Diablo 3 demon hunter digital painting tutorial

Diablo 3 demon hunter digital painting tutorial and step by step images. In this tutorial, you will learn to paint from Video tutorial along with step by step images with instruction. This is another speed painting inspired by a Diablo 3 Demon hunter video demo I saw a couple weeks ago. What attracts me to the character is that the dark mysterious vibe. It looks very cool so I feel like I have to do my speed painting version of the Demon Hunter. For this demo, I use Photoshop CS5 and Wacom tablet Intuo as a painting tool.

Here is a description of a Demon Hunter class in Diablo 3. They call themselves the demon hunters, a group of fanatical warriors sworn to a single purpose: the destruction of the creatures of the Burning Hells. The demon hunters number in the hundreds and make their home in the Dreadlands so that they can live and train without the interference of any nation that would worry over having such a fearsome group camped within its borders (though at any time over half are dispatched across the world like this girl, seeking hellspawn). There is something in all demon hunters that gives them the strength to resist the demonic corruption that would drive lesser men to madness. They hone this power, for their resistance to this taint enables them to use the demons’ power as a weapon. But their mission and their power are not all that bind them together.

As usual, I start out with scribble lines to find the pose. Then I established shape or silhouette and along the way I also try to get the lighting direction on top of it. When I figured out where the light source is coming from, I will establish basic value all around the painting. Once I have the basic value in place or close, I will then refine it more and make sure that it is as correct as it could be. Then I will start apply color and paint over the value sketch.
As for using custom brushes, do not worry so much about what kind of brushes I am using. Just focus on what kind of edges will the particular custom brush produces. There can be pretty much three types of edges from using your brushes, not more. Custom brush strokes can give you hard edge, soft edge and lost edge so you have to know how to utilize them. Thought there are custom brushes that will give you like a stamp on result like tree brushes, leaves, etc. Those are totally in the different category because they will give you actual silhouette of objects.

Fun Fact: I almost decided to join Diablo 3 development team at Blizzard back in 2007, but I was too lazy to pack up and move south to California. That could have been fun. Huge impressive company though. 😉

Here is the final speed painting of Demon Hunter from Diablo 3

Diablo 3 Demon Hunter

Diablo 3 Demon Hunter

Watch a Diablo 3 Demon Hunter speed painting Video tutorial.

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Or watch my full +2 hours video tutorial process with all the detail explained below
Character design tutorial Knight concept art.
Character design tutorial Warrior concept art.
Advance digital painting tutorial.
Illustration technique 1.

Below are step by step Diablo 3 Demon Hunter painting tutorial

how to draw demon hunter diablo 3

how to draw demon hunter diablo 3

Then step two, painting demon hunter

digital painting step by step demon hunter

digital painting step by step demon hunter

the final speed painting of Demon Hunter from Diablo 3

Diablo 3 Demon Hunter

Diablo 3 Demon Hunter

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I hope you enjoy the tutorials. Peace!

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About Xia Taptara

Xia Taptara (黃曉聲 Huang XiaoShēng), currently a freelance concept artist for games and films, formerly a character concept artist for ArenaNet/NCsoft (GuildWars & Guildwars 2). I also work on various projects for Game of Thrones, Square-Enix, Paizo Publishing, Fantasy Fight Games, Disney Interactive, and many publishers & clients. I use Wacom Tablet Intuos and Photoshop CS2,3,4,5 to do most of my professional art work. I use pencil, pen, and traditional medium in my free time. I founded IdrawGirls.com (TheArtClasses.com) in 2007 to motivate myself to create more and better art. Also I get to draw and paint whatever the hell I want to. Hopefully I can inspired some young soul and old soul alike. *QUESTIONS & COMMENT: PLEASE POST THEM ON THE BLOG. Or CONTACT ME via idrawgirls Facebook page. DO NOT E-MAIL ME. Thank you. ;-)
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13 Responses to Diablo 3 demon hunter digital painting tutorial

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  2. Hevion says:

    great work on this painting. i was wondering if i could find a tutorial on how to work with opacity in brushes because i notice u never use a 100% opacity brush. thanks

  3. Xia Taptara says:

    Wrong! I use 100% about 1/4 of the time in the end, but remember the tablet is pressure sensitive. Go read
    http://idrawgirls.com/tutorials/2011/10/30/what-opacity-setting-i-use-in-digital-painting/
    More under category called “Technique”
    http://idrawgirls.com/draw-technique.html

  4. dev says:

    XIA….. hats off to u first of all, for the efforts u have put in here…this is all really wonderful
    i urge u to please upload a tutorial that mentions about the opacity and flow you use while u do speed painting ,,,,what type of brush u uses to give this cool edge to the paintings,,,,lots of appreciation for ur work man…!!

  5. Hi there. Great painting. I had a few questions about this image, but can be applied to paining in general:
    1) Do you use different colors for hilights/shadows or just a lighter/darker
    version of that color? Or just use the b/w as your shadow/hilight basis?
    2) How do you pick your colors? When to use, say, a lighter pink (for pink
    surface) or white?
    3) How to choose a skin color (cool or warm)?
    4) I noticed in the shadows in her face, some were a muddy brown color, and some were what looks like a darker version of the actual skin color. How do you know when to use what?
    5) Do you use transparency in painting softer/lighter versions of a color or
    just lighten the color itself? I noticed if transparency is used (easier) you can get that icky dividing line when you go over around the same area w/another pass.
    6) What is your layer setup with this? Is it the b/w on one, color on one, hilites on one? And are the layers set to modes or the brushes? I think you said you use Screen?

    Thank you

  6. Xia Taptara says:

    Read all of them carefully.
    Focus on value when painting

    I use a few layers at the time then I merge them all. Focus on value (light and dark). Be honest and trust your eye because your brain will tell you otherwise. Draw what you see, not what you think the object should look like.

    Palette
    http://idrawgirls.com/tutorials/2011/10/31/make-custom-color-palette-for-digital-painting/

    Color read this:
    Using Overlay
    http://idrawgirls.com/tutorials/2011/10/31/photoshop-tutorial-overlay-mode/
    http://idrawgirls.com/tutorials/2011/10/31/photoshop-tutorial-overlay-mode-part-2/

    here is how to set it up
    http://idrawgirls.com/tutorials/2011/10/29/what-size-to-paint-in-photoshop-for-illustration/
    Opacity
    http://idrawgirls.com/tutorials/2011/10/30/what-opacity-setting-i-use-in-digital-painting/

    3 rules of Painting
    http://idrawgirls.com/tutorials/2011/11/01/three-important-rules-for-painting/

    Color vs Value
    http://idrawgirls.com/tutorials/2011/10/31/color-vs-value-compare-for-artists/
    Value Exercise
    http://idrawgirls.com/tutorials/2011/10/31/how-to-shade-and-render-drawing/

    How to improve your drawing 5 steps:
    http://idrawgirls.com/tutorials/2011/10/29/5-steps-to-improve-your-drawing-skill-fast/

    Don’t forget to like us on Facebook, then more free videos will come
    http://www.facebook.com/idrawgirls

    Look around on the right column of the blog, you should be able to find some key tips you can utilize.

    Peace!

  7. Xia Taptara says:

    Read all of them carefully.
    Focus on value when painting

    I use a few layers at the time then I merge them all. Focus on value (light and dark). Be honest and trust your eye because your brain will tell you otherwise. Draw what you see, not what you think the object should look like.

    Palette
    http://idrawgirls.com/tutorials/2011/10/31/make-custom-color-palette-for-digital-painting/

    Color read this:
    Using Overlay
    http://idrawgirls.com/tutorials/2011/10/31/photoshop-tutorial-overlay-mode/
    http://idrawgirls.com/tutorials/2011/10/31/photoshop-tutorial-overlay-mode-part-2/

    here is how to set it up
    http://idrawgirls.com/tutorials/2011/10/29/what-size-to-paint-in-photoshop-for-illustration/
    Opacity
    http://idrawgirls.com/tutorials/2011/10/30/what-opacity-setting-i-use-in-digital-painting/

    3 rules of Painting
    http://idrawgirls.com/tutorials/2011/11/01/three-important-rules-for-painting/

    Color vs Value
    http://idrawgirls.com/tutorials/2011/10/31/color-vs-value-compare-for-artists/
    Value Exercise
    http://idrawgirls.com/tutorials/2011/10/31/how-to-shade-and-render-drawing/

    How to improve your drawing 5 steps:
    http://idrawgirls.com/tutorials/2011/10/29/5-steps-to-improve-your-drawing-skill-fast/

    Don’t forget to like us on Facebook, then more free videos will come
    http://www.facebook.com/idrawgirls

    Look around on the right column of the blog, you should be able to find some key tips you can utilize.

    Peace!

  8. Hi, could you send me the link of how to paint using overlay? Thanx!

  9. John says:

    Outstanding work you have going on here man really nice stuff. I have a few questions about the demon hunter you did up here, what is the layer layout you used on this piece? I believe you mentioned that you used overlay to paint the hunter, did you use a normal layer to paint the detail ontop of the overlay? Thanks for your time and for all the feedback.

  10. Xia Taptara says:

    Read all of them carefully.
    Focus on value when painting

    I use a few layers at the time then I merge them all. Focus on value (light and dark). Be honest and trust your eye because your brain will tell you otherwise. Draw what you see, not what you think the object should look like.

    Palette
    http://idrawgirls.com/tutorial

    Color read this:
    Using Overlay
    http://idrawgirls.com/tutorial
    http://idrawgirls.com/tutorial

    here is how to set it up
    http://idrawgirls.com/tutorial
    Opacity
    http://idrawgirls.com/tutorial

    3 rules of Painting
    http://idrawgirls.com/tutorial

    Color vs Value
    http://idrawgirls.com/tutorial
    Value Exercise
    http://idrawgirls.com/tutorial

    How to improve your drawing 5 steps:
    http://idrawgirls.com/tutorial

    Don’t forget to like us on Facebook, then more free videos will come
    http://www.facebook.com/idrawg

    Look around on the right column of the blog, you should be able to find some key tips you can utilize.

  11. Shepard says:

    I am not using photshop but other programs like Paint tool Sai…I wonder if I will get same results as what you did here…and playing with values is so frustrating :/ I have been practicing but lol just ugly

  12. Xia Taptara says:

    Paint tool Sai should be able to get very close to it. There are simpler tutorials on the site, look around for easier ones. Good luck.

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