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Stelara's sky tutorial by Stelara Stelara's sky tutorial by Stelara
This is the way I draw the sky in my backgrounds usually. I really hope this will help someone out there:)

Comment here if you have something to ask, I'll come and try to help you:)

Yeah sorry for poor english:blush:

If you don't like this tutorial try these:… :iconminnasundberg: 's clouds tutorial… :iconmegatruh: 's sky+clouds tutorial… :iconvakhara:'s Sky tutorial :iconsugar-esque:'s Clouds tutorial (with markers) Awesome night sky tutorial by:iconmegatruh:

These are my personal favourites, I hope some of them will be useful for you if mine doesn't work.
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QueenofSnail Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2017  Student Digital Artist
Thanks a lot, it really helps me !! :D
My work :…
xShinuyoru Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much for the tutorial! it helped me a lot <3
Used it here:…
SaintAlixir Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for the wonderful tutorial!!! I used it here:
Mirage-Epoque Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
This tutorial looks so great! Thank you so much for wanting to share this with us! :love:
Fairfarren-cheshire Featured By Owner Edited Mar 11, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank for this, it was a great help. i used it here .:Lau:.
SophieAlexer Featured By Owner Edited Feb 9, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much! :) I tried it here Skyyyy
Imean it's not amazing but I guess it's fairly good for a first time, I still have to practice though :)
Ankit1480 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2015  Student Digital Artist
I think it's pretty good. And you get points for trying :-)
MSJPSakura Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2015
Thank you so much for this tutorial! It really helped me a lot.
I used it to make this…
00Flora-Bloom00 Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2014
What is the length of you canvas? btw, the tutorial is awesome! I loved it!
Stelara Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2014
Hi! Since this was just a tutorial I used 1600×1600 or something like that, but you should use what you're accustomed to. This goes for brushsize too, I've never been confident with big strokes so I usually use smaller sized brushes.
00Flora-Bloom00 Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2014
Thanks, ^_^
irenerei Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2014  Student General Artist
thank you for the tutorial, used here…
Kariotic Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This tutorial is really helpfull and because I'm doing/starting a tutorial blog on tumblr I wanted to ask if I may upload this there? c: I'll credit you of course c:
Stelara Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2013
Of course! You can also cut it into smaller pieces and upload as a photoset if you want to, since tumblr is not very supportive with large images like this one.
Angywis Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2013  Professional General Artist
I have a question about step 3, what color do you use to dot?. Thanks a lot
Stelara Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2013
I think I was just picking up the colours randomly from nearby areas on the picture, the shortcut for this is to press alt and then left click on the area where you want to pick it from. If you dont want to sweat with it just pick some light blue like the second from the palette.
Angywis Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thanks a lot c: you're very kind :heart:
Dreamersdust32 Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Love your tutorial! Gotta get more practice at it~…
SilverSoulArtist Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Gave your tutorial a try…
I need to practice more lol ^^;
honuch Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2013  Student General Artist
Thank you so much!! this was so helpful >W<
JitterBugLovlie Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2013
A very helpful tutorial. c:
Kilo13 Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
OMG! This was so much help!!! I follow almost every step!
[link] it mint look weird it cuz I used sketchbookPro on my IPad...
dannabannana Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
i have a question.. is it ok if i use water tool for the clouds? i don't have sensibility my pen doesn't have it and i color with mouse. :/
Stelara Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013
Well I've tried it. I don't know how experienced you are with mouse, i'm pretty bad with it but I did my best so here's what I've figured out:
Watertool worked fine for me with these settings:
Density:50%, Blending:56, Dilution:59 and I used the marker tool with the spread shape(with the value 50)(like you can see in the 8th step I used the marker with the spread with value 84)
I think you should ignore step 3 an 4 and just blend your background colours smoothly, but you can try follow these steps,honestly I failed so hard that I gave up after a few mins and blended the whole thing.
For the clouds: painting them with watercolour is going to take a lot of time, I sometimes dotted in pure white with marker(density 100)and blended in because I couldn't get the white I wanted. Also use colorpicking from near areas (alt + click)it'll be much nicer if you do.
So my main tips are colorpicking and changing brush size often.
Here's what I got in the end: [link]

Sorry for long and "the worst english ever" comment but I hope it was informative enough. I wish you luck and patience!
dannabannana Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
omg ty so much !!!!! this was real helpful >o< !!! i'm not very good with mouse but it worked perfectly c:

P.D: i thought i had replied this before XD it might have bugged. oh and u have real good english (i must apologize for my english orz )
RedMoonRogue Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
ooh, my sky doesn't look as nice as yours, but it's improved!! thanks for making this friend uwu
cadejowhite Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
thanks for the tutorial :D
i really need to practice the sky
Moukatachinne Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Student Digital Artist
so awesome tutorial
beaublanc Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I kind of semi used this tutorial here.. [link] Thanks!
PlatinumLupin Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This tutorial has helped a lot, thank you very much~ :D
Fates-Exile Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I found your tutorial and it helped me a lot with one of my latest pictures - [link]

I tweaked the way you showed us by just a bit so that it was easier for me and in my eyes looks good <3 Thank you SO much <3
Stelara Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012
Oh wow! Your picture is awesome! Thank you very much for linking back, and for the kind words in the description, I really appreciate it.
Fates-Exile Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well it is all true what I said. Your tutorial made is easy for me to make better clouds! And I recommend it to all artists who wish to get better at clouds
Mustuko-chan Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome tutorial is awesome. :'3
Dr-of-Love Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012
Thank alot. It' sreally useful for me. I had some problems with skies!
bluerosefantasy Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2012  Student Artist
Awesome tutorial! :D
Aticum Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for this :D
VelkynKarma Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is great, it might have been in Sai but enough of your method was explained that it's easy to figure out in Photoshop too :D

Project-Lucille Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2011  Student Digital Artist
this is amazing..*drool* this help me so much.. *bow bow*
Mawara Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Now I might be able to draw clouds in the future :D
rickeyguy Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2011  Student Digital Artist
I'll keep this in my tutorial list!
Amazing job!
SoulOfPersephone Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome tutorial :)
MartaEmi Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2011
Thank you! Your tutorial is great, and also thanks for sharing the other cloud tutorials, that's very cool of you = )
TheShortHetaliaFan Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thanks soo much :D this helped a LOT :iconthankyouplz:
Stelara Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2011
You're welcome:)
Akeledar Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2011
This tutorial really helped me. I am sooo grateful. Thank you, thank you!
Stelara Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2011
You're welcome!:) Have you tried it in your "Kiss me goodbye" painting? It looks better than mine :D.
Akeledar Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2011
You saved my life with that tutorial!
And I hardly believe it's better than yours ;)
SpeakThroughFingers Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Very nice. I tried it, and it turned out pretty good, but a few things didn't work to great for me because I use a mouse, so pressure isn't something I can control. Any tips to substitute for that?
Stelara Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2011
Well I've tried it without pen and that's how it goes:

-You can do everything without changing anything until the fourth step. (Since marker with blending 100 is not really pressure sensitive it's just a smudging tool there, but I recommend to use the blur tool with opacity 20 or 10)

-In the fifth step you should add the cloud base with changing the opacity of your marker tool (you can use airbrush as you wish)
First I added "white" with opacity 30, then coloured over with 60 and then 85. You can do it with about 10 30 50 70 90 if you want, it 'll be more detailed, and closer to the picture in the tutorial at the 5. step.

-In the sixth step I changed the opacity of the eraser I used it between 10 and 20 (you can use it 1 to 20 so you can get a better result) Also changed the size more than I can count (10 to 20) small brush for little clouds and bigger for bigger clouds. I used clicking (looks like dotting)because it's more controllable than moving the mouse from point to point (maybe just for me)

The bluring part is the same everywhere, I used the blur tool with opacity 15 and 10.

Opacity is called density in Sai sorry for messing with the words.
It looks something like this for me: overlay layer:73 multiply:28

Hope it helps:)
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