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Snake Shot by Artgerm Snake Shot by Artgerm
Well....another MGS fanart of mine. Looking forward to the release of MGS3 international version. :)

Done in Painter and photoshop. 1hr


One of my DA friend was asking me about how to paint faster in Painter, like this Snake piece. Here is my reply to him that may be relevant to some of you here as well:

Hmm...that's a real tough question.

There are a few critical factors that affect your painting speed:

1) Level of understanding of the fundementals, such as colour theory, lighting behavior, visual harmony, anatomy...etc

2) Level of understanding of the software. In this case, Painter.

3) Level of understanding of the subject you are about to draw.

4) How much you can visualize the final image in your mind before you actually paint it.

Therefore, the speed of your painting depends on how accurately u can place a stroke on the canvas that can means something to the overall image. Young artists often make mistakes by zoming into details too soon without looking at the overall tonal values of the image. As a result, they spend too much time correcting the mistakes they spotted on the image as they progress.

For my snake pix, I used Painter's Loaded Palette Knife as the painting tool. Due to the raw and unpredictable nature of the brush, it provides great freedom for me to paint in a rough and speedy manner, and quickly get the overall tones and values down. Having said that, this in fact applies to all kind of medium, not just for palette knife.

Honestly, the software can never define your painting speed, but rather your experience and understanding of those factors I mentioned above. If you can paint fast on paper, you can paint fast on computer most possibly.

Hope it helps. :)
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The writer understand better the mind of people what they want to learn through their writing therefore this article is outstanding. Thanks!!! geniux ingredients
artistang-kamote12 Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2014  Professional General Artist
This is just as badass as the real Solid Snake. SUPER LIKE IT! :D
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Can you draw like Ashley Woods?

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ChrisNext Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2014
now when see to Big Boss..???
sovereignpisces Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2013  Student General Artist
I have a boyfriend who would LOVE this :3
saraskywalker91 Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2013
Love this
Tyappert Featured By Owner May 27, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Just picked up a drawing pad to try out digital art, and your advice is incredibly helpful. I do all the things I shouldn't and don't do enough of what I should. Great art, great advice! Cheers!
SteedAngus Featured By Owner May 27, 2013  Student Digital Artist
you certainly know how to capture movement with each stroke.
killjoySG Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013
Pew Pew!
InsoLENTinsO Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013
Oh god. Another great art. Now I really want to marry you or something.
Tony-345 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013
MorganHowell Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012
awesome pic and helpful tips!
Talietzin Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
I approve.
DraconicParagon Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I am a HUGE MGS fan! This is a perfect tribute to that great series! :spyed:
xthesundancekidx Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012
love it, how bout doin a 25th anniversary piece?
Dancer40320 Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012  Student Artist
this is awesome.
kcs11 Featured By Owner May 15, 2012
really good art!
Manhell Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
nice work ! and thanks for the tip :woohoo:
podapanda Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Just epic!
htd635 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2012
This is freaking amazing!
AliYaqooob Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Your great work have been Featured in 102Features Part1 journal [link] :D :la:
Ixtlahuac Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2011
why you use painter and pshop not have the same tools?
Crischromatic Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2011
great stuff thanks!
KillerKahuna Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2011
very well done sir, I love it
gomzZz Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
simply amazing, ur gift. =)
Rollinlol95 Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
benneido Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
VOLOSATICK Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2011  Student General Artist
офигительный арт)
DirtyHrethgir Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Absolutely fantastic
MQ5 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
I like your works!
jimdragonx Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2011  Hobbyist
DogDay7 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2011  Student Digital Artist
this is one of my fav. characters love what you did
LunaticOfDamnedFools Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2011   General Artist
There's nothing like Snake! :D
Ruxtano Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Bloody hell.

Im seriously in love with this picture. the expression, the movement, the colouring its all perfect
arrius86 Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2011
Wow, thank you so much for the explanation on how to go about using software and drawing or painting in general. That was very very helpful! I'll try to keep this in mind.
jnano Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2011
master.. awesome
hinchen Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Oh man... I love the structures, the quick brush strokes.... absolutely stunning! thats snake how he should look! ^^
Superponyprince Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2011
I love MGS! <3
cute-and-fluffy Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2011
truly epic!
alexkaboomy Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2010
Awesome very cool dude!
sharinggansamuel Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
*uses a word more awesome then epic*

blackslate00zero Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2010
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kar98k Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2010
what his motto mine is this
Under this sun no shadows will fall
Piercing our eyes as we charge
An armoured battalion on course to the east
Closing the end of it's march
This time we're here to finish a job
Started a decade ago
Driving the animals out of their holes
To bury them 6 feet below
Armoured tanks of mass destruction
Killers in the east
Rats who dares to stand before us
Feel our guns go live
Death in the shape of a panzer battalion
Insect of terror don't run face your fate like a
Man cannot outrun our panzer battalion

Thousands of tons of armour and guns
Making it's way through the sand
Our panzer battalion is back for revenge
Artillery sweeping the land
First strike is ours no mercy is shown
There's rivers of blood in our track
Breaking their waves of defence with our tanks
Infantry watching our back
Blow their SAM sites clear for air strike
Ready for the storm
Minefields swept there's no surrender
Feel our napalm burn
Armoured tanks of mass destruction
Killers in the east
Rats who dares to stand before us
Feel our guns go live
Panzer battalion
Insect of terror don't run face your fate like a man
Panzer battalion
NickReaper Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2010
reminds me of a bad anime, but still awesome.
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