anonymous asked:

What res do you draw in? Idk if you ever posted it, but I feel like I'm drawing too smal but my favorite brush looks awful in a larger canvas..

I usually work 300DPI and canvas size between 4000-7000 Pixels. 

anonymous asked:

Hi! I love your art. In particular your edges are really sharp, but still lineless (if that makes sense?). If it's not too much to ask, would you be willing to share some tips for achieving those edges on digital? Thank you, and have a nice day! :)

Here’s a few tips^

Also, not included in the pic: Make sure you’re not working on a small canvas.  For instance, 1000x1000 pixels will probably result in some unintentionally soft edges, because you won’t be able to zoom in to refine the painting.  I usually use 4000x4000, for reference.

anonymous asked:

do you have an idea of a checklist for learning how to create digital art? like i know practice is essential, but i don't really know where to start or where to go from there. thanks so much xox

I think I can toss some stuff out here that might be of use.  Assuming an artist learning digital art starts from the beginning–owning a tablet & drawing program but not knowing how to use them–here’s an inconveniently long list of stuff that could help them.

TL;DR: 1, mess around till you’re used to drawing digitally. 2, study and create ad infinitum. 3, a bunch of tips that are pretty hard to TLDR so you should probably just go over em.  Step 2 is basically what you asked me NOT to tell you (“practice”!), but unfortunately it’s all I know how to do :,(

1) If you own a tablet that you plug into your computer (i.e., you don’t draw directly on the screen), feel free to spend a few weeks or even a month+ just getting used to it.  When you first start out, it’s really freaky drawing in one place and seeing things appear somewhere else, but trust me in that you won’t even notice the disconnect after a few months of consistent digital drawing.  I’ve been painting digitally for about 2 years now, and it’s actually slightly easier for me to draw digitally than traditionally.  [If you have a cintiq, or you use an iPad with Procreate, or something similar, then you probably don’t have to spend as much time in step 1.]

Keep in mind that it doesn’t matter how good you were with traditional drawing when you start digital; the mental disconnect you have will make it very difficult to think about proportions, values, edges, colors, etc.  You’ll probably notice yourself making mistakes that you wouldn’t normally make on paper.  Don’t worry about them, just keep drawing as you usually would.  Digital you will catch up to traditional you in time.  

For now, get used to blending colors, drawing somewhat steady lines that go in the correct direction, and fooling around with brushes and brush settings.  If you come across a brush that you like (easy to work with + pleasing results), it may help to stick with it as you continue to learn.  Digital doodles and sketches are good for this stage; though try to keep doing traditional work so your base art skills don’t atrophy.  

If you’re just starting out with Photoshop or Sai or Krita or whatever software you’re using, you’re gonna be intimidated by all the funky buttons and settings that you first see.  If it makes you feel any better, I use maybe 0.1% of the tools that Photoshop offers me.  When you start, all you need to worry about is the brush tool and control-z, maybe the eraser too.

2) Do studies as well as pieces from imagination.  You can move into step 2 as early as you please; you don’t have to wait until you think you’ve become “skillful” at digital drawing (in fact, this step is what will probably help you become the most comfortable with digital).  It’s alright if your colors are icky looking and your values are off (tip, occasionally turn the saturation of your drawing to 0 to check the values), because as long as you keep studying reality and appealing art & continually learn from your mistakes, you’ll get better. 

Always remember to study or at least appreciate the qualities of art you enjoy.  It’s the same thing that people always tell writers–you have to read a lot to write well.  You probably shouldn’t shield yourself from the influence of other artists; while you may think that this action would help you develop artistically in the manner most true to yourself, in reality the vast majority of the process of learning art will be honing in on what you find visually pleasant so that you may, in turn, express your artistic taste in your work.  If you look at other people’s art, you can pick out tiny aspects of it that you like and incorporate that into your style.  It’s a bit trickier to build a style without the “help” of other artists, though you can always turn to nature for help. On that note, I also recommend referencing nature as much as you can, because we as human beings are sort of wired to find natural designs, colors, and structures beautiful.  Look at nature for the universally beautiful, and look at art for the subjectively beautiful (i.e., enjoyed uniquely by you).

If you find yourself getting burnt out pretty quickly, then just paint/draw simple and small things for period of half an hour to 1 ½ hours a day (and switch back to traditional).  You can spend this time mapping out proportions, creating thumbnails of values/colors, drawing linework, or whatever.  Add complexity to your pieces as the months go by, and if you already have a decent foundation in drawing aim to create somewhat finished pieces after maybe four months to a year.  Please note that the second part of that sentence was something I completely made up out of my head, because I’m trying to quantify pretty unquantifiable concepts such as a “decent foundation in drawing” and a “somewhat finished” piece of art.  If you find it unrealistic, or just too easy of a goal, disregard it entirely.  It can take you half a decade to learn to make finished digital art, or you can get it down in a couple months.

3) Fun fact, there’s not really a step 3 as you stay in 2 forever, always studying and creating.  But there’s a few other things about digital art that you ought to know, so here they are:

• If your computer doesn’t make a fuss about it, I’d recommend working on a decently large canvas (at least 3000 by 3000; I personally prefer 6000 by 6000). You’ll get less defined edges and colors if you go below 1000 by 1000, from my experience.

• If you have a tablet with pressure sensitivity (you probably should otherwise digital painting is kinda hellish), go to your brush settings and set ‘transfer’ to ‘pen pressure.’  This is what makes it possible to blend.  

• If you’re having trouble matching colors while studying, you can always color pick the ref (in photoshop: bring the pic into PS and use the eye dropper tool) and compare its colors to your colors.  Some people add too much red to their skin tones, some people draw their highlights with overly desaturated colors, some people make trees and grass in their landscapes too green; whatever the case, take note of and correct errors that you consistently make.  

• Get used to using the transform/warp/liquify tools (liquify is technically a filter but you get what I mean).  They’re lifesavers for fixing proportion mistakes that you’ve only noticed 8 hours into a piece. 

• Give layers a shot.  I only work on one layer, but I’ve heard from people who divide their piece up into multiple layers that they’re damn useful (until you draw on the wrong one). 

• Flip your canvas horizontally every once in a while to make sure stuff hasn’t gone awry. 

• Screw around with color modes; they can do some really fancy things that are difficult to duplicate with normal digital painting, let alone traditional.  On the topic of colors, don’t be afraid to use somewhat desaturated colors (near the center of the color picker square in PS). There are some very aesthetically pleasing color combinations that you can make out of somewhat dulled colors.

• If you’re using PS, bind ‘step backward’ to control Z, not ‘undo.’  This is under keyboard shortcuts.  Set up a bunch of shortcuts that are the most convenient for you–personally, I only keep my left hand near the lower left region of my keyboard (my right hand is away from the keyboard and off to the right, drawing on the tablet), so I have all of my necessary shortcuts in that area.

This was a bit longer than I expected, but I figure that someone out there can get something out of it.  Cheers to you, if you do.

How to Start an Art Journal

Here are some hints and tips to help encourage and inspire you!

1. Buy a journal or sketchbook with blank white pages so you can express yourself freely without the constriction of lines. (Or if you prefer lined pages, that’s great too!) The thicker sketchbook pages are great for practice. If you don’t want to go through the trouble of buying a journal, printer paper works as a good canvas.

**Using cardboard behind your pages when painting is a good technique to help keep paint from leaking and helps it dry faster.**

2. Purchase some basic art supplies like watercolor paints, acrylic paints, spray paints, letter stencils, colored pencils, multicolored sharpies, Staetdler fineliner pens, etc… These supplies don’t have to be fancy and expensive to work. Take some time to figure out what you like to use and what effects you want to produce with your art.

**A lot of popular journaling techniques involve creating a watercolor background and a mixed media layered effect for their creations. But, this is about you! Get creative and experiment!**

3. Use words, quotes, images, mixed media, and simple and elaborate drawings to create personal pages that express who you are as an artist and writer.

**Get out of your comfort zone and draw things you wouldn’t normally draw. If you don’t like what you’re creating, give yourself time to grow and learn. It’s important to be patient with yourself and let go of your high expectations. Give yourself credit for trying and keep practicing! Don’t give up!**

4. To learn more about art journaling, you can always use Google for more information, look up tutorials on Youtube, check out books from your local library, or even take online art journaling classes. Some classes are even free! There are tons of resources for you to research.

**Don’t wait until the “time is right” or when the “inspiration hits you.” Dive right in and go for it!**

Some art journaling prompts:

1. Practice hand-lettering your favorite words.
2. Practice using calligraphy for your journal entries.
3. Draw your favorite silly emojis.
4. Draw symbols that hold significance to you.
5. Illustrate a cute scene from your favorite TV show.
6. Create your own comic book page inspired by a day in your life.
7. Make your own mandala and color it in.
8. Make a favorite quote page.
9. Fill an entire page with random doodles.
10. Dedicate a page to your fictional or irl crush.
11. Tape in photos from your favorite trip and add meaningful captions.
12. Illustrate a page on how to cheer yourself up when you’re upset.
13. Use stencils to create word art that describes how you feel right now. 14. Cut out your favorite adjectives from the newspaper.
15. Make a “Truths and Confessions” page to release some tension.
16. Color a page red. Write a long rant until your feel better.
17. Illustrate a monster that has scared you and confront it with words.
18. Create a page filled with characteristics of people you admire.
19. Cut out images from magazines that illustrate your dream life.
20. Use a waterbrush pen to write your favorite book quote.
21. Dedicate a page to your favorite band.
22. Doodle and write your favorite lyrics.
23. Write the words you want to say to someone important to you.
24. Sketch a character you’ve fallen in love with.
25. Create geometric or odd shapes. Make them flow together.
26. Use ink and colored pencil to outline your plans for the week.
27. Write a poem. It doesn’t have to rhyme. Let it come from the heart.
28. Write about the people, places, and things that inspire you.
29. Create a symbol that reflects your life. (Ex: zigzag= stressful)
30. Sketch or write a list of things you’re thankful for.
31. Make a favorite holiday page.
32. Make a page for your favorite personal photos.
33. Create a new identity for yourself. Illustrate your personality.
34. Illustrate a scene from a fairy tale or make up your own.
35. Draw a totally new character that represents your alter-ego.
36. Dedicate a page to your favorite colors.
37. Write one word that describes you well in big, bold letters.
38. Go outside. Draw the first object you see.
39. Write/illustrate your surroundings.
40. Create a page detailing your ideal peaceful environment.
41. Let the day’s weather inspire your pages.
42. Express whether you’re a night owl or an early bird.
43. Create a layered effect by using old letters, important notes, etc…
44. Create a personal mantra page. (Ex: “Live. Laugh. Love.”)
45. Doodle your favorite silly facial expressions.
46. Make a page dedicated to the places you want to travel to.
47. Draw your inner god/goddess. Name them.
48. Write about the talents you have and the talents you wish you had.
49. Create a “Good Memories” page to make yourself smile later on.
50. Draw a broken heart. Journal about your heartaches.
51. Draw yourself in your favorite clothes.
52. Illustrate your favorite place to write, read, study, etc…
53. Mod Podge old book pages to your journal page for a background.
54. Spray paint your favorite symbol on the page.
55. Journal about superpowers you wish you had.
56. List the things that make you laugh.
57. Draw your favorite plant or flower and explain why you like it.
58. Use a childhood experience to influence your journal page.
59. Draw a candle and write about how it symbolizes hope.
60. Journal about the habits you want to change.
61. Fill a journal page with compliments to yourself.
62. Create a venn diagram and compare/contrast yourself with a friend.
63. Write a “Note to Self” page.
64. Illustrate a favorite career page and how you want to make money.
65. Create a system of symbols that represent people, places, and things.
66. Make a page dedicated specially for your zodiac sign.
67. Illustrate your most embarrassing moment from last week.
68. Make a page of regrets and write about how you could fix them.
69. Draw a stack of books and illustrate your reading goal for the year.
70. Take a heart stencil and dab red paint inside the lines. Write about the things you love most in the world and why they’re worth living for.
71. Cut out stars from copy paper and glue them on the page to form your favorite constellation.
72. Draw a line. Name one point Start and the other one End. write about how you want to grow as a person throughout your life.
73. Stain your journal pages with a damp tea bag to give it an old parchment look. Once it’s dry, write a magic spell for your life.
74. Find your favorite poem and journal about why it inspires you.
75. Dedicate a page for things you’d tell your younger self.
76. Draw your favorite animal then fill it in with bright colors.
77. Use some of that old junk mail, glue it in, and paint over it.
78. Write a “Pet Peeves” page. Don’t stop writing until you feel better.
79. Write about your day and shape the sentences into a spiral.
80. Draw or write with your non-dominant hand and see what happens.
81. Paint a rainbow and write about what your pot of gold (a goal or a dream) would be on the other side.
82. Sketch a sunset and describe how to bring closure to your problems.
83. Tape multi-colored notecards or sticky notes in your journal. Jot down little positive reminders to yourself.
84. Use only acrylic paint and puff paint to doodle and write.
84. Journal about the wisest thing you’ve heard someone say to you.
85. Write about your addictions/obsessions.
86. Create a simple collage of things you dislike with magazines.
87. Illustrate a door opening and journal about your new opportunities.
88. Draw your ideal relaxing vacation.
89. Make a list of the places you’ve been today.
90. Tape in receipts of the special things you’ve bought.
91. Tape in ticket stubs of the movies you’ve seen this year.
92. Press leaves and flower petals onto the page.
93. Paint or draw old sayings like “The pen is mightier than the sword.”
94. Record a dream and draw a few people or places you saw in it.
95. Journal about your beliefs.
96. Create a new style/font of handwriting.
97. Use stickers and stamps to make a border around your page. Fill in the center by writing about your “stick-to-itiveness” or perseverence.
98. Draw you and your friends from an old photo and embellish the sketch with an inspiring/relatable quote. Capture the happy moments.
99. Use all the colors of your sharpie pens to write out your thoughts.
100. Make a page detailing all the things you want for your future.

Express yourself without fear. Remember journaling is all about you. This is your personal journey, so you don’t have an obligation to show anyone your creations.

Make good art!

reverie-addict  asked:

Hi, Vetyr! You mentioned that you work on 4000 x 4000 canvas. I wonder how long does it take you to finish a painting on average. Do you actually spend lots of time polishing the soft/hard edges? They seem to be so effortless. ;_; another question is how do you achieve such smooth transition? Does it have anything to do with pressure or flow setting of the brush?

It usually takes about 2.5-4 hours, and yeah I definitely spend a lot of time getting the edges just the way I want them.  Every so often, I’ll touch up areas with a soft brush, but much of the time I can get a pretty smooth transition between values/colors with a hard round brush w/ transfer enabled and set to ‘pen pressure’ (I don’t use flow), and excessive use of the eyedropper tool.  Also, a note for the gif below (which is running at 3x speed): when I’m blending colors and I don’t want the gradient to be muddy, I add a saturated color- in this case, pink- to the mix to keep it vibrant.

obligatory extra pic:

Libra Risings 🎀

In their first house of fiery instinctual patterns of behaviour and individuality, these people have received a pair of glistening scales: Libra. It’s easy to understand why reading maps with Libra on the Ascendant may be considered so hard. The first house rules human matters related to Aries energies: instincts, force of will and individuality (the appearance as a whole). But in this case this house is occupied by the sign of Libra, blending together two opposite energies to produce an unique experience. It is also important to note that once Libra is set under the cusp of the first house, other cusps will (probably) also receive an energy opposite to their “default”. What this means is that Libra Risings experience human life situations and scenarios under extreme conditions, for every house and “life department” is dealing intimately with their opposite energy.

Libra Risings, then, are on a life-time quest to find balance in all things. Such is their instinct. They’re lovers of peace and diplomacy; they would rather not create disparity nor instigate negative feelings in nobody, and they may feel they’re being constantly judged wherever they go. Thus, they’re the one Ascendant sign that worries about one’s aesthetic presentation and image.
Libra Risings are instinctually polite and well-mannered. Projects and changes in one’s life are approached smoothly. They’d rather analyze these kind of things and get informed about everything that’s about to start in their lives; they’d ask other people about it beforehand, do some research by themselves. All with the means to not hurt or upset anyone in their process, should they commit any mistakes in their careful way. They tend to pass swiftly through life, creating no stir.

These people have harmonious traces to their face and body; most of them are considered beautiful by our limiting social standards. Libra Risings tend to maintain an aligned pose; they walk gracefully about, lightweight. They also tend to enjoy spending time sorting their looks before going out, for they worry much about their public appearance. Clothes and accessories are carefully chosen and tend to harmonize in a wider context.

Libra Risings approach all kinds of people politely. They’re observant of other’s presentation and adapt themselves to better present their personality for the ones they’re talking to (this doesn’t mean they’re always fake!) Fair and honourable, they stand for their beliefs, but wait until they’ve heard everyone’s opinions before getting to a verdict.

Let’s take a look at Venus’ positions and conditions to better understand how this complex Rising may manifest:

Venus/1st house: a vain class representative listens anxiously to their colleagues’ demands; tension rises in the room. Here Venus’ need for balance is mixed with the first house’s need for immediate action. There may be restlessness and some indecision between acting immediately according to one’s individual opinion and actually waiting to weigh everyone’s sides before coming to a conclusion. One’s necessities may be placed over that of others, producing some sense of guilt.

Venus/2nd house: a guest is gently received in their hosts’ house; they look around, examining the sumptuous decoration. Being perceived as financially stable is of uttermost importance, and this depends heavily on other’s opinions and objects. One’s possessions are being constantly compared to those of others in the hopes of finding this balance and stability through the transformations induced by these comparisons. This can also be applicable to one’s mental and spiritual values.

Venus/3rd house: a tour guide is surrounded by foreigners; they talk excitedly of culture and diversity. This is someone who loves being in touch with different and unexpected people, always learning knew things through their relationships. Sharing knowledge and interesting stories are essential activities. Being able to communicate one’s ideas and cultural experiences is what nurtures this Venus.

Venus/4th house: an employee arrives at their company’s new year’s party with their spouse and children; the family is elegantly dressed and smiles lightly; everyone’s content. There’s much effort put into being successful in one’s career with the objective to project one’s family into society. This is someone who worries about the image and social status of the family, and, because of that, always works in order to improve the family’s present conditions. There may be some stubbornness or inflexibility regarding the family’s habits and expectations.

Venus/5th house: a party host blows a hundred tiny candles on their cake; different groups of people are gathered around, singing happy birthday songs. This is someone who is friends with many different groups of people. This is a way of understanding the complexity of one’s self through the understanding of many tiny universes. There’s much expectation for romance in these friendships, even though, at the same time, romance is intimately intertwined with friendship. Thus, there may be some confusion regarding this aspect of life. Careers related to children or their childish world are favoured. This Venus shines brightly and is always on spotlight through Aquarius’ characteristics: being “unexpected” in one’s romances and friendships.

Venus/6th house: a painter contemplates their completed work; the canvas shows a scene where people work to exhaustion. This Venus is sensitive to others’ activities and daily lives. All things related to other people’s habits and health is of much interest. This is someone who will try to take care of others’ health and physical appearance through subtle and unusual techniques. One’s daily life doesn’t show much organization. If Venus is in Pisces, artistic careers are favoured.

Venus/7th house: a good-looking champion considers an image upon the surface of a tranquil lake; it is their lover. One’s identity is linked to that of the other. People’s values are usually put on top of one’s personal opinions. Much confusion about what to do after all: be true to one’s self or act according to society’s values in order to be accepted? Libra Risings will try to find a balance between this two energies until they actually find it and, when they do, they finally experience their true selves. They appear beautiful and fair. They’re their own worst enemy and are on a constant tension with their own selves.

Venus/8th house: a footpassenger offers their hand for a person that’s tripped and fallen on the street; they’re smiling gently. This is someone who seems to be available and willing to help and share one’s knowledge and talents. Interest in the other’s universe is genuinely expressed, but this is also how one gets to their objectives: through being credited and trusted by another. Intuition tends to be favoured.

Venus/9th house: after summer break a popular student talks profusely and excitedly amongst their many colleagues. This is someone who talks a lot and is always trying to accumulate information from their many friends. They enjoy themes related to travel and foreign cultures. Although these people don’t tend to actually deepen themselves in such themes, they like talking about them and sharing stories and knowledge about these subjects.

Venus/10th house: at midnight, a noble leaves their palace with their family by the backdoor; they pass their gardens soaked in darkness, escaping from revolution. Emotional security and social stability go hand-in-hand. Social insecurity impacts the emotional realm greatly and vice-versa, with strong repercussions regarding one’s family. This is someone who is cautious and thrives in helping other people and wants to be recognized by that. There may be insecurity regarding one’s function in society, which may be considered too fragile, sensitive or silly.

Venus/11th house: at dinner, an elegant figure raises their glass, proposing a toast; other guests follow contently; cheers are made; champagne pours. Being in a position of influence is essential. This is someone who is free and enjoys disseminating an image of themselves that correlates to being confident and courageous. They acquire admiration by working in large groups and commanding big projects, specially those related to the arts.

Venus/12th house: in the dark, behind heavy curtains of gold and red, someone pulls the strings that alter the scenarios of the theatre down below; few know of their continuous presence. Translating emotional information into mental codes is a challenging task. This is someone who feels deeply and intensely, but hardly expresses any of these feelings to other people. They’re in constant touch with their emotions and try to sort them out with their Virgo logical reasoning. This Venus will try to apply information from the emotional realm into daily habits or work. Careers related to the more technical aspects of arts and health (medicine, nursing, nutrition) are favoured.

Thanks for reading!

Here’s a very smol piece of the Hunter x Hunter animation that I’ve been working on! Sorry if it’s really super pixely, I’ve been working on a small canvas so it looks kinda grainy on a portable device. On a computer it looks decent though. I plan on resizing it so it doesn’t look grainy like that but I’ll do that when I’m actually done with it lol

I feel like Stephanie is the type of person to doodle all over, like on her skin, her clothes, probably has a pair of white shoes she bought just to draw on. She and Cass used to just sit and draw together (it helped them both be calm). Damian sees her one day and goes “Brown, your technique is inadequate” but instead of fighting he tries to teach her (in his own lil pretentious way) how to paint. Now, after a rough day, they paint in his room. He mostly works on canvas, she works on her body, and together they’re working to repaint the entire mansion it was so drab before fkin rich designers

Bonus: once when Tim fell asleep after being awake for an ungodly amount of time they repainted the entire room and moved stuff around. He woke up, thought he’d been abducted, then stumbled head first into a wall of wet paint (and you bet they kept the pictures)


Art by Kayum Ma'ax

He is a Lacandon Maya artist of the monkey clan. The Lacandon are a small indigenous Maya group in the jungles of southern Mexico. He lives in the tiny rainforest village of Naha deep in the Lacandon Biosphere of Chiapas, Mexico. He works in acrylics on canvas. In his artwork Kayum conveys actual events, lifeways, creation stories and rituals of a culture nearly gone - as well as his dreams, an important aspect of traditional life.


okay, once you got ur opentoonz downloaded, you’re looking at this screen.

and you’re thinking to yourself, what is this fresh hell, how do i draw, what’s going on 

ya gotta do one thing first my bro. go to ‘window’ and click on ‘toolbar’, then just drag that friendly little line of symbols to the side where it can latch on like a baby to its momma’s breast. that’s where u get ur brush tool. there is not a keyboard shortcut for this, which is odd, but OH WELL. 

EDIT: you can configure your own shortcuts by going to File! they don’t work fo me half the time, but it is possible.

also, stretch your window out so it has room to breathe. you may be noticing at this point that the windows in this program have a tendency to follow your cursor around like lost baby ducklings. haven’t figured out how to keep this from happening yet.

next, in order to enable onionskin, click on the paintbucket tool, go to the canvas, and right click. in the menu that opens, there will be an option to enable onionskin! this is absolutely ridiculous and i don’t know why they did it like this but at least it’s there.

take ur brush tool, and make a stroke. try it again. and again. click on the brush button again, and try. reselect the frame you’re on and try. change to a different tab and give that a whirl. it’s gonna take a few tries, and probably a few program crashes. 

EDIT: if your program is having trouble registering strokes like mine was, you need to slow down. let your cursor hang out for a moment where you’re gonna lay ur stroke, really let it relax and get to know the scenery, and then start your stroke nice and smooth.

and also you might accidentally delete some of your windows and can’t put them back the way they were supposed to work. if you delete your canvas area, you can get it back by opening the ‘viewer’ window and placing it where your old canvas went. 

yyyeah i fucked up a little bit. 

….. i fucked up a lot, but i think i’ve found my preferred workspace!! to the left, i have my toolbar, on the top, i have my tool settings, and on the bottom, i have my xsheet. now if i could just get those play buttons to stay on the screen…

let’s take a look at that xsheet!! from side to side, we have your layers, which i’m not bothering with right now, and up and down, we have your frames! wow, you might not ever think to yourself. this is an efficient and space-saving way to show frames. anyway.

get urself a shitty bouncing ball going, with a lot of pain and frustration. one drawing per frame. that one frame that is rlly bright yellow? i accidentally added a memo and can’t figure out how to remove it. not important. 

check out how your animation works in the comboviewer window after you’ve disabled onionskin using the paintbucket. (you can use the plain viewer window, but it usually fucks up how many frames get shown.) (also, there are some little triangle brackets to the left of the frames, and if they don’t encompass all the frames you wanna show, they might not show up.)

okay, looking pretty good! let’s render it! save your scene, go to the batches tab, and click the +add render button. navigate to sandbox > scenes, and click on ur saved project.

then, you gotta hit the little racecar start flag button up there. your computer will probably ask if toonz has permission to allow incoming connections - hit okay. 

if ur project’s icon turns green, it worked. if it turns red, it didn’t. i don’t know what happens after a project has been successfully rendered cause mine isn’t working. i will get back to yall when i figure out why.

if viktor and yuuri were artists

 #victuuriweek2017  day ( one ) 
↳ au: other careers  

Title: Colours
Author(s): @viktor-nkfrv
Rating: PG
Warnings: N/A
Summary: Street artist Katsuki Yuuri wakes up to find that his wall art has been altered by the famous Viktor Nikiforov. From there, the two get to know each other despite having never met face-to-face, for a picture speaks a thousand words. 

Now also on AO3 here.

Read the full one shot under the cut. (Cut doesn’t work in the original post on mobile, but WILL work once reblogged!!)

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tips 2 win a skin contest (that have nothing to do with drawing)

I’ve gotten 5 skins that have won contests since starting FR (and since I don’t enter every contest by a long shot and even took a hiatus for a year, take that as you will). The thing is, after a certain point, there are PLENTY of artists that are equally skilled and produce results where there is only subjective superiority, not objective.

Basically, art gets so good that there isn’t a clear winner and it’s anyone’s game. Stack the odds in your favor!

Here are all the things u need 2 know to have a pretty good chance at winning that don’t actually have anything to do with drawing

1. Follow the rules

You can only have two entries, and each need to be transparent 350px by 350px formats. You cannot alter the shadows or lineart, so make sure they’re there and still present. This should be self explanatory, but so many people do not do this? Ridic.

2. Make it a skin

Of the 17 pages of entries for this festival, only 37 entries were skins that cover the whole body (and some of those are from the same artist, or are very similar in design). Less than two pages worth of entires, and half of the festival winners will be skins. Would you rather try for top 7 of 37 entries or top 7 of 300? Not to mention, accents typically sell much better than skins when selling privately, and many top-notch artists hedge their bets by making accents for the festival so if they DO fail, they still make lots of money and get good advertisement by posting to the submissions thread. The skin competition is both dramatically smaller and less attractive for quaity artists to enter.

3. k. i. s. s.

Keep it simple, stupid! Don’t post a brillion detailed shots of the 300% zoom version of your work. It may look cool, but people just aren’t going to be able to see that in the final result. It doesn’t really matter. Focus on making it look good when it’s being WORN, meaning make sure to zoom out if you work with a bigger canvas so all those details you might add don’t end up looking like muddy garbage because they end up too small and blurry!

4. Minimize gimmick

Transparent sections, body and texture mods, clothing aditions etc- these are a few of the things staff typically do not look for. Can and will they get accepted? Absolutely! Is it the common winner? No, they tend to favor marking-type art, not things that push their “breed must be recognizable” additions, or art that horn in on their potential festival apparel. If you give your imp skin a pretty flowy cape and the festival item is a pretty flowy cape, good luck.

5. Small quality tips-

this miiight be drawing related, but it doesn’t actually require any drawing to do. First, don’t forget to color the lineart and tint the shading! They’re small things that you can do with a mouse if you’re smart about it, but it pulls a picture together nicely, and it lines up with the site’s style (especially not having hard black lines). Just make sure that the lineart is dark enough!

6. Observe the competition

if 90% of the skins entered are imps, don’t do an imp (unless you have a REALLY AMAZING PERFECT DESIGN THAT YOU HAAAVE TO DO because passion can go a long way in quality). Staff aren’t going to pick more that three of one breed for a festival, and even more than two is usually pushing it.

that’s it. Basically just make life easy for the staff and minimize competition.