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TOW-3 Drawing Chains and Metallics by verticalfish TOW-3 Drawing Chains and Metallics by verticalfish
This week's tutorial is on something I took a long time to get right (or at least good enough that I was satisfied with it) - how to draw chains & metallic surfaces! I learned this just from reading and absorbing the techniques of different illustrators, as there aren't that many tutorials about esoteric topics like this around.

Sorry I missed last week's TOW. I was overworked! I'll make it up though - I'll do another TOW this week to catch up.

Be sure to check out my other tutorials:

[link] Background Perspective
[link] Digital Editing of traditional media
[link] Webcomic Process for Tablet
[link] SFX in PSCS 1: Quick Motion BGs

[link] TOW-1: Photoshop Motion Lines Tutorial
[link] TOW-2: Lightning Tutorial
[link] TOW-3: Chains & Metallics
[link] TOW-4: Shading Faces

...and while you're at it, check out my comics!

The Sixth Bar - [link]
Lindbergh -[link]
Glyphmaster - [link]
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:iconladybeelze:
LadyBeelze Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
so cool! gotta practice this too! OTL
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:iconverticalfish:
verticalfish Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
XD
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DjRoguefire Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Really helpful. I always had trouble with linked metals. Thanks! :D
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:iconverticalfish:
verticalfish Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No problem!
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DjRoguefire Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Btw, I checked out your Background tutorial vid. It made me think about getting 3D rendering software since I like to nitpick on detail. lol


Anyhow, I just have one question. I noticed that you construct your panels on SAI. Do you do it manually by drawing individual lines per page or do you have a tool that places panels there? I can think of a few other ways you could've done it but I just want to be sure since you seem to be pretty fast when making these.
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verticalfish Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I draw individual lines per page. I start of with a blank document that has a rectangular black border about 100 pixels wide, then I use the shift key with the brush tool to draw straight lines for panel divisions with a brush of about 20 px. diameter.
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Sham-creator-of-dark Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I love this! thanks!
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:iconverticalfish:
verticalfish Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No problem!
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Chiisho Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks a Lot :bow:
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:iconverticalfish:
verticalfish Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No prob!
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Divine-Angel-Heroine Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013  Student General Artist
wow all of your tutorials helped me understand better through those simple steps you've demonstrated! Thanks for all of your tutorials.
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:iconverticalfish:
verticalfish Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Glad you like!
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KatiraMoon Featured By Owner May 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
great tutorial! :heart:
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:iconverticalfish:
verticalfish Featured By Owner May 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks so much!
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ht743 Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Again thanks for this tutorial. lovely. :)
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:iconverticalfish:
verticalfish Featured By Owner May 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No problem, glad you like it!
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:iconfyshie:
fyshie Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013
So helpful! I have been looking for a way to draw metal effectively for a long time. Thank you for this tutorial :)
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:iconverticalfish:
verticalfish Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No problem!
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NeilCfreak Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Student General Artist
Your tutorials have helped me so much with my comic! Thank you!
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:iconverticalfish:
verticalfish Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No problem!
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XYamiXNekoX Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks!!!! :nuu:
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:iconverticalfish:
verticalfish Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No problem!
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IslandxInxThexSun Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you so fucking much for this awesome beautiful tutorial :iconcryforeverplz: my life is now so much simpler
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:iconverticalfish:
verticalfish Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
XD I like making people's lives simpler!
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Kinexuru Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much! ♡
I was looking for chain tutorials. This helped me so much! ^^
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:iconverticalfish:
verticalfish Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No problem!
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Peacelover2 Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012
thank you :)
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:iconverticalfish:
verticalfish Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No problem!
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CodeClassified Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
All your tutorials are fantastic. What I really love is how you include examples in work at the bottom. I guess they just really help it click for me. Thank you!
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:iconverticalfish:
verticalfish Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No problem! Keep an eye out for more!
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ColaChu Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow this is really well done! Great job!
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:iconverticalfish:
verticalfish Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No problem! Happy to help! Check out my other tutorials if you like - I do one every week!
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ColaChu Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Cool! :D
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destroy02 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012  Student General Artist
QUE GENIAL!!!!!! OMG!!!!! MUY BUENO!!!!!!!
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:iconverticalfish:
verticalfish Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Gracias!
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JamesDarrow Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for such a well done tutorial! :D
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:iconverticalfish:
verticalfish Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No problem. Be sure to check up on me; a new tutorial comes out every week!
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JamesDarrow Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
That's exciting, I'll look forward to more.
I like your style btw :)
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:iconverticalfish:
verticalfish Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! I'll keep the tutorials coming!
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clumsydemonwithfire Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2012   General Artist
wow, this is so amazing! thank you for sharing!!!
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:iconverticalfish:
verticalfish Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No problem, I'm happy to do so.
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Blazeblackwing Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2012
nice, thanks a bunch! this is really useful as i have a character with a chain dog collar but stopped drawing it as i couldnt get it right...
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:iconverticalfish:
verticalfish Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I hope this facilitates further drawing then!
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Blazeblackwing Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2012
hell yeah, i'll never stop...though my lack of scanner is preventing uploading...>.<
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:iconverticalfish:
verticalfish Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ouch! I used to do traditional > scan > and edit with photoshop, and my scanner would always break, so I just got a tablet and it made my art like 1000x better. I wasn't sure how it would go, but in retrospect, it was totally worth it.
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Blazeblackwing Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2012
yeah i used to do that, i did buy a tablet but it was a cheap one and rather S~#t! i'm hoping to get a top line one or a touch screen monitor
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Th3EmOo Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Hi this is *Mr-EmOo form :iconflartograph: #flartograph :heart:
Your beautiful artwork was submit in our Journal weekly feature :star:on this [link] :star:

If you like join to :bulletgreen: our group :bulletgreen: that accepts all type of art ..

:bulletpurple: keep up with this great creativity ..

Greetings :)
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verticalfish Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for the feature!
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:iconth3emoo:
Th3EmOo Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
You're welcome my dear :hug:
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verticalfish Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Your group logo reminded me of this flash video I made in college: [link]
I wish I could put it on DeviantArt, but it's a music video, so I technically don't own the rights to all of it =P
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