by step guide to painting your very own drunken dwarf. Or more precisely, a visual record of how I couldn't make up my mind on a decent helmet design.

Full pencils [link]
Larger 'finished' paint [link]

Click on for larger view. Just don't spill the beer.
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:iconfruitypixel:
FruityPixel Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2015
Amazing! As is all your work. :-)
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:iconloopydave:
Loopydave Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2015  Professional
Thanks FruityPixel!
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:iconartbylobo:
artbylobo Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
COOL!! :)
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:iconloopydave:
Loopydave Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2014  Professional
Obrigado!
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:iconjessechina0:
jessechina0 Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
amazing
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:iconloopydave:
Loopydave Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2014  Professional
Cheers :beer:
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:iconpixel-putty:
pixel-putty Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I'm trying to break down in my head how you paint. Do you paint on top of or under your sketch, just using it as a guide? You don't do any kind of inked lines like comic book artist?
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Loopydave Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2014  Professional
Yes and yes is the short answer.
Longer answer.... if the piece has not inked lines I usually paint on top of my sketch, but tend to keep another (hidden) layer with the original sketch if I want to refer back to it at any stage.
And yes, I do paint 'under inked lines' as well... here's one example loopydave.deviantart.com/art/S… but there are quite a few further back in my dA gallery.
There is no real right or wrong answer in how you paint in photoshop really though... find whatever works best for you I say! :D
Hope that was helpful.... cheers!
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:iconpixel-putty:
pixel-putty Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks so much for the reply! You're paint work is amazing!
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Adline-c Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013
it's amzing, you're so talented ! Thanks for this step by step !
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:iconloopydave:
Loopydave Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013  Professional
A big drunken burp from the dwarf and a thanks from me for checking out this piece :)
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:iconcolourbrand:
Colourbrand Featured By Owner May 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Looks like Gerard Butler on a rampage!
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:iconloopydave:
Loopydave Featured By Owner May 6, 2013  Professional
Now I want to see Gerard in a duck helmet! :D
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:iconcolourbrand:
Colourbrand Featured By Owner May 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
HAHAHAHAHH!
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:iconkrazyj75:
krazyj75 Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Wowwww!!
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:iconloopydave:
Loopydave Featured By Owner May 5, 2013  Professional
Nice to meet a fellow fan of the drunken dwarf :D
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Baredog Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013
Another great piece..... hahaaaa, gonna have to dig out ye ol' Thes...thesa...thesris...dictionary first(then the other one)... keep writing great so much.

You have mentioned 6000 x 6900 pixels being the size of whole piece...What is the canvas size for this piece Loopydave? ...do you change that on completion?
The ol' draw large, then shrink it down to tighten it up scenario...

Cheers, Bare.
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:iconloopydave:
Loopydave Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013  Professional
Cheers! If its a commercial piece, I usually work out the size the clients wants before I start, but on a personal piece like this one, I just paint it pretty large so I have an option to make it a poster or something down the track.
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Baredog Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013

Thanks Dave,.... I appreciate you taking the time to answer.

Cheers, Barry:pencil:

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SuminskyArtwork Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Professional General Artist
whats the resolution of a image like that when you are painting it?
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Loopydave Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Professional
The face area in the picture is approximately 2500 by 2700 pixels, but its part of a larger piece (pencils for which is [link] ) and the whole thing is some 6000 by 6900.
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SuminskyArtwork Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Professional General Artist
wow, I generally stay under 2000 x 2000~ ...thats because I flip canvas horizontally a lot, and it starts get ridiculous slow.
nice to know, thanks a lot
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PaulMellender Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Professional General Artist
Awesome...
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:iconloopydave:
Loopydave Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Professional
Thanks man!
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:icondrizzdu:
drizzdu Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012
Me encanta
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:iconloopydave:
Loopydave Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012  Professional
Gracias!
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:iconeddieink:
eddieink Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012
Thanks for the awsom Lesson
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:iconloopydave:
Loopydave Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012  Professional
Step one. Grab Dwarf. Step two. Drink beer. Step three. Repeat step 2. ;)
Cheers!
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eddieink Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013
Thanks bro you got awsom illustrations ...Drink Beer
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BoredTrucker Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012
sadly, this looks alot like my uncle on a sober day lol
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:iconloopydave:
Loopydave Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2012  Professional
Does he know any good dwarf drinking songs?
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BoredTrucker Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012
i'm sure he does, he spends most of his paycheck on payday at the bar lol
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KdiOtox Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012
This illustration has faithfully as sense of the Beautiful,... Beautiful!

Eyes of the tonality of a White Dwarf Star.

STREET FIGHTER - CHRONICLES OF A SAGA

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Loopydave Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2012  Professional
:D Glad you like!
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ChupaCabraThing Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2012   General Artist
this is by far one of the better "how I paint"s I have seen here on DA so far. It really shows the steps you take. Your work is amazing and very inspiring.
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Loopydave Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2012  Professional
Super nice of you to say. And if my work inspires you to illustrate more drunken dwarves, then all the better - the world needs more pictures of drunken dwarves I say! :D
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ChupaCabraThing Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2012   General Artist
so very true....I feel bad for my low level dwarf. If only he'd not drink so much maybe he could get out of Ironforge.
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CarolineVos Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
That looks like me on a friday night! This is so supre cool :) How long did it take?
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:iconloopydave:
Loopydave Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2011  Professional
You must let me know where you pick up your drinking helmet sometime! This was a little bit of personal indulgence - practice and fun done around a lot of other work.. cant remember the exact time total, but it really was much longer than it should have been and measured more in terms of days than hours. Still unfinished and sits on my hard-drive waving a beer at me trying to get my attention to get around to finishing it. :D
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CarolineVos Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Wherever I lay my drinking helmet, is my home :P Lol! I think we all have those unfinished numbers... I know I do :)
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charcoal012 Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2011  Professional General Artist
your work is truly impressive!!!
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:iconloopydave:
Loopydave Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2011  Professional
A cheery drunken dwarf thanks!
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:iconrosa-mussi:
rosa-mussi Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2011  Student General Artist
if this's photoshop...i'm killing you!
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:iconloopydave:
Loopydave Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2011  Professional
Its painted in photoshop, but please dont kill me... I'll never get the picture finished in that case!
Cheers!
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rosa-mussi Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2011  Student General Artist
IN PHOTOSHOP?! oh god.. I gotta learn more about that, I just use photoshop to photoshop pictures AND in one case I used it to paint a kind of animal, or something...
and yes, I'll kill ya... because you're so good at this
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:iconloopydave:
Loopydave Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2011  Professional
:D I taught myself to paint in photoshop by trying to use it the same way I used to paint with brush and airbrush.
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wildbirdsketch Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011  Professional General Artist
oh i love it thankyou for being so generous , inspiring !!
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:iconloopydave:
Loopydave Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2011  Professional
Probably the first time a drunken dwarf has been called inspiring! You're Australian, right? :D
Cheers!
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wildbirdsketch Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2011  Professional General Artist
yup but in sydney, i`m doing airbrush but moving to photoshop for some work, :P , funny I learnt airbrush in melbourne !
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Loopydave Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2011  Professional
I'll forgive the Sydney bit as you learnt in Melbourne ;)
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