I started drawing (like characters and scenes from books and fan art - I’ve technically been drawing since I was a kid) when I read the Percy Jackson and The Olympians series. All I wanted to do was to draw my favorite characters. Percy Jackson also started my love for books and fantasy in general. This was 7 grade. I was 12.
Skipping to 8 grade. 13 years old. My anime phase. I call it a phase bc it burned bright then died down. Not only did I stop reading books for a few months, but my art style also went to: anime. My art teacher actually told me to get out of the anime; that is wouldn’t do me good as an aspiring illustrator. But I ignored her, thinking I could make my own way without help from better artists.
Summer going into 9 grade, 14 years old (a few months after 8 grade ended) I read The Mortal Instruments series. I read those books in under a month along with The Infernal Devices series. It broke me out of my anime stage. I started to find my own style while drawing the characters. It not only shaped my art, but it brought me back into the world of literature that I didn’t realized I had left behind.
Now. 15 years old. Going into my sophomore year of high school. One year later from reading TMI/TID/TDA. My art has improved. Clary and Jace still mean as much to me now as they did then if not more.
If you would have told me when I was 12 that when I was 15, that The Shadowhunter Chronicles would replace PJO/HOO as my all time favorite series, I would’ve called you a liar. If you would’ve shown me I would be drawing this three years later - I would’ve laughed in your face.
But it’s true. This is real. This is me. My art. My passion. Books do change people. But only if you let them.
my brush settings are this: (note that I continuously change the dilution during the painting process–blending, density, persistence and size because they are important, also try them now to see it’s effect) (another note: this setting was used to make the sketch)
So let’s staaartt
First, make a sketch
Make an another layer, and put the color gray stuff behind the lineart (I ALWAYS USE DARK GREY FOR BASE)
Some colors on the back as well(another layer)
Start coloring! Start with darker colors! (note that i CHECKED THE “PRESERVE OPACITY” ON LAYER 4 WHILE PAINTING)
Then the lighter colors! Then make another– Do this continuously until you are satisfied! Imagine where the light and shadows are. (Important note: I combined the lineart(Layer 3) and color(Layer 4) because I am more comfortable with that)
Make another layer, turn the mode into overlay. Fill it with brighter light. (note: It’s in clipping group)
and then..go to CSP for effects and stuff
Use some blur effect, adjust color balance, tone curve, saturation which can be found Edit>Tonal Correction.. and lastly make another layer with the Mode (Lumi & Shade) back in PAINT TOOL SAI, and make it lively xD
the crappy tutorial ends here.
If you’re wondering where you can find the mode thingy in Paint Tool SAI and Clip Studio Paint..