And for that, I’m really glad! Don’t ever stop trying and always push yourself to keep going no matter what. Most importantly, remember to have fun~<3
Wow thanks! :>
For that picture I wanted dramatic lighting, so I put the shadows on a new “multiply” layer and made them a contrasting color to yellow, which in this case was purple. I made the shadows with sharp solid lines instead of a soft airbrush so they’d stand out more, too. Then I made a duplicated layer of the shadows for even more intensity, and added another layer on top of that and set it to “overlay,” then airbrushed some pink and yellow to lighten the shadows in some places and to tie the colors together too.
I hope that helps a little, ahhh. I’m sorry if it’s confusing without pictures or diagrams, it’s actually not as complicated as it sounds, trust me! @w@;
Aaahhhhblllluhbluhblub oh gosh, you are giving me all the blushies. ;w;
Here is a little secret about my lineart: it’s actually PRETTY BAD, HAHAHA. BUT I know a few tips of how to get around it! What I like to do a lot of the time when I’m trying to make neat lineart is I’ll often make the picture HUGE, then resize it down to about 50% or less of the original. This gives off the illusion of nice, smooth lineart!
Another thing I’m a big fan of is “tapering” the line, in which the lineart will be thin in some areas, and thick and chunky in other places. If you’ve ever seen my lineart in its rawest form, it’s pretty shaky and terrible, but I cover it all up by making super thick lineart. Of course, knowing when to make lineart thin or thick in certain places is another secret to making it look good, too.
Lastly, there is a lot of cleanup involved when it comes to lineart! The finished lineart you’ll see in my artwork often did not start out that way. I am not very good at making long, elegant strokes perfect the first time, so I split the lineart job into “segments.” This is a little more difficult to describe, but if there is a curve, I’ll try to ink just that curve in one stroke. If that still doesn’t make sense, picture a triangle. I don’t just draw the triangle in one go without lifting my pen, I’ll draw one line that makes up the triangle, then the next line, and the last line until the lines form the triangle. Sometimes I’ll get uneven or stray-away lines too, and so a lot of erasing in involved to get that “perfect” triangle. I JUST REALIZED I MIGHT HAVE MADE THAT EVEN MORE CONFUSING TO UNDERSTAND, SO I APOLOGIZE.
I hope this helped even a little bit. I actually hate the lineart process, but I love how it looks in the end. LINEART IS A CRUEL THING TO TAME. Also remember, this is just how I do my lineart, and there’s a million different methods out there! Play around to figure out the method you like best!
HAHA YES. If you’ve ever attended one of my Livestream sessions, you might have heard a Vocaloid song or two. Or many. :X
Because I don’t want to be a n00b, but don’t worry, some day the mods will probably nerf me. 9_6
This is something that I feel like I’m still struggling with myself, to be totally honest. So to hear comments like that just really blows my mind!
If you’d like to try an exercise that I always like doing, go to a site such as ColourLovers and browse the color palettes and look at the ones that pop out to you and if you’d like, make a picture using just that palette. I love trying to figure out which combinations work/don’t work and why. Understanding is just half of the battle! As for some tips, I always like to think of what kind of color balance I’m going for when drawing each picture. Colors heavily portray the type of mood and setting that you’re going for, so it’s always very important to think about color harmony or disharmony in artwork.
Like I said, it’s still something that I’m figuring out and playing with color is what I try to do with every picture before I finally finish it. If I find the colors to be too mismatched, I like to throw another color layer on top to sort of “unite” the whole piece. If I find the colors are too drab, I will often duplicate the layer, which oftentimes brightens it, or I’ll mess around with the contrast or hue sliders until I find a setting I find more pleasing. Just remember that it’s never too late to adjust the colors, and if you need to, you can always just create another new layer and start again or even build on top of what you have! Always try new methods and color combinations, it will help you improve with amazing speed! :D
Ohhh yessss and I am still learning every time I draw a new picture, haha! To be honest, I’m not too sure about my “style,” but when I look back at pictures I drew even a few months ago, I can see how I would do things differently and improve upon them. I’M HOPING THAT’S A GOOD SIGN???
I remember when I first started, I actually tried to make things look more realistic or as exact to the official style of whatever fanart I was drawing, but somewhere along the way I KINDA THREW THAT OUT THE WINDOW! I realized I have a lot more fun with things when I exaggerate or play around with colors, and I can only keep pushing that more and more. I wish I could point out what I’m talking about, but by browsing through my old art, you can really see for yourself the difference between when I first started and now! Wow!
I use SAI and sometimes PhotoShop CS4!