value rough

I found a cool new way to value rough!  Layer two copies of a pencil sketch on top of one another, the top one’s values adjusted so that the paper color is white and the pencil sketch almost black, and the bottom one left untouched (gray, like all pencil scans look).  Set the top one to multiply; leave the bottom one as normal, but mask out the parts that are supposed to be white (or erase the parts that are supposed to be white if you’re brave).  Then, layer a digital texture (mine’s from lost and taken) in between the two, set to multlply and again mask out the parts that are white – et voila! A fairly decent ink wash comparison.  Plus it took all of three seconds to do, hurray!

Sorry, just had to share this technique.  I’ll be inking this guy later this month hopefully…

EDIT:  This works best if the original pencil drawing had a decent range of values in it to begin with – so a drawing you made with soft lead!  Anyway, try it out if you’d like!

[Vampire AU] How They React When Their GF Asks Them To Bite Her (BTS)

Requested by a lovely anon <3

Feel free to send in requests (Fridays & Sundays, Central time) guys! We do Reactions, Preferences, Fake Texts, and Scenarios! Just tell us who you want, what you want, and how you want it! <3  (MalexFemale, MalexMale, FemalexFemale)

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Author: Taebaby

NAMJOON:  I think he’d be really conflicted, because he’d want nothing more than to bite you and make you his forever, but he wouldn’t want to rush into it, without giving you time to think it over. It would drive him farther than crazy, but he would resist

YOONGI: He would get real close to biting you. Like he would have you pinned down on the bed (or whatever surface was closest), hips grinding down on you and fangs grazing your shivering skin- before he pulled away. Even though Yoongi could be rough, he valued control over everything else and he wouldn’t condemn you to a life of his kind without seriously talking it over first

HOSEOK: He would bite you if you asked him, but you’d have to ask him yourself first. He would never do it against your will or without your explicit permission first. Even though he knew you should talk it over first, a small bit of selfishness and consuming desire for you would take him and he’d sink his fangs into his favorite part of your neck

SEOKJIN:  He wouldn’t bite you, not right away. He’d want you to be 1695397% sure that this was what you wanted and he’d want to make it special. He’d prob propose to you first and then bite you, since you’d be his mate forever after he bit you anyways

JIMIN:  He’d be sooo tempted to bite you as soon as you asked, you don’t even know. But I really think he’d use all of his willpower to hold back, afraid of hurting you or that you’d regret your decision. He wouldn’t be able to take all of your begging and persuasion (how many wide collard shirts do you have?) and would give into you real fast, making you his forever mate

TAEHYUNG: I don’t think he’d be able to hold himself back if you outright asked him to bite you, especially in the heat of a passionate moment. His fangs would sink into you before he even realized what he was doing and he would practically pin you down (not that he needed too) as he claimed you for his eternal mate

JUNGKOOK: His mind would say wait but his body wouldn’t listen. He’d practically jump on you, not having enough control to stop himself. A few seconds after his razor sharp fangs sank into your soft skin, he’d realize what he’d done and start begging you for forgiveness. There’d be no need though, since you wanted to be his mate just as much as he wanted you for a mate

Steps to my painting, ‘Lay Me Down’, inspired by Sam Smith’s song of the same name! I’m going to attempt at explaining what I did to achieve this result (which I’m not entirely ecstatic with, but what else is new!). >.<

Step 1 - Black + White

So when I’m working this way, I normally start off in black and white and with reaaaallly soft, subtle values - super low contrast. The reason why I do this is because although I have an idea in my mind, it’s really quite blurry in there, so I’m not entirely certain how it’s going to look when I paint it on my Photoshop canvas, so using low contrast-y values really helps me to visualize it all better.

I start off with a SUPER rough value sketch - you can see it really just looks like messy blobs of nothing at this point. But I’m trying to work out the poses, and because it’s a pretty difficult angle (particularly for the dude), and I don’t have any particularly useful references that I can work with (I suppose I could’ve taken some pictures, but, you know, I can be a bit lazy sometimes =P ), working it in lightly really helps me to figure out the shapes. If I was to go in there with dark, highly contrasted values, the likelihood of me messing it all up would be pretty high. It’s harder to visualize things when you have definite lines and shapes, so I find keeping the values low contrast and somewhat blurry is key here.

So I’ll keep working out the image in B+W until I have a pretty clear indication of the shapes (which I’m always, always, always trying to keep in mind!), and composition. Here, I’m really trying to just lead the eye to her face (and to the dude’s sadness) so I’m trying to make sure all (or most) elements of the image leads the eye there. And also, I wanted the lighting to feel a little dramatic, so I’ve decided on a harsh diagonal gap of light that shines only on the area of the image I feel is important.

Step 2 - Colour

Once I’m relatively happy with how the B+W image is going, I’ll add in some colour on a ‘Color’ layer, and I’m using a ‘Color’ layer (as opposed to ‘Overlay’ or anything else) so it doesn’t mess up my values. But anywho, I’ve plopped on some colours and they’re really under-saturated at this point. And I’m doing this on purpose because I find that it helps me find a harmonious colour palette with hues that work well together. If I was to jump in with saturated colours (just from my personal experience), I’ve found that my colour palette becomes a bit of an eye-sore and it’s just really hard to get the colours to work together. I also end up having to de-saturate areas of the image that don’t need too much attention anyway, so may as well start off with a low-saturated palette. I am quite honestly terrible with colours (I just can’t get my head wrapped around it!), so I find this way also helps me with visualization much in the same way that starting off with low contrasted values helps.

Step 3 - Fleshing it Out

So really this step entails just going in there, adding in more saturated pretty colours, and fleshing out the image with details until the end. I’m doing this all on Normal layers now. I’ve added little cracks and other details to the stones, fluffed up the flowers, extended the canvas a touch, and reworked the fabric of her dress. I also noticed at this point that I’ve made the guy’s head way too small initially lol, and he also looks a little awkwardly hunched over so I’ve switched up the angle a bit and enlarged his head so the foreshortening feels more natural.

By the end of this I’m really just fiddling around with the lighting and contrast of the image, adding in hints of colour here and there on overlay layers in areas where I felt there needed some. They’re very subtle changes, but I feel as though they help to bring it all together.

Anywho, that is all! I hope it helped at least a little for those of you who are trying to learn! Any questions? Just shoot me a message! :)

Thanks for the view!


Commissions are OPEN!!! 10$ Headshots 15$ Chibis

I recently got a job for the fall and I am going to start my career. (yay)  I’m going to move pretty far away and I want to draw commissions a lot this summer in order to pay for things in my new apartment, so I can make it into a home.

I’m going to accept only 8 slots for commissions

Flat Chibis are 15$ each

Cell shaded Headshots are 10$ each

Once the slots are filled up, commissions are closed.

For more info, click here!  My email and my commission rules are there.  If you are serious about getting a commission, email me and we can talk details.  After both parties agree, I’ll send you my paypal email and we can get started.  Thank you!!!