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Underwater Tutorial - SAI by Juliana1121 Underwater Tutorial - SAI by Juliana1121
Hi there! So here's my first tutorial ^^ It's the method I'm currently using for my underwater backgrounds (Steps 2 and 3 are used by me so oftenly!). It's pretty basic, with only 9 steps (8 if you don't consider opening sai as one XD). Please tell me if there are any spelling/grammar mistakes ;)
If you have any questions, feel free to ask :D

The tools I used here were pretty much the pen tool and the blur tool only. ( Blur tool <3 What would I do if you didn't exist? TvT ) And yes, I pick my blue shades randomly everytime. That way they hardly ever will look the same.

I might do a Photoshop Version of it too. The Photoshop underwater bg is still the same as before so it's not even close to this one. It looks worser e-e I haven't used Photoshop much since I started using Sai so there wasn't much of a progress on that...OTL

Well, I hope you find it useful :)

Please let me know if you use this in one of your drawings. I'd love to see it ^^

Examples of drawings (by me) in which I used this process:
Comm - Rinori and Aurrie by Juliana1121
Comm - Chibi Mer-sea-horse-maid Melody by Juliana1121
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Wildnature03 Featured By Owner May 17, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks so much for the help with the underwater view, it helped me A LOT!
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Juliana1121 Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You're most welcome ^^ I'm glad it did ^^
Thanks for the mention!
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SnowSymphony Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks!! very useful!! Used Here :happybounce: 
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Juliana1121 Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome ^^ Thank you! I'm glad you think so! :) Oooh! Awesome! ^^
Thanks for the mention ~ ^^
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DevilGal23 Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Umm, I have a question, what colours should you use for skin underwater?
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Juliana1121 Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Hm...what I usually do (because I'm lazy, haha) is color the skin like I would if the character wasn't underwater and I copy the background layer and put it on top of the drawing, ajusting the opacity for that. I think you could use the Overlay option for that but I'm not sure.
If you don't want to use this method, I recommend using a bluish white (for white skin) and shade with variations of it, applying yellow for the light parts (like in this picture: www.deviantart.com/art/Underwa… or taking the base skin color and shading colors you usually use for skin and mixing it with the blue tones you used for the background so you get the colors you need for the shading. There are many methods for doing it, just remember it has to have a bluish (sometimes even purple-ish) tone to it ^^
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DevilGal23 Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Aww, thank you very much! That gave me a really clear idea on how to colour underwater skin! You're awsome!
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Juliana1121 Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You're most welcome ^^ Let me know if you need more help ^^
Oh, thank you! :D
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IGawesomesauce Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2014
amazing tutorial, helped me a lot!

thanks!
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Juliana1121 Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you ^^ I'm glad it did ^^

You're welcome! :)
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