I’ve been in an art slump lately so yesterday I decided to go “back to basics”, which for me is doing a portrait of jensen ackles. while drawing I could actually see my own improvement and how far I’ve gotten over the past few years. aside from kind of boggling my mind, it made me think more consciously about what I’ve learned that is somewhat quantifiable.

after being asked in my livestream about how I got “so good”, I actually started writing them down and this list is the result.

I’m not sure if it’s useful to anyone, but it’s interesting for me. quite a few of the notes in this list could also come under the header “things I learned from euclase”, who is a great inspiration and a much better teacher than she gives herself credit for. ♥

if you have any questions about this, just drop a note.

anonymous said:

Do you have any good tutorials you can link me to how to draw and color eyes? I just can't do it and the tutorials I have found are terrible.

I tried whipping up something really quickly for you, not sure it’s much better than others you’ve seen, but the secret to coloring eyes is shading. (And shading the whole eye too, but right now i’m focusing on the iris) I’ve learned that eyes are always darker at the top of the iris, and so I play that up and leave a particular area (depending on the light source) the brightest version of the color. It’s all trial and error, use soft brush with low opacity to start



The bat sewing pattern is now available :)

(And just as a note, most of the fabric for my bats came from Joann Fabric if you’d like to purchase something similar)

You can buy this pattern on Etsy or Craftsy

If you’ve never heard of craftsy, I highly recommend you check it out. Unlike many other sites, they don’t charge a fee for listing or take a cut of the sale, allowing the designer to receive more of their profit for their hard work.


Firaxis Games’ concept artist Sang Han Sang on how to give your digital art a traditional look and feel. [source]


Many people have tried using brushes that simulate analogue bristles, but they may not have thought about how the paint is applied. Traditional painters take great care in applying each stroke of paint, which has been thoughtfully blended to the right colour and value on a palette.

Since the digital medium is so fast and forgiving, we tend to dive right in without much thought and noodle around until something happens. I think this leads to muddy colours, and the energy of the initial gesture gets lost.


I begin with a rough sketch, trying to keep it loose and gestural. It’s difficult to think about design, colour, lighting and composition all in one pass so I break it down into steps and keep it simple at the beginning. These early steps are important because not only are they the foundation for an entire painting, but some of these strokes may show through in the finished work.


Here I create a new layer and change the mode to Multiply. I then paint on this layer with a colour that resembles yellow ochre or burnt sienna. This will help to gauge value and colour more easily than if it was a white canvas. I could have simply filled the layer with a flat colour, but again, the painted strokes may show through and add to the final painting.


In this step, I block in the local colours and start rendering. As I do this, I try to remember not to overly blend or noodle around too much, as mentioned above. One of my goals is to retain the energy of each brush-stroke and put paint down with a sense of conviction. Sometimes I put a single stroke down, undo it and repeat this process many times until I’m satisfied.


Keep in mind that you don’t have to render everything. You’ll notice in traditional paintings, certain details are kept as abstract marks. This adds another level of interest to the viewer. As you get closer to the end of the painting, lay the strokes down with lower opacity to give the effect of thicker paint. I like to do this when rendering certain accents, such as highlights.

Cosplay Help Master Post

Basically I have a bunch of Tutorials that need to be put into one nice Masterpost that will be updated whenever I can.

(All credit goes to the owners of the tutorials!!)

Beginner Help

Cosplay Crash Course - x

A Guide to Conventions - x

Conventions and Your Stomach - x

How to Budget for Cosplay  - x 

How to Start Cosplaying - x

Everything About Sewing

Sewing Tips and Tricks - x

How to Use Fabric Paint - x

Sewing Language - x

Gathering Fabric - x

All About Interfacing - x

Finishing Seams - x

Kimono Sleeves - x

Button Holes - x 

Sailor Collar Tutorial - x

Introduction to Sewing - x


Buying Wigs - x

How to Cut Wigs - x

Elsa Wig Tutorial - x

How to Dye a Wig - x

Restoring Your Wig/Washing it - x

Where to Buy Wigs - x x x 


All About Circle Lenses - x

How to Open the Stupid Containers - x

Where to Buy Contacts - x x

 Skirt Tutorials

Circle Skirt - x x

Half Circle Skirt - x

Gathered Skirt - x

Tulle Skirt - x

Maxi Skirt - x

Pencil Skirt - x

Ruffley Petticoat/Skirt - x

Pleated Skirt - x


Basic Cosplay Makeup - x x

Coloring Your Eyebrows - x

Make Your Own Lipstick - x

covering up tattoos (x)

MTF Cosplay

MTF Makeup - x

FTM Cosplay

Make Your Own Binder - x

Affordable Binders - x

FTM Makeup - x

Other useful tutorials

invisible shoes (x)


THANKS so much ;;

well… I am not sure if they have updated much but here you go. I added my wacom pen properties too so that you get the idea of my true tablet settings.
These are the brushes I mostly use! Pencil, brush, blur, marker, Maalaus ( meaning painting ) and weird watercolor cloudy brush.

Also for the last two brushes and textures used in them, I got from THIS tutorial. So thanks to Bluekomadori for those.


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