First off thanks!!! I tried to make a tutorial but it ended up extremely vague and more of a step-by-step of a headshot i drew today for this purpose whoops;;; oh and I use manga studio 5 for drawing and painting but the hair thing works in sai and photoshop too.

This is one layer but If it’s a complicated drawing then i’ll draw it out and line it with a thin brush with no pressure sensitivity, and then bucket fill the shapes on separate layers, usually 1 layer per character and one layer for the bg.

I also might do color adjustment layers and merge them down as I go but I got lucky this time and didn’t have to make any adjustments. 

I work on one layer but every 30 minutes or before I begin a new stage (hair, the eyes) I’ll duplicate that layer and paint on the topmost one. This way I can check to see if I over-rendered by hiding the top layer. If i over-render or mess something up, then I have that back-up layer that I can go back to and start that part again. 

Some additional things:

  • lost edges are where the edge of a shape bleeds into the other without any visible separation between the two. If you don’t need an edge consider getting rid of it for a more painterly look. Zhao Ming Wu does this beautifully.
  • The very very darkest shadows on skin are almost always warm. Even if the light source is cool, the nostril will be a warmer color than the rest of the skin.
  • warm light: cool shadows
  • cool light: warm shadows
  • Vary the hue here and there with little flecks of bright colors that harmonize with the local color of the object to make things pop
  • If the background is dark, draw a very thin orange or dark pinkish line where the skin meets the bg. This is called a corona and will make the skin look like it’s glowing but without looking like you slapped an overlay filter on top
  • you don’t need to use pure black AND pure white in the same image every single time
  • The eye is drawn to hard edges, so use them where it counts!! 
  • Read Richard Schmidt’s Alla Prima for more of this kind of stuff. I got most of these ideas from that book 
  • and proko’s youtube channel
  • ps that’s makoto 

That’s all I can think of right now!! 


Coloring Step-by-Step

This isn’t a very “professional” approach, there are a lot of better and easier ways to do this with a lot more beautiful results, but since I was asked about my colors: there you go!

Oh, an error I forgot to edit: The lighter red on the shadows is not drawn on a new layer above everything else. It’s drawn on a layer that is directly above the shadow-layer (with what I think is called a clipping mask).


Here ! Since the livestream broke after 15 minutes, I’ve decided to do a little step by step to show you how I color things these days. It’s more of a recollection of tips I’ve learned rather than a proper method, but it can help some of you figure the not-so-mysterious texture thing !

There is a reason I never wanted to do tutorials though, and I need to write it down. I don’t like it when people just use someone’s technique without adding a bit of themselves in it. If it’s just to copy someone’s art, I think it’s a bit unfair for the poor artist who had to come up with a creative way of coloring things to make it work ! Suddenly everyone can do it and the artist’s not special anymore. So please use this with care. Don’t try to just copy, try to understand and re-interpret it !  In the end you’ll be much more pleased with yourself and you’ll get to do your own tutorials :D !

How to apply perfect winged eyeliner in 7 easy steps:

Step 1: Do the first eye perfectly.

Step 2: Do the second eye okay, but not as great as the first.

Step 3: Remove the liner from the second eye and try again.

Step 4: Completely mess up the second eye.

Step 5: Repeat step 3-4 about 10 times.

Step 6: Scream in frustration.

Step 7: Sell your soul to Satan.

Voila! You now have perfect wings!
I hope this quick step by step was helpful.


So…a couple of days ago i decided to teach myself how to weld and….what’s better than an arc reactor!?

So yeah, using a tupperware cut and filled with hot glue, welding leds, glueing staples&craft foam and having loooots of pacience i finished it and i couldn’t be happier!

Remember! If you don’t know how to do something with internet and determination you can do everything!


ASL Week Day 3 - Colors

X’D So many tears were shed over this one. Still up at 5:27 am, mega late for the day, begging computer to let me make gif. The computer laughed at me. T__T Any who, this is for ASL week’s colors theme. For it, I decided to do a step by step from sketch to shaded color on this fem!ASL picture. ^^ I present Ann, Sorbet and Luffyko! (Sorbet’s my made up fem!Sabo name) I’m veeeery proud of this one~ It is nice to finally be throwing out a clean and finished/not too rushed product for ASL week~ I hope you enjoy!


i’m sooo into Star Wars fandom lately, so i draw my favorite otp, AniPadme ;)

And also, i make a step-by-step art, please enjoy.

1. After sketching, make your lines. It doesn’t have to be neat or clean or thin.

2. Fill some colors, a flat one.

3. Add shadings in necessary areas, don’t make it too dark. 

4. Additional background

5. Copy the flat color layer, replace them with some gray-ish colors, any colors you want (as long as they’re not too saturated) > change the layer into multiply mode. And delete some highlighted parts, just a little bit.

6. Adjust the colors, add some highlights on hair. And it’s done :)

Sorry for the messy explanation. Any questions are welcome.


Someone asked me how I did the lips in my 18th century look and I thought why not just do a tiny step-by-step tutorial. 

So, in the beginning you overdraw your lips with a light pink lipliner and make the lower lip look a bit wider on the edges. The next step is drawing the lower and upper part of your lips plus the edges with a darker plum coloured lipliner. After that go over the same parts with a black lipliner. Put on a bright pink lipstick and only in the middle part of your lips put on a light pink lipgloss (not in the main center since it should look as dark as the edges). 

The final step would be to put some white foundation in the center of your lower lip to make it look even brighter and more similar to a painting. 

Here’s a little step-by-step gif of my latest portrait of Markiplier! I’m currently working on a small “tutorial” post filled with tips and techniques, all for you guys to use on you own artwork! I’ll upload it tomorrow, so stay tuned! c: