I just wanted to say you improved a lot like a lot this year!! What do you have to say that helped you improve this fast other than drawing everyday? also I wanted to know what program and brush setting do you use for line art and colouring? also can you ever make us a coloring tutorial please?
Holy crap you are the sweetest thing. I just sat here quietly squealing as I read your message~ So thank you!!
I think in the past I never quite knew how I wanted to actually draw.. like the techniques and I was constantly changing my mind on how I should paint until recently. I think I found an actual style that I’m happy with this year and since then I’ve been steadily improving. I’ve also found a lot of artists that inspire me and I’ve tried learning things from them. here’s a few off the top of my head: pigeon666, kelpls, kada-bura, sacetcendre, bwubwuart, iguanamouth. Not to mention I’ve been scouring the world and internet for possible art references on architecture and lighting, among other things. It’s always good to use a reference and learn from nature.
Sometimes when I feel like i’m not really progressing I’ll think of something I can add and focus on. Right now I’m focusing on stuff like veins and more realistic eyes and fingernails… and like, light shining through ears. Also I think that drawing what you want to draw is really important. I decided a while back that I wont draw anything unless I actually want to draw it and just have a good feeling about it. And while I do draw almost everyday, I think it is also good to take a break every once in awhile. Play some video games for a few days or go on nature walks or play an instrument or even just take a break from digital drawing and do a few watercolors or sketches or something. Just let your mind rest and do something different for a bit. Get inspiration flowing through your body before you pick up a pencil. I think that’s good.
For the program I use Paint Tool Sai and for the brush settings i’ll do a smol tutorial with a drawing of my smol son ´ ▽ ` )ﾉ
I start off with a softer brush to do the sketch.
do a quick outline, doesn’t need to be perfect cause I’ll paint over it eventually. I mainly use it for a guide
do base colors on separate layers with a solid brush. I usually lower the opacity on the sketch and outline layers at this point.
do some quick shadows and lighting with an airbrush tool. I like to do the lighting on luminosity
block out some colors and add depth. I like to use colors and not just a ‘lighter and darker’ version of the base color. I usually use purple for shadows and lots of reds and oranges for light.
paint and blend. I lowered the opacity on the outline and sketch layers again so you can barely see them. I also outlined around his eyes with the outline pen.
I got rid of the outline and sketch layers entirely here after I decided I was done painting. I use that water color brush a lot. It’s probably my favorite.
And for the last step I just did a small outline around the places I thought needed it. <3
Thank you for asking!! I think I’ll start posting more progress pictures and maybe tutorials in the future just so ya know!
*Smooches you and then flies into the darkness*