Yesterday I was bored and hungover, so I drew a Neopet (Woodland Scorchio) for the first time in 6-7 years. I like how its based on a Rainbow Eucalyptus and thought it was decent enough to upload online.
Say what you will, but I got into digital art (including my first tablet) and online art sharing because of Neopets. I also experienced my first art theft and artist drama on there too. It taught me A LOT about the online art realm. I stumbled across the website again thanks to Reddit, and was surprised to see there’s still an active community (even the Facebook page has 200K likes) with very decent artists still floating around. With that, I indulged in some nostalgia to unwind from my seemingly busy adult life, and because I haven’t drawn something for myself in a long time.
Hello, I just wanted to say that really like your art style and I adore the way you draw the MCSM characters! Your art style really brings life to your drawings and, gosh I just really enjoy admiring your works. I was wondering what you use for your digital art (software/devices) and how you got to be so good at drawing. I'm sorry for asking so many questions, I really love your art and hope you have a wonderful day!!!
this is unbelievably sweet, thank you so much!!! i draw on photoshop cc 2017, and use a wacom cintiq 24hd which ive had for about 4?? 5 years now? before that id draw traditionally or with a mouse, which let me tell you, is not fun. i’ve been drawing for as long as i can remember.. up to around 10+ years maybe. so it’s really all about dedication, having a passion for it and keeping at it.
i know it gets annoying to hear this but it really is the truth - lots and lots of practice and drawing every day! even the bad stuff, you gotta draw it out. one thing that helped me improve a LOT and Very Quickly is tracing, actually (but remember to never ever trace other art or trace things you dont have rights to and posting them as your own). i take a lot of photos of myself in specific poses or just specific things such as hands or legs, and trace over them to get the feel of them. i did this a few times until it stuck with me as muscle memory, and now im able to make a lot of fun poses or know how to draw certain anatomy from memory! even now i still model for my own art, especially for more difficult poses. so fun fact, every time you see my art, now you know that each character is… actually me. kind of a weird thing to think about haha. tldr art is like riding a bike - you learn by riding it yourself rather than watching someone else ride a bike, i always say. you gotta find that thing/trick that Works for you and you own it, and that’s how you’re gonna get to a point where you start loving your art & being proud of it.
a fun activity to do is to pick something you wish to learn how to draw, let’s say a cat. first, draw the cat how you’d draw it, with no references, nothing, just how you remember to draw a cat. then after a break, get an image of a cat and trace over it. after another break, try to draw a cat from memory again, and look at the difference between your first cat and your last cat! immediately you’ll see improvement.
speedpaints also work Magic for me, whenever i watch speedpaints or speeddraws i immediately get inspired and motivated to get drawing. most of the time its me wanting to try out for myself whatever it is i saw in the video. two of my favorite channels i like to watch arekiwi byrd and marc brunet(he’s got a few 3d videos but if you look deep enough there’s some about drawing and painting). they have a ton of tutorials and speedpaints that are just downright pleasant to watch.
TO SUMMARISE, my top 5 tips that worked like a charm for me:
learn about the line of action
gesture drawings/life drawings
use something you really love as a muse to keep you motivated (for instance my big muse right now is mcsm, it’s got me drawing every single day and enjoying it!)
Question! I have the chance to buy a really awesome used Wacom Cintiq 24HD tablet, but having just moved, our savings are used up and I’d need to raise $600 for it in less than a week. I have friends and family who say they’d love to buy or commission art from me, and I want to know how serious everyone is about that, and if I did a one-week GoFundMe campaign, who may be able to contribute in exchange for custom art commissions.
I’d prefer to do digital portraits, and can do fantasy characters, video game characters, DnD characters, fanart from any genre, or even portraits of you, your family members, or friends! Anyone that you could give me reference photos of. I can take a real life person and put them in fantasy armor or costumes or other fun things! That’s the great part about art that I love! Levels of contributions would range from cheaper sketches, to full-blown paintings for large contributors.
This would open up rare reservations for commissions that I was otherwise going to keep closed for a while! All of these commissions would be done on the new tablet monitor which would help speed up my workflow and progress my art dreams that I’ve been working years towards.
For family that may be considering a Christmas/future birthday presents for me, money for an art tablet is all that I’ve been planning to ask for, however large or small of an amount, and this would be the perfect opportunity to check me off your Christmas list! 😉
So please let me know! I have to make this decision quickly and need to have an idea of whether or not this could happen in the next week or not to let the seller know.
Because some of you guys asked me how I build up my scenes, I made this quick process-animation.
I’ll explain the animation-process itself in another one or in a video.
Program, Tools and stuff:
I use Photoshop CS6 with an Wacom Cintiq 24hd (not necessary, but definitely a lot of fun to work with), and play a lot with layer-effects, such as “multiply” or “overlay” and transparency. For the animation I use the Photoshop-Timeline (Frame-Animation)
The original document-size is 255 x 135 px. When it’s finished I scale it up to 300%
Can i ask you what kind of digital tablet you use? I saw a photo of a really big one a while back (you were using it standing up!) and was wondering how much it costed you? I am a designer and I soo want to upgrade the tools I have right now
I’m using a Wacom Cintiq 24HD. It was very expensive and I have saved money for a long time and I am very proud of it. Meanwhile there are new devices. Since you will certainly find something great among all the products.