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Secrets of Tooling - Part 1 by FionaCreates Secrets of Tooling - Part 1 by FionaCreates
Part 2 - [link]

Someone on my doll tumblr asked me the other day about tooling tutorials, and where they might find some in order to start learning to tool.

I went hunting for some and realised that all the tool tutorials are TERRIBLY out of date, using techniques I wouldn't be sharing anymore.

So I thought it about time I created a tutorial on the basics of Tooling.

I actually use a lot of digital painting techniques, so I advise just reading any digital painting tutorial with an outcome you like and trying to see if it might work in dolling.
Most of my time in tooling is spent trying out new things with the attitude "I wonder if this works on a doll".

There will be actual dolling in the next part! Until then you have to be satisfied with the stickman in purple shoesies.

As promised, here are a few links to some digital painting tutorials

This one Is a video showing blending so you can watch how it works. This is the method I use.

This one has pretty nice progression shots.

This one has some interesting information about colours and skin and painting...

This one has a fairly basic step by step process from beginning to end

And This one is a video so you can sort of watch as the colours and process develops.
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lenden Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2015  Professional General Artist
*long gasp*
I've been using Gimp for years and I had no idea about the lock transparency!!! Thank you so much I've needed that forever!!! *dies*
Crysthal Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nice one! The shading is my weak point, so I'll have to try your method! ;)

Thanks a lot for sharing these tips! :heart:
FionaCreates Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Professional General Artist
No problem :D
pudi0072000 Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is a nice tutorial! But I don't understand what you're doing to blend the colors together like that. When I use the blend tool, it tends to erase half of the color blot with it, while yours has this gradual blending and the circle is still intact... Could you possible post a pic of your tool settings, aside from the brush? Or are you using something else entirely to blend the colors? (This is why I actually like wordy tutorials. If I'm just going off of a few pictures, I really can't tell if I'm following it right or not.)
FionaCreates Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Professional General Artist
no you just use the brush set to opacity.

There are tutorials on youtube I believe where you can watch people do it. [link] No point redoing the wheel, I should add this link to the description.
pudi0072000 Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! I honestly just downloaded Gimp because of your tutorial and I don't really know what I'm doing.
FionaCreates Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Professional General Artist
There's a gimp tutorial in the DDs yesterday. It's basics going over all the tools. Tis in my favs. Check that out too.

I still read tutorials compulsively. They're not always useful but sometimes you pick up a tip or two. :)

I had a tutor say once that no one knows everything about photoshop (in this case GIMP) but the magic as an artist is trying to find out.
strawberri-hail Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012
Ooh I like this. I will have to experiment with this.
Delinya Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
very nice, cute and to the point ^^
FionaCreates Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Professional General Artist
I can't stand wordy tutorials, so I try not to make them. To keep people interested and actually teach it's best not to information overload, simply show the tutorial, not tell it. We're visual artists after all.
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