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 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.
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
So like- this is completely random but-
Rainbow hat is just another Grey hat.
There are two grey hats. A lighter grey, and a Darker grey. You could say there are fifty shades of grey.
But one grey, named appropriately Gray (but he changed it to rainbow), was actually a doctor, kinda like the whole flug thing- doctor scientist thingy. He’s just a clone.
And he worked for Grey, the other grey hat.
Grey hat made a duplicate of himself, so that his duplicate can do his work.
The duplicate however, got overwhelmed from work, and decided “Hey fuck you, I have worked my ass off for years and you never appreciated my work. So darling, you owe me. Big time.”
And that grey started to be colorful and really fuckin sassy, which is now the fucker we know today as Rainbow Hat.
2015 has been an incredible year!! I’ve seen some improvement after comparing to my 2013 & 2014 summary. Hopefully it can be fully coloured by 2016 haha! Thank you so much to the bandom, phandom and Until Dawn fandom for welcoming me with open arms! I wonder what other fandoms that will be installed for me next year!
Hello!! Uh, I've been wanting to say this for a long while, but I wanted to let you know how amazing your art style is.. it's really unique and your colors and lines are lovely when paired together. I've gotten inspiration from you several times and I wanted to thank you for sharing what you do with us! You're full of talent and I'm always happy to see when and what you've posted (especially sniperspy stuff because that's all I post on my art-blog really x_x). So.. keep up the great work! -v-
Ok hold on, I need to gather myself…that’s just so many nice things at once, oooh God
You’re so kind, thank you very much! I’m really glad you enjoy my art style, this always means a lot to me and motivates me greatly! Ah seriously, I feel like I don’t deserve so much praise but hearing that I’m able to inspire others makes me so happy ♥
Thank you once again!
@iamnightbreed tagged me to list 6 movies I can always watch. Thank you!
1. The Lion King (1994) - My downright favorite Disney film, I know I screwed up the VHS tape of this when I was younger cause I would watch it all the time. I think it was because it had animals in it and was bright and colorful but still my favorite, I even took a bunch of my friends to go see it on my 16th birthday when they re-released it in Cinema.
2. The Crow (1994) - Aesthetically pleasing movie to watch for me, I love the downright dark and dirtiness of the world and Brandon Lee’s character is a complete babe. Just yeah I adore this movie
3. Interview with a Vampire (1994) - Another Dark movie but I can’t help it. Brad pitt is stunning in this, Tom Cruise acting so brilliantly and Antonio banderas with that long black hair that makes me weak.
4. Spirited Away (2002) - My introduction to Miyazaki movies. I will never forget my father of all people telling me to sit down and watch it with him and instantly getting hooked. Stunning visuals, amazing voice work and a story line that’s captivating to watch
Pan’s Labyrinth (2006) - Jesus this movie. Probably the first movie I actually watched fully that wasn’t in English. Again another movie my father made me watch with him and I will never forget the dining table scene. If you have seen this you know what I mean. Dark but beautiful, always fun to go back to.
6. Queen of the Damned (2002) - Yep another Vampire movie but I can’t help it. Just you know that rose pedal scene in this and Stuart Townsend is so good looking. OH and the soundtrack! I adore the soundtrack in this.
So yeah, These are my “I’m bored so I’m going to watch something” Movies. If anyone would like to do this they can!
Is drawing fanart of amvs a thing…? I drew a thing for @pyrachan’s Ramune Rooftops amv that I really liked… Not sure if you can tell it’s inspired by it though?? I struggled a lot with the colors and it was hard capturing the exact feel I wanted to but it was still fun :’)
I've been trying to decide which palette to buy recently and I don't know if I should go for the Lorac Pro or the Lorac Pro to go, do you have any recommendations?
Unless you wear blush on a daily basis, get the original Pro palette! You’re getting soooo many eyeshadow colors in there, and the quality is unreal. The Lorac Pro is my favorite eyeshadow palette of all time, and even though the Pro to Go is just as nice quality, it doesn’t have the same amount of variety.
Lorac Pro Palette - $42 - Comes with 16 eyeshadows (8 matte, 8 shimmer) and a mini eye primer.
The Pro To Go palette is a great idea for beginners to makeup, or for people who don’t already have a lot of eyeshadows or cheek colors. I like that the light colors in this palette are extra large, and the cheek colors look great on all complexions. But if it’s eyeshadow you’re looking for, stick to the real palette.
Lorac Pro To Go Eye and Cheek Palette - $38 - Comes with 6 eyeshadows, two blushes, one bronzer, and two brushes.
On another note, since Lorac is leaving Sephora, all of their products are 25% off in stores and online! So check them out there for good deals!
Five years have gone by so fast and I've enjoyed each one of them with these six guys. I wish for beast to say six for a very, very long time. Happy 5 years with BEAST and I hope we have many more happy times to come with our OT6.
this is probably one of the most memorable scenes in one piece for me, and also one of the ones that i cried the most at. as someone who personally struggles with the concept of other people loving me, despite things i’ve done or how terrible i used to be, the utter acceptance and love that whitebeard offers to his misguided son broke me down. we didn’t get to know whitebeard long, but it was very clear to us what a great man he was and why so many people were loyal to him.