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How to draw Loki by EternaLegend How to draw Loki by EternaLegend
The finished artwork:


As promised, here is that Loki tutorial or step-by-step that I mentioned that I was going to do not long ago.

Please forgive me for my somewhat mediocre/bad English skills. Writing isn't really my strong point, especially when I'm trying to explain things, so some of it might not make sense? But I tried my best.

And yeah… I got my layout ideas from Imagine FX's workshops. xD

I didn't mention this in the tutorial, but the reason why I only use one layer for my digital artworks is because of two reasons: It's a personal thing of mine to only use one layer (I like to keep my digital artworks as close as possible to the feel of it being traditional). The second reason is that you just can't treat Painter like Photoshop. If you're someone who uses a lot of layers in PS, you'll eventually discover why it becomes a little impossible to do the same on Painter.

I'll try to keep it short here, but Painter does funny things with layers. One of the biggest upsides is that the colour picker tool/dropper will pick up colours from the under layers even if you're on an above layer. Now… if you're someone who uses the whole greyscale technique where you add colour after you're done, do you see where I'm getting at? If you choose a colour on the colour layer, it's going to pick up the grey as well! Plus, the wet brushes will smudge all layers - no matter what layer you're on, and hopefully now you can see why it can become a nightmare to use for some people.

Personally, I think you need to understand traditional medium well enough before you consider getting Painter. In some ways it can truly mimic traditional art which can frustrate some true digital artists out there. But any who I'm rambling on now.

Hopefully this tutorial will give you guys a better understanding and insight into how I've been able to draw those recent Loki artworks and for now my future art pieces. And I hope this tutorial helps those who are new to Painter. (:

Feel free to ask me any questions if you're curious about this tutorial.

Thanks for reading guys!

Frequently asked questions:

"I just got Corel Painter and I have no idea how to use it. Any good starters or tips?"

With anything new, the best thing to do is to play around with it! Don't go making massive artworks straight away on any new software that you get. Instead, make little documents and play around with each brush and effect that Painter has to offer. Drawn and scribble many rough things! Doing it this way, you will find a natural technique and your own personal tastes and likes of brushes that will suit you for your own future artworks. You will also get used to how Painter works.
Painter has some great "starter" tutorial videos if you look it up on Google from basic drawing techniques, from painting and to the special effects etc.

Other Loki/Marvel art:


More info/places where you can find me:
Tumblr | Commission Info | Twitter
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theFrey1 Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2015
Great picture and wonderful tutorial! Thanks so much.
soradejong Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Love this!!
VictoriaSherlock Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2015
OH MY GAD!!!!!!!!!!!!!i love Loki & thank you very very much:3
SweetCitrine Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2014
Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaah! *faint I LOVE LOKI!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Omg I can't believe it too good awesome job! 
NetteLovesLoki Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2014
I'm not an artist but a HUGE admirer of art. Your work is phenomenal. 
plumpunked Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Capularis Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014  Professional
Much thanks.
lmnoprodigal Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you for this. I'm hoping to get a Wacom tablet fairly shortly, and I'd love to do digital portraits.
Dejers Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Wow, This is really well thought out and nicely portrayed. Good job! 
Esmereth Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2013  Student General Artist
I will never be able to do that, 
but thank you anyway ^_^

HeavenShipperArtist Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
OMG I thought it was a screenshot :O
aliciawoods12 Featured By Owner May 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice. But question: how do I get Painter XI? It's just new to me, so do you download it or do you buy it?
EternaLegend Featured By Owner May 24, 2013
It's a program that you'll need to buy - like Photoshop.

You can either purchase a disk or download it.
aliciawoods12 Featured By Owner May 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, aw man. I don't have the money :(

Aw well, nice job at the painting, by the way. It rocks! :#1:
ILoveAsgardians Featured By Owner May 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I bought Painter 12 not to long ago and I just started doing digital art, I kept thinking that I should have got Photoshop instead, because so many people use it, but I like how Painter looks more like traditional art. This is a beautiful painting by the way!
EternaLegend Featured By Owner May 9, 2013
It really depends. I own both Painter and Photoshop, and personally - I prefer to draw with Painter. It feels more natural and it uses a more traditional brush engine than Photoshop.
And thanks! :)
ILoveAsgardians Featured By Owner May 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome!
EeveeFennekinFan Featured By Owner May 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I hate you for drawing like this
And i love you for drawing like this
TanithLipsky Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013
ViperPeggy Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
JEEEEEEEZ! Sounds complicated... T_T
Blueranyk Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
YEAH, LOKI. I once made a quick pencil sketch of this exact scene here... it sucked. ^-^' I much prefer this awesomeness. Pwease... MAKE MORE LOKI HURRDURR.
MarissaSunshine Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Hobbyist Filmographer
:heart: I loved this.
gracie11398 Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Besulalea Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for creating this! I found it helpful! :D
anne818x Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Tom-Hiddles Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love you
Kuchiyuki Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh my gosh, this is wonderful. I usually draw outlines first, and the colors come out sloppy.

If I may ask, how much is Painter? I 've been using SAI but Painter looks nice.
EternaLegend Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012

I bought Painter 11 off ebay, so I didn't pay full price for it, but I got it for $180 out of the usual $400+. But it's so worth it. It has so much more than what SAI provides.
Kuchiyuki Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
No problem and thanks~
Katarina-Venom Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I hope it will help me. :D I like: "Using a lot of texture" That's what I need! :dummy: I think I can't do it at first time, I haven't yet seen a program, but anyway, THANK you for this tutorial! :hug:
EternaLegend Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012
No problem! <3
Katarina-Venom Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Gosh, I forget to fav it :D
miraxterrik Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012
just out of curiosity: do you lay the ref pic under the layer you paint and follow the shapes, or you keep it in a separate window? If the latter, then it's amazing how you can capture all these details just exactly the way they are only by looking at it. If the former, it is no less amazing;)
EternaLegend Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012
I keep it on a separate window and constantly look at it to draw the details.

meoyani Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
1. find a reference picture
2. get the basic colors down
4. now your Loki is done

Awesome skills there. I sure wouldn't be able to do this. haha
ToBiTaNk Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I like it, Another.
Yueh-Sama Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2012  Student Filmographer
OMG thank you so much!!
Niki101 Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ffffff, lol, I still don't know how you do it~! :heart:
Amazing and thanks for the tut :D
Yuuki-VK17 Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2012  Student Artist
OMG ! sooo good :la: lokiiiiiii
DiaGK Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Wow. Educational and thoughtful. Great tut. Thanks for sharing B-)
And wonderful art!!
mossman00 Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I love you so much for this <3

So in other words, thank you :D
EternaLegend Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012
Thanks! :hug:!
MissShadowQueen Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow, amazing ! :heart:
Sick-Bunny Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012
lacrimosalis Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wow cool!!!!!
SunsetFlareX Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is really neat, I have always wondered how you got that background effect. It's awesome to finally find out!
Narugasho Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2012
Wow, thankyou so much, this will help a lot. Awesome explanation.
Noshimoto Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2012  Student Digital Artist
i want to cup his face at left
AlmostMyself Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2012  Student Digital Artist
*gasps and balks for twenty seconds* really really good!
indhi Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
I'm sorry, but you have made me cry of how awesome is this.

Beautiful Tutorial, I will give Corel Painter a chance!
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