Heya. I saw the answer to the lineart question a while back, and while I do appreciate you answering it, I tried out Clip Studio Paint, and it just wasn't for me. What would you say is the SAI alternative to the basic G-Pen? Thanks a lot. Keep up the good work btw!
Everyone has preferences for programs ^^ No problem. I went back to sai and made one that has the same look and feel from the ink pen.
Okay, jumped on the bandwagon of @beanpots‘s Day and Night AU, which is so gorgeous I couldn’t help but draw the precious kings in a mural style. Looks a little asymmetrical (especially Yuuri OH GODS WHY), but that’s cuz I can’t do digital lineart to save my life (I definitely prefer digital colouring tho) so I just did it over my ink sketch from the paper version. Still, I’ve definitely come a long way with my digital arts, so I’m really happy with how this turned out. :3
Anyways, hope y’all like it, especially the creator of the AU LOL.
hello! i was wondering if you have any tips for traditional lineart, as i am struggling a lot with confident lines. thank you! (and sorry if already answered;;)
I’m generally a “messy” Lineartist, and I just go with the flow, try to add as much curves as you can and don’t make any stiff or straight lines. I jag a lot, and don’t quite make a full on line and it’s perfect, but I like my “messy” style, so I keep it rough. It’s all about finding what you like. I prefer medium pressure when drawing because If It’s too light or needs adjustments, I could easily add on or erase. Although it really depends on the Style I’m using, sometimes I tend to go more Bold, or to feather it in. It’s hard to say since everyone has their own styles and preferences, but I just tend to “stay loose”, make it as if it were a moving thing with actual weight and emotion. It’s good to remember you must have confidence in your art, it may not be to your liking, but work at it and I’m sure after some time, you’ll make it! I hope I was helpful, and I wish you luck :]
okay my dudes im goin to teach u what i just taught a friend after i taught myself.
fookin hands, am i right?? well, get ur set up all nice n cozy. i prefer medibang, so tht’s what we’re going to be using.
make an extra layer underneath whatever sketch/lineart layer equivalent ur using, full occupancy.
make a squarish hand/palm n some circles as your finger tips. put them in whatever pose ur planning on using. don’t worry too much about the correct length, just ballpark it for now.
i like to start with the thumb. it’s a good base for the rest of ur hand. make that thumb muscle nice n round. also make it a but thinner towards the middle n round it off at the end.
next we’ll move onto the pointer finger. try to make the finger pad round n make the top bit flatter. it gives a nice illusion to having finger nails without having to draw it. don’t worry if ur finger doesn’t match up with ur circle, just try to have it look a normal length. (AKA what looks good)
move on n do the same for the rest of ur fingers. keep in mind that the middle finger is the longest, while the pointer = ring, and the pinky is the baby. of course, they can appear different depending on angles.
next ur going to want to attach that hand to the rest of ur body via the wrist n arm.
finally u’ll lower that layer’s occupancy, switch to ur lineart/sketch layer equivalent, n trace! afterwards u can delete or turn the original layer invisible. n there u have a hand.
Some very self-indulgent Choukei and Suiriku baby dinosaur cuties because I just couldn’t resist. I am deeply in love with these suits!
I honestly prefer the Suiriku pic out of the two, gold stars to whoever can guess what they’re holding~~
I painted my favourite men with a Wacom Cintiq Pro that I bought yesterday. In my personal opinion, Cintiq is the best choice for inking(I was TREMENDOUSLY IMPRESSED). As you know I am shit at inking but Cintiq Pro enables me to draw an accurate lineart. I think I will be able to draw more comics with much less time spent on inking which I hated with passion before I tried Cintiq. This amazing pen display definitely worth 1300 USD if you draw a lot of comics. However, for painting, I still prefer using my good old Wacom Intuos 4 and EIZO ColorEdge 27 just because of its high definition, big display.
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What medium do you use to draw? Traditional, tablet, mouse, etc. of course this is if you don't mind me asking!
Uhm… mind if I turn this in a sorta… tutorial thingy? How I kinda like to draw? :”D
I had much problems with sketching digital up to now, so I prefer to draw with pencil on normal paper (the rubber cap on (1) is pretty handy). And that way I can doodle whenever I want and not have to wait until I get home.
I also lineart it along the way because that also works better with traditional for me. The pen in (2) is 0,1 cm and I have one for 0,3. (The one in (4) is just for fancy brush lines :”D ). (And the white gloss paint marker helps great for messed up parts. I love this pen.)
Next is scanning.
Then correcting the lineart and removing dirt.
Setting up the light and shadow values like this greatly helps removing lots of dirt and pencil lines that I forgot to edit. Then I smoothen the lines because over this they get a bit sharper.
And last I set it up in Photoshop for coloring and shading with mah graphic tablet.
Setting the white background to transparent is also pretty handy for colored lineart!
Hello~ Idk why the draft I wrote before wasn’t saved- Anyhow someone asked me about my Paint Tool SAI settings so I will share with the rest of you guys in case you little ol’ kitten *coughs* also curious. So here gooooes~
The image below is the list of all the tools that i currently have in my SAI. I actually only use some of it even though I tend to collect many settings for my brushes heh.
Sooo since I can’t possibly show it all. I will only gives some of the settings/tools that I often use. Drum roooolll pleasee.
I often use this to draw line art on my painting. I hardly uses before but until recently I found out that it very useful when I tried to paint the eyes part, paint line and some part of the shades.
I don’t have much to say about this. I often use it to lineart for a none-painting art and cell shading.
If you guys notices in my speed painting video. This is the tool that I often use for all of my painting. I find it easy to blend the color using this setting. But it is just my preference. I recommend you guys to try playing with the setting though. Change the min size and density.
I felt like reviving my mermen! rusprus AU that I never managed to finish, and when I see my previous sketches, I’m happy I didn’t finish them then.
I really regreted choosing this type of merman for Ivan, tentacles are awfully hard to draw ! but on the other hand I have several reasons to make him an octopus, one on them being that octopus are awesome. I’m not going to say everything about this AU (because it would be too long), but here’s some things :
Gilbert is a prince, and Ivan is an outcast, and seemingly the last of his species
Gilbert can turn into an human, which makes him part of the dominant/royal race, because he can totally live on earth
Ivan is a blue ringed octopus, who is toxic for humans, and he can change to several colours, including black and stripped
Ivan’s fave food is crabs, as Gilbert quickly understood it :
On a technical note, it’s one of the first time I do a drawing with black outlines. Excepted for some details… I just liked the lineart, and I started to colour it without colouring the lines, and I liked how it turned out…so… Also, the background is kinda empty, but I prefered to work more on te ambiance of the drawing (it’s the first time I draw an underwater scener)…
Sai is better than fire yo, i dont understand your logic
I used SAI in 4 years. After FireAlpaca updated, I moved to it. Well, I just use SAI for excellent paintings and shading. But I prefer Fire Alpaca when it comes to easy coloring and linearting–plus animating ;’D
Woo, so commissions! Are! Open! My dumb services are here and available! Pls help me afford Coke Zero
All prices are in USD, and PayPal is preferable. Characters Sketches: $10.
Lineart with flat colours: $35.
Lineart with fully rendered colours: $50.
These prices go for CHARACTERS ONLY - backgrounds are treated as an extra add-on. If you don’t want a background, I can give you a plain white background, or transparent as shown below.
These are just base quotes; prices may go up/down depending on variables such as simplicity of the subject/their clothes/costume, etc. If ever in doubt, tell me about your idea and I can give you a more specific quote!
Backgrounds Simple backgrounds are $5 extra.
Detailed backgrounds are $20 extra.
Why not have a portrait made of yourself or your loved ones? Or a family portrait with the furrier members of your family? They make especially good gifts! $20 per flat-coloured character, $10 for flat-coloured pets. Add $20 for rendering/shading. If background is just a flat colour (or a shape, like a flat circle), then background is free. If more complex than just a colour or shape, then usual costs apply.
e.g. cost breakdown for below:
2 characters, 2 pets (yes we counted baby as a pet since she’s only little! mum was happy with that but don’t tell baby haha) 20+20+10+10=$60 + $20 shading = $80
20+20+20 = $60 (no extensive shading so no extra charge)
Please note: Of course, depending on the project, prices can be negotiable. Like if you want full-coloured simple cartoons done, that will be cheaper because simple cartoons are easier! And if you want a detailed background but the environment is relatively simple (like a plain-furnished room or something) then it might only be a few dollars more expensive than a simple $5 background. I am flexible, these are just an idea of prices! If you’re curious or interested, don’t worry about the prices, just ask! Chances are we can sort something out :)
Inbox me or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you’re interested, and we can take it from there :)
Hi! Sooo I've been following your art for a little while now and I really admire it, like a ton, and I was wondering if you had any tips? As far as how to get like line art clean and how to get coloring right?
hello! thanks so much!! ahh im freaking out because its so nice to know someone admires my art!
so LINE ART IS A PAIN IN THE ASS. just to let you know: It is not easy and it can take a lot of hours to finish it when I try to keep it very clean (i procrastinate especially during these times oops). anyways, Ill take you through what I do in order to have clean line art.
first i just very briefly draw out how i want the drawing, it doesn’t even have to be complete just like the example above but you can see the movement, face, etc. just be comfortable with it, the proportions don’t even have to be correct. you can see that i attempt to draw the face features and everything just to make it a lot more easier for the next step.
second, i drop the opacity and draw over it. This isn’t my line art but this step really shows me where the final lines should be. also i tend to change my mind what the pose is or movement. i see this step as the ‘editing process’ i try to be clear but i fix errors here so that i dont have to fix anything in the line art (otherwise it will be messy).
afterwards, i lower the opacity and hide the first sketch layer. YOU NEED TO BE CONFIDENT. when you draw your lines, draw them quickly with a firm steady hand, use your whole arm even! I usually flick with the wrist so it isn’t shaky.
also dont be afraid to overlap! it doesnt matter! you can always zoom in and erase away those lines. so this is how i do my lineart: 1. be confident with your lines and what you are drawing 2. fast and steady lines 3. erase any lines that shouldnt be there! *tip for lineart* dont use only one size of your brush the entire time!!! you need to change the size of the brush to make it look more interesting.
hehe its a tiny bit messy but who cares ^. dont be discouraged if your line art is messy/shaky or doesn’t look nice, ITS OKAY. NO ONE IS MAGICALLY AMAZING AT LINE ART IN THE BEGINNING. i had terrible lines, they were shaky, all over the place and nowhere near neat but practice will change that! im surprised you would ask me for color help because im not very confident with this area. so when i color my art, i first decide: what is this art piece offering? is it warm? cold? heart warming? cheerful? i decide what the emotions are based on what i am drawing and i use that to decide my colors.
oh wow i didn’t even notice this. so im guessing this is my coloring style? interesting… anyways what i did was I color picked the colors from my previous art and put them here. so for the happier ones or heart warming ones, i used colors that are more ‘yellow’, not necessarily bright colors but it may be different for you. for sad, i had colors that are more pale and blue/purple. so this is how i decide colors. okay so shading!
dont just go up and down the color scale to get a darker color and lighter color, throw in some red! purple! yellow! green! blue! anything! its so much more interesting and more complete with different colors! go crazy!!! and then you will get the hang of it :) you will decide which colors you prefer more.
sorry for this essay holy. anyway i hope this helps! you can always send me another ask if I wasn’t clear on something.
Hello! I love your drawings very much, you are my favorite MLP artist! You're very talented miss WD! Could you tell me what pen you use for drawing shadows and lineart please? And how do you choose colors?Just wondering~ ( and I apologize I don't speak English).
Oh goodness, thank you so much for the kind words… which are phrased in perfectly excellent English as far as I can tell, by the way! Currently, I work in Paint Tool SAI (a Japanese program), and my preferred tools in that program are marker or brush for the lines (I’m getting away from the brush tool again, as marker tends to feel a bit softer), and watercolor for the shading.
As for choosing colors, I’m afraid there’s no easy or short answer there… color theory is an immensely complex topic and I fear I’m no expert myself. I personally like vibrant and warm colors best though so often gravitate towards those, but otherwise some good basic knowledge of color compliments goes a surprisingly long way I think!