Me editing on my phone vs on my computer, with the original photo for comparison. I typically do all of my editing on my phone because its faster and easier, but it also tends to leave things more washed out and undefined.
I’m honestly not sure which one is better, and am inclined to believe that I just suck at editing period.
I’d love to hear your thoughts on the subject! Which one do you like more? What areas should I work and improve upon?
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Okay, this is basically compiled from maybe 20-30 different sources, so there’s a lot of info here. one hella big masterpost. Even though there’s so many, I have personally checked each link to make sure it works, so you shouldn’t have to worry about that.Note: if marked with *, it’s digital/tablet art most likely. This is a really long post, so look under the cut. Follow for more master posts and references!
Photoshop/sai* Tutorial for Beginning Photoshoppers Photoshop help blog (2) (3) Painting tutorial how to shift images using blur brush stuff (2) (3) (4) (5) glow in sai lineart coloring art (2cloth)(hair) how to draw clouds glow how to make stars water fire snow light light sparkle mountains (2) moon ice strawberry greyscale tutorial ps layers glitch effect blending download ps (2) (3) this tag (ps) (2) this tag (sai)
Other Graphic Stuff* Make multi-page images Pixel art (2) (3 eyes)(hair)(fur)(4) image types (jpeg,etc.) slime pattern library lots of templates textures backgrounds
Gifs* Gif to flipbook easy toon how to make one this tag
Fonts/Typography Google Fonts font out of your handwriting my tag this tag
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Photo Editors/ mess around with art* QueekyPaint Pixlr MyPaint Alchemy OpenCanvas gimp (how to use it for shading) more here and here enliighten online image editor kleki sumopaint sketchtoy cloudpaint psykopaint
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Other Resources Hella tutorials here as well drawspace this blog this page art ref blog inking masterpost art youtube channel this site AWESOME AMAZING FOLDER OF ART HELP PDFS fashion infographics these master posts ps blog (2) this post * body ref blog master post of art resources this art tag (2)
Today we’re joined by Darius. Darius is a phenomenal visual artist who specializes in making beautiful digital art. He specializes in photo editing and makes wonderful pieces with inspiring quotes on them. Darius loves creating, as you’ll soon read. My thanks to him for taking the time to participate in this interview.
Please, tell us about
I make art digitally. I would love to make things physically
but I’m afraid that I have a low aptitude for that. I like photo editing which
is a bit hard to describe because it can be so varying. I think the only
necessary component to photo editing is that a photo be incorporated. Typically
a subject is masked out and we use various softwares and applications to bend
that photo to our will and make it into whatever we imagine it to me. I know
that’s not the best explanation but it’s the best that I can offer (sorry), at
least for now.
For about a year now I’ve started using shapes to make art.
Basically what I do is I take shapes such as a square and triangle or maybe
even an inorganic shape and combine them in whatever way I want to make
whatever I want. For example, I may put an equilateral triangle on top of a
square to make house looking figure from the too. The example is very
simplified explanation of my process as for a given piece, I may use 100
different shapes and have a few thousand shapes in all in one photo. I can
change the opacity, stroke, shadow, height, width, color of these shapes to
give a piece even more depth or uniqueness.
I mainly make relatively simple pieces and put inspirational
quotes on them. I’ve always really liked those pictures quotes that we all have
seen somewhere on the internet. About 5 years back I thought that they were so
great because one could positively touch another with word in an art form. It
inspired me to start making digital art.
I’ve put my shape art and quote into one, combining the
things I love and sharing them with others in the hopes of inspiring them or
touching them in some way and of for my own enjoyment as well.
What inspires you?
I am mostly inspired by plants.
What got you
interested in your field? Have you
always wanted to be an artist?
I’m not arting as a career or anything. It’s more of a very
time consuming hobby.
Though I have been paid to create local campaign posters and
you have any kind of special or unique signature, symbol, or feature you
include in your work that you’d be willing to reveal?
Hmm, no I don’t believe so
What advice would you
give young aspiring artists?
I would like to young artist that perhaps aren’t as
confident or capable in the art to not give up. I encourage them to try new
mediums or to even make up their own.
I encourage them to try different art styles because there
are so many and just because one doesn’t work for you doesn’t mean they all
won’t. Most of all, have fun and love what you’re doing.
Where on the spectrum
do you identify?
I identify as Asexual Aromantic
Have you encountered
any kind of ace prejudice or ignorance in your field? If so, how do you handle it?
I’ve only realized my asexuality for hmm about a month now
and I’ve only told two friends who received me positively, so I haven’t had
much opportunity for that. Though I’m certain people in my life would tell me
that I’m a closeted homosexual or that I’m making it up. Something out there
like that. I’ve decided that I won’t really tell people, partly to avoid
predicaments like that but also because I feel people aren’t obligated to tell
What’s the most
common misconception about asexuality that you’ve encountered?
I’ve realized that most people don’t even realize that
They think that it’s something made up and laugh, but not
before bringing up asexual reproduction … sigh
I honestly haven’t encountered misconceptions because
everyone in my life either doesn’t know what asexuality is or has a great
understanding of it.
I’m sure I’ll encounter those with misconceptions in time. I
just hope that I’m equipped enough to better educate them
What advice would you
give to any asexual individuals out there who might be struggling with their
Take your time and breathe.
If you’re not sure if you’re ace or not, you’re more than
welcome to use it as a title.
If you don’t know where you fall, that’s okay also.
Don’t feel like it’s necessary to give who you are a title
or a name. You don’t have to have one.
You don’t have to use the split attraction model if you
don’t want to.
You can be ace yet still enjoy sexual interaction with
Please understand that the only person who decides if you
are ace or not is you, no someone else.
You aren’t broken. You aren’t going to die alone. You’re
still capable of love. And you are very much loved by many.
Finally, where can
people find out more about your work?
I mostly keep my art to myself and friends but I do post
them on my Tumblr if I remember to.
Thank you, Darius, for participating in this interview and this project. It’s very much appreciated.
I don’t think I’ve ever shared what my process of photo editing looks like and I thought this would be a good example to show the before and after. To start off, as a little disclaimer, I usually don’t do anything extremely drastic to my photos. I don’t ever edit body shapes. I like and use photo editing to enhance lighting and details to better match how I felt or how I saw the moment/landscape with my own eyes.
When I am on the go I edit a lot of my photos with my phone. My iPhone 7 Plus does a brilliant job with it, considering it’s still a phone. There are several apps I like to use to edit my photos. Sometimes using multiple apps to edit one photo.
The apps I use
Photo Editor - I use this for its blur and sharpening features but it also had a lot of other very good and useful features.
VSCO - This is probably the one I use the least but if I am feeling spicy, it has a lot of fun filters. I just think it ruins picture quality sometimes.
Adobe Lightroom - This is my favorite app and the one I use most often. Lightroom as in it’s name, in my opinion, is best for lighting even on your phone.
When I am not so on the go I do use my computer. I often save the images I am most excited about for my computer. On my computer I have Adobe Creative Cloud with access to Photoshop, Lightroom, Illustrator and After Effects (video editing software). I most often use Photoshop while on my computer, as it is what I am most efficient in. I use it to isolate parts of the image and edit it without editing the whole image.
In the photo above I used Lightroom and Photoshop on my computer to complete the editing.