i will never learn how to use photoshop


one of my favorite speeches in all of the treks and something really interesting to take into consideration when seeing how the federation interacts with non-federation species

anonymous asked:

i cant believe how talented you are im literally in love with your art its honestly amazing, can i ask you how long it took you to learn how long it took you to define your art style and to use photoshop so well? i love drawing and last summer tried to dedicate my time to learn how to draw in photoshop and failed miserably, im afraid that its something that i'll just never get to do because of its complexibility, also figuring out an art style is hard, so anyway end of ranting love ur art bye

awww thank you so so much!!! So I actually am a bit clueless when it comes to Photoshop. I use paint tool sai (it’s like the watered down version of photoshop that’s like so much easier to understand!) So I’m in the same boat as you haha! 

And for how long it took to develop my art style… well… here’s a timeline? 

2006: No photgraphic evidence… shortly gave up after a year in 2007

2009: I tried again and was still terrible!

2010: Gave up and started working on more traditional art pieces. (bowls of fruit, etc.) 

2013: Eh… third times the charm, right? 

2014: I was just being stubborn at this point.

2015: Steadily practicing and ended up switching the way I draw entirely.

2016: Found a lot of time to practice this year, along with different tutorials and experimenting with brushes. There were so many drawings… so so many…

2017: And that all leads up to here :D 

My style is always evolving and will continue to do so for a while because I’m still learning :D So don’t give up! It takes a lot of effort into developing something of your own but it’s totally worth it, in the end! 


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anonymous asked:

Hi Red! I hope you don't mind me asking... you're exactly what I aspire to be in terms of art skills, I can only dream of one day being as good as you. But I don't know where to start and sometimes I feel a little lost and don't know how to improve at all. I thought I'll ask you for a bit of help? for example what drawing apps you use or if you have any quick tips? sorry I'm sure you get this all the time but it would be helpful. Thank you!

Hello nonnie! Thank you so much for the wonderful compliments, first of all. I’d be happy to help if I can. 

So… for my art the applications I use the most are the following:

Photoshop: This is a given. Most artists who do art professionally tend to prefer PS over any other program for the simple reason that it’s a really amazing tool. The brush sets available for it are great and unlike other applications, it doesn’t crash or struggle when you push it (say working on really big canvas dimensions and whatnot). Learning how to master PS fully is, however, quite hard and time consuming. But worth it. I use PS for all my more complex pieces, for paintings and pretty much anything that’s not simple, quick art. 

Paint Tool Sai: Now, Sai is as accessible and easy to use as it is lackluster in certain departments. You’ll find a lot of beginner artists using Sai because of how easy to master it is, and it gives you good results. If you struggle a little to learn how to use complex applications, this might just be your best friend. I use it occasionally for sketching or any simple, quick work (like the doodles I do for this blog). 

PureRef: This is an application I’ve never seen anyone talk about around here and I often wonder why. I get most of my income from commissions, and this application is so useful I just can’t go without it. But the concept is simple. Essentially, it allows you to create a collage of references and this window will always stay open on top of any other windows while still allowing you to operate on the windows below. For example; you can have PS open and you can be working on your art while PureRef stays on top (wherever on your screen you might want it to be) and that way you can look at your references while working on your art comfortably. Simple but neat.

Now those three are the ones I use the most, but I also occasionally use these: 

Krita: This one is great because of the unique way in which layers work in it, the brushes look great and it, for me, functions like a professional application. It is essentially a Photoshop replica for free. But fair warning, it crashes and lags at times.

Paintstorm Studio: Another one I never see doing the rounds anywhere on social media. This is a wonderful application and I dare say superior to Photoshop on the brush department. I’m only learning how to use it now, but so far I’m quite impressed with it. 

As for tips, I don’t know… because what helps and doesn’t often varies depending on the particular artist. Not everyone learns the same way. I’d recommend watching a lot of art related videos; tutorials, speedpaints, even just people talking about art programs and tools often helps. There’s a really good website called Skillshare where professional artists make videos to show you in detail how they work and how they produce their art. I’d definitely recommend it. Also just check out art in general, all the time, all kinds of art, different styles. Pay attention to the details that make certain art styles unique and appealing. If you’re self taught like me, trying to figure out how someone produced a certain piece of art, what technique they used, is often the way to learn. 

And last but not least the thing everyone’s sick of hearing but is the ultimate truth so I’m sorry, here it goes: Practice. Draw your heart out. My right wrist sounds like an old creaking door while my left wrist rolls smoothly, there’s a reason for it. (DISCLAIMER DON’T HURT YOURSELF WHILE MAKING YOUR ART OMFG. Get yourself a table of wrist exercises and stretch often.) I draw all the time and I draw every day. Every. Single. Day. I don’t usually take off days, for me an off day means I’m drawing for an hour or two instead of six or nine hours. Practice truly does make perfect, and try to balance the things you’re good at with those you’re not. Practice more the stuff that you’re worst at if you want a balanced skill set. Don’t be scared of trying new things and going out of your comfort zone, otherwise you might get stuck on doing the same thing over and over and will never learn new stuff. There’s nothing to be afraid of, worst case scenario some of your art will suck for a bit but keep at it, and you can be good at just about anything. 

And don’t half ass things. Try to put passion in everything you do. This is harder than it sounds. There might be things you don’t really feel like doing at a certain point in time but even those deserve your full attention. Give it your all and your art will always have that something special! Commit to it, and you’ll achieve anything you want, trust me. 

I hope this was of help in some way? I wish you luck out there doing your art :) 

See you around~


anonymous asked:

Do you have any tips for an absolute beginner? I've never really drawn before but there's a story I want to make that I feel would be best told in a comic format. But I have never taken any classes and don't have enough money to properly compensate an artist and it wouldn't be fair for me to try to ask an artist to draw them anyway. So I'm going to have to do it myself. I know that drawing takes lots of practice and time, but I just have no clue where to even start!

Honestly - my advice is just to go for it. Get the first few pages on paper, however roughly, give it a few days, read over it and see if it flows like you want it to. Re-work it if you have to. I started my comic Granted partly because it seemed like a story that would be fun to draw, but mostly because it’s genuinely fantastic practice. Expressions, forms, backgrounds, lighting, learning how to draw characters consistently, learning how to tell a story visually - it’s all part and parcel of getting it on paper. Don’t be afraid to use references or tutorials - they can help make sense of things that can be tricky to draw.

And if it makes you feel any better - here’s a bit of one of the first pages of granted, and here’s a panel from a much more recent page -

The expressions and poses on the right are less stiff, the lines are a lot cleaner, the colors and shadows brighter/softer/cleaner, and the page on the right took me literally hours less time to draw because I’d figured out how to streamline the whole process. And this is the third try. The first time I drew Granted was paper and watercolor back in junior year of high school, and it’s never going to see the light of day. The second was when I was learning photoshop the first time, and while it definitely taught me how to use photoshop, those have absolutely been scoured from my deviantart. This was my third try at getting it down in a way I was happy with, and there are still pages in the beginning I can barely look at without cringing. But goddamn did it teach me how to draw (and how to shade, and how to use photoshop, and how to pace a story, and-)

So yeah - my advice is just to carpe that fucking diem. You have a story, and that’s the hardest part. You can always redraw it later, but first you’re got to give yourself something to redraw. Good luck, and I’d love to see it if it ever makes it onto the web. <3

How to sharpen gifs

When I learned how to make gifs, I could not find a single damn tutorial that helped me to sharpen them. Most of them assumed I knew what to do or where things were and I never did. 

So when I offered to help a friend with it, I thought it was easier to make a post about it. I hope you enjoy!

GIF tutorial by ginnys (this is how i learned how to make gifs)



*this is still a gif sharpening tutorial. I posted pictures because I’m using this gif on my soon to be posted gifset.

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anonymous asked:

What animations software do you use. i use Toonboom studios and AdobeFlash CS6... they were very expensive ;-;

When I do make animations, I simply draw all the frames in SAI and put them together into gifs in PhotoShop.

I did try actual animating programs in the past, but since I don’t have the patience for animation, I never bothered to learn how to properly use them.

P.S. I’m actually slightly surprised at your choice of software, to be honest. ToonBoom has all the tools for vector animation, tweening and other stuff that Flash offers — plus adds a lot of features that basic Flash doesn’t have, like camera options — so, unless you’re making Flash games, I’m not sure why you’d need both of those programs?…

anonymous asked:

hey!! u work in a hotel right?? can u talk abt what that's like?? i've got interviews soon for a couple of jobs at motels and i have no idea what to expect from the interview or the job

yes i do!! hmmmmMMm ok i’ve only ever worked at the one hotel i work at now but if you’re going for a front desk position, my advice is:

1. show off what a friendly outgoing people person you are!! you’re the smiling face of the hotel and you gotta make everyone feel welcome

2. know your area! guests will want recommendations on things to do, places to eat, and so forth. it looks really good if you can tell them what’s what without looking it up

3. in the interview, give examples of when you’ve had to deal with some unreasonably wild shit. weird stuff happens at hotels, and you gotta take it in stride without panicking. if you don’t have a true story, make one up. if you’ve ever worked with customers before you probably already have a story or several.

4. it’s a bonus if you’ve handled money before (cash register work, etc)

5. there’s probably some sort of software you’ll need to learn how to use. in my hotel’s case, we use autoclerk. it’s OK if you’ve never even heard of the software before. let them know you’re a quick learner and are familiar with computers. ever used sai or photoshop? congrats you’ve taught yourself a software.

those are the main things i can think about off the top of my head!! hope it helps. good luck!!!!💖💕

1. Do you sell prints anywhere at online?

Some at Redbubble, but I’ll take them down soon. I don’t feel comfortable of associating my artsy name on mass produced fan art. But to answer the question, no. Not for now.

I know there are people who would be interested, but here are my reasons:

  • I have a hard time gathering the money to even produce prints for small local conventions.
  • I don’t have health to organize stressful and time consuming business as online stores, especially if I can continue the studies at my school this fall. I’m not that good at English or managing stuff.
  • Finnish taxes are high so everything is pretty expensive here, which would effect my prices = I’m afraid it would spook away the international buyers. And I’m a tired weak coward.

HOWEVER! I’ve thought about trying to sell some leftover prints and charms at this fall (on etsy or just doing a post here) after Tracon, to see if I can handle the heat.

2. Do you take commissions?

Commissions: Not now. Requests: never.

3. Could you make tutorials?

No. I don’t feel like I’m in a position to make tutorials. I don’t want anyone to copy my mistakes or mislead them. I struggle with art a lot and I’m a really slow at drawing, I don’t see how anyone would benefit for “learning” my habits, I’m afraid.

4. What do you use for drawing?

Photoshop CS5, Paint Tool SAI and Wacom Intuos Pro Small.

Currently trying to save up for Wacom Cintiq 13 HD to help me get more ergonomic working tools, so I could continue my studies and do art in general.

5. Good to see your art again on my Dashboard! How are you doing?

I get these often too (which makes me quite touched and emotional), asking how I’m doing and boy, don’t ever ask a Finn how they’re doing unless you REALLY want to hear what’s going on, haha

But thank you! I’m positively surprised again how someone would even remember or miss to see something I’ve created with my own two small hands..!

I sure am more quiet than few years back. First it was because I got into the 3D animation and visualization school, but now it’s also because I’m doing worse than ever, which is the reason why I’m not in social media that much anymore or can not draw that often.

anonymous asked:

Hello, I just wanted to ask you a question because I LOVE your art. I am trying to get better, but I haven't really much progressed since the drawing stage. How do you take a sketch and develop it into a finished work? I know this is a really broad question, and something probably refined over practice and changes to your personal style, but nonetheless. And if you've answered a question like this already or just don't have the time, just know that I'm a huge fan of your work!! It's gorgeous!!!!

Awww my heart!! ❤ thank so much for entrusting this question to me anon!! This ended up being much, much longer than what I intended, so below the cut is a run-down of my progress:

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anonymous asked:

you have no idea how relieved i am to hear you've been using photoshop for 10 years. i've been using it for like, 8 months and i have honestly sometimes been discouraged looking at how amazing your stuff is because it's so amazing! and I think wow I'll never be that good! but! you've probably had a lot of time to do it. anyway your stuff is amazing. thank you <3

So a lonngggg time ago I had a program called paint shop pro, it was similar to photoshop but I bought it at target for like $20-$30. I then started a website on Matmice.com (no longer around) I started to learn about html and editing photos, text and making graphics. What I made was absolutely atrocious, I wish I still had it all because you all would laugh, I was like 12 but still, it was BAD! I continued to use Paint Shop Pro and struggled to try new things. I did have a website for 3-4 years (no longer around) where I provided backgrounds, brushes, patterns etc. In High School I took a graphic design class and fell in love with photoshop so I purchased it so I could pursue it in college (hella expensive). I actually started at college for graphic design but realized I couldn’t sit at a desk all day on a computer, so I switched to teaching art. ANYWAY, my point to this rant was that I started off really rough it has taken me 10+ years to get here, and there is still so much more I want to learn and try and get better at. Never, ever get discouraged, I make terrible things still to this day, you just never see them :P I love you all, and always feel free to reach out if you need help!

anonymous asked:

Do you have advice for people struggling with their edits? I can only use Pixar and no brushes, I just have textures to layer. It kind of looks old school and I don't know how to give it a more modern feel. There has to be a way to make it more...fancy?

I do, actually. I don’t know if it’s gonna help you, but here it is. I use this program: 

Lots of people assume I use photoshop, but it annoys me that it isn’t practical at all. Even a simple edit demands lots of work. I never heard of Pixar, but this one is simpler, you just have to have the imagination. What I mean is, it doesn’t matter the software you use, because all of them do pretty much the same thing, they all have similar tools the difference is the way you use them. The thing is, you have to know how to use them, you have to learn a way you’ll be able to do stuff.

My process, for instance, is pretty much: I see pictures and I wanna put them together (say, my kiss manip). Immediately, I start to think how I would put them together, using what I have (in terms of tools) and what/how I’ll have to do to make it. That one, I used a screencap I took from Slasher and one from Supergirl. Obviously I would have to change the lighting, colors, stuff like that and usually I pick one of the pictures to look more like the other.

Melissa’s pic was in an orange tone so I had to take off the color and brightness etc etc, I cut her from her picture and put into Katie’s, and then I started making small adjustments to make it more real like re-positioning, making sure they were the same size, etc. And so it finally became this: 

After that, more small adjustments (I’m super perfectionist so I look into every pixel if I have to ashkgdjagshj) and then I merged all the layers, and made the final edit. 

Bottom line: everyone has different ways of thinking. I can’t teach you my way because you have your own, no matter what kind of software you use. The tip I give you is: get to know exactly what each every tool available on the program you’re using so in the future, you can think of how to use them as you get the idea of what you wanna do to finally do it. I feel like started rambling halfway through this, but I hope you got it and good luck with your edits. If the software doesn’t have the tools you need or you think it isn’t good enough because it looks weird at the end, go for another one and learn everything you can about it.

Give it lots of practice and time and you’ll get there eventually :3 

touch me with your hands undress me with your mind

speak with no words show me and I’m all yours

show me and I’m all yours 

anonymous asked:

Can I just say that your art is absolutely gorgeous? The colors always go so well together, and that fuzzy(?), textured brush you use really completes the look! I was just wondering: How do you get photoshop to create a palette like the one in your stranger things piece? Whenever I work in photoshop, warm colors end up looking either dull or neon, but the coloring in a lot of your pieces looks like it could have been done in Paint Tool SAI.

Hey! Thank you, it means a lot that you like the colors, cause choosing the palette is the thing that i found more difficult, and i never like how it turns out.

Well, i started using photoshop this year, before i only used paint tool sai, so i still have a lot to learn of photoshop. I never do the same in every piece, i like to exeperiment and try new things but what i did for the stanger things fanart is really simple. 

Fisrt i did the lineart and flat color layer.

Then i added two layers in darken mode for the shadows, one with less opacity than the other.

And to blend it all together i made an overlay layer that i simply paint red with low opacity.

Maybe this explains it a little better, sorry its in spanish.

Sometimes after i finish i blend every layer in one, i duplicate it and add the noise filter to the duplicated layer. Thats what makes it look fuzzy, i think xD. Hope this helps you!! Feel free to ask me whatever you want, i will do my best to help :3

animeartistgirl  asked:

I just got a downloadable version of Photoshop and I've never really used it before so I'm pretty new to it and don't really know how everything works. Do you mind giving me some tips or something on how each tool works?


I actually did some tutorial videos about photoshop during my tutorial month and one of them is “photoshop basics!” I know it’s a long one but it covers a lot and should make the program look less intimidating.

You can see the videos here: link

Generally, have fun with it and experiment. I learned the program by using it and experimenting. good luck!

anonymous asked:

hi!! sorry, i don't know if you've already talked about this or answered a question similar to this, but do you take commissions? just curious, your art is gorgeous. have a nice day uwu

Hi there! Thank you so much Anon! (´。• ᵕ •。`) ♡ unfortunately I do not do commissions, going to be super busy soon with the holidays and then online classes starting next year. But I’ve been getting quite a few people asking if I sell my work so I’m starting to seriously consider selling prints hahah… I have never done that before though, so I’m a total noob. Going to have to take some time to figure out how to set up a shop XD Hope you have a nice day too guys!

ANSWERING ALL ASKS HERE (I’m so sorry for the delay, I need to stop letting asks pile up >_< thank you all for sending these to me, I love talking to everyone)

Hey there guys! <3 Thank you so much for your comments!! (⁄ ⁄•⁄ω⁄•⁄ ⁄) And thank you all for asking! @randompriest​ and @thepianohasbeenthinking no worries at all : ) YES it’s totally ok to use my drawings for headers/covers so long as there are credits! @tehddybear​ YES definitely fine to repost anywhere that isn’t Tumblr or DeviantArt as long as there are credits ~ <3 and @yngiell YES that’s 100% ok with me! Waaahh that tribute video sounds really awesome ~ If it’s not any trouble for you I’d love to see it when it’s done!

Hello there Anons! Thank you so much <3 I use Photoshop CS5 for both lineart & coloring and a Wacom Intuos 5 tablet. I’m saving up for a Cintiq though hahah *broke af* BUT anyways, I started drawing with photoshop back in… Gosh. High school? so I guess I’ve been fiddling around with this medium for 8 years but never seriously got into it until college. In that case I’d say it took me about 3 ish years to really learn how to color digitally. ALTHOUGH I don’t consider my work very polished, I have way too much to improve on still >_<

Hey Anons! And no worries (I might make a FAQ soon hehe). No I do not have a twitter at the moment, but in the future I might consider it! : ) I’ll let you all know if I do end up making one though! <3

*whispers* I luv you too. heh. Thank you so much! ;A; I’m so glad my drawings make you happy, and I hope you have a fantastic day yourself! 

*HUGS* ヽ(≧◡≦)八(o^ ^o)ノ

Ahhh thank you so much! I’m sure you paint beautifully! *o* It’s really just a matter of getting comfortable with the medium and to be honest I still struggle with it to this day haha. It’s really amazing how much you can do digitally, it’s so much fun! Just play around with it every day and you’ll start to find effects you really like ~

Awww THANK YOU ANON! :)) I’m really happy you like my work! It makes my day to hear this.

Noooo don’t cry! Thank you so much for your kind words ;A; 

Heh. Did it work?

Ahhh thank you so much! ・゚・(。>ω<。)・゚・ It’s so fulfilling to know my drawings bring you and other people happiness (or any other kind of emotion). It’s just such an encouraging thing to hear as an artist ;__; 

Thank you so much for your kind comment! >////< I’ll keep working hard to improve! 

Thank you thank youuu~! ;A; Your icon is so cute btw ahhhh

Ooo tough question haha. There’s just so much I WANT to do but I’m not sure I can make it. To be honest I pretty much went around all these years with just the vague knowledge that I wanted to draw for a living. Once I found out what you do in Visual Development for entertainment such as video games and movies I just fell in love with it. I’m still pretty stuck in that “anime” style and my portfolio isn’t up to par with the industry.. BUT I’m working on a personal style every day and maybe one day I’ll be able to work in that field. In the far future. Haha. My work is nowhere near good enough yet. And animation lately… It’d be amazing to be in animation too. Extremely disappointed I couldn’t afford to go to California to learn it. Even though I got in, tuition was just too much ugh. 


Thank you everyone who sent in asks! I’m sorry I always do it in batches but I didn’t want to spam everyone’s dashboard. If you have any pressing questions you can always pm me! Hope everyone has a wonderful Holiday! I’m going back into my YOI withdrawal mode hahah TT___TT their duet still physically hurts me. And long haired Yuuri is my new obsession. Love you all!

anonymous asked:

I absolutely adore your art! Do you have any advice/tips on improving ones skill?

Omg this is such a nice message! Thank you for the question, and I’m not sure I’m actually qualified to give you some advice, as I’m still on my way to properly learn art (and the road is looong). But I could tell you a a few things my teachers always remind me, and some things I’ve learned on my own through study:

- Do your anatomy study. Constantly, at least half an hour every day, if you can. Not only it gives you a whole understanding of the body–it will make your hand much surer when drawing anything else. It’s a good way to generally learn proportions, moviment, perspective and depth. One good exercise is to try and never use eraser, drawing the least amount of lines as you can. If you need models, google “Art Models Complete Collection 1-8″. It should be available free on the internet and it’s awesome when you can’t have real people posing for you! And don’t be afraid to check muscles and bones–years ago I thought it was impossible for me to remember everything, but now I’m starting to understand how important it is to memorize the shape of every muscle and how they work when you move them. 

- This brings me to the next point: my general advice–one I often give myself–is to never be afraid of trying things you don’t know or that (you think) you can’t do. Challenge yourself and test the limits. You might feel disappointed and depressed at times when you draw something and it comes out really bad–but if you draw it again, and again, and again, in the end progress will show. I often have times when I think I can’t draw anymore. Sometimes I’m too scared to even grab a pencil because I fear I will be disappointed in myself and never want to draw again. But I’ve found out every artist goes through that literally every day and it’s never real. If you work constantly, you can only improve. It will never get worse.

- Getting back to the more practical things, one thing that helped me a lot was literally copying other people’s stuff. It might be fanarts with a style you like, comic panels, characters from cartoon scenes, concept art, backgrounds–anything you want. It doesn’t have to be perfect, it’s just a way to draw and study without much pressure and creative effort. It’s relaxing and it helps you with a lot of things, especially when you’re out of ideas and/or you feel like you can’t draw. American animation characters (or gesture studies like these, for example) are especially very useful, because they allow you to just study the different body shapes and movements; that helps you overcome that stiffness your characters might sometimes have (I’m often dealing with this, but I’ve had a great improvement thanks to this exercise).

- Observe things around you–this is a very useful tip my anatomy teacher always repeats. Like when you’re on the bus, in the train, at school/work, at home, walking around the street, you can always study. Observe perspective, anatomy, colors and lighting, how clothes work, everything. You might find lots of interesting and inspiring material everywhere.

- When dealing with color (digital coloring at least), the first difficulties–other than finding the right brushes, merging colors, figuring out shading and stuff–can lie within the choice of colors and palettes, in order to make the general idea of a place realistic and captivating. The problem is one is never sure on how to combine colors. Also a good piece of art uses colors that might seem absurd and unfitting, but actually if chosen correctly can give the picture that magic touch; and figuring out how to do this is also a problem. I know a trick I learned on some tutorial, and one might say it’s like cheating, but in reality it’s very useful when you’re not yet sure with coloring and it helps you having a better understanding of it. You can create a palette just using Photoshop. For example:

Then you go to Filter > Filter Gallery and pick the Stained Glass option. The result, which you can adjust as you prefer, should be the following:

or maybe even

This helps you find a lot of unexpected colors combined together and learn a lot about lighting and shading and how it works in real nature.

Then you can use the eyedropper tool to pick colors and just save them as swatches, so you have your own palette, and of course you can change and add as you want–but at least it’s something to start with. After a bunch of exercises like this you won’t need this trick anymore!

So, this was all that I could think of now. Let me know if there’s anything else I can help you with! Hope it was helpful and clear enough. Thanks again for this nice message :)