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Digital Fieldwork Tutorial by FablePaint Digital Fieldwork Tutorial by FablePaint
Alternate Title: ESDA's Techniques for Working in the Digital Field

So many people have begged me to make a backgrounds tutorial that I finally gritted my teeth and made one. This doesn't involve even half of what I do to make a digital landscape, but it should teach you how to better use the tools you have and inspire you to mess around and play with Photoshop some more. I hope you'll create your own techniques for making backgrounds, mine's are not the best nor are they the only ones.
And if it sucks when you make it the first time, try a second time. Practice makes perfect.
Cheerio!
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:iconkorclabael:
Korclabael Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much for uploading this, I used it here

[link]
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Riverwolfcat Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012
Hi!!, where can I find the tutorial? I dont understand. Can you help me?
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:iconfablepaint:
FablePaint Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012  Professional Filmographer
This was uploaded before DA's current fullview system was in place. You have to click "download" to see the image now.
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:iconriverwolfcat:
Riverwolfcat Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012
Thank you so much! By the way I love your work in the BBA it is fantastic!! Your very good thx!,
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AshWolf-Forever Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2011  Professional General Artist
Wish this would open on my phone. Oh well. I was just wondering if you take background commissions. I am working on an animated film and I am looking for a bg artist. Thanks for your time.
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xXxdarkXxXwingsxXx Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow this is so helpful! Thanks so much for making it!!!
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Shakiku Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
how do you get this tutorial to open up? ass i see is the tree
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:iconms-coffeepixie:
Ms-CoffeePixie Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Hit download.
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:icondesertdustsariah:
DesertdustSariah Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2011
What an awesome tutorial!I will really help me!!!I think...
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SephirothCrystal Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Let me tell you how long I have been looking for a decent tutorial on how to make a good looking field of grass, long, short, or whatever.

Literally two years.

I don't know how I never found this before to be honest, I guess I just wasn't looking hard enough but I just want to thank you for this. I might even have to try out the tree sometime too when I get the chance!

Your tutorial was used here: [link]

In short, thank you. (:
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FablePaint Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2011  Professional Filmographer
No prob! I suggest you continue tweaking the technique yourself. I've moved away from it as my painting skills have increased and now am a bit more advanced in my landscape painting methods. And there's no substitute for painting from life. Find a photo and reference it to get practice.
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SephirothCrystal Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aye! It was my first try, but I will definitely be working with it and changing things as I get better. I'm still horrendously new at backgrounds, so right now I guess I'm just learning the technique to be able to paint from life. (:
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FablePaint Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Wonderful! I encourage you to keep at it. And just because you feel it sucks doesn't mean you should stop. My first arts sucked too.
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SephirothCrystal Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Lol, no, I never feel like my art sucks anymore. Haven't felt that way for a few years now! I guess it comes when you accept that literally everything you do is a learning experience. I've been so afraid of backgrounds I'd never do them, or I'd make very simplistic ones. It's hard, but totally worth it.

Anyway, thanks again so much for the tutorial. C:
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Meihlo Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2011
Wow, this helped me a lot! TY!
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BlissfulStars Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2011
This will be a great help for me since I stink at digital art
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Tamway-Doyle Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
UGH. Thank you so much; I needed this like you wouldn't believe~!
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MrRcollins55 Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2010
thanks
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dearie Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
THANK YOU~! :hug:
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:iconvexvamp:
VexVamp Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I LOVE this tutorial, your backgrounds are amazing.
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LTGRAPHIX Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
I had a go at manipulating the brushes and etc and came up with a similar image to yours. (except yours is 10 times better than mine ;) )

[link]

The tree is a fail, and the grass not far behind it, but im quite happy with how the clouds turned out. What do you think? :)
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SarahSoos Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much !
I've used this to draw the background and here's my result: [link]
I know I failed but I learned something :nod: :D
by time, I believe, I will be better in that :)
Thanks a lot for the awesome tutotial :)
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Wakerra Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I clicked to enlarge the picture, but I still can't see anything. would it be too much to ask to upload a larger image?
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Sonikku0691 Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is a very good tutorial :D
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:iconbanachana:
banachana Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you!
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gallopingcowgirl Featured By Owner May 30, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
This is so useful! Thanks ♥
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:iconexcelladon:
excelladon Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2010  Student General Artist
Whoa, i gotta try this, thanks.
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Tcdg Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2010
Awesome tutorial! It really helped me out and learned me stuff about PS I did not know about :D
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Rin0201 Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2009
Awesome tutorial! <3

--->[link]
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TheBlackEwe Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Very helpful. :D
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:iconmoro-wolf:
Moro-Wolf Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2009   Digital Artist
totally trying this :D
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XxKinoWolfxX Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2009
but i have only "Defult brushes", no "natural"... :(
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:iconfablepaint:
FablePaint Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2009  Professional Filmographer
They come with Photoshop. Do a help search for them, you'll find them
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XxKinoWolfxX Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2009
search where, i don't have any other brushes then "defult" thingy :( i have CS3, it metters?
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Nahorse Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2009
Wonderful tutorial! I'm going to have to try it! =D
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Deniero Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2009  Student Digital Artist
I'll definitely try this! :D
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Bannered-Mare Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
hey! LOVE the tutorial!! great job!! :D the only thing is i cant figure out which order i am supposed to work in...XD guess i will have to just go along with it and see what happens :giggle:
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ChameleonSushi580 Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2009
Thank you for putting this up! It's been extremely useful to me. (I've never been the best background person...)
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Pyramid-Hound Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2009
Amazing tutorial. This helped me a lot. ^^ And I totally agree that PS brushes suck. :XD:
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Dreams-Horses Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2009
I say no to PS grass !
Woohoo !! :']
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Kayos-Avian Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2009  Student Digital Artist
Really awesome tutorial, thanks so much! Used for this: [link]
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Mabon-Tail Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love this technique! I've been using it for all my tarot cards. Here's a [link] if you want to see them.
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jeotabet Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2009  Student Digital Artist
Lol! This was funny~ And very useful XD
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TheDeathSilentSnow13 Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2009   Digital Artist
oooo!!! It will help me lot!
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wolfs-fang Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2009
wouw this realy is very usefull :woohoo:
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pegacorna2 Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2009
Whao. Intense. BUT I DID it. I will show you the results soon. whew.
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hatemeallyouwant Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2009
This has really helped me out, even though I used GIMP ^_^ Thanks a lot for making it :D

[link]
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JediDawg Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2009
This has really helped me! Thank you.
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Kerivan Featured By Owner May 31, 2009
Thank you!
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cell-fey Featured By Owner May 25, 2009
hi! your tute is really helpful! I used it here: [link]

thank you!!!

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