Hi! First of all, I love your edits, they are all gorgeous and I hope you know that ♥ And secondly, would you mind making a mini tutorial on how to make the drawing effect gif as you did here post/158606758288/hogwarts-houses-ϟ-slytherin-or-perhaps-in? I would really appreciate that
aah thank you!! this is so kind of you to say :”) and sure thing, hun! I’ll be explaining how to make something like this from this photoset:
if you dont mind, could you share your brush and canvas settings? what program do you use? i really like the slightly pixelated style of your lines
sure thing!!! i use THIS version of paint tool SAI and i have the stabiliser turned to 0 because i like to embrace the wobblyness of my fairly unsteady hand.
this is the one i use for my lines: (i usually duplicate the lines twice, set them to multiply, colour one magenta and move that to the right a pixel or two, and colour the other one in cyan and move that left.)
this is the one i use for blush on characters:
and this is the one i use to draw patterns on clothes: (you know, when i’m not just dropping in a photo texture…)
as for canvas settings…. i basically just make it up as i go along, but typically i go for 1000x1500 px because i know tumblr won’t mess up the quality when i upload it.
What do you do to get that kind of staticy feel? It's really amazing and it brings out the work of art that you used on it. I'm asking because I'm both curious and I'd like to use that kind of thing one day? Unless it's like something that you're not comfortable with saying or it's a secret. I've actually seen a couple of people do it. Your blog is just the most recent one I've seen the.. style? In so I thought I might ask. Super sorry this is long and drawn out-
thank you so much, i’m glad you like it!!! hopefully this is the effect you mean, but if not, feel free to ask again!! :) there are three main things i do!! 1 is adding effects to the line art, 2 is adding noise/texture and 3 is chromatic aberration (that 3d effect you sometimes see artists using). btw, i’m using photoshop cs5 but i think it’ll work for most versions of photoshop - i’m not sure how to do it with other programs though!! (the first image in the series below is what the art looks like without any effects btw!! and the full image is at the bottom of this post)
1. line art effects!!
i kind of talked about the process here, but!! what i’ve been doing lately is duplicating the line art layer and using gaussian blur (any blur effect would probably work fine if ur not using photoshop!!). i change the blurred line art layer to a tone that compliments the image (i think i chose a warm pink for this one) and set that layer to multiply. i then duplicate the blurry line art layer and offset it from the original line art by a few pixels. that makes it look like the line art is casting a shadow, which you sometimes see in old cartoons and stuff!! btw both these layers are placed below the original line art layer!
2. adding noise
i create a new layer above all the other layers and fill it with pure black. then i use the hue and saturation window to slide the ‘lightness’ up to +50 - this gives me a perfect midtone grey colour (we’re gonna set the layer to overlay later, so having a perfect midtone means the overlay effect won’t darken or lighten the image below). or!! alternatively!! you can also go to the top menu bar and click layer > new > layer… then in the pop up window change the mode to overlay and check the neutral colour box!! i then go to filter > noise > add noise… i tend to zoom out to the size most people will view the image and adjust the noise level so that the grain is just visible. then i set the layer to overlay! i think the noise effect is really cool bc it adds texture to the image in a way that’s kind of subtle!! the more noise you add the more static-y and fuzzy an image will look - but if you add too much it can be a bit distracting :0
3. chromatic aberration
this is my fave effect, but if you make it too extreme you can cause eyestrain for viewers, so be careful!! there’s a bit of a process, but i don’t think i’ll be able to explain it better than this tutorial here, so definitely check that out if you’re interested!! :)
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Do you use what effect to make the lines in this color? I love the colors you choose
awh thank you!!! I duplicate the line art layer, colour the lines a dark red-ish brown and lower the opacity to about 30% then on the other layer (above the red line art) I put the layer on overlay and thats it :P I hope this helps <3
May I ask what art program/brush settings you use??
i should have written down an faq by now but i i havent so i out this together TvT))
i use clip studio paint for drawing, and for lines i use a sketchy pencil like brush with texture, it’s kinda like a mechanical pencil because it doesn’t vary in size! i often duplicate the line layer to make the lines darker and blur it afterward to make it look softer
for coloring i use a watercolor brush, one that looks rough! i like it a lot more if it’s not that clean; the brush blends the colors on the canvas so you don’t have to colorpick and blend every 10 seconds
if you don’t have clip studio paint, and still want to use similar brushes, i am sure you can create a brush yourself that functions like those :0 !! (i also hope i explained it well enough, sorry if some of my english here is off ;;v;;))
I’m no expert on either program or infographic-making, this is just how I went about the process. It involved tons of experimentation and it’s hard to explain clearly so I’ve divided it into a few parts:
Eh, this is probably a weird question, but bear with me here. So I really love your art, like tons and tons, and so of course I've been looking at it a lot. And I noticed you sometimes do a neat lil' 3D looking effect on your lineart, which is really cool looking. How do you do it? Is there like some trick or something? I'm so curious! Sorry for asking about this but I just really want to know, lol.
It’s not a weird question at all! Hopefully you don’t mind me publishing this so I can share it with other peeps!
that being said–ANOTHER “LIME TUTORIAL TIME”!
A bit back I mentioned I use two main programs for makin’ my art. Those are SAI painter and another more obscure program, Photoscape! Photoscape is what I usually use to apply the effect!
Open up photoscape and go to the “editor” tab
Once in that tab open up an image of your choosing and choose the menu “Filters”
and select “Cellophane”!
and that applies the “3D” effect! Which you can toggle from light…
however! You can also simulate this effect in any other program simply by making some duplicate layers! but the end result is a little different
On the left is me duplicating my lines and changing their colour and on the right is what I get from using Photoscape!
if you want to know how to make similar graphics like mine, i have a tutorial on how to do that right here!
a quick rundown of how i make my stuff is literally
choosing a font (either handwriting/scripty font or a blocky, square but organized font)
and choosing the right colors
and putting them on a white background
if anyone else is interested i can make another tutorial on how to make a more “complicated” or a graphic with more steps than just text and a background! (anon, if you want this, pop me an ask and i’ll gladly give you a tuto)
but otherwise, as long as you follow what my tutorial (linked above) says, you can make graphics like mine!
also, i made a quick header as an example.
it’s a red/pink background with text and two white lines.
i duplicated the text and put them behind each other (stacking them)
and changed the colors from dark to light.
and then i added two white lines just for the hell of it
and that’s it!
idk if this helped, anon, but i hope it did?
i’ll probably make another tutorial about making graphics but it’d be nice if you guys told me if you want me to make one (means i’ll throw it out faster haha)
you’ve probably seen the work done by @nervation recently on companion swears - here’s a link to the masterpost of that work, which includes all the audio (Cait’s is hilarious, I just cried laughing listening to it).
this is a little bit of analysis I’ve done to build on that, because I cannot resist a spreadsheet, even at the weekend. I wanted to benchmark the swears to account for number of lines, and do a couple of tests to see how the swears compared by faction and so on.
my methodology is more programmatic and hence much of this has not been human-verified. speed over quality, soz.
there is some duplication - any lines that are repeated to reference player character’s possible gender will be counted twice.
however, it’s line- rather than word-based and doesn’t take into account multi-swears. these things probably don’t balance out but let’s pretend they do and leave it at that, yeah? :D
also I have directly included ‘heck’ and ‘crap’ as real swears because the intent is there even if they are fairly mild. Mac - you don’t escape me that easily.
without further ado…
1. Which companion has the highest swear factor?
As expected, Cait wins out, swearing at least once in 12.1% of her lines. She’s roughly middle of the table when it comes to number of lines overall, snuggled up right by Hancock, so she really is as foul-mouthed as we know and love her to be.
2. Does Cait swear more than the average Raider?
No. I mean, you have to take into account the fact that most of the time you encounter a Raider you are trying to shoot them in the head, so it’s not exactly surprising that they wouldn’t be best pleased.
NB these are generic unnamed members of the faction, and an average across each voice used to record the lines.
3. Who is the sweariest faction leader?
Go Desdemona! I was a little surprised by this, but I suppose the data does include all the player character conversation options, which probably skews the sweariness down as not all those options will include swearing.
Well. For some people’s characters, if not my own. :grins:
4. So who is the sweariest of them all*?
*where all is defined as npcs with more than 100 lines
The winner is:
Glory, who swears in an impressive 22.8% of her lines. There are a couple of people with fewer lines who swear more but 100 seemed as good an arbitrary cut-off point as any.
see below the cut for a couple of bonus non-swearing-related factoids.
I was wondering about the painting process you posted, when you paint over your lines do you merge any of your layers, or do you paint on a top layer and erase errors underneath? I love your art so much <3
Hi anon, and thank you! : ) This is essentially a case of layer discipline. In this case, I have a layer for my lines, a background layer, and a layer for my flat colours. When I decide to start painting over my lines, I will duplicate the lines and flat colour layers, and merge them into one new layer.
This lets me paint and erase as I render, while keeping a layer for the body that is separate from the background. This really helps keeping things neat, and lets me use things like clipping masks and locking the transparency.
As I’m rendering, I’ll make duplicates of this layer in an iterative manner, so allow me to go back if I need to. By keeping the lines underneath, but hidden, I can flick back to them to check that I’m still staying true to the original sketch.
This becomes really important with larger pieces, where I essentially use the same method. I’ll split the sketch into different elements as I work, which makes everything a lot easier to adjust, move, etc, and saves me time painting over if I make a mistake. In this case, I use clipping masks as I render each element.
Once I think the piece is done, I duplicate and merge all the layers for final adjustments.
I’ve been asked if I could show the process of how I go about making my fake screen shots, so I provided a step by step visual process of how I do it. I’ll explain each step here: 1. Just a simple messy sketch so I can get the idea down.
2. I clean up the sketch with clean lines, and most of the time the sketch changes a little bit.
3. Next I just fill in the entire line art with flat colour.
4. This is an important step. This is my shading step. I create a clipping mask for my shading so that I can easily change the colour if I need to. The clipping mask also allows me to add a gradient in my shading without affecting the base colour underneath. I usually use a soft air brush to do gradients. DON’T FORGET TO LOCK YOUR MASK if you plan on adding a gradient.
5. Next is highlights, they go in right after the shading is done.
6. After all the shading is done and I’m happy with it, I create a duplicate layer of the lines and place that layer under the original layer. I do this so that I can blur the lines (use the blur tool). It gives the screen shot a softer look.
7. The last step is to add any special filters. You can do this by making a new layer above everything and using the air brush tool to add a colour over your image. Just like the example below.
After this you can play with the filters in your layer box and find one that best suits your image! Don’t forget to add text after everything! Hopefully this will be helpful to those who have been wondering how I do these ; v ;/