also i'm going to go over this digitally this is just a sketch

Fishing: digital painting walkthrough

So I got a question on anon asking me about my drawing coloring process, and unfortunately I accidentally deleted it, because I have clumsy fingers on mobile.

Thank you so much for your interest, I’m really honored! I will try and give a brief overview of my drawing process, and hope this is helpful or useful to you! I just started experimenting with Photoshop last summer around July, so I’m definitely not the most experienced, I’m still learning a lot!

I’m going to be using this drawing of Lapis, because it’s one of my favorite pieces and it is more detailed than my average drawing: 

This drawing was inspired by the episode “Alone At Sea”, where I wanted to illustrate this concept: 

This was my main reference, but I also throughout, used a lot of google images of water and colorful fish. 

Sketch: My canvas size was 3000 px wide and 2000 px high. I tend to sketch with the standard brushes and I actually have like 2 layers of sketches (one for basic shapes/sizes of things, then one for rough details and things). 

Lineart + base coloring: I add lineart, usually px size 6-8, with the pencil brush. I then add base colors, using the default solid brush. Usually they are the generic color I’m going for. I try not to get too stressed about the base colors because I usually cover most of them up.

Primary highlights/light sources: It gets more interesting once you establish primary light sources, so where the main light source is coming from, as well as reflections of things. I use a larger brush and add these on new layers, set to either overlay or screen or pin light. So I wanted light to be shining through the water, making the color reflect on Lapis, which is how it works with real light. 

Detail/color: I think this is the most fun part, where you choose colors to paint over. I think I painted this the way I normally use watercolor, which is combining a lot of complimentary and contrasting colors with varying amounts of saturation. It’s more complicated to explain that, but it’s a lot of eyeballing. For example, referring to the reddish colors, I tried spreading them around the drawing instead of having them just in one place. The reddish fish reflects around the water bubble, and the light is reflected on Lapis’s clothing as well. 

Highlights: This makes your drawing really stand out - often at this stage, many layers are on ‘luminosity’, ‘screen’ or ‘overlay’. I also do this with the lineart layer as well, so there are not just harsh black lines, which can be distracting. There are also secondary light sources, such as at the back of Lapis’s head, because I felt like there was still not enough red-orange in the drawing. 

Small white lines also make a big difference (such as those on the bubble, and on the edges of her jacket/in her hair). 

I later went and adjusted the color balance a bit, as well as increased the contrast so some more areas would appear darker and it was a bit less green in color. 

That is kind of the overview! I hope this was helpful at all, or at least interesting! If you have any more questions I would be happy to answer, I enjoy rambling. Sorry if this was a bit long!

Thank you so much for taking an interest!

anonymous asked:

Hi! I'm a big fan and I have a strange ask if you don't mind answering it. I'm an artist myself; I'm making a portfolio for art school but lately it's been difficult for me to produce work. I feel intimidated to start sketchbooks in fear of messing up and digital art because I suck at it. Anything else I put too much thought into planning and getting it right the first try that I end up making nothing. Do you have any tips on how to overcome what I'm going through? Has it happened to you before?

Strangely, I have felt this numerous times. Right now especially. It’s kind of like art block, but I think its more about fear of ‘making mistakes’ and being in a rut of creativity.

As a kid, I used to draw RELENTLESSLY. All day, everyday, whenever I could, wherever I could: in class, in textbooks, in exercise books. It didn’t matter. I was always drawing from this constant stream of seemingly endless creativity and imagination. I loved it.

When I first picked up watercolour, I decided to get a sketchbook so I could start sketching pictures and practicing watercolour by painting things, not really putting much planning or thought into it. I would just sketch and practice freely in this sketchbook, because I wanted to document my progression, mistakes, successes, experiments – all of it!
Then when that one was finished, I started my next one, my ‘2016′ one. And with every sketchbook since, I have increasingly become more careful with my ‘sketches.’ These sketchbooks are becoming less of a sketchbook, and more like an artbook. It’s gotten to that point where I’m scared of messing up a sketch and it’s terrifying. I admit, it’s also because all of a sudden I feel this pressure to show not stuff-up, and hide my flaws. I even sometimes plan or think out what I’m going to draw, and I hate that, because it’s not my natural workflow. Sometimes, like you, I can’t get it right so I end up making nothing too, and that frustrates me so DAMN much!

To tackle it, recently I’ve decided to step back a bit, and start from scratch, to sketch like I used to as a kid. I bought a crappy little small sketchbook, and I’ve been doing just quick pencil sketches and trying to let my mind run free like it used to. I give myself a few hours to plug in, and just draw whatever in hopes I can  get over my fear of ‘being perfect’ and of making mistakes. These are after all, meant to be sketches. My mind isn’t as wild as it used to, its legs are maybe a bit worn out from not exercising as much. 

But, I think if you, and I, keep exercising our creative brains again and give ourselves the time to let them wander through pencil and paper, we can start filling up those sketchbooks again like we used to!

anonymous asked:

Hiya! Hope you're having a good day ^.^. I was wondering if you could do a tutorial on how you texture your art on digital? I mean if you don't want to that's fine just ignore this ask. Just want to say I love your art as well and it's inspired me to start my own art blog :)

Sorry for my super late reply (this sat in my inbox for quite a while orz) but as I finally have a workflow I’m kind of comfortable in I’m very much willing to share it and try to explain some stuff ♡ I’m not sure what you mean by texturing my art, I guess I just paint? :’D So I’ll just explain how I build my image!

I work in Photoshop CC!

I always start out with a super rough sketch to get the idea down (this normally takes only some minutes): 

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anonymous asked:

Hey, I have zero experience in drawing or any kind of manual art like that. But I've decided I want to try and learn even just the basics, but the resources online are sketchy and I have no knowledge to be able to decipher what's good and what's not. I really love your art, I know you probably get this a lot but where do you think I should start?

ALRIGHT alright alright I’m going to make this some sort of ”beginner artist” masterpost and include as many resources as I possibly can. I am going to assume you want to focus on the ”drawing” aspects of art since it can take many forms. Here are some pointers and resources I consider vital when learning how to draw, things I’ve learned from multiple art oriented courses. This is going to be a very quick and general thing and I’ll make some serious and properly drawn tutorials in the future (the drawings in this one are going to be embarrassing, try to only take the general idea from them) but to start off:

  • Before you jump into drawing in any particular style, learn your realism.

This is probably mistake #1 in many young art enthusiasts: they go straight into wanting to draw either anime, or a particular cartoon’s style because a stylized form of art is much more appealing to them than realistic things. Which is valid, but I’ll have you know in order to get any of those styles right, you have to learn the basics AND ONLY THEN proceed to use that knowledge to ”deform” said realism into any style you want. Be it learning from life drawing and observing, pictures online of real people or animals. When you look at a big household name in the artist world’s work, as flashy as their stuff might be, a trained eye is able to tell immediately if the person has proper anatomical knowledge or not, no matter how much they try to mask it with ”this is just my style.” Let me show you an example: 

(excuse the 5 minute sketches pls, note these are actually highly inaccurate (the knees should be placed lower on the second drawing and calves shouldn’t be as big as the thighs) but I wanted to demonstrate ”realistic proportions” in contrast to more of a stylized drawing in a really quick way, a google search for “human anatomy” will bring up much more accurate visual representations of all this so I highly recommend doing that)

But basically in order to play around with anatomy you first need to learn realistic proportions (you don’t need to absolutely master them or anything, but you need to know things like the distance between the forehead, eyes + nose and chin correlate, places where fat stores in comparison to where muscle stores, the size of the forearm until in reaches the wrist/arm are practically the same, arms + hands reach below the hipbone and halfway to the the upper thigh) and only then proceed to bend those rules to create your own stylized version of things, which means you get to play around with a lot of shapes like so: 


For the love of all that is holy make use of guidelines, whether with a light colored blue or red pencil if you’re drawing by hand or a sketch layer in Photoshop/SAI etc. They will help out so much when it comes to knowing where you should place each feature. Many people attempt to draw directly without them and while after a lot of practice it might work, to start off you really need to understand basic figure building.

(I’m literally drawing all these one drawing a minute excuse the shittiness I’m just trying to get the point across ahah gOD THESE ARE PISSPOOR)

  • Carry a little sketchbook with you if you can and draw strangers while riding the train, bus, etc. Just draw whatever you see.

It’s not only entertaining when you might be bored out of your mind but extremely productive to draw people, animals, scenery, anything you can see that you might want to sketch out for practice, you can. No better way to learn than real life. 

  • Take time to draw. And draw. And draw.

You will not learn or improve overnight, bettering yourself when it comes to art is an endless and ongoing lifelong process. But it won’t be due to osmosis, you gotta sit your ass down and draw as frequently as you can afford to (although excesses can be bad for you, learn to also take breaks and find comfortable positions because drawing CAN REALLY MESS UP YOUR BACK like badly and you don’t wanna end up hunched over because of it or with tendonitis) But believe me: practice makes perfect and if you learn to observe and understand why you’re drawing what you’re drawing, why are you placing that line where you’re placing it and start thinking in 3D, you will surely improve.

Now for the part you truly want to look out for -






Last but not least, some artists that inspire me beyond words and that might also inspire you.

I hope this helps!

silverskye13  asked:

Hello! I've been really admiring your colored pencil work and was wondering if you had any tips or suggestions on how to blend colors? Or maybe any good references/tutorials I could look at? Thank you very much regardless, and I hope you have a good day!

Hi ! I hope you don’t mind me publishing this publicly, because I’ve been thinking about sharing some traditional art tips I’ve discovered over the years and this ask is the perfect occasion to do it.

Okay first of all I’m self-taught and never been to art school so maybe some the things I’m gonna say are actually bad ! Take it with a grain of salt and experiment yourself ! Also this is gonna be about coloured pencils only so… Yeah.

Okay so :

- I know the tool doesn’t make the artist but when it comes to coloured pencils it makes a great fucken difference whether your pencils are 1euro offbrand Rik et Rok at Auchan or… Better quality. If you’re really determined to work traditionally with pencils, you should think about getting some good pencils, where they have more pigment and a thicker consistence. I’m partial to Faber-Castell Polychromos but they’re very pricey so if you find another good brand that’s cheaper go for it (also hit me up ahah)

- Every brand is different. As I said, I primarily use Faber-Castell but recently my aunt gave me another brand that is a also “quality brand” (I don’t have the box at my flat so I don’t remember the name) but while the colours were really vibrant they also spread and smudged much more easily. I didn’t really like it, but if you’re used to it, I’m sure you can do great stuff !

- Also, use untextured paper. I don’t know why they say grainy paper is ideal for pencils ahah ^^ It gives a weird pixel effect when you scan it because of the tiny white holes you can’t fill with your pencil. I like smooth Canson paper better ! I use Exacompta paper but I mean there are a ton of brands who offer the same stuff.

- You can sketch with a mechanical pencil and everything but you shouldn’t keep graphite pencil on your page when you colour, otherwise your colours are going to get a weird greyish colour and it’s just Ugly. For me it’s the hard part of drawing digitally: I sketch with a mechanical pencil, then I take a coloured pencil and erase every line to trace over it with the coloured pencil. It’s boring and hard but it’s for the greater good.

- When you line with the coloured pencil, take an “in between colour”, like that’s what I call some colours that blend well with everything ? Because lines will smudge so you want to avoid clashes. Dark colours such as purple or black I tend to avoid because huge dark smudges aren’t a good look, unless you’re going for something in that colour palette. Same for all other colours, especially blues (cause the SECOND you use yellow it’s Over - be super careful with yellow and blue I’m warning you so you can avoid my fate). I usually take a deep pink (magenta) because pink is the ideal blend colour since it’s between warm and cool tones. Sometimes when I want to go for a more natural look I use browns that blend well too.

- Also once you’re done colouring reline everything because smudged/less clear/less vibrant lines

- I tend to line everything with the same colour so there is continuity within the drawing. I use other colours for when I want a certain item to pop up.

- Pink is your ultimate best friend. Want to make that gradient between yellow and blue ? Use pink in the middle. It works for everything. I love pink.

- The trick is, go lightly at first, then add more and more layers. Think a bit like digital layers ? You do your flats first (rough colours, you don’t even have to fill it all properly like you can leave some white), then you put a layer of another colour (usually with the strokes in another direction like if your first colour has vertical strokes then go horizontally or diagonally), then another, then another again, and you refine that shit until it looks good.

- If you go on my earliest art pages you’ll see that my art wasn’t as well coloured as it is right now. Shit was LIGHT AS FUCK (and I kept complaining that I wasn’t able to get deep colours ahah). As with all shit, it’s gonna take a while to get it right.

- I hate colouring clothes so my Bullshit Secret Technique is horizontal or kinda wavy/following the movement of the clothing crosshatching with a lot of colours until it makes a decent gradient (see  all of my drawings in April 2016)

- Single coloured flats are hard. Get one colour, then get another colour and draw over your flat. Okay it won’t be all the same colour but 1) nuances are good 2it’s easier for some reason. Maybe it’s just in your head ? I don’t know.

- If you can get one of these small eraser pens like pens but they’re erasers, get them, especially to erase your sketch, it saves lives. At least it saved mine. It’s so much easier to erase one line at a time than erase everything then lose track of where was what.

- Get a white gel ink pen for highlights and tiny sparkling stuff
- Know where the light parts of your drawing are going to be beforehand because there’s no way to get them back once they’re gone.

- Get a tablet and draw digitally. You can do much more stuff much more easily. Patterns ? Highlights ? Fluorescence ? Ctrl-Z ? Flats ? Resizing ? Last-minute glow in the dark ? Can’t do that traditionally. It’s too late for me cause I’d have to relearn everything and I’m lazy but if you’re getting started draw digitally.

- Otherwise add tiny sparkling stuff it’s really lovely.

Aaand here ! I don’t know if that really helped you, I’ve said it before but I draw really instinctively so it’s hard to explain what I do ^^’ Thanks for the compliments though, and have a nice day too !

anonymous asked:

Errr so geekycomtv called you out in a post saying some bad stuff about you (he? changed his username and its under the same name that I previously mentioned; it's under "About the Copyright Drama). Man, I'm sorry that these kind of people attack you and the other fanartists. You guys don't deserve this kind of treatment from them. You guys should be profiting from the art you create, not them. Once again, I'm sorry you guys have to go through this, but I admire how strong you guys are (Part 1)


yea someone pointed it out to me the other day xD i’m not really bothered by it since he’s proven time and time again he has no idea what he’s talking about 8D [he also managed to compliment me in the notes of the post by saying i was 21 hahaha…i’m glad i pass as that young :P] 

and thanks! i think one of the best things about this fandom is how we all stick together and support one another when the jerks descend lol. but it’s also the saddest thing, because so many people are leaving the fandom thanks to art theft and jerks like this… it’s worse when the thieves are entirely unapologetic about it. i’m not sure they understand the impact it has to be used and mistreated that way ._. the lack of remorse really troubling. i wouldn’t want to know those people in real life lol

weekend is over so gonna catch up on my other asks in one go here lol

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Happy belated Over the Garden Wall 6 month anniversary~!!! @u@/

After stealing my bro’s pc and some pointers from him and JohnYume, I FINALLY got this thing finished! This pic was inspired by Skimingmilk’s fanfiction called Two Reads in the Woods And if you haven’t read it yet and like OTGW then I highly recommend it~! 

This pic started off as a sketch I doodled up and wanted to color. I was going to go traditionally at first, but I felt like I could get the feel I wanted better digitally. So after 3-4 ish nights this is the end result! The background was digitally done and I must say I’m really proud of it. *u*

You can shoot me now for putting off human turtles. But in my defense my bro had a trip and I just couldn’t pass up using his pc! plz don’t kill meh…!

radioactivesmog  asked:

Hi! I'm a junior in high school right now and your art is so inspiration (i've finally been able to track down your blog after seeing it all over tumblr). I'm interested in animation as well! I had wanted to go to SVA for awhile but lately I've been hearing some mixed reviews. I also am getting little to no help from my family with paying for colleges so I have no clue what to do basically. Any advice you can give would be godsent. Thank you so much!!

Hello! Hoof that’s a tough situation. I hope this can help.

The thing I learned after spending 4 years at SVA and over 100k in loans is that… You don’t need to go to college to become a successful artist. Well fuck! Wish someone told me sooner. What you DO need is the discipline to spend your time productively (to build just as good of a portfolio as any other graduating student) and a proactive attitude. There are plenty of courses online that will teach you the basics of storyboarding, character design, gesture drawing, digital painting, etc at a FRACTION of the price from any school. (check out or if you’re in SoCal,!) Look to see if your town offers any figure drawing classes (because that will always be your most important class), again MUCH cheaper than paying for school, or just ask your friends to pose for you.

One thing you could do is hit up some people who go to schools you like and ask about their courses. Most people will be kind enough to respond haha. I used to incessantly bother people from Gobelins or CalArts ;;; But hey it resulted in some pretty rad friendships! We’re all just trying to learn, here. Start giving yourself weekly assignments based off of what you hear. Challenge yourself! Find online communities that do weekly challenges, or daily challenges like Sketch Dailies. It’ll be super important to make yourself an online presence because even though you won’t be around industry folk in person you could still be in their MINDS. Doing a film once a year, like what is required of both CalArts and SVA students, and debuting it online will help a TON. Think about it! That’s four films to show potential employers that you know your shit and you’ve done your research. And the tools to make films are so easily.. downloadable. TV Paint and Flash for 2D animation, After Effects and Final Cut for compositing (those two take some getting used to but there are enough youtube tutorials to teach you everything you need to know), Photoshop for your pretty paintings (unless you’re all traditional in which case more power to ya). I don’t condone pirating but… OkayyesIdo. At least until you can pay for it yourself ; )

Clearly I’m not an expert on what to do if college isn’t an option for you but from what I’ve gleaned from coworkers and friends who went down that path it’s entirely possible to do it. 

Good luck! 

anonymous asked:

hiii all your environment paintings really inspire me to create my own!!! can you please tell me how to start practicing, how to use a reference, any tips? your style is really really beautiful

Hello! :) First of all, thank you very much for your kind words!! These really mean a lot to me!

Now I don’t consider myself an expert (not by any stretch) and my drawings are 80% instinct, 20% sheer panic anyway (//sweats) so, I’ll tell you how I do things, take away what you can, keep whatever you want. :)


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anonymous asked:

I love your haikyuu drawings!! I'm so bad at coloring. Can you show us the steps you take to color your drawings? (And which brushes you use)

Aw I’m glad you like them! <3 I can certainly show how I color my stuff, though my methods are usually very experimental lately haha `v´ But I’ll talk a bit about the base method I’ve been using mostly lately! So let’s begin this little tutorial uvu

First of all! It is important to note that I only use Paint Tool SAI for all my digital art! Traditional art is a mistery to me, so I’ll only really explain the digital procedures~ `v´ This will be REALLY long so I’ll put it under a cut!

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anonymous asked:

your art is so gorgeous! i'm in love with it! would you mind describing your colouring process or making a tutorial? it's something that i really struggle with and your colouring is phenomenal!

Ahhh thank you so much!! I thought making a tutorial sounded fun so I made a little step by step of my progress for a basic character bust I did recently, (painted in paint tool SAI), I hope it’s helpful! (this may be long so I’ll put it below a read more)

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anonymous asked:

hey, i'm new to photoshop and digital art and i was wondering whether you could post your brush settings? thanks <3 your art is absolutely perfect btw

Thank you and I’m so so sorry this is late ;A;  But here’s a way comprehensive list of the brushes I use and links to the packs from the wonderful creators! (no seriously, all of them are talented and so nice about use of their work) 

The Big Five: so dramatic sounding when said in a deep voice, but really they’re just my go-to normal brushes. 

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anonymous asked:

Hi, I'm kinda new to digital art and I was wondering if maybe you could explain some of the basics because I'm completely confused on how it all works ;-;

I’m not sure how “basic” you want me to get but.

•Three P’s.

1) Pick a tablet
2) Pick a drawing program
3) Practice

I use Wacom Intuos Pro, Paint Tool SAI+Photoshop, and draw every day if I can.

•Get to know your tablet. Set up pen pressure and adjust its other settings depending on your preferences.

•Get to know your drawing program. Default settings are OK to start, but as you progress, adjust the brush settings and keyboard shortcuts to your liking. You won’t have your same work place all the time; it’ll always be changing as you advance. Experiment!

•If you want to draw more people, Google up some stock images/model photos and trace them until you’re comfortable drawing them just by looking at them, then by memory. Try not to start big if you’re super novice; just sketching head shots and stagnant simple poses over and over are fine.

•If you want to practice coloring, it helps to familiarize yourself with the color wheel. I like to shade with purples and reds because they compliment almost everything.

•Sketching in black is ok. Lining in black is also ok but not always eye catching. Try dark blues or purples instead.

•When coloring, try not to do it on a white background (unless that’s part of your drawing, of course). White is very stark and can obscure color quality. Instead, make your background a light/medium grey, or if you have a background setting in mind, complete it before you color your subjects.

•It’s always ok to have multiple layers, though doing that increases the file size of your drawing and can make saving more strenuous on your computer. If you’re comfortable, you can merge layers as you work to keep the file size to a minimum.

•That being said: SAVE OFTEN.

•Never export to .jpg when you’re done. Seriously DON’T. It destroys the quality of your work. Files barely lose quality in .png and .tiff, so choose those instead.

•It’s never wrong to use references. Don’t draw from something that doesn’t exist/that you’re not familiar with. It’s really hard to improve if you don’t refer to something else!

•Work in big canvases. It preserves quality. 3000x3000 is my default. Just remember to downsize if you’re posting online.

•Remember that you’re always learning and growing as an artist. Someone’s always going to be better and someone’s always going to be worse. Just be humble and patient, yo.

starfieldcanvas  asked:

Hi! Have you ever made any PS painting tutorials? (I checked #how to and #photoshop but all that shows up is the lineart tut.) It seems like every tumblr artist with a painterly style is using Paint Tool SAI these days, and while I would like to acquire it and experiment with it eventually, it doesn't seem to work on Macs (...right?) so for now I'm still using Photoshop. I'd love to hear how you use it to its best advantage for digital painting!

I had a terrible, awful, no-good-lost-an-arrow-in-the-brushpile archery day so I have decided to answer asks on Tumblr and drink hard cider.  Because I am an adult and I make good decisions!

Google can tell you how to run Windows software on a Mac, like, there’s ways.  PaintToolSAI is pretty lightweight so I’d expect it to run pretty well.  There’s also, like, Corel Painter?  Which I think has a Mac flavor, but personally I find Painter to be quite insufferable. 

SO, Photoshop!  ………………I wish I had a compelling secret to reveal to you so you’d feel like it was worth having read this far, but I don’t.  The truth is that my Photoshop technique, which I carried over into SAI, is a continually morphing.. critter.. and I very often do things I love and then later have to stare at the layers I created and figure out how to recreate them, aha.

Here, let’s just do a quick archaeological dig on a finished photoshop-only painting and you can see how, in general, I work:

Base layer is a sketch, usually with a fairly thick translucent line, usually on a grey background.  I start my paintings using techniques I learned watching this fucking amazing tutorial.  The link is just to a ‘commercial’ for the full video, but if you watch carefully you can see what’s going on. Sometimes I work up the sketch in black and white, sometimes not, usually I do ‘tone’ it at least a little before jumping into color:

SImple sketch, simple black and white shading.  The idea is to get a roadmap going - the b&w shading, adding volume, is also a good way to check your sketch, because when you start ‘rounding’ things out is when goofy shit shows up.  I mean, shit, compare the bare sketch to the ‘filled’ sketch and see for yourself.

On top of the sketch, whenever I decide I have a sketch I like (and remember - I am pulling these snaps from a finished painting, so the sketch layer has been tweaked.  That massive shadow/bruise on Clint’s jaw, for instance, was added at the end) … on top of the sketch I slap down some saturated colors. I get these as hot as I can stand, like, you can always remove saturation later, so start lively:

Don’t be afraid of purple and green and turquoise; even if I wasn’t shading with bruises in mind, skin has a lot of purple and green in it, because your blood in your veins is blue.  This applies to skin of all colors - deeply black skin in particular has an unbelievable amount of purple, for example.  Look for colors other than ‘peach’ and ‘brown’ and ‘yellow,’ is what I’m saying, if you want to paint nice skintones.  Also ask an artist who’s good at skintones for more advice, shit, I am weak-sauce!  Moving on.

.. now paint.  Uhm, sorry, like I said.. pulling these from finished art, so they’re not perfect ‘progress’ steps.  I use mostly the plain round brush at a fairly low opacity, and overlap brushstrokes to create texture, BUT I do use fancy brushes - you can see one in the background shading, Clint’s hair is detailed with a hard ‘pencil’ brush, but seriously, the plain round brush with a hard edge is where it’s at.  Like this:

SO, okay, base colors all laid in, I personally usually chicken out and put details on another layer so that if I decide to fiddle with the underlying color later, I can do so without ruining my detail work.  Like, I can tell you that I painted Clint’s face, added the cut on his cheek during the detail phase, and THEN dropped back to that previous layer and added the bruise under the cut.

There’s another layer of painted highlights using an ‘Overlay’ layer - this is my preferred method of adding WOW, and in my PaintToolSAI art I do it a whole fucking lot because SAI has a truly magical luminosity mode oh my GOODNESS - but in Photoshop I add several layers, three in this case, of texture, one black and two VERY colorful, using the ‘Overlay’ mode at about 25% opacity, to both richen the color and add some ‘random’.  Here’s one of the textures, on normal mode so you can see it:

Note that I have erased out sections of it over Clint’s face - don’t be afraid to ‘sculpt’ your texture layers to blend them into the artwork, I mean, I just spent all that time shading up all the facial detail, I don’t want the texture layers to completely flatten it.  

This is the end product, with three texture layers - two on Overlay, one on Color Burn - definitely play with ALL the layer modes!  You never know what you’ll get.  I very very VERY often use hella strong modes (like Color Burn) at a very very low opacity, 10-20%, they’re so strong that you just need a little bit to add some lovely drama:

And that, more or less, is it.  Hundred percent crop so you can see the detail, such as it is:

What else…When I paint in Photoshop I don’t use the smudge tool, I blend by starting with the color I want, painting, and then hitting ALT as I paint to bring up the color dropper to grab a ‘mixed’ color, then keep painting.  In SAI I do this less, as SAI has gorgeous painterly blending.  Photoshop is very ‘dry’ on the blends, you have to lower brush opactiy and just grab mixed colors to blend.  If you do choose to use the smudge tool, the secret is to NOT use a round brush - use a scruffy one.

… I am out of both hard cider and observations, but if you have any questions, or want to see details from a particular painting, feel free to ask!  The older ones, if you go waaaay back in my art tag, are 100% Photoshop.  The one of Clint standing in front of his building in #6 is the first SAI one, anything after that will be a mix of Photoshop and SAI.


A bit of step-by-step for digital painting/sketching with a more traditional workflow!

This was just me experimenting with working from cool to warm colours (because i usually go warm to cool) which was a pretty fun and helpful exercise! Also included my palette in the screenshots, hopefully it makes a bit more sense if you can see where the stronger colours come in.

+ click through the images for a bit of commentary :D

lay-it-on-me-lahey  asked:

Hey for your prompts I'm gonna pick number 22! :) and congrats on your follower milestone!!

Awesome! This is the prompt that was number 22 in my list:

Careful talking to strangers!


Part 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10

Miraculous Ladybug - Talk To Me


“Talk to me.”

Marinette rolled onto her stomach, her phone balanced casually against her face as she lay against the pillows. It was almost one in the morning, and she had long ago accepted that she was not going to be able to sleep tonight. Hours of tossing and turning could confirm that. So with a heavy sigh she dragged her phone off her charger and punched in what she knew was Alya’s number.

The reporter didn’t pick up the phone. In hindsight, she probably wouldn’t have. She’d been working her butt off on their latest assignment, and had probably crashed hard. So Marinette worked through the remaining numbers on her mental list, until finally, Nathanael - sweet, shy Nathanael - picked up.


“I know it’s almost one in the morning but I can’t sleep and I know you,” Marinette practically begged. “Just, I dunno, talk to me until I fall asleep.”

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kirishimatoukaa  asked:

Hey!! Sorry for the bother but if you don't mind me asking, how'd you color Burdge's drawing? It looks really beautiful, and I've been trying to color my own sketches digitally, it would be great help!! Thank you in advance!!!!

I’m working on a proper colouring tutorial with brushes and how to pick colour and all that boring theory stuff because how I do stuff in photoshop is really simple and I’m afraid it will be pretty useless but I’m going to do it anyway

You open the file in photoshop

And open that thing down there and choose Color Balance and this is going to open

You need to play around until you get the colour you want. I usually go for warm browns but anything works. Also to make that little arrow on the layer appear you need to right-click over he text part and select create clipping mask

if you don’t to this the Color Balance is going to affect all the layers you put underneath (you’re going to put the colour there and you don’t want to mess it up before even starting)

The last step until you decide this is useless. You set the sketch layer to multiply and create a new layer underneath

easy peasy right?

THen you paint there is no magic or anything. Lots of colour theory, practise and shit but no computer program trick

most people work on different layers but I always paint on the wrong one and end up merging them anyway

I usually put background first, then put on colours on characters with a giant soft brush and then go over it with a harder one because there are no lines or limits for soft brushes

if something is not dark enough sometimes I create a new layer in multiply mode and darken the thing but I merge it down immediately

same with overlays for light parts

I also abuse the tool picker a lot and pretend I know about reflected light by putting colours of stuff close to the thing on the thing wow I’m really good at english

I know I’m useless I’m doing a long ass tutorial soon haha soon it’s going to take years explaining this part better because this is shit sorry

then I abuse adjustment layers since I didn’t like how the scarves colours looked I created new Color Balance layers to fix it

also the little black or white square on the right is a masking layer. Which means that if you paint something black in there it will hide that part of the layer so you can paint white only what you want to adjust and you’ll only edit that part

and I know you can just select and do it from the controls up there but this way you can double click the balance symbol on the layer and readjust the settings and just generally play around more easily with stuff without messing up what you’ve already done

It’s also a good idea to then add at the top layers of Curves and Color Balance to fix the whole drawing

this took literally 20 seconds and you can change the whole lighting and mood really fast and it’s really cool (you can do this only in a part of the drawing using the masking layers)

So yeah, I don’t know if I helped much but here it goes


also if you’re not wondering on how to colour in the sense of techniques but in the sense of choosing and using colour in general check this awesome tutorial because it’s literally my Bible it covers everything and it covers it really well