experimenting with style and pencil brushes

hyperbravedubs  asked:

I've been hesitant to ask anything here but, I've been struggling when it comes to drawing and coloring. I'm not sure how to get better. I've asked for tips many times and well just practice is all I get. Heh. I'm really trying. I'd just like some way of helping myself. Is there a way too?

Hmm. Okay, this is going to be a LOOOOOOONG POST. 

I don’t know how much advise I can offer but I will tell you what helps me, and how I colour. I’ll break it down into sections. XD 


I very much recommend live drawing. Particularly for anatomy. Live drawing helps you learn the basic structures of the human body. How the skin folds, how joints bend and move, how to gain perspective. It trains your brain and makes you able to draw a lot better, a lot faster and more accurately.

With anatomical drawing: Do break it down into shapes and lines. Shapes and lines are your friends in drawing.

Like, the shape of the basic human ribcage can be described like a shape of an egg. Artists like Leonardo De Vinci broke down the anatomical forms of the human body into basic shapes.

Lines helps you gain movement into the body. They, along with shapes, are you basic frame for anatomical drawing.

Don’t be afraid of failure or mistakes. If a drawing failures or has mistakes, then it’s something you’ve learnt. You can then apply what you know now from your to a new drawing.

Drawing Style

Drawing style does very from person to person. But looking at comic artists styles can be a great source of inspiration. And maybe mix styles up.

I’d say my style is like a combination of Naruto and Deadman Wonderland.

With time, drawing style does develop and it does. Like, mine has changes so much within a year.

This one was made on the 5th of January 2016. 

And then there’s this one:

 This was made on the 6th of January 2017. 

They may be subtle changes, but anatomically speaking, it’s a lot better than last year. 


Let’s use a visual example to explain this: 

Colouring is really dependent on the style of the artist. For any tips with digital colouring, always have separate layers from your base colour and your shading.

As you can see, I love layers. I am very thankful for them. And use a lot of them. 

So I always start with a layer for  base colours:


 For my shading style, I prefer to use cell shading, so sharp lines and blocked colours to represent tone. However, instead of using a black colour as my shading, I think about what colours would be suitable for the setting and lighting of a scene. So, say the lighting or scene was more pigment with reds and oranges, then I’d want the same colours for my shading (and highlighting). 

The darkest red in the top right side is my shading colour, whilst the two on the two of the left (the lighter coloured reds) are more to be used for highlighting. 

 When setting my layers, I set them to “Multiply”, and turn the opacity to about 50-70%.  Up to you.

I usually make two layers of shading, one for the main and primary shading:

And another for secondary: 

And one other layer for highlights. For highlighting, I set the layers settings to “add” or “add (glow)”. Some programs may call it something else, like Sai calls it “luminosity”.

It may not seem much, but it definitely brightens up the eyes and the shine of the metal neck (brace?). 

It just gives your character more dimension and lil’ touch of realism. Whether you decide to have soft or cell shading is up to you. 

Once you’ve feel happy with it, you can always add any extra effects. 

So, usually to brighten up the colours and the character, I use similar colours on a separate layer, and set that layers setting to “overlay”. Again, set that to around 50-60%. But it’s up to you.

And for effects like the magic, I use the “add (glow)” layer setting again. For colour, I use the most vibrant red on my colour pallet. So the one on the top left.

Now, something that my lovely friend Cross taught me. When I know I’ve finished everything, but want to give it a bit more “oomph”, then I make a duplicate of the completed drawing, use a “gaussain blur” and set the opacity to about 60-80%.  Once that’s done, I go to edit and use a “colour balance” effect. 

Giving me this result. It just gives the drawing more charisma and “badassery”. 

How you shade and colour is entirely up to you. It is a practice thing, but it doesn’t hurt to experiment with other techniques. 

I’m not very skilled when it comes to soft shading, with the exception of some architectural backgrounds (sometimes). But I can definitely see the appeal.

 Say @kiacii for example, rather than cell shading, she uses soft shading that almost has a sharp edge. She uses SAI and the ’shade’ setting of her layer. And her drawing and colouring style is stunning. With just subtle changes in colour and layer settings, it really makes her work come to life. Which is one of the reasons I hold her so highly. 


 Brush type is really up to you and which you feel most comfortable with. Or experiment. 

Traditional work: 

I really can’t do traditional comics. So instead I save the comics for digital, and use traditional mediums like oil paints, acrylics, watercolours,  inks etc. for traditional life painting. 

One of my artist studies on Melanie Rothman’s paintings. 

Pencil portrait of my friend from school.

It seriously takes practice and patience. But you can do it :D I hope this helps xDD 

anonymous asked:

Hey, do you use Painttool sai? I really adore your artstyle and I've been looking everywhere for a brush that creates a style like yours...^^" (Sorry to bother)

Hey, I don’t use Painttool sai, but I can give you some info on the brushes I use!
 For portraits and sketching I would usually use the most basic hard round brush with pen pressure linked to both opacity and size. As for the more cartoony stuff I like to experiment with brushes and almost every time I would try a new one. I like brushes that have a lot of texture, most of them seem very weird at first but you have to try. I’ve been using a lot of Kyle’s pencil brushes recently. I also play a lot with the flow and opacity of the brush. Hope that helps! :)

anonymous asked:

Hi. I really like to draw and I want to learn how to do fanarts/digital drawings/etc... Can you give me any tips? Did you made any art course/degreed?

Hi there Anon, yes I did graduate with an Art degree! As for digital drawing tips (you may take anything I say with a grain of salt, I’m still learning too haha), I’d say start by getting used to taking advantage of “layers.” With, I think, most digital drawing tools like Paint Tool SAI, Photoshop, Corel Painter, and more, you can draw on individual layers stacked on top of each other therefore making it very easy to do line art on one layer and color on another. This lets you not mess up your lineart/guide while coloring or vise versa. ALSO, because it’s so easy to fix/adjust your drawing on the computer, make sure to experiment with different brushes and textures! What’s nice about digital drawing is that you can easily jump from an oil painting brush to pencil to marker depending on the style you want. But it’s good to always keep practicing with traditional mediums as well. You pretty much translate everything you learn about drawing and painting by hand to a digital software, which imitates traditional tools but adds “quick and efficient” methods to adjust and enhance your drawing. Since you mentioned you like to draw I’m sure you will have no problems transitioning into digital :) just take your time and play around with all the tools and brushes so you can get a better understanding of how the software works (I’m not sure which one you are planning to use?). Good luck! I’m sure you’ll do fine ~ I apologize if this wasn’t extremely helpful ;A; I really can only recommend you to try everything and to always keep doing traditional drawings as well.

Answering all ASKS (in a batch again ahhhh) here! 

Hi there guys! @masovince @you-can-be-yourself Reposting anywhere that isn’t Tumblr or DeviantArt is 100% ok with me so long as there are credits (´。• ᵕ •。`) ♡ As for proper crediting, I think I would prefer if you included a direct link to my tumblr or deviantart so that there’s a connection to my accounts <3 thanks so much, it’s not a stupid question at all! And thank you guys for asking! 

HEH. LONG HAIRED YUURI IS MY NEW THING. hahah thank you Anon <3

Hey there! I use Photoshop ~ and oh man brushes. This is hard because I modify them so much from the originals. The base brushes I used are the standard default ones that are already in Photoshop5 but also a couple from Darek Zabrocki (http://daroz.deviantart.com/art/FREE-PHOTOSHOP-BRUSHES-DAREK-ZABROCKI-BRUSH-SET-431393487) and Aaron Griffin’s (http://aarongriffinart.deviantart.com/art/BRUSHES-609357781) free brush sets. 

Ahhh thank you so much, Anon! ;A; 

;___; Thank you so much! You’re making me blush ahhhahsgd I hope you had a fantastic new years as well! <3 

Oh my ~ thank you so much >///< it makes me so happy to hear you like my drawing enough to set it as a wallpaper !

@takaratime Ahhh thank you so much for your kind comment! I’ll keep working hard ( ´ ∀ `)ノ~ ♡

@andifbyyes (⁄ ⁄•⁄ω⁄•⁄ ⁄) Omg you’re too nice! Thank you so much ahhh! I’m so glad you like those pieces and noticed the little details and everything. I think one of the things I appreciated the most about YOI was how human the characters, and especially Yuuri, were. I always aspire to properly translate that into my fanart so it makes my day to read your comment ;__; thank you again <3

@luchile Hey there! Thank you so much <3 and ahhh thank you for your interest in my drawings! Unfortunately I do not have a shop set up. I never really draw fanart with the intention of selling them, but I’ve had quite a few people ask about this now so I may possibly open a print shop/commissions in the future :)) I will let you know!

@rennomus Ahhh thank you so much! >///< I might one day continue it but considering that I’d want to color every panel it might… be a while.. hahaha. And as for the Yule Ball idea, 46Gohan already drew them dancing together <3 and it was actually that drawing that inspired me so much. It’s so lovely and endearing! Please go check it out http://46gohan.tumblr.com/post/153315272616/so-ive-been-rewatching-the-hp-series-lately-and
 and the second part http://46gohan.tumblr.com/post/155186441091/more-yoi-hp-au-drawings-part-1-yurio-and-chris I absolutely adore this AU :)

@vergoftowels Ohhh yeah. That happens. And I guess there’s only so much one can do about reposts. Tumblr still hasn’t gotten back to me about the first one… lol. But thank you for letting me know :) I hope you have a great rest of your week ~

@foxnewsanchor Hi there! Ohhh man I’ve really seriously been wanting to participate in a zine (especially a YOI one) for a long time but I honestly don’t know if I have the time to commit to one. My online courses start in less than a month and I’m not sure how much time I will have to draw new YOI fanart. 
。゚・ (>﹏<) ・゚。 BUT thank you so much for the offer! I’m sure your zine will go well!

@ichigokeks Nooo omg thank YOU so much ahhh! (ಥ﹏ಥ) It’s really the greatest thing to hear that my drawings give other people joy. I’m so happy you like them, thank you again for your kind words, and I will keep practicing hard! <3 Much love!

@scarilypsycho *stalks you back* Ahhhh your comment makes me so happy! ;___; It is the biggest compliment to hear when your work affects people. Emotional atmosphere is something that I struggle with all the time so reading this gave me such a boost of energy <3 thank you so much!


Thank you to everyone who sent in ASKS! Also for future reference (and I’m so sorry about this) I will NOT be answering any more asks that are not a question, BUT I will respond via private message if you are not anonymous! :) You guys send in the sweetest comments and it makes my day to read them, but it’s just really hard doing screenshots over and over and then manually cutting out asks to do this in batches haha

I hope everyone had a fantastic new years ~ I’m super excited for my online courses to start! Have a few personal projects coming up too. Dabbling in animation lately so I MIGHT… Have something fun for ya’ll in the future depending on how it goes hehe. As for YOI week… Here’s what I’ll probably be doing next week lol.

I’ve been working on this one ever since I got my pen tablet, experimenting with different software and trying to work out my very own coloring and line-art techniques. For the latter, I decided to simply imitate the one I use irl with a Lead Pencil brush. I can finally present you with a result without cringing too much… So this will be my style - my brand, if you prefer - from now on! :) (Featuring a very thoughtful looking Draco Malfoy.)

Link to the reference picture in the reference links thread

(And yes, I was too lazy to draw the background, so I erased the model and used the original one.)

anonymous asked:

what brushes and programs do you use?

I use Paint Tool SAI for all of my art. I usually spend alot of time experimenting with brushes and presets but for the most part these are the 4 brushes I use the most.

This is my go-to brush for inking. I really love the texture and how easy it is to use. I found it while looking up Sugimori-style SAI brushes and modded it a bit, so if you’re interested in emulating pokemon illustrations you should totally use this one!

Here’s my other pencil tool. It’s a basically SAI’s default pencil. I play around with the Hard <-> Soft setting alot bc It gives a wide variety of line qualities.

Here’s what I use for coloring and shading! I play around with density alot to fit my needs, but other than that everything else stays the same. I occasionally use this for lineart as well.

I use this brush for softer shading and digital painting and the like. I really like the texture of it and it’s a lot of fun to work with!

So that’s pretty much it. I basically use SAI’s default brushes when I’m not using the ones listed above!!! Hope this helps :~)

anonymous asked:

dUDE UR ART IS GOREGOUS AHH A-AND WHaT brushes do you use to draw it???

Thank you!!! Uhhh, I guess this was a long time coming… I don’t really have a personal set of brushes, and when it comes to coloring I often like to experiment/ copycat styles I happen to see around, so I might as well show the settings I’ve used and liked the most! 

Keep in mind I use Paintool SAI.

1) These are the settings I use for most of my linearts lately. They give the lines a pleasant pencil-like texture. They work well with thin lines! I noticed that when the brush is small the “Edge Hardness” makes a big difference between the values 6 and 7, and it’s fun to switch between the two depending on what I need.

2) I haven’t used these in a while, but they’re good for painting! Remember that if you need a fading effect on your brush, the marker tool will always do that no matter how much you mess with the settings. I’ve tried to give it a shape and a texture once, but for me it works best as a simple circle. 

3) I used these settings to color each one of those enviroment concepts I did last month. If you look closely, they’re the same I used to do the coloring on the first pic! They’re really flexible and you can mess a lot with the underlined values to get exactly what you need, I prefer to keep the canvas texture low tho.

4) When I want a more flat/ childish look on my doodles I simply use the binary tool. I usually tick off the “Size” option and use it to do a really thin lineart!

5) These are perfect for soft and clean sketches! Don’t use it so much for stuff I have to line later, rather to make good looking doodles that I can post on their own.

…uhh.. that’s about it?


So apparently I woke up this morning and thought “what is a good coloring style i can experiment with that will make me regret every decision ive ever made?”

the answer is trying to imitate colored pencils by drawing literally everything in a 3px brush on photoshop! (at least its a bit different than my usually cartoony junk???)

while i liked the results ill never be doing that again

aaaaand of course more Dishonored because of reasons.

anonymous asked:

What program(s) do you recommend for artists who are new to digital art/photoshop?

Hi anon! Sorry for the slow reply, but here it is:

I’m going to sound like an advert, but i’m going to go right ahead and say Manga Studio/Clip Studio Paint [pro]

Now, i’m someone who started out on Photoshop 3 [I think it was?] about a hundred years ago, and I can humbly say i’ve come a long way since those days of drawing with a mouse and using the star brush tool way too often. And while Photoshop is amazing, and you have so many great tools, and a lot of different ways you can modify them or create new brushes, you can animate, much better sensitivity for the tablet pen, oh god the filters, or the multiple ways you can manipulate and create and do things… 

But, personally, I don’t think it’s actually that great for a beginner artist. 

I say this for two reasons, and then i’ll shut up about Photoshop. 

One: Photoshop is designed for photo editing. Once you get a good look around, you’ll notice a lot of the tools are targeted for people manipulating, editing, cleaning up, filtering photos. This is something you’ll notice with the brush tool/shape, and how certain things just don’t quite work like an actual artist tool. Which… is okay, but as a beginner, it’s nice to have tools that more closely simulate real artistic tools.  [Ex: an actual paint brush, pencil, pen, etc.] 

Annnd Two: This isn’t to say you can’t create amazing work in Photoshop. Most of the hyper-realistic art you might see on DA or other art forums is created in Photoshop by professionals. > Key word here is: Professionals. They know all the tools that Photoshop provides, and have more than likely created at least 70 of their own tools to create such stunning artwork. Now, i’m not saying a beginner can’t reach this level, or pursue this style of art in Photoshop. But, I am talking about learning digital art skills from a beginner level, which brings me to Clip Studio Paint/Manga Studio. 

CSP/Manga Studio is not only for those of you out there who want to draw Manga. [I think that’s sort of why they changed the name recently.] It’s an amazing program, with dozens of benefits for beginning artists. To start with, you can go in almost any direction/style you want to. There’s brushes that simulate a very realistic painting experience, there’s pen tools that work very much like actually inking lines, there’s screen tones for the manga crowd, there’s preset comic frames/boxes and speech bubble tools [also custom versions] for those looking to create their own comics, there’s charcoal and pencil tools for the softer styles of art, there’s highly versatile line tools, for those creating a very clean style of art, and so on and so forth. [You can also animate, but I haven’t figured out how to use that yet. ; n ; ] 

In fact, they show off some of the tools right here: [ X ] >Scroll down< 

Link to tutorials: [ X ]

There’s also these fun 3D models to work with, which are great for beginners figuring out poses. [Warning: Anatomy is NOT accurate in a lot of cases.]  

It also offers different types of rulers, like a symmetrical ruler, and a perspective ruler. 

All of which are really good tools for a beginner artist to start with. :D 
So, I highly suggest getting the free trial and trying it out to see if it works for you. If not, I would also suggest trying out the Photoshop trial, or SAI. 

Good luck! 

anonymous asked:

hi. i'm so sorry to bother you. i just wanted to say that you are a wonderful artist! i was also wondering if you have any tips for a beginner or from learning from your own experience? i'm sorry for my english. thank you very much!

thank you so much ; 7;) <3
you’re not bothering me at all, i’m just never sure i have anything useful to say ahh;;;;;

from my own experience, hmm….. when i think back to the time i started drawing, the one thing that comes  to mind is that back then i didn’t care about my art being good or bad at all, i had no expectations at all. the desire to actually learn and improve came much later.

here’s some things i learned over the years (keep in mind that these are important points for me personally, others might think this is complete bs LOL;;; ):

1.) don’t expect too much from yourself, especially at the beginning, you won’t be able to match the skills of someone who’s been drawing for much longer than you have

2.) copying and tracing your favourite artists/mangaka every now and then is Okay and helps you learn. make sure to draw your own things too, though, so you won’t get stuck with artist xy’s style and end up becoming a second grade copy of them ;;;;; (this is something i see quite often these days /swts )

3.) try as many different drawing tools as you can! it keeps things interesting and in my experience it helps pick up new techniques that you can apply to another medium too (working with copic markers helped me understand how to use watercolour for example; i love sketching with a pencil the most and that helped me to try and create a pencil brush for my digital drawing software to feel more comfortable when i’m not drawing on paper, etc.)

4.) draw everywhere and on everything you have within reach; napkins, receipts, your own arm if you must. doodle quick things, it doesn’t matter what they look like, nobody needs to see them. 

5.) if you’re stuck for a while and nothing looks right and drawing as a whole just feels Wrong, then give it a rest for a few days (or even weeks, if necessary). do something else, allow yourself to be lazy for a bit, watch movies, play games, pick up another activity…. (i keep obsessing over this tbh, if i don’t draw for two days i feel like the laziest person on the planet and like i won’t ever achieve anything in my life, which is of course stupid, so i have to force myself to just leave things be every once in a while and try to not feel terrible about it)

6.) collect Everything you draw, don’t throw drawings away, because the coolest thing to do is to compare your art from years ago to your art now. especially when you’re in a slump and believe you haven’t improved at all. an example:

the left one is from 2002, i think and i remember spending like 2 hours on it and i was So Proud of the result LOL the right one is from a few days ago and took about 2 minutes.

7.) remember to draw for yourself now and then! don’t fall into the mindset that tells you you have to produce quality art to show to people all the time, this way of thinking causes nothing but art slumps and self-doubts (idk if others have this problem, but i sure do LOL)

8.) practising anatomy etc is important, if you have art goals then there’s no way around that but you can make it more interesting for yourself by not only drawing random naked dudes to practise; just turn them into your OCs or your favourite characters and let your practise sketches interact with each other. again, never mind the end result, this is just for you and no one else

9.) you don’t have to be perfect. perfection is boring. small quirks and even mistakes can make art so interesting and beautiful, in my experience it’s more important to let your art…. flow and be lively instead of producing drawings that are 100%  clean and show your flawless skills. people don’t want to look at a perfect construction, they want to feel something when they look at art. (this is also something i have to remind myself of constantly)

10.) don’t give up, no matter what.

anonymous asked:

Hello! This might be a lot to ask, but do you think you could make a photoset with all your different drawing styles? I just discovered your art, and I've been mostly seeing your photorealistic stuff, so I was wondering if we could see more if your cartoon-y artwork :D


1. Cartoon style: i usually use watercolor pencil for it. been using it since 2010. you can see it on the one of Alice. or regular pencil (Jonne) or digital (Vreth and Skrymer) i never use ink

it goes either more semi-realistic, or more default style i’d call it?

or less realistic

2. then it goes to what i’d call my default style of drawing. which literalluy means no reference type of realisticlish drawing

3. aaaand then goes all the types of more realistic portraits:


watercolor pencils:

Hyper realism:

color pencil:

also a tea stained paper + rough black pencil combination:

4. All sort of digital drawins. for which I don’t have any estabilished style really. I rarely ever do hyper realistic drawings, because it’s boring for me

The blocky thick lineart, greyscale + color accent. I’ve been doing this style pretty much 2012-2015

Krita and color use

since 2015 i’ve been more experimenting with colours and using Krita, where brushes are less precise, so it looks more paintingly or whatever

I propably forgot a lot of shit, but it’s roughly this.