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Lava Caves Tutorial by Resident-Bishounen Lava Caves Tutorial by Resident-Bishounen
I realize I'm by no means good enough to be making tutorials to teach anybody anything. I made one anyway. Why? Cuz I felt like it, that's why.

Anywhoo, this is the background for a pic I'm working on. I looked high and low when I started out for a tutorial on this, or at least some decent reference pics, and found nothing.

I hope you find this useful.
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Dream--scape Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I know what you mean about there being no decent refs for lava that isn't just kind of... sitting there. I did a drawing a while back kind of similair to this, and I had no idea how to go about drawing lava. So I just wound up mucking about and hoping for the best.
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Dream--scape Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Helpful tutorial, by the way! Suppose I should have mentioned that first...
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EquidnaRojo Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
XDD You know, I have to see step by step how a picture gets done to really understand how to do it. Your process really helps me understand how I should be going about doing a back ground (the intese full sketches I do that take forever aren't always needed XDD )

Thank you very much for sharing this tutorial!
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Resident-Bishounen Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm still learning backgrounds myself, so I find it really depends on what the environment is how detailed the sketch gets.

Something like this without a lot of man-made structures I felt I could get the idea with just a loose, quick sketch.

Best of luck with your art and I'm glad I could help.
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EquidnaRojo Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's a really good point. And thank you very much! ^^
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Kaydolf Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2008
I would like to thank you for making this tutorial without it IDK what I woulda done =D :glomp: [link]
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Resident-Bishounen Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Glad I could help.
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Kaydolf Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2008
=D
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Domnopalus Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2008  Professional General Artist
Hah! This is great! I too looked EVERYWHERE for decent reference for a lava chasm/cave/canyon thing (big huge crack in the earth with molten lava running through the bottom) because one of those plays a HUGE role in my upcoming graphic novel--AND FOUND NOTHING. Except this :3 It's AWESOME to know that other people envision the same thing--so where's all the referenceeeee???? Thanks for this one :3
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Resident-Bishounen Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm glad I could help. I definitely reccomend doing an image search for lava flows, though. Even if they aren't exactly what you're looking for they should at least help you get an idea for the texture of the lava. Mine could still use some work, but I don't have the patience for lots of tiny details just yet.
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Stormful Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Damn this is really cool! I'm gunna use it :3
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Resident-Bishounen Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! I hope it helps.
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Stormful Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
It did :3 thanks
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But I gave up on the lava... I hate lava
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Link2097 Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
nice tutorial it really got me inspired thanks
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Resident-Bishounen Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No problem! It's great to hear that people find this useful.
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Maki-hoi Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2007
Damn I wish I had an excuse to use a lava cave.

though switch the colours and BAM regular cave.
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Resident-Bishounen Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Is true.

Plus, you can always make up an excuse to use a lava cave.
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Maki-hoi Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2007
.....They had to go to the lava cave for milk...

There's a walmart down there...
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Resident-Bishounen Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
...and a Starbucks
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Maki-hoi Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2007
Well duh.
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Resident-Bishounen Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Stupid me.. that's a given, isn't it?
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