custom watercolors


Forgive the long post, I am catching up here. Bear with me, I am getting there!

Finished this custom Aequis (and before 2016 was technically over!) but before I post the final scan, here was the last progress I made while I was away.

Watercolor, gouache, colored pencil (Caran d'Ache Supracolor) and white gel pen for feather shaft details.

scream-untill-dawn  asked:

Is there any tips you can provide for painting manga in art rage


First, I assume you’re looking for a pretty ‘digital’ effect; neat inking, Manga Studio/Paint Tool Sai type styles? 

If you want very traditional looking inks and washes, like this example, you want to use the Watercolor Brush or Gloop Pen, probably along with a nice paper texture (there’s a Watercolor Paper preset in the settings, and increasing the metallics slightly can give a very nice effect).

Pictured: Pencil sketch, Gloop Pen inks, Watercolor colours. Good blending presets for the Watercolor tool are Wet mode ones, e.g. Harsh Wet or Heavy Blurred Frosting.

[note: after I’d uploaded this, I realised that my Wacom driver had stopped working while the computer was asleep. You can actually get more line variability with pressure active!]

The Gloop pen and watercolours are very responsive to canvas texture, so choose wisely. You can always hide it or export the layer on its own as a transparent PNG like I did above when you’ve finished :D

If you want more digital effects (inking, screentones, that sort of thing), then read on!

1. Paper texture. This is very editable. If you need a pure white digital canvas, go to View > Canvas Settings and set Luminance (in the color editor) to 100% and Roughness (texture section) to 0%. You may also want to turn canvas lighting off.

2.  Base Sketch. The initial sketch can just be pencil, so use whatever settings you like. If you prefer a very smooth stroke over a sketchy effect, tick ‘Precise Mode’ in settings or switch to the Ink pen on a very small size with no fancy effects.

3. Inking. While you can freehand it with the Gloop Pen, you’ll usually want the Ink Pen. You can customise it to get pretty much exactly the line weight, shape, smoothing, taper and predictability that you want, so learn the settings.

The Ink Pen ignores canvas texture completely, and is usually the tool people are looking for when they ask about ‘manga’.

We’ve covered this several times over now, so start with

Also see:

4. Coloring

There are many ways to color in ArtRage and often it’s just a matter of picking the tool you like working with.

You can color with almost anything and lay down thick solid color and blend it afterward, or you can mix wet media as you paint.

For ‘manga’ stuff, most people usually want one of:

  • Airbrush
  • Felt Pen (lets you get a Copic Marker effect)
  • Ink Pen 
  • Watercolors
  • Oils (high thinners and loading for flat paint)

Also see: for an introduction to what the different types of effects look like.

You can also skip manual shading and use the Gradient Fill or the default Fill Tool to quickly fill areas of color.

And if you know what tool(s) you want to use, you can find more specific tutorials for most of them. See the ArtRage Youtube and website. And ask us! (I’m not going into them right now because it’s a BIG topic, but the choice of tool is going to have a very large effect on your final result and your experience coloring your pictures).

5. Screentones

If you want to shade using screentones, then you can use:

1. Stencils (just import the pattern as a black and white image and use it to fill in areas), all desktop editions

2. Pattern Fill (select the areas you want to fill, then use the fill tool), ArtRage 4 & 5, 

See here for more:

3. Importing a layer of the pattern you want and literally just painting over/erasing/selecting and cropping (pretty much the same method traditional manga artists would use)

4. Custom brushes (ArtRage 5 only). You can find examples in the ‘Hatching’ section of the presets and make your own (make sure Grain Progression is set to 100% - or just edit a preset you like to make it match what you want. Tips: edit ‘scale with head’ to get different background dots depending on your brush size).

 I’m happy to expand on any particular point, but this is probably long enough already ;)

(also for best results with these kinds of questions, an example image and the edition of ArtRage you’re using will help me give you more specific answers. I’m quite happy writing general tutorials, but means I can’t always give specific examples that might actually be what you need to know).

Further reading:


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My illustration of the legendary Triumph TR6 is done ✔
This original piece is available for purchase.
Watercolor on paper 32 X 41 cm.
The illustration will be signed and shipped in a board backed envelope.

Email me at contact[at]sophievarela[dot]com for close up pics and price.