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Ciameth's Rock Tutorial by Ciameth Ciameth's Rock Tutorial by Ciameth
This is how I draw rocks and soil in both Corel Painter and traditional media (mostly oil, acrylic, watercolor or oil pastel). There are no special brushes, filters, tricks, etc specific to Painter. Though I've never used photoshop, I assume these techniques would work there too. They're not difficult and take little drawing skill--just a lot of tedious practice. This tutorial assumes you already know how to handle basic light and shadow on an object; if not, there are other tutorials on dA for that.

You can see more of my references here [link] but this is the first tutorial I've made and I would appreciate some feedback--is it useful, does the format work for you, is there some information you feel is missing?

Some examples of how I've used these techniques for rocks and soil in digital paintings:
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jimmyt1988 Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2014
What is the license on this :) I would love to use them in a game I am creating. I do plan to sell the game? I would love to put your photoshop brush on the credits at the end!
Ciameth Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This has an attribution-noncommercial creative commons license. 
marinaawin Featured By Owner Edited Aug 13, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I used your tutorial here (for the rocks and path):…
Thank you.
wolf401 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
This was so helpful thank you so much!!
FireYuuki Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
great technique!
tolkienandtea Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2014  New member Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This tutorial is excellent! I like how you added the translucent layer on the rough rock! 
Toolmon Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you!
From a beginner's point of view...very helpful
Rukaija Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2014  Hobbyist
Thank you soooo much for this tutorial, it's great!!
Lordfell Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Could you give me an example of a brush you might use to blend the dirt in your first tip? I tried using five or so and they all end up looking like fur. :laughing: Possibly it's my technique. What movements do you use?
Ciameth Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You might be using a brush that smudges things if it is turning out like fur.  A brush that simply blurs or softens things might work better.  In Painter, I usually use one called "just add water" in short circular motions.
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