A Lesson about Tutorials
This is for everyone that creates tutorials, or plans on creating ones in the future, for everyone that reads them or just wants to stay informed. Basically-for everyone.
First thing you should know that the tutorials can be divided in 3 categories. Not everything is a tutorial!!! There are thing as walkthroughs and lessons too.Walkthroughs:
you how something is made.Tutorials:
to make something.Lessons:
They tell you why
to make something.
---.:What is what:.---
Walkthroughs show you the creation of something step by step. They usually don’t have much text on them and sometimes are just pictures taken during the work in progress.
WARNING: Stuff of the sort: “This is how I draw.” Usually fall in this category and are often mistaken for tutorials. Yup, by saying “I first sketch then do the lineart after that I shade the skin. Now add more shades, now even darker shades and light ones at the end…” and so on, actually don’t teach you anything. It’s just a walkthrough no matter on how many lil bits you cut your progress and add text to it creating a novel at the end. O.o
But if this sounded like that: “…I start with shading the skin using (insert brush name here) on (insert brush options here). Always do this one new layer-click (insert keyboard stuff here) to create a clipping mask and not go over the lines. Keep in mind the direction of the light. It should be darker here and here (show a pic with examples)” and so on, now this
is a tutorial.
Lessons are basically- text = bla-bla. XD You’re lucky we on MA have such lessons with pictures and examples!!! A lesson would sound like that “Colouring the face: When starting with the shading you should always be careful about the light source and how things throw shadows one over another. The real human face has two column shadows that are (insert a pic with their placement) However in manga and anime artists often ignore that fact and use just one column shadow…” and so on. The thing you are reading at the moment is a lesson too.
It is just to give you information and knowledge.
If this was a tutorial it would tell you how to create a tutorial like : “First you have to think of a nice title that explains what the tutorial is for. Then write an intro. Before starting the actual teaching though tell people what programs/materials they will need…” and so on.
And if it was a walkthrough it could just be pictures on which there is written- “This is a tutorial. This is a lesson and this is a walkthrough”
Got the differences now?
Alright! Go read something useful-whatever it’s a tutorial, walkthrough or a lesson and draw some awesome stuff! Note: And be careful when you submit something in our MA Tutorial folder. Ask yourself the question: Is this really a tutorial?