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Fire Tutorial for SAI by RayCrystal Fire Tutorial for SAI by RayCrystal
Update on Sept 1st 2013: I remade the tutorial almost completely because the old one kinda sucked. If anyone is interested about the old version it's here:
Since I get asked about which tool I used a lot, this improved version is done with the basic brush tool.

Whew :faint: tutorials are hard to make...

Anyway, when ~Rustic-Moonlit-Rose commented that the fire in… looks amazing I said that tutorials could help her but she said that there aren't any for Sai really and I noticed that too so I thought I could make one since I like drawing fire :P

So yeah... I hope it's good :)

By the way, I used the watercolor tool (like I always do).
Since people are asking about it, the settings I use are 0 for blending, 50 for dilution, 80 for persistence.

EDIT: Holy f--- O_O I wake up in the morning and what do I find...? 2000 faves!!! +40 watchers more :o I thought this would get around my usual 200... thank you so much guys :D

EDIT2: ...omg. A DD? I can't believe it, oh my god thank you so much!!!! O_O *does not know what to say*
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Given 2011-08-10
Fire Tutorial for SAI by ~RayCrystal Suggesters Words: This is a really helpful tutorial since fire is an important element in the art world, the steps are so easy to follow! ( Suggested by simonsaz3 and Featured by shelldevil )
TsunamithePony Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2016  New Deviant
Thank you so much for this!
Blazeypepper2 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2016  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
DarthFelis Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2016
Hello! I used your tutorial. Thank you very much :)
Sarahostervig Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2015
i'd love to have th brushes and such in layers as well on how you did this
mine couldnt funcion probably
i didnt have a good brush for it and my luminosity was waayyy too bright
Green-Blooded Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2015  Student Digital Artist
This is AWESOME!!! This is just what I needed to finish the picture I was working on. I will post a link to it when I am done. Thank you bunches!
Stupid-Wolf Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Hi! I used your tutorial. Thank you so much. :D
ApexAccelerator Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
this helps a bunch thanks for doing this :)
LoveAnimals8 Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2015
Ohh god, I'm drawing a picture right now and I was just stuck on drawing the fire, this helped me SO MUCH, thank you!
KeHAEa Featured By Owner Edited Jul 9, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for the tutorial! :D 
I used it here:…
epicumbre Featured By Owner May 26, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
This really helps! I stink at drawing fire...
Dream-And-Believe Featured By Owner May 24, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
This is amazing! Thank you!
Tarha99 Featured By Owner May 23, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
That's a really good tutorial.
It was useful for me, even if I need more practice:…
dducke Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, this is great! Very helpful and a beautiful result, wel done :)
MisokaKai Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2015
Yes, thank you so much for the tutorial, it helps a lot!
Alphaawsm Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
could we get some settings for the normal paint brush please? Or did you just keep you know... Normal?
chad-spider Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2015
Thank you for putting this up! I tried it, and I think I learned something.
wolfyykidphotos Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist…
epic fail:D (Big Grin) 
but grat tutor tough!Clap 
TimeglitchD Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I need more practice, but I think this turned out pretty good!… Thank you!
DarkLordIvy Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2015  Student General Artist
Fire Alone [Animated] by DarkLordIvy  Thank you for the amazingly helpful tutorial! 8D
RayCrystal Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I must say that looks darn nice o.o The animation is so realistic too! Great if this was helpful :D
BlazingDragonLord Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2015  Student General Artist
This is really helpful!
LugiaLuna Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This was really helpfull! :D  Congrats on the DD! (even though that wasforever ago...)
Nye-Eclipsion Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much for this, even though this was submitted in 2011, I'll be using this method a lot xD
RayCrystal Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well, I remade it last year, so it's not thaaaat old in reality :---D great if it's of help!
Skittlai Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2014  Hobbyist
This is amazing tutorial. Thanks a lot!
quietpeople Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2014  Student General Artist
This is so great!
lnfluenze Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Omg thank you! Ill try this out when I draw Eren's Flaming Titan form.~
netnin Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2014
This tutorial is insanely helpful! Thanks for putting it up!
Santiago0593 Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2014
 Thanks!, I've been looking for something like this, I used your tutorial here :D…
Wyverra Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for sharing it, it's really helpful! :heart:
I have used it here:… :)
BritishDweeb Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2014
Thank you for the awesome tutorial! :love: Used!… Thank you! :heart:
Flipsy529 Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2014
what brushes did u use?
lFireBlade Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
SushiLion Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow! Thank you so much!
Vinailt Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Great tutorial! Very well assembled! \o/
DeeJaySerenity Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
oh my god this is amazing and really effective! thank you so much
XenoJaw Featured By Owner May 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you a lot! This was exactly what i was looking for.~ :happybounce: 
MeetTheHelperRachel Featured By Owner May 13, 2014  Hobbyist Filmographer
Er... Do you need a tablet to make this work properly? ^^
RayCrystal Featured By Owner May 13, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well yeah, since it's really hard to blend well with a mouse :'D
MeetTheHelperRachel Featured By Owner May 13, 2014  Hobbyist Filmographer
Oh :( I don't have a tablet.
Kitta-Furen Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
What is a "Luminosity" layer? Is it program specific?
RayCrystal Featured By Owner May 1, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Luminosity is a layer mode which you can choose from a drop box usually near the layers in the program. There are layer modes in at least Sai, Gimp and Photoshop, I'm not sure about other programs ^^;
Kitta-Furen Featured By Owner May 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ooooh, I see!  Thank you for the clarification!  :meow:
Lunavix Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I used it!…

It was really helpful, thanks! :hug: 
RayCrystal Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It looks really good! glad this helped :D
Lunavix Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yay! Thankyou!
Sploorky Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014  Student Digital Artist
How the hell do you do this
CaliBolt273 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014
So what do you mean by 'soft brush'?? For that did you just lower the density or what?
RayCrystal Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah, lower the density and add blending or just use the watercolor tool, works too.
Jyoniki Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Great tutorial it helps a lot!
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