just playing around with some new textures

anonymous asked:

On the Lucas Baker picture how did you make the shed looking lettering on his jacket? It looks good and I'd like to be able to try it

Thanks anon! It’s an easy trick and there are many ways of achieving that grunge effect. I use Photoshop but I’m sure there are ways to apply this technique in other programs as well.

You’ll need two layers: a transparent design/text on top of a solid background color. We will erase parts of the design instead of adding grunge to the whole pic. This way the design will work even if you change its color or the color of the bg. Here’s Cappy, let’s fuck him up!

The first way of doing this is by finding a good textured, spongy brush. I usually use the Natural Sponge from @kyletwebster‘s Megapack. Set your brush mode to “clear” on the top toolbar. This will turn it into an eraser!

Now just go ham on the drawing you’re grunging up! The more randomly you erase, the better! You can switch brushes to vary shapes and edges. Don’t forget to switch up brush sizes to add smaller scratches too! Tadaa!

If you think you’re not very good at making things look random, there’s a second way of doing this. Textures are your friends! I usually get them from textures.com. As a first step, turn your texture black and white (Shift+Ctrl+U) and play with the levels (Ctrl+L) until it’s mostly white with some black spots.

Then select the black pixels with the Magic Wand tool (make sure that “contiguous” is turned off on the top bar so your tool selects all the black pixels on your canvas). Copy all the selected pixels and paste them on a new transparent layer over your design. Feel free to move the texture around, resize it if it looks better. Now all you have to do is select the grunge you just added (by Ctrl+left clicking on its layer in your Layers window) and press Delete while standing on your design layer. This way only the selected pixels will be erased from your design.

After this, you can delete the grunge layer and enjoy your nastied-up design or do another round of what you just did to destroy it even more. If you want smaller scratches in it, switch to brush and touch it up with the first technique I described.

For Lucas’ logo, I used the brush only. I like to be able to control where the damage happens :) Hope this helped!


(Sorry for the shit photos, took them while I was at Walmart)

If anyone by any chance is looking for some cheap stim or fidget toys, Walmart has a lot of cool stuff in their seasonal section for Easter. I got all of this for about 5$.

1) Puzzle Erasers
They are just erasers that you can pull apart and put back together. Good for fidgeting but probably not great for focus as you might need to look at them to put them back together, but if you just need to distract yourself for a little bit, these are probably a good thing for you. Also, they are good for school cause they are erasers!
Price: 98 cents

2) Styro Putty
It’s basically floam or kenetic foam but cheaper. It’s kinda hard to manipulate, but that can be really good for those who just want something to squeeze. It also makes a slight crunch noise while you work with it if that’s something you enjoy. It’s Non-Scented. Good for tactile stimming.
Price: 98 cents

3) Putty Eggs
Kinda feels like slime. It’s easier to manipulate than the Styro Putty and is fun to squish and play with. Makes small squish noises, but not much. It’s Non-Scented. There is glitter in the putty. Ok for tactile stimming.
Price: 98 cents

4) Bubble Noise Maker
The bubbles are fun to play with but I mostly got it cause I like the noise it makes when you shake it. It kinda makes a “Woop-Woop” noise when you shake it back and forth. If you just want bubbles, they do sell just bubbles. This would be great for anyone who likes to flap around and make noise to stim.
Price: 98 cents

5) Play-Doh
I’m not sure how many people use play-doh to stim, but I sure like it as a fidget toy to squish and mess with when focusing. Not too distracting. Don’t really need to explain much for play-doh. I’m expecting most people know what it is…
Price: 50 cents per container.

Sorry if this was a stupid post… Thought this might help people on a budget who are looking for new stim or fidget toys… They also had some sets of textured balls, mini poppers and stretchy bunnies.

Happy (early) Halloween everyone!
(I have more than one idea so I put this one down quick before moving on to the next idea in time for the holiday)

I’m not entirely sure what Papyrus thinks he’s dressed as but at least he seems to be having fun.
Frisk’s kigurumi is the entire reason I wanted to draw this picture. They’re a skeleton!
Sans is….. ……. Sans.

I changed up how I draw Sans a little bit to make him more organic and relying less on just simple shapes. I rather like the result and its fixed some proportion issues I’ve been struggling with with him. So I may keep the changes. Although I’ll probably pull his damn hood up onto his shoulders again for the comic.

I’ve been playing around with my new brushes as well. Tell me if you like the result!

Papyrus’ costume is heavy referenced from this picture by @kohn-ningezoo-fanart because I have no originality of my own.

I’m trying to find the link to the pumpkin texture I used but I can’t find it u.u

kieranczy  asked:

I've been trying to figure out how to do cel shading and every time I try, it looks too flat, or just.. off. I'm just wondering how you do it, because your shadows work so well in your art!

Ah, first of all, thank you so much for the sweet compliment!  I learned a lot from various art tutorials (specifically this one from @rngrn​ , who does some incredible art) and kind of discovered my own style through trial and error. 

I found a recent picture of mine that demonstrates what I tend to do, so I hope this helps! (I use Paint Tool SAI, but this kind of stuff should work for Photoshop or other art programs too!)

So here’s my workspace!  As you can see, I’ve already drawn up the main art and put both the lineart and the base colors in one folder.

To the left is where you’ll find your options: Make a new layer above the folder, check the “clipping group” button, and then set the layer to multiply.

(I like using warm colors when shading–everything here was done with that single hue on the left, set to multiply, with the pencil tool!)

When it comes specifically to making the shadows work, always try to picture where the light is coming from beforehand. Make sure to pay attention to your creases and undersides of objects.  It’s alright if it doesn’t look flawless the first time, practice makes perfect!

There’s also no shame in looking at other pictures and art for reference–as long as you’re not directly copying anybody’s work, you’re on the right track!

Next, you’re going to make another layer on top of that one, set it to clipping group and multiply again, and use the bucket tool to fill it in with a fitting color (as the pencil tool makes large-scale fill-ins kinda pixelated for some reason).

I used peach in this case–and things are looking a bit more unified now!  This helps the picture and shadows to look a little more dynamic.

Sometimes I add a color or texture overlay to the piece, but sometimes that can dull the picture’s contrast; in this case, I’m just going to add a few luminosity layers.

It may not look like it, but this is about three layers of light, using varying amounts of the blur tool.  Feel free to play around when it comes to color and opacity!

Finally, you’ll want to export your drawing, reopen the new file in your drawing software, and do some final touch-ups with saturation and contrast (the color deepen tool is your friend!)


That’s how I tend to do my shadows and colors.  Hope it helps!

anonymous asked:

Okay, I am definetely in love with your art, your talent almost makes me cry I swear. It's so inspiring and I'd really love if you could show what brushes/settings/technique you use to like colour your Thorinduil fanarts? Plus you shipping those two and drawing them is the /greatest/ thing, thank you so much for being real.

i fear this day would come lmao
first of all thank you for liking my thorinduil a..art ? yes, art! but i have to tell you that i use many, many brushes when it comes to draw people. i like to experiment and learn new stuff, playing around with brush opacity, textures and stabilizer. because screw art style! i dont give a damn about style consistency when i draw people! i want to be free! (ノ´ヮ´)ノ*:・゚✧

there are some brushes i continue to use though,

make sure your stabilizer is at 7 or higher ;)

as for technique.. i honestly dont have any =p i just draw. sketch first, then color, shade, just the usual.

Some commission advise:

So I got this question from a super sweetie on DA:

I am a huge fan of yours! I’ve seen a lot of your commissions through some of my RP buddies and you’re a real inspiration. I wish that I could be able to paint professionally. Do you have any tips for a beginner like me? Especially for commissions?

And I wanted to post my answer, and hopefully it will help some more people! (theres also a bit of gushing gratefulness that I cut out for the sake of brevity, which I am not known for). 

On to the advise!

- Look at every tutorial you find (i like conceptart.org, layerpaint and youtubes) and dont get bogged down by technique, try lots of them, figure out what works for you in which situations, most just play around a lot. Sometimes when I want to try something new for a particular texture or way to render something I’ll just google something like “fur painting digital tutorial” and see what comes up. 

- Reference is better than no reference. I use reference for everything, textures, shapes, poses, lighting, anatomy, etc etc. Dont forget that the some of the greatest artists of all time we’re strictly reference only.

- Try new things. Try an abstract painting or some stream of conscious doodling. Try to do a piece where the end result doesnt matter, and enjoy the process of making it. Art as a process is really important for artists to do every now and again. If you dont like it, you dont have to show anyone. 

- Work smarter not harder (I cant bold this enough). For example: If you have a brush that does stone textures, dont putter around trying to paint a stone texture when you have a built in reference. Its totally okay to go back over that stone texture and add some more elements to it later.

- Never ever charge less then minimum wage, $5 commissions attract a crowd that you probably dont have the patience to deal with, I dont know what it is, but boy that $5 apparently means they can ask you to redo stuff for days on end, be abusive and rude, and they think you owe them the world. Charging low on commissions only promotes people to devalue art and artists time. Plus, you’re better then that. The super nice $5 person is a rare treat. DA points are a horrible idea, I have no idea why people insist on using them. The only time I used them was for a charity drive for a group I moderate. 

- When creating a price list, think about how long it takes you to complete a piece, and then think about how much an hour you’d be making per hour. 

- Take a day off (im guilty of not doing this, and i pay the price for it in creativity and wrist/hand problems)

- Remember that whatever program you use is a tool, and you can pretty much use whatever program/tool you want. Photoshop, sai, manga studio, painter, they all get results, and its all about how you use them. You can pretty much mimic all the other programs inside of each other. I have no idea why people argue about it, same with traditional vs digital. Its all tools and one doesnt trump any others, they’re just different. 

- Doodle a lot, watch movies, play games, get ideas from everywhere. Sometimes I’ll be driving to the grocery store and see a cloud that inspires a color palette or composition. Its weird but inspiration is everywhere. Consider life a research project

- Dont take things too seriously

- Regardless of how you are feeling, you have to be ultra nice to commissioners, but sometimes stern too. Its tricky and takes practice. You are basically running a business, so keep that in mind. 

- Drink coffee. Or tea, tea is good. Smoke breaks are good too. Try to head outside for one an hour if you smoke (weather permitting). Little breaks for these things can give you fresh eyes, or an idea.

- If someone is insulted or affronted by something (a price you have or a rule you set) remember that they are probably offended by a lot of stuff, and its not your fault. Its your job to make art, not to play the apology game with someone who just wants to be a jerk

- 99.999999999% of people that buy commissions are amazing, lovely, gentle, kind and generous. They are vital to the livelihood of art, artists, and part of a really fundamental part of our culture, economy and way of life. Have no fear of them, for they are the sweetest darlings you will ever meet. Commissioned art has been around for many millenia, and it fuels artists to create the beautiful world we live in. Most of the art created in the renaissance was commissioned!