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Painting Blood Step by Step by ConceptCookie Painting Blood Step by Step by ConceptCookie
In this Citizen tutorial we go step by step through the process on drawing realistic looking blood. Check the full tutorial with tips, downloadable resources, and guides here:cgcookie.com/concept/2013/10/1…

This is a concept that can be done for a multitude of areas from horror concepts, to a wound on a character. Now, there are a few things to keep in mind while thinking about drawing blood.

- You know that saying, “blood is thicker than water“, well that applies to drawing it as well. Blood is thick and it’s consistency and color varies depending on how it’s shown
- Blood is red BUT not ultra neon red. Blood is rich is scarlet and when it is clumped together or dries it appears almost black.
- It may be a liquid but it’s thicker and wouldn’t run as easily as water or other thin liquids.
- It has a reflective surface but it’s highlights are highly concentrated.

This image is a simple step by step reference resource in case you ever need a visual guide to help you out when drawing blood for your own concepts. In terms of COLOR, this was done with just the 5 colors you see on the top of this reference guide. Each step uses only the single color above it. No need for grabbing a slew of colors when it can be accomplished with only a handful!
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whitekiku Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2015  New member
nice
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Loud-cakes Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2015  New member Hobbyist Digital Artist
What happens to the lines of the first step afterwards, I've never understood what happens to them. Could you please help me?
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ConceptCookie Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
It's painted over, and on the photoshop layers tab, turn off the viewing. It looks like an eyeball :D
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Turtlecollector Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
^^;  This is... much better than my dark red scribbles. XD very helpful.
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jugatatinhas Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2015
 thank you for the tutorial was helpful, used here: The Vampire Kiss by jugatatinhas  Thank you
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Pinkieisapartyanimal Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2014  Student Artist
Cool!
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Amethystghost19 Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!! This will be very helpful!! :-)
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davidbarcomb Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2014
You are genius. Thanks a lot mate
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TrollLinkfaceplz Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2014
You Sir are amazing. :iconepicclapplz:
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sofialaia Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2014  Student Interface Designer
awesome o.o , thank u!! ;u;
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dudgus2429 Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2014
awesome!!
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LeadTheDinosaurMan Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2014  Hobbyist Filmographer
Thanks.
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PsychoKitty4 Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2014  Student General Artist
can you make a hair texture um thingy so I can edit a tool. I can't find a hair tool that works well enough
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iismoaneh Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
This was really helpful for my latest art project, thank you so much!
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kittynip-tea Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2014  Student Digital Artist
oh my god!! this is so much help to me! thank you! ;u;
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AlexRaccoonGlider Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This tutorial will be of great help! Thank you very much!
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ConceptCookie Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Hope it proves useful!
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:iconbluepaintbottle:
This clears my understanding. Thanks
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Dahliia-Graphix Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is very helpful thank you
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Rainbowdoodler209 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Pretty helpful! :D
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eweFace Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing
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kailapumanaki Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014  Student General Artist
This is very helpful, thanks!
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pokemonsonicgirl123 Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Normally, I would just do without the lines.
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OnurahArt Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2014   Digital Artist
Wow great job, thx
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DarkMirrorEmo23 Featured By Owner May 29, 2014  Student Filmographer
yummy
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razorsharp2199 Featured By Owner May 29, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ooh cool
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ACosplayTA Featured By Owner May 29, 2014   Filmographer
ooo this might be useful!
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xXSufferinsilenceXx Featured By Owner May 23, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! This helped so much for one of my new paintings! 
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ConceptCookie Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Glad to hear! 
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kat1004 Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2014  Student Filmographer
What are the hex codes for the colors, if you don't mind my asking?
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Leeao Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2014  Professional Interface Designer
Nice tutorial! ;)
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dark-secret1 Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2014
Really helpful tutorial^^
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Rockman214 Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014  Student Artist
this might help me on my painting class
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CelticKawaii Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
This is a really useful guide. I do notice a lot of dA users like to use neon scarlet instead of crimson, so the 'blood' comes off looking more like red paint. :shrug:
Glad you made this.
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Koofins Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh my gosh all of these guides/tutorials are so awesome aaa.
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Izumii89 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thx this tutorial will raly help me :) FAV!
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wing-maiden Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
just what i need~ Hug 
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LenardSalceda Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2014  Student Digital Artist
So the thicker it is the darker the shade?
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:iconconceptcookie:
ConceptCookie Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
You bet!
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LenardSalceda Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2014  Student Digital Artist
ooohh

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Calendarmanydan Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This was really helpful, Thanks!
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shellanime Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2014  Hobbyist Filmographer
love your work!
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ilovekisshigo Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013
thank you for sharing!
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BinkaKitty Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
awesome!!  this will be very helpful!
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MissApiphany Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2013  Professional General Artist
Awesomeeeeee.~
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VioletteStar20 Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks. This might help.
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revande Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Used your Awesome reference in this work. Thanks so much for providing it! :heart: revande.deviantart.com/art/Sha…
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TheLearningArtist Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Thanks, this is quite useful!
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Lagneia Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
omg Thank you! I've searched so many times to find a good blood tutorial - and today found it! Thank you <3
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SN2 Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2013
i didn't know you start from the darkest to lightest :O i thought it was the other way around
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