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Title: How to Icon (making Clark Kent fly)
Fandom: Smallville
Fanwork Type: Iconing/Photoshop (using Photoshop 7, but should translate to other versions. Can also translate up from just icons)
Difficulty: Beginner(?)
Addtional Notes: A lot of this is trial and error, in my opinion. You can get different looks by experimenting and seeing what crops up. This touches (sorta) on some basic stuff like feathery selection, blending modes, adjustment levels, and exclusion layers.

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11 July 2006 @ 11:06 am
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09 April 2006 @ 03:35 pm
Title: How to Digital Paint
Fandom: General
Fanwork Type: Digital Art
Difficulty: Advanced
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Current Music: Shinedown - I Dare You
23 October 2005 @ 03:22 am
Title: Introduction to Chainmaille ~~ European 4-in-1
Fandom: Medieval (Fantasy, RenFaire, or otherwise)
Fanwork Type: Cosplay
Difficulty: Weaving ~~ Easy; Coiling ~~ Easy to intermediate; Materials Acquisition ~~ Easy to intermediate.
Additional notes: There are lots of ways to weave chainmaille... Lots of weaves, which typically fall into one of five categories - European, Persian, Japanese, Hybrid, and Spiral. This tutorial focuses on the most commonly-seen maille, European 4-in-1. If you watch any of the LoTR movies, and look at the chainmaille Aragorn, Boromir, and Gimli wear, I believe this is it, up close.

I'll be adding other weaves soon, and I'll do my best to show how to weave them together. A lot of chainmailling is practice and experimentation.

WARNING: This is a lot of text and pictures. I'm assuming you know nothing of the equipment and processes that go into the overhead of making chainmaille, so I'm covering everything. Later tutorials will be more direct. Also, if this is unclear about how to weave, I can direct you to other tutorials, particularly ones with better images for reference.

Now then, if I haven’t scared you away, on to the weaving!Collapse )
Current Mood: tiredtired
16 October 2005 @ 01:27 pm
Title: How to create rich colors with colored pencils
Fandom: Kingdom Hearts 2, but can be used anywhere
Fanwork type: Traditional art (colored pencils)
Difficulty: Advanced (Just 'cause it takes awhile to do...)
Additional Notes: Rather long, rambly tutorial, with a bunch of notes on what I did for this particular picture. Warning: image-heavy!
LJ-cut or Link: Don"t say I didn"t warn ya! ;DCollapse )
Current Mood: okayokay
Current Music: DDR - Healing Vision
16 October 2005 @ 12:19 pm
First tutorial of mine from way back, so it's a little old. Let's try and get the ball rolling. :)

Title: How to CG Chain Mail
Fandom: "Lord of the Rings" is my example, but more General applications too.
Fanwork Type: Digital Art
Difficulty: Easy-Intermediate
Additional notes: I used Deleter CG Comic Illust. Open Canvas should work just as well. Very image heavy.
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Current Mood: hungryhungry
13 October 2005 @ 11:22 pm
Title: How to do lineartless coloring (Alphonse Elric from FMA)
Fandom: Full Metal Alchemist
Fanwork Type: Digital Art
Difficulty: Intermediate
Additional notes: Well, everyone does stuff differently, but the principle is always the same - start light/rough and keep working in shadows and highlights until you start seeing the finished product emerging. It can be a bit disheartening in the beginning because the colored layers can look like blobs. However, doing it the way I kinda-sorta outlined will produce something a bit like the Al pic (I also used the same technique for this: http://www.deviantart.com/view/22464496/). I used Deleter CG Illust for the Al pic, which is like Open Canvas, and Shi Painter (oekaki program) for the Gawl pic.
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13 October 2005 @ 08:31 pm
Ha-hah! I was so excited about this community that I decided tonight was a good night to do this project. Now what I want to know is, who will do the tutorial on how to do a tutorial?

Title: How to make a house tie out of a solid-colored thrift store tie
Fandom: Harry Potter
Fanwork Type: Cosplay
Difficulty: Easy
Additional notes: This is a cheap and creative alternative to ordering your tie from a website. Please excuse the poor quality of the pictures...my camera is crap.
Lj-cut or Link: Let"s do it!Collapse )
Lastly, for anyone interested, this tutorial was formatted almost entirely using Livejournal's picture hosting capabilities. Anyone who has a paid account can use this functionality.
13 October 2005 @ 08:57 am
Welcome to fan_tutorials. This is a tutorial focused community, whether the tutorials range from traditional art to digital, to even prop-making and cosplay.

Please take the time to read the userinfo. If you have questions, feel free to e-mail them to me or leave them in a comment to this post.

These are some recommended sites for hosting photos/pictures for free. If you know others, pimp them out?:

www.deviantart.com (to a degree.)

Thanks to cryptoquip for reminding me: Paid LJ members also have access to LJ photohosting.
GreatestJournal (www.greatestjournal.com) may also have free photohosting

Have fun!