Monika Zagrobelna
I'm a Polish artist with a long experience in doing useless, but creative things. Since I realized how bad I was after all these years, I decided to take fate into my own hands and actually study things in order to draw them properly. My tutorials are the result of thorough studies - I hope they help you as they helped me!
  • Design & Illustration
    Harness the Elements: Paint Fire in All Its FormsPaint fire prev
    Learn how to use Photoshop tools creatively to render various forms of flames, fire, and lava without painting them in a traditional way or using stock images.Read More…
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    The Secret to Realistic Painting: How to Master ValueValues preview
    Are your colors lifeless when you're painting in grayscale first? Or maybe they're garish and mismatched when you paint without grayscale? Do you wonder why some pictures, though very sloppy and chaotic, look far more realistic than your refined, detailed pieces? It's all based on one thing—value.Read More…
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    How to Learn to Draw: Stage One, Manual SkillsHow to draw prev
    Do you want to learn how to draw? Here's how to make the very first step. In this tutorial you'll find a bit of theory and a lot of practice on a beginner level. If you're just starting using a graphics tablet, or you want to change your primary hand, you're welcome, too!Read More…
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    Draw Your Mind Out: How to Create Without ThinkingCreate without reference preview
    How to draw something you have never seen? How to create on the fly, without a reference, when you're not experienced yet? How to bring your ideas out and make them believable for you and others? It's easier than you think!Read More…
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    Harness the Elements: Paint Liquid Water in All Its FormsPaint water prev
    Following on from our previous tutorial on frozen water, now you'll learn how to render liquid water in many forms—drops, lakes, puddles, rain, and waterfalls—using advanced tricks from Adobe Photoshop.Read More…
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    How to Draw Animals: Crocodiles, Alligators, Caimans and GharialsCrocodile prev
    Learn how to draw the members of crocodilia family. Get to know their anatomy, understand their movement, and find out what the formula for their scales is—all this to create them properly in every pose you wish, without any reference.Read More…
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    How to Paint a Polish Winged Hussar in Adobe PhotoshopPaint hussar prev
    Learn how to paint a legendary Polish warrior! And, along the way, get familiar with planning a picture, shading it in grayscale and adding vivid colors afterwards.Read More…
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    How to Create a Walking Kitten Animation In Adobe PhotoshopWalking kitten prev
    Create a very simple, smooth animation using Photoshop tools to make it easier and faster. You don't need to be good at drawing for this!Read More…
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    Harness the Elements: Paint Frozen Water in All Its FormsPaint water prev
    Learn how to create icicles, falling and lying snow, frost, ice, and hail in Adobe Photoshop without carefully painting them. Learn a whole bunch of useful tricks to use for your projects!Read More…
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    How to Draw Animals: Kangaroos and KoalasDraw marsupials prev
    Today you're going to learn about two species of an extraordinary family of marsupials, kangaroos and koalas. Prepare for weird stuff like 2-in-1 toes, tail-legs, double thumbs, and foot-thumbs!Read More…
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    Why Is It So Hard to Draw From Imagination? Here's How to Do It!Drawing from imagination prev
    Can you draw from a reference, but not from imagination? Are you constantly frustrated because of that? In this article I'll show you the reason for it and, most importantly, how to overcome it.Read More…
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    Design a Model Sheet of a Werewolf Warrior in Adobe Photoshop: PaintingColor character design prev
    A model sheet presents a character accurately, but it lacks the aliveness of a dynamic picture. I'll show you how to paint the whole character, so that it can be used along with its model sheet.Read More…