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HELLO SEEKERS OF INFORMATION ON HOW TO PAINT BUBBLES ON SAI. THIS TUTORIAL IS OLD AS BALLS. PLEASE PROCEED TO MY NEW UPDATED AND SHINIER TUTORIAL: painting underwater bubbles on paint tool sai. by Electrical-Socket


So here's a thingy.

((do they call it 'dilution' on the destwo version of SAI? i have the official version so let me know if the wording needs changing because i know the destwo one has slightly different names for stuff))

I can't stress enough that this isn't a 'how to draw x' type tutorial - there are so many ways to make bubbles and this is just the way I do it. Properly realistic bubbles involve more shadows and brighter highlights and reflection and...yeah! There's no better reference than reality.

But if you want to make basic semirealistic underwater bubbles, and you like how these ones look, by all means feel free to use this and I hope it's of help to you!


If you want to see how these bubbles look as part of a bigger picture, I drew a hell of a lot of them in this:

Kingdom Hearts - Atlantis Xigbar by Electrical-Socket

All feedback is appreciated! Let me know what you thought of this sort-of-kinda-tutorial. :3

**EDIT**

Wow, I really wasn't expecting such a great reception to this! ._. Thank you, everyone who faved and commented on this. Seriously.

(i'll be thanking you all personally :3)
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:iconcrochetamommy:
crochetamommy Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
used in this picture: Meripony by crochetamommy
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BritneyOctave Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
easy and awesome, thanks! :clap:
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:iconoddsocket:
oddsocket Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm glad you found it easy to follow! :)
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TurboTasticGal Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much!~ I appreciate this tutorial!~ <3
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:iconoddsocket:
oddsocket Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
My pleasure, I'm glad you found it useful! c: 
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danielle16614 Featured By Owner May 25, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
how do you make the shinier one in the picture the one tthat is almost gloiwng
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:iconoddsocket:
oddsocket Featured By Owner May 25, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sorry, I don't know which one you're referring to! But if you want to add more shine, make the highlight colour brighter and maybe also add some white/near-white shines. :) If you want the bubble to straight-up glow, then you'll want to make the whole bubble a little lighter and give some glow around the outside of it. 
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Wildnature03 Featured By Owner May 17, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks so much for the help with the underwater bubbles!
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:iconoddsocket:
oddsocket Featured By Owner May 18, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're more than welcome, I'm glad you found it useful! :)
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:iconsnowsymphony:
SnowSymphony Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks!! I Used Here :happybounce:  It was very useful!!
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:iconoddsocket:
oddsocket Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well done! :D I'm glad you found it handy!
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SnowSymphony Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks!! Nod 
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IGawesomesauce Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2014
thank you! this was really helpful!
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:iconoddsocket:
oddsocket Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm glad you found it useful! :)
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Ellumy-sshi Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2014
great tut! thanks for sharing! :)
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:iconoddsocket:
oddsocket Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No problem! :)
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Beatrix-White Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2014  Student Digital Artist
very very helpful! Thank you heaps! :la:
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:iconoddsocket:
oddsocket Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm glad you found it useful! C:
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NanoStar Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for the tutorial, hand drawn bubbles seem to fit in more than simply drawing and shading a pure circle.
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:iconoddsocket:
oddsocket Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome, I'm glad you found it useful! :)
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Varen-Ka Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
BUT...... But this is so easy, and it's look so beautifull.... Is it possible to be?
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oaoMMH Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Used your tutorial : oaommh.deviantart.com/art/Drow…
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StarshipSorceress Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2013
You know, I hadn't even thought about bubbles being different shapes underwater, even though now it seems quite obvious after you pointed it out XD Thanks!
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:iconoddsocket:
oddsocket Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
In honesty, I hadn't thought about it either until I started looking up reference images and saw how weird and distorted bubbles underwater really are. I think most of the time we just associate bubbles with roundness because bubbles above water are typically round (unless they're large ones and those start acting like underwater bubbles too xD).
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StarshipSorceress Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2013
That's very true XD We dont even realize things right in front of us half the time.
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KikuHonda64 Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, this is really nice, thanks for sharing this tutorial!
 Have you tries the luminosity setting for shine? that would look nice, in my opinion ^^
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:iconoddsocket:
oddsocket Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're very welcome! And I have, actually, I'm thinking of making a newer updated tutorial with extra shinies now that I know how to make the shines happen. 
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KikuHonda64 Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Looking forward to it~
I tried making bubbles for a pic of mine and I just made a bunch of white patches on a luminosity layer then erased holes into them, but it doesn't fit with my pic. Yours is the best tutorial I can find, so for now, I'm stumped XD
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dolphin19 Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
This is pretty.
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:iconoddsocket:
oddsocket Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! :)
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Time-Signature Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2013  Student General Artist
Fwaa, this was easy and comprehensive!  Thank you!
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:iconoddsocket:
oddsocket Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm glad you liked it! :)
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Time-Signature Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2013  Student General Artist
Yup!
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sassawj Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2013
I love love love this tutorial. You have made bubbles incredibly fun to create, and also very easy. Thank you for posting this to help others to learn from, I found this very useful :)
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Chibiria Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much for this !
I used your help ! ^^
chibiria.deviantart.com/art/Th…
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RonaldEM Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013
Nice!
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:iconakimati:
Akimati Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Thank you so much man! This was really helpful!!!
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SnoodleMuffins Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
oh wow this is extremely helpful
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:iconlawlawruu:
Lawlawruu Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I was sat for ages attempting to draw bubbles, then stumbled upon your tutorial. It helped me so much, thankyou! =D
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:iconoddsocket:
oddsocket Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm really glad you found it useful! :)
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thelonelyfruitcake Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
sorry. this one lol thelonelyfruitcake.deviantart.... this was so helpful I cant wait to draw underwater scene
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thelonelyfruitcake Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I made a mix of very helpful tutorials! I used yours!!! thelonelyfruitcake.deviantart....
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thelonelyfruitcake Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
must draw underwater sea-ne (seewhatididthere) now!! thank you!
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oddsocket Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I sea what you did there! Although personally I think the other person's bubble tutorial worked better for you than mine - the shine contrast came out lovely in those, they're much brighter. I'm glad you liked my bubble process, though! :)
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Zunachina Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2013  Student General Artist
Check out my newest devation which you helped me make!
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Zunachina Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2013  Student General Artist
THANK YOU SOOOOOOOOOO MUCH REALLY HELPED
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Shanty143 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
what us your settings in PTS (BLUR TOOL)
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:iconoddsocket:
oddsocket Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I have them set to default - Minimum Size 60%, Density 100, Blending 100, Dilution 100 and Persistence 80.
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Shanty143 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks :) :D
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ChaosBetween Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well now, you learn something new everyday!
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