the tools artists uses

anonymous asked:

I'm pretty sure people already asked uoh but... which program do you use? And how long have you been drawing? I admire your art, and as I draw myself, I would like to improve so much to be maybe one day called artist :D

I use Paint Tool SAI and I’ve been drawing for as long as I can remember, only got my tablet in 2014 but started digital some years before that.

Also there’s so many different styles and shapes of art that I think the only requirement to be an artist is to go on and do the thing. So my dear, you’re already an artist, but YES that’s the spirit! 

Honestly nothing makes you improve more than practicing and wanting to improve, knowing there’s so much more learn but not discrediting what you’ve acomplished so far. Keep drawing and having fun! ♡


Tree Drawings, Tim Knowles

A closer look at British artist Tim Knowles’ series of drawings produced using drawing tools attached to the tips of tree branches; the wind’s effects on the tree, recorded on paper. Like signatures each drawing reveals the different qualities and characteristics of each tree.

ARTNOIR + Black Lives Matter: Black Futures Month || ANSWER TIME on February 14th, 10am (PST) || 1pm (EST)

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ARTNOIR is excited to be collaborating with Black Lives Matter on their Black Futures Month project during Black History Month. This project is designed to inspire people during this challenging social & political climate through art and the written word to dream about tomorrow today. 

Each day in February, Black Lives Matter will release an original piece of art and an accompanying written piece to reclaim Black History Month and demonstrate the importance of using art as both an inspiration and an organizing tool. Artists from around the world have been commissioned to use their genius to promulgate the conversation about systemic racism and violence against Black people.

Today we are thrilled to co-host an interactive Q&A with visual artist Delano Dunn, digital all-rounder Babusi Nyoni and organizer/writer Miski Noor for a candid and spirited conversation via Tumblr’s Answer Time series. 

Our conversation explores how visual art and writing can serve as a platform to discuss pressing issues that impact Black communities throughout the diaspora from education to immigration.

Send us your questions and join the conversation live on  February 14th, 10am (PST) || 1pm (EST) on our Tumblr site.


it’s a game of wits and stealth.
it’s a life of misery and fear.
it’s the ground where the mighty stand.
it’s either you or me.

PaintsChainer auto paint
Just heard of this tool, basically it auto paints your sketches (with some color input). I tested it out with one of my drawings aaaaand. laughing out loud, instead of Twi getting happy/excited that Dash is reading, it now looks like Dash is reading Twi’s fantasy journals and she is embarassed/shocked.

Seems the program works better with sketch lines than solid lines. Plus the less complexity the better. I can see myself using this as a tool to speed up the flat coloring or blocking stage, but never as a way to finish a drawing. It seems to focus on giving drawings a water color affect, plus with it guessing the wrong colors in some areas it adds a bit a surrealism.  This is a cool tool I would think artists can use sparingly, but never to finish a drawing this way. If all artists used the program, we would grow tired of the water color look. 

so i was looking through the frames of my very old (like may 2016 idk some time around there) error amv and I found this frame and I HONESTLY do not remember writing star butts on that cup but it’s probably the funniest thing I have done and ever will do

cheap markers -  tiger markers

Hey guys, today I’m going to introduce you to a great and cheap Copic alternative: Tiger markers! One thing to keep in mind, this brand can only be purchased at the Flying Tiger stores, which are located in Europe and the UK, go check their website if there’s a store near you.

This is the packaging and the only information on there is that they are twin markers, the back doesn’t say anything either. At first I didn’t think they’d be alcohol based but they are indeed alcohol markers! And they are 3 euros per pack which means they only cost 1 euro per marker! Awesome, right?

At first I thought they might have a brush tip, as shown on the barrel, but it is a bullet nib. The barrel is sturdy and feels cheap, because it is.

Now we all want a comparison so here you go. I compared it to a Copic original and a PROmarker because they all have a chisel and a bullet nib. It all looks and feels the same though.

So the nibs work the same, ink flow is also the same. The Tiger bullet nib is slightly thicker but that doesn’t bother me. I’m not sure about the amount of ink in the marker. At first glance they are quite juicy and I’m guessing they might have the same amount of ink as a PROmarker and perhaps less than a Copic.

There are currently 21 colours so that makes 7 sets. Greys, blues, yellows, pinks, browns, etc. It’s a great starter’s set. The only thing you might miss is a skin colour, but you can get a PROmarker or something in a skin colour, like ‘Dusky Pink’. The paper I use is Canson XL marker paper, which I use all the time. This block of 100 sheets costs about 8 to10 euros and is bleed proof and great for blending and also for detailing with pens and colour pencils.

Here’s my test drawing, which looks the same as if I had done it with my other markers. I used a pen from the same store, which is marker proof but you should test it beforehand either way. I also used a white pencil for highlights.

If you’d like these markers, don’t wait too long! The stores don’t always have them in stock and they are gone soon, so go get ‘em if you’d like to start out with markers (or hoard them like me). Spread the word for fellow artists!

edit: they have them back in stock recently, they look relatively the same besides a slight change on the barrels ;)

2 of these colours are actually new. (02 and 12)

Their logo has been altered a bit but the markers are still the same ;)

Another drawing done with these Tiger markers :)

anonymous asked:

Mind if I ask you about your shading process and how you pick colours for shading? Because it's mindblowing and I remember reading that you didn't like to use multiply. So I'm really curious.

This is a great question!! I’m sorry it took so long to answer. I was trying to think of the best way to go about showing you! That being said, here is a very long post with a lot of gifs.

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Adam Driver’s Face

This is my attempt to explain the beauty of Adam Driver’s face: CONTRAST.

Anyone familiar with art principles knows that contrast draws attention and is visually pleasing. It is a tool artists use to direct a viewer’s gaze.

Adam Driver’s face has layers of contrast:

Light/dark: Pale skin contrasts dark hair

(also, light and dark sides of the force for Kylo Ren)

Hard/soft: prominent brow ridge, aquiline nose, pointed chin, and broad shoulders contrast with the flowing curves of his hair, his soft jawline, his rounded ears, and his large, round eyes

Masculine/feminine: masculine features of brow ridge and deep set eyes, adam’s apple (deep voice), large nose, broad shoulders, and facial hair (usually) contrast with feminine features like long eyelashes and large round eyes, paler skin, long wavy hair, fuller soft lips, and a softer jawline

Typical beauty/ugly: Large ears, large nose, long face, contrast with full lips, large eyes, broad shoulders, and luscious hair

The contrast in Adam Driver’s face (and even his personality and most of his characters) is what makes him so appealing. He is strong yet vulnerable. He is intense yet kind. He is awkward yet elegant. He is relatable yet mysterious. He is languid yet bursting with energy. He is intimidating yet endearing. He defies categorization and definition. This is what draws attention to Adam Driver. This is why he has such presence. This is why people can’t stop looking at him.

I also would like to draw special attention to some certain features of interest.

EYES: Huge and watery and deep and dark round surrounded by luscious dark lashes. Both size and roundness draw attention and create interest.

EARS: Their roundness flows perfectly into the waves of his hair.

LIPS: Pink and full and beautiful.

BEAUTY MARKS: Both endearing and beautiful. They add additional contrast to his pale skin and adds variety and interest to the symmetry of his face.

FACE LENGTH: A long face adds an additional height illusion to his already impressive height. Both his long face and height give him a thinness that contrasts with the bulky muscles of his perfectly toned body.

And now, there is just one last reason Adam Driver’s face is so beautiful: he has a unicorn soul, a heart of gold, and a reflective mind of bottomless depth. Like, he is just a really great person and you can see it in his eyes, okay?


I’ve been adjusting my brushes lately and figured to share those that I use. Click here to download them! 

Oil is a mixer brush tool and to get the most out of it, it’s necessary to change percentages of its attributes at the top. I also often change hardness and turn on and off Pressure for Opacity on Sai brush when working. 

Note: these brushes are saved as Tools. To load them click the drop down menu in Tool Presets panel and then Load Tool presets, or Replace if you wish to have only them. (To bring out Tool Presets panel go to Window>Tool Presets)

This is made in Photoshop CS6 so I don’t know if it would work in older versions.