have your recent drawings been made with the ipad pro? i saw you were trying it out with procreate. would you recommend it/ how does it compare with sai?
hewwo!!!!! no, the doodles i made on my ipad mini have not been published here besides this mikasa one!!! okay okay, thing about my ipad mini is that the display colours are very washed out compared to my phone and laptop, so when i transfer them over to check, they end up looking too saturated.
other than that tho, procreate has been relatively easy to use with many fun brushes and textures to play with! great for sketching but i plan on getting an ipad pro and apple pen in the future to use it more comfortably with better display of colours! it has easily customiseable brushes like photoshop and straightforward tools like sai. a handy pocket sized hybrid!
I try to match the feeling of the object to the brush, so things like string and hair may have a coarser brush than a mirror, but I don’t have set brushes for certain objects!
I also use the opacity lock a lot, so I tend to block in shapes and worry about shading after the silhouettes look good.
Using quick gestures and trying to be as confident as you can does a long way!! Being too soft/hesitant with the brush may make the texture get lost! Contrast in your values will always help bring out the brush.
The best way to keep texture is to be willing to let the brush do what it does instead of trying to go back in with an eraser and make it super refined. Imperfections are always good
So I know a lot of plus sized people are afraid to tackle certain trends. Whether it be in the style of clothing they wear or hair and makeup fads they try out, and one that I see a lot of is trying out bangs. They think they won’t look right or they won’t flatter they’re face. So I’m here to call bullshit on that. There are many things I always told myself I couldn’t do. Fashion was a big one. I would never cut my hair short (even though I wanted to), I would never wear tight fitting clothing, and worst of all, I’d never allow myself to experiment with hair styles. Not just length, but color, bangs, texture. I’d leave it as is, I’d brush it back into a ponytail and I’d never consider it something I could use to enhance my look. One day though, I took a leap and I cut my hair short. It was liberating and ever since then it’s been an adventure with my strands to see where I could take my style and evolve into something I felt represented who I am. So this is another step on that journey and I wanted to share it with all of you. I hope you can take some inspiration and not let dumb fashion “rules” decide what you can and can’t wear!
hi! do you have any tips on textures in tarot card stuff? ive done a few and i cant seem to get it down without looking messy.. yours are all so gorgeous!
aha i…. actually do not think im the greatest at that yet, but! anything that does look ok is probably due to the nice brush pack i have!
i just keep the size big and try to preserve the texture the brushes have. Which can be tricky to keep the stroke from going out of bounds, so i use this a lot where i ‘silhouette’ the form i want texture in:
ie the hair is one layer, skin another, and i lock both
now i can just swipe with a brush half the size of the canvas and get texture just in the area i want! i did the same thing here for other things.
okay so since a couple of people asked me already, here is my tutorial on how i color manga caps! this way is pretty simple as im still learning and trying new things. it’s a bit time consuming and you’ll need a basic understanding of photoshop, but overall it’s not very difficult!
the first thing is find a manga scan you want to use. this is the one im using its shishio from hnr of course
before we do anything make sure you’re on RGB mode (image>mode>RGB color) otherwise colors wont show up.
duplicate the background layer and make sure only the background copy visible
okay now for some cleaning and rendering stuff! luckily this particular mangacap is already pretty well cleaned, but if not i usually adjust levels, or duplicate, filter>blur, and multiply a layer on top which should take away any pixelated icky things. also remember the stamp tool is your friend. sorry i wont really go into detail with all this ahh
theres a bunch of different ways to render, but what i personally think is the easiest for manga caps is using color range! just click on the rectangular marquee tool and then right click on the image and choose color range. now click on a white part of the cap and press ok.
when it’s all selected, hit ctrl + x to delete the background. crop out everything else you don’t need and it should look something like this:
erase (or select and cut with lasso/pen tool) anything you don’t want. here i erased everything in the background and i usually erase the little grey shading spots around the neck, eyes, nose, and mouth as well as a personal preference.
tip: if you want to make sure you got everything, put a dark/black layer underneath! (new layer>edit>fill>black)
HECK YEAH NOW ITS COLORING TIME !! pat yourself on the back you’ve done well im proud of you bby
(here is a color palette i made especially for shishio a little while after i made this tutorial. you can grab skin tones and stuff from there idk)
first, you have to duplicate your background copy again. you should have two background copies now. layers are important !!! each thing you color will have a new layer between the two background copies
i usually start with the skin. i use a normal hard brush and erase any mistakes as i go. i just noticed i picked a horrible color but its okay because you can always fix colors lateragain, using a black layer behind is pretty convenient to see if you’ve missed anything or if you’re coloring outside of the lines
you would normally repeat this step for hair, clothes, etc. (also another remind to make sure you make a new layer underneath the previous for each thing you color !!!!!) but since shishio’s hair is already colored in, you’ll find that photoshop won’t let you color over it. nowyou’re going to need to hold on to your anime plushies and body pillows, because things are going to get a bit complicated
if you want to color the actual hair, make a layer above the background copies and set it to screen. however, im only coloring in the highlights so you would do the same thing except set it to multiply.
the eyes will also be above the background copy. set it to multiply.
once you have a base color for everything, it’s time to shade!
make a new layer above the layer you’re going to shade and create a clipping mask. this basically makes it so it will only show up on things you colored on this previous layer (try coloring a spot outside of the skin, you’ll see what im talking about)
i cant really explain how to shade, since im not very good at it myself but after you figure out where the light source is, just try to picture where the shadows will be.
im sorry i dont have a tablet but i tried my best with my mouse to show you how/where i shaded
i used a soft brush (0% hardness) with 55% opacity to shade around the forehead, neck, nose, ears, jaw, and clothes
NOW ITS COMPLETE WOOHOO YOU DID IT !!!
resize to 500px and add backgrounds, textures, adjustments and stuff or throw a psd or two on there to make things nice as such:
extras: (don’t ask me why i do this, it just looks cool okay) flatten all the layers excluding the psd and make two copies —
filter>blur the first copy and set to multiply set the second copy to screen
change the opacity according to what you think looks best
this was my final product:
i hope this helped at least a little! im sorry im not very good at explaining, ive never done a tutorial before, but if you have any questions or need some clarification please ask. good luck!~
When making a sculpture the texture (or lack there of) can be vital to the finished outcome of the piece. Sometimes you want something perfectly smooth or with a faint texture. Other times you want something with a heavy texture to represent cloth or wood or any number of things. There are a lot of different ways to go about this depending on your need and the type of piece you’re doing.
Below the cut we’ll look at adding a bumpy texture to a small scale sculpture that you know will go through either casting or finishing.
Hello! I've been following your blog for a while and I just wanted to say that I love your art style!! I'm a beginning artist who just kinda paints for fun on Photoshop and I was actually wondering what brushes you use and what you do to paint tattered fabric like in your gothic kylo ren piece (the one with the bright reddish-orange background and the black circle) .Thank you so much for sharing your art with the world and keep doing what you do!!
To answer your first question, Here is my typical brush set up. It’s mostly made of defaults actually, sometimes I deviate but on the whole, these 4 are my go to guys. I have a couple of customs I use frequently too, one for clouds and that sort of thing and another that’s more of a rounded texture brush. The ones I have listed here are all at your fingertips in the current version of Photoshop CC.
To answer your next question in relation to the tattered fabric. My paintings often come together with heavy edge work. I will block out a shape to start with and then gradually reduce the form with large bolder strokes. I will then begin working the edge, adding and taking away until I am happy with it. This is a rough example but hopefully it illustrates what I am trying to say :)
My god I just finally upgraded my Manga Studio 5 to Clip Studio Paint because I’ve given up on going back to my iMac (which CSP didnt support and the new file format isnt backward compatible), and holy crap why did no one tell me the new Materials browser was so awesome and easy to use? I swear I’m going to crash their servers with all the brushes and textures and junk I’m downloading~
I mean everything’s in Japanese and the translate button takes forever and the server isn’t too fast in general, but wow this is so much easier than trying to find stuff online for Manga Studio~
At least some good things came out of my computer dying~
What's your advice on making your digital pictures more painterly? (or to look more traditionally made like with charcoal and what not)
1. Get brushes that emulate the look you’re going for (if you can’t afford to pay for them, you can also find pretty great brushes in places like deviantART that are free to download and use). Don’t be afraid to mix & match, and to mess with the brush settings to get the look you want!
2. Get paper & canvas texture images. (same as above, you can find free ones too but ALWAYS check if you are allowed to use them) See which ones work in which blend modes (usually Overlay or Multiply). Be careful not to overdo it, though! Subtlety is key here.
3. Look at scanned traditional art online. Download them to your reference folder, study them, figure out the things you want to emulate about them. I like to have a wide variety of styles and subject matters to study and try to figure out what works and where.
4. Experiment! A lot! You can easily get stuck in a single “look” and it may not be what you want. Maybe choose a single reference image to emulate, or to emulate a specific part of said image (colouring, lineart, details, etc.). Try this for different images. Digital and traditional art are different enough in execution to warrant completely different approaches to reach a similar result.
5. This one may be kind of optional, but I find using as few layers as possible when sketching & colouring helps make things look more “authentic”. I still use a few layers to make things more convenient, but for example I colour and shade on the same layer. (though recently I have started keeping a hidden flat colour layer as a backup in case I screw up and want to start again)
I’d say in general it is more important to understand all the minute differences between traditional and digital methods. Once you understand both (you don’t have to be good at things to understand how they work!) you’ll have an easier time translating traditional to digital!
hello friend i was wondering if you could help me out with something. I saw the space brush thing you had reblogged and I really wanted to try it out so I downloaded it and put it in the right folder and all but for whatever reason none of the new textures i add, including the space one show up at all. Are you able to help me out? I've been searching for solutions for a while and haven't been able to find anything
This has already been resolved, but I’ll throw a checklist here for anyone else having trouble with SAI and brushes:
1. Check if the file is in the brushtex.conf
brushtex\ is the folder, and the filename after that (I’m assuming you know this- but I want to mention it just in case. If the file isn’t in the right folder or a .bmp, it wont work)
If you’re having trouble opening your brushtex.conf, just open notepad (or any text editor) and drag it in. Once you’ve saved you need to restart SAI to get the new brushes.
2. Check the files (Double checking is important!)
Yup, that’s bmp
3. Check both texture boxes:
..I really need to clean mine, I don’t use most of these anymore lol.
That’s all I can think of, if it doesn’t work after this, I have no idea how to fix it xD