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Thorin Oakenshield- walkthrough by RachelleFryatt Thorin Oakenshield- walkthrough by RachelleFryatt
I've had a few people ask me about how I went about painting the portraits of Thorin and Fili, so I put together a walk through to roughly explain how things were done.

Like I said in the walk through, this isn't me telling you how to paint. You have to find your own work flow, your own process that will work best for you. But I still hope that it will be helpful for some artists out there :)

You'll probably need to Full View it, or download it, but be warned, it's a pretty big file so that it can be read properly.

Thorin Oakenshield and the Hobbit are © Middle Earth Enterprises
Art is © Rachelle Fryatt- DO NOT USE, REDISTRIBUTE OR ALTER IN ANYWAY.

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:iconavalair2835ta:
Avalair2835TA Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Really like this, thank you
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:iconrachellefryatt:
RachelleFryatt Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks, glad you do! ^^
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:iconavalair2835ta:
Avalair2835TA Featured By Owner May 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome, I have a while before I can get that good
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Dwarf-Doodles Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2014  Hobbyist
I was wondering do you trace the outline or do you do it free hand? :)
Your work is amazing :D
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:iconrachellefryatt:
RachelleFryatt Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much ^^ Everything is all drawn free-hand :) I'll occasionally match the sketch up to the original photo to see how off everything is, but I never trace anything :) 
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SanaraSachiko Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2013
thats very interesting :D no way I could paint like that but still its nice to know how some people 'work' :)
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:iconrachellefryatt:
RachelleFryatt Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I bet you could! ;) Just takes time and practice ^^
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:iconsanarasachiko:
SanaraSachiko Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2013
hahaha thank you ;)
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gerdaquist Featured By Owner May 8, 2013
Great paintings! Thanks for the very useful walk-through, I did not yet start with Photoshop, just bought my first Wacom Bamboo tablet. I will use your walk-through as a guide! I will need a lot of practising first of all!
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:iconrachellefryatt:
RachelleFryatt Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Glad I could help! :D
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Gilraen777 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013
Awesome! thanks for the tips. I haven't done any art on the computer yet, but will keep these in mind when i finally do.
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:iconrachellefryatt:
RachelleFryatt Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
No problem :D Hope it helps, and I'd love to see what you come up with ^^ Digital is so much fun :D
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:iconzaera-d:
Zaera-D Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013   Digital Artist
cool! Is this photoshop or painter?
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:iconrachellefryatt:
RachelleFryatt Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Photoshop :)
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:iconzaera-d:
Zaera-D Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013   Digital Artist
cool :D
Do you know of any easy way to flip just one layer? Besides using the transform tool and guessing at accuracy of it?
I've found the option to flip the whole image, but I wonder about just part of it...

Thanks for mentioning flipping it btw. I've totally been forgetting to do that. XD
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:iconrachellefryatt:
RachelleFryatt Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I've been scratching my brain for the past few days and you know, I'm pretty sure there is a way to do it but I can't for the life of me remember how. I'll try and figure it out and get back to you on that one :)

And no problem, tis a really handy thing to remember :) Looking at a traditional piece in a mirror does the same :)
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Zaera-D Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013   Digital Artist
Awesome! Thank you! If you can't, don't stress. Just if you come across it. ^^

I've flipped my current image back and forth a bunch today. It's making such a difference. ^^
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RachelleFryatt Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I'll note you if I come across it ;)
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:iconzaera-d:
Zaera-D Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013   Digital Artist
Sweet. thanks! :D
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lilis-gallery Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
OHMYGOD, I have to thank you ! I've been using Photoshop for at least 6 years now, and I just NEVER thought about lowering the flow rather than the opacity of a brush... It works so great on skin, even with the most basic ones ! :happybounce:

And thanks so much for this whole walkthrough, I love seeing how other artists work and you give some pretty good tips here. Your portraits are really amazing, you captured Thorin's (and Fíli's) face and expression so well... His hair is gorgeous. It's my favourite part of him to draw, I just love that black and white lion's mane !
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RachelleFryatt Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Hehe, no problem, glad it's been useful for you ^^' Lowering the flow is a relatively new thing that I've started doing too- it was like a light bulb went on :D
His hair is far too beautiful, and far too much fun to draw XD
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The-Beauty-With-In Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013
What brush is the one you lowered the flow of? its a really good skin one
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:iconrachellefryatt:
RachelleFryatt Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
It's a chalk brush I got from an Imagine FX magazine :) There are some great chalk brushes here on DA too :)
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Cherry-Revolver Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
AWESOME :B!!!
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:iconrachellefryatt:
RachelleFryatt Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks very much ^^'
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wimbo125 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I just love beards!!!
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:iconrachellefryatt:
RachelleFryatt Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
How can you not?! I've been telling everyone for years that they are the best thing since sliced bread ;)
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:iconwimbo125:
wimbo125 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, I bet that with an awesome enough beard you can even slice bread! xD
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:iconrachellefryatt:
RachelleFryatt Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I do say that you probably could! :D
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DarkVelvet89 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013
Wow that was amazingly helpful.. I am going to have this as my guide for my next piece .Thank you :) x
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:iconrachellefryatt:
RachelleFryatt Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
No problem! Really hope it proves useful for you ^^
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PepperJDarcy Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
oh my gosh... these are beautiful pieces! I discovered Tolkien when Return of the King was about to hit theatres and I've been obsessed ever since. These... are *beautiful* And the Hobbit was beautiful as well...

...and it's so nice to see that after all those years of waiting-- people still adore the movie and story because it's so worth it and worthy of this sort of dedication!! :heart:
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RachelleFryatt Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much ^^
I never did grow out of my love for all things Tolkien ^^ It was well worth the 10 year odd wait for the Hobbit ^^
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PepperJDarcy Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
oh heck! it was so worth the wait. Especially since it meant Martin could play Bilbo!! HECK he did such a good job. I was squealing in the theatre all three times I went to see it-- especially when Bilbo slammed the orc to the ground to save Thorin... and when Thorin hugged Bilbo. It was *MAGIC* I tell you!

And this is late, but congrats on the DD. That's really a beautiful piece!!
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RachelleFryatt Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
The guy was perfect as Bilbo ;)

Thank you very much, it was a lovely surprise ^^
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IMPSHA Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013
wonderfull !!
i will try it
thank =)
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:iconrachellefryatt:
RachelleFryatt Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Hope it helps! :D
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:iconsilverkallan:
silverkallan Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013
Thank you!
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:iconrachellefryatt:
RachelleFryatt Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
No problem! :)
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:iconkeberyna:
Keberyna Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Student General Artist
This is such a great walkthrough, for of course, such a great piece! It's always cool to see how artist tackle their works. ^^
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:iconrachellefryatt:
RachelleFryatt Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks my friend! ^^
I often find seeing the process is more interesting than the finished piece :)
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:iconkeberyna:
Keberyna Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Student General Artist
Not a problem!

Haha, I'm on the same boat here. XD
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:iconjos2507:
jos2507 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013
thanks it is great !
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:iconrachellefryatt:
RachelleFryatt Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks, glad you think so ^^
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:iconjustkeepdrawing:
justkeepdrawing Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013
Gonna try this ouuutttt
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:iconrachellefryatt:
RachelleFryatt Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
:D I look forward to seeing what you come up with!
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:iconjustkeepdrawing:
justkeepdrawing Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013
If you have the patience to wait six years for that...
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:iconrachellefryatt:
RachelleFryatt Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
GO GO GO!
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:iconyuushoku:
Yuushoku Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Excellent! I hoped you would make one of these :)
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:iconrachellefryatt:
RachelleFryatt Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I always mean to do more, but just never get round to putting them together. Wish I had saved progress shots from the Fili portrait now >.<
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