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SAI lineless painting tutorial + VIDEO PROCESS by im-promptu SAI lineless painting tutorial + VIDEO PROCESS by im-promptu
HI GUYS I FINALLY DID A TUTORIAL
I definitely said I'd do this a long time ago but I never took enough screenshots for it. I recorded my process this time so I finally managed to get this done. I hope this is useful and teaches you something new :D

The colour theory tutorials I mentioned were fav.me/d31xj5t and fav.me/d2nzd7j

You can watch the video process here, this is my first time posting on youtube so I hope I didn't screw anything up lol.

closeups on tumblr are here

edit: oh mYG OD a DD really thank you SO MUCH im ac tualy screaming!!
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Given 2013-08-13
SAI lineless painting tutorial + VIDEO PROCESS by =im-promptu A well explained tutorial that teaches you general tips that can work for any painting, not just the example! ( Suggested by Yuki-Namida and Featured by Elandria )
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StainedWingz Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you so much! I just found your DeviantArt today! Your art is beautiful and this tutorial, (I can tell) will help me with my newly found love for digital art. I'm going to be getting a tablet soon and will be working on my art with that instead of using my mouse! And I was thinking of changing over to SAI painting studio rather then what I'm using now (Corel painter) 
Again, thank you so much!
Heart Heart Heart 
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im-promptu Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wow, thank you for your wonderful comments, it's so touching to hear how much you like my art!!
i wish you the best of luck with digital art and i hope you enjoy your tablet! it's a big step up from a mouse and definitely makes drawing so much easier. if you do plan on trying SAI, it has a 30 day trial period and i highly rec you save it for when you have your tablet so you can try it out with the pen pressure :hug:
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galaxyrune Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!! I've noticed that with my art the lines are very accentuated and look gross, so I'm going to try doing something like this. Also, 'gratz on the DD! (however late I may be saying it. =P)
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im-promptu Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you!! i'm glad it's helpful c:
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Icefang908 Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ty ty ty ty ty ty ty ty ty !!!!!

This was so helpful!! <3
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im-promptu Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
aaaa thanks!! I'm so glad it helped :hug:
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mushroomjardin Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2014
This is really helpful, thanks for sharing!
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im-promptu Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank! i'm glad it's helped :)
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Rebeccaesque Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You draw so well *-*
Have you got any tips for rookies to drawing?
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im-promptu Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
aaah thank you! u///u
as for tips if you're new to drawing, here's a few off the top of my head:
- draw in a wide range of styles, not just anime style, but also realism, comic book, cartoon, etc. a lot of people say you should start from drawing realistic style only, but i think that can be unnecessarily boring, especially if you're drawing as a hobby. when you're drawing different styles, you can learn new things even if you don't draw it again.
- learn about the basics about lighting, shape, space, colours, etc. like when you're drawing a body, break it down into basic shapes like cylinders and cubes. i think it's important foundational skills to have for drawing, and you'll have to learn them sooner or later :)
- always try new things! i think i've said this before, but trying to draw new types of things, like planes, animals, cars, or trying new methods or mediums for drawing can be incredibly helpful, even if you feel like you won't succeed at it. like, even if you draw a bad plane, you'll still end up learning things from it and you'll come away from it a bit better at drawing than you were before.
i think those are probably some of the biggest things i can think of? but honestly, do whatever makes you happy! for a lot of people, improving at drawing makes them happy, but if at any point you feel like it's boring or annoying or exhausting, just go back to drawing whatever makes you happy! i hope that helps somewhat :D
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MZies Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2014  Hobbyist Filmographer
Thanks! This is very helpful!

Just a question, is this only for Photoshop? Cause I use SketchClub on my iPad. I also have to use my fingers to draw since I don't have a stylus. xD 
If not, do you think I could sort of merge this with the app? It's similar to photoshop and gimp, I think, except it doesn't have some of the stuff that comes with those. Eg: the gradient map and levels? 
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im-promptu Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ah I'm glad it helps!
The main program I use to draw in this is PaintTool SAI for Windows, it has some unique brushes that blend colours really well, something that doesn't seem to be a part of other programs like Photoshop or GIMP. Personally I like the brushes in SAI, but Photoshop or GIMP are by no means inferior and many other people prefer those programs! I'm not sure how SketchClub or iPad painting in general works, but the overall techniques for drawing should be similar, so in the end it depends on how you personally like to draw.
As for editing features like gradient map or levels, I'm sure there are photo-editing apps available for iOS that can do similar functions, since those features aren't specific to drawings and really you can use any sort of image-editing app to adjust your final drawing.
I hope that answers your question! (:
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MZies Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2014  Hobbyist Filmographer
It does! Thanks so much! :D
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StrawberryNyu Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2014  Student General Artist
♥ thanks!!!!
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milyxas90 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2014  Student General Artist
Really healpful for me! Thank you!!
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Shiny-Teruna Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2014  Hobbyist
Thank you! this is really helpful to me, i'll try it for sure!
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GunSwordNinja Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well informed and well detailed. Luv it.
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Nawaky Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2013   Digital Artist
Your tutorial is  helpfull, and very detailled than the others :D Thanks a lot !
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Kariotic Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This tutorial is really helpfull and because I'm doing/starting a tutorial blog on tumblr I wanted to ask if I may upload this there? c: I'll credit you of course c:
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im-promptu Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
aah thank you! and I'd be honoured if you'd like to have this on the blog~
i'd like it if you could link me to the blog? because i'm always looking for more tutorial/resources tumblr blogs to bookmark C:
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Thestealingnun Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2013  Student General Artist
thank you so much! This has helped me understand SAI a lot more! 
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ksj7700 Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow! Look at all the pretty!
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Psyseon Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for doing this tutorial! <3 I just started using sai to get the "painted" look to some of my art, and your tutorial has helped me get closer to that look!
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im-promptu Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
you're welcome! i'm glad to spread the painty style love :D
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Agoodchime Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2013   General Artist
this will be very helpful i am eager to learn a more painting type style ty for taking the time to share:3
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im-promptu Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
aah thanks!! i'm really glad it's helpful :D
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BeccyAndTheCoonies Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2013
Great Tutorial and great art =D 
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agimus Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Wow Thanks so much!! This is awesome! Do you paint on a tablet or do you do that straight on the computer?
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im-promptu Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
aaah thank you!! :love:
This was done completely with a tablet ^^
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agimus Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Thanks for telling me! What kind of tablet do you use?
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im-promptu Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
np! I use the previous generation Wacom Bamboo Fun in medium (?) size, it's around the size of an A4 piece of paper ^^
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agimus Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
What tablet do you use?:D
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sila-c Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2013   Traditional Artist
This is exactly what I've been looking for because I really wasn't sure if I should've colored the lines itself and make a matching color pallet OR just blend them completely.
Thnx
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action-figure-opera Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2013
I don't understand what is meant here by "lineless". I see lines all over the finished product. Can you show me what would be a "lined" painting as a point of reference, so I know what the differences are supposed to be?
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im-promptu Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
mmm what I meant by "lined" pictures are something like fav.me/d6hqvbi or fav.me/d6i0vh7 where the artist makes a very neat and clean lineart first and then adds colours on layers underneath, whereas what I referred to as "lineless" is where there isn't a lineart layer, and some lines are added near the end of the drawing process on the same layer as the colours. I suppose different people use the term differently, some people wouldn't consider this "lineless", but I used the term because it's not the usual lineart that is used ^^
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sila-c Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2013   Traditional Artist
Lineless meaning it's not cartoon where EVERY SINGLE line is shown. This is a painting that used the hair for example instead of the whole thing. Therefore you can use this technique for other things too, not just hair. :)
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Spigz Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2013   Interface Designer
Thank you SO MUCH for your mind-blowing tutorial and congrats on your DD!
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AgonizingSwordfish Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Congratulations on the Daily Deviation :huggle:
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thekaricodist Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for this! :)
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DARKonyxINK Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2013  Student Digital Artist
uwu
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recycled-batteries Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Excellent! Can't wait to try your method!
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yamashta Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
oh my god lol
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BloodyWolfPaw Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2013  Student General Artist
Lots of useful tips! Thank you for making this! : )
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animemangart Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Amazing good tuturial!!!! Clap 
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1Jade2 Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Very helpful! Thank you very much :)
And congratulations with the DD :D
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danketsujin Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2013  Student General Artist
Thank You!! ^^
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derelictSnowWhite Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazingly informative. THank you!
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PennyWereSkunk Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is fantastic, thank you for this. :)
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Ari-Heart-Matsuri Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Love it! I can't wait to try this method out!
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metallicMaelstrom Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I used to work only in Photoshop, but now I've only been working with SAI for a few weeks and I've been doing a lot of experimentation; thanks for giving me some new techniques to try.
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