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Tutorial - Rock and cave walls by cmalidore Tutorial - Rock and cave walls by cmalidore
So, I felt like doing a quicky tutorial. This was spurred by a large amount of caffeine and plenty of stress... which is a powerful force apparently.

I was reminded that many people get confused while painting rock surfaces, and while I would hardly say that I know the best way to do them, I can at least offer my personal method and the thought process behind said method.

Included are large screen captures of the painting process and the brushes used. As far as programs go, this was Photoshop 7, and done in just a little under 40 minutes.... which in itself may have been lengthy considering I'm watching TV at the same time. So this is hardly a time consuming process.

I also want to apologize for not refining the size of the font in comparison to the screen captures and the such. Many of you will need to scroll to see everything... but it was important of me to not leave anything out. Besides.... I was getting lazy.

If you have any questions, please feel free to ask. Hopefully this helps at least somebody out there :)

EDIT: And I know I don't have to say this, but there's always somebody who needs to hear it...... FULL SIZE!
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mikitakas Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2011
Any kind of help for us newbies is more than welcome, thanks!
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cmalidore Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2011  Professional General Artist
I hope it helps. If you have any questions, feel free to ask :)
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:iconchurien:
churien Featured By Owner May 19, 2011  Student General Artist
just what I needed ;3; will try practising soon. exams firsttt argh
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:iconcmalidore:
cmalidore Featured By Owner May 19, 2011  Professional General Artist
I hope the tutorial helps! Good luck on those exams ;)
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openstheway Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2011
Hi I referenced this tutorial for a concept piece I did for University. Thanks I was a real help
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:iconcmalidore:
cmalidore Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2011  Professional General Artist
Fantastic, I'm glad it helped :D
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VexVamp Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, this should be really helpful, I have a lot of trouble drawing any kind of rock or stone.
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:iconcmalidore:
cmalidore Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2010  Professional General Artist
I hope it helps :)
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Robotrob44 Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2010
hey could i put this in my group gallery?:please:
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:iconcmalidore:
cmalidore Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2010  Professional General Artist
As long as people know I created it, I'm happy. Go for it.
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Robotrob44 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2010
thx!
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Kauthar-Sharbini Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2009
Thank you very much !! you really help me !!
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:iconcmalidore:
cmalidore Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2009  Professional General Artist
I'm glad to hear it :)
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Kauthar-Sharbini Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2009
^___^
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Popular-Tumor Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2009
Thanks for the help, this is gonna help me finish my portfolio.
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cmalidore Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2009  Professional General Artist
Glad to hear it! Best of luck :)
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X-Mr-Penguin-X Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2009
o_o this is what i have been looking! wewt thank you
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cmalidore Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2009  Professional General Artist
Glad to hear it! :)
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X-Mr-Penguin-X Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2009
oh wow...i swear im not learning english...wow that was retarded sounding
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Ayior Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2008  Professional Filmographer
great tutorial. but it would be more helpful if you would change the size a bit lower... hard to read the instructions...
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cmalidore Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2008  Professional General Artist
Alas much smaller and I can't show all of the imagery at a good size. And I don't get massive hours to devote to free demos for you folks so it's gonna go together the only way that makes it fast. I appreciate the feedback though, we'll see how the next one goes when it gets put together.
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Ratzgoblin Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2008
Great tutorial... I am having this problem at the moment (drawing a rock-like wall)... helps a lot ;)

:+fav:
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:iconcmalidore:
cmalidore Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2008  Professional General Artist
Awesome! I hope it works out for ya!
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SpiritDragonWolf Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2008
I so needed this!! It's funny, cuz I was working on a pic, and I can't fuiger out how to draw rocks, and this came up! Auh! It's so awesome!!!
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cmalidore Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2008  Professional General Artist
I hope it helped!
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Orange-Castle Featured By Owner May 16, 2008
thanks for the tutorial :) I thoughtd I'd hit nothing when I typed in "Rock Cave tutorial" but then this tutorial fit the terms perfectly. Thanks again :)
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cmalidore Featured By Owner May 16, 2008  Professional General Artist
Hey I'm glad to hear it might've helped!
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Anton42 Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2008
Thank you for the explanations, Chris. I do need to finally try some of the textured brushes, really like the "real life" effect they introduce. Thanks for the encouragement ;)
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cmalidore Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2008  Professional General Artist
I've always found them to help a lot - it throws in variety and breaks up that monotony. Quite nice :)
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Myklor Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
nice! i really need to learn how to draw rocks, im sure this will come in very useful :thanks:
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cmalidore Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2008  Professional General Artist
They're difficult to grasp - I've been illustrating for years now and still get problems with them - so it's worth practicing :)
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Myklor Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
yeah, i didnt think drawing them would come easy ^^; but im going to do my best and i think the more tutorials i have a look at the better i will be able to develop my own style with them =D
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Sizerlyxdxthh Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2008
this is exactly wat i need ^___^ very interesting tutorial, thank you! :)
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cmalidore Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2008  Professional General Artist
I hope it helps! Rocks can be really hard to learn and get comfortable with, so the more you practice with the shapes involved I imagine you'll begin to pull it all together :)
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Sizerlyxdxthh Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2008
and not a lot of people make rocks tutorial too :)
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Eyeprod Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2008
Thank you very much for taking time to give your method and some good advices!

awesome gallery btw.

=D
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cmalidore Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2008  Professional General Artist
No prob! As long as it helps :D
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hakubaikou Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2007
It's always fascinating to see how other people do things. Nice tutorial. :)
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cmalidore Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2007  Professional General Artist
Thanks Haku. Much appreciated :)
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ftepainting Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2007
oh goody! This helps a lot! Thanks so much! :glomp:
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cmalidore Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2007  Professional General Artist
I'm glad to hear it helps! :D
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BenjaminGalley Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
Aha! Helpful, thanks!
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Chihiro14 Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2007
Yrin, you're a SAINT! :faint:
I was actually just pondering on finding a tutorial for this! <3 Yay.
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cmalidore Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2007  Professional General Artist
Rock on! XD

I hope it helps ^_^
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saskya Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
Excellent, Chris. I am bookmarking this one.

Brushes - i'd LOVE to see a tutorial on how you make yours, seeing as you are gonna be stingy with yours. *wink*

*muah*
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cmalidore Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2007  Professional General Artist
I'll gladly make one on the brushes.... I loooove making brushes. In fact, if you go to my lj profile, I watch a community named Texture - and I swear to god I just made 20+ brushes from the various photos there. It's addictive.

What version of Photoshop does the beautiful Saskya use?
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saskya Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
Oh yes please. I think it'd be awesome to see how you do'em. The implimentation process always boggles me too - as they seem so... repetative? So your thoughts on that would be ideal too.

I am not sure which the beautiful saskya uses, but i am currently in CS2. *wink*
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cmalidore Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2007  Professional General Artist
Well I definitely can't share mine file wise as I use Photoshop 7 still... (the main reason I don't put mine up anywhere, most people have upgraded already and I'm too lazy (and financially unstable lol).

I'll do up a tutorial sometime soon.

For the most part, they are repetitive, which is why I try for odd tonal variations so that as you do multiple brush stokes they really texture up nicely. By desaturating a really detailed photo for example you can see all of those lil variations that really help a lot.

After that you can play with brush settings for as long as you like, slowly pulling it further and further away from anything recognizable. I'm notorious for overlaying a marble texture onto my skin brushes..... it blends really well, and if you do undead things you barely have to do anything :D
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Snowlyn Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hello
Thank's for the tutorial. A bit sad the brushes you have would be there too or was on a link or something (me being silly now) XP
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cmalidore Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2007  Professional General Artist
I don't often hand out brushes because I feel that they should be designed for the artist. I developed mine based on my habits and methods and as such I do things that others may not, and they may need something that I do not.

I would gladly explain the process to making them though, it's truly quite easy.
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