Things to Read and References

lexxercise:

I’ve been getting a lot of asks lately about the brushes and textures I use in my work, so here’s a BIG FAT REFERENCE POST for those of you who were curious! Bear in mind that I’m really lazy and don’t know what half the settings do, so don’t be afraid to experiment to figure out what works best for you :>

BRUSHES

Pencil

I use the pencil tool with SAI’s native paper texture both for sketching and for applying opaque color with no blending. Lower opacities give it the feel of different pencil hardnesses, while full opacity makes it more like a palette knife, laying down hard-edged, heavy color for detail work or eventual blending with other brushes.

Ink Pen

Mostly made this because I’m lazy and I didn’t want to have to keep turning my textures off/opacity up when I wanted to ink something (even though I don’t do it very often), or lay down flat colors. I find the line quality to be much more crisp than Photoshop, and you can manually adjust in-program stabilization to help smooth out hand wobbles.

Round Brush

The plain ol’ brush tool acts as sort of an in-between for me in terms of brush flow. It’s heavier than my usual workhorse brush, for faster color application and rough blending, but not as heavy as the pencil tool, which has no blending at all. I like to use the canvas texture on this brush to help break up the unnatural smoothness that usually accompanies digital brushes, but it works just fine without.

Flat Brush

A brush tool set to flat bristle is by far my favorite to paint with. I don’t use any textures with it because I think the shape of the brush provides enough of that by itself. I use it for everything from rough washes to more refined shaping and polish. It’s just GREAT.

Watercolor

Best used for smooth blending, washes, gradients, and smoky atmospheric effects.

Cloud

Basically a grittier version of the watercolor tool, because too much smoothness weird me out. Good for clouds and fog, as the name suggests, or just less boring gradient fills.

TEXTURE OVERLAY

To further stave off the artificially smooth look of digital painting, I almost always overlay some sort of paper texture, and it’s almost always this one, which I scanned and edited myself. You’re all welcome to use it, no permission required!

Using overlays in SAI is just as easy as using them in Photoshop. Just paste the texture into its own layer above everything you want it to apply to, and change the layer mode to Overlay. That’s it!

Want a more prominent texture? Up the contrast. Something more subtle? Lower the contrast or reduce the layer opacity. You can also use a tinted overlay to adjust the overall palette and bring a little more color unity to an otherwise disparate piece! Just be aware that too much texture can hurt the readability of the work beneath it, so I’d err on the side of subtlety.

Hope that helps!

-L

blue-ten:

image Trakoclock asked:

Hey, if you don’t mind sharing, I’ve always wondered how you got that soft celling look on your characters in your comic. Any tips? I’m currently working on my own comic and I kind of want to go for a less harsh form of cell shading. Thanks!

A couple people have asked about the way I color things and I’ve been meaning to post a tutorial on it :]. I’ve never been too good at describing my process, but I hope this helps!

amiammorette:

Eyes, nose, mouth, head, hands, ears and folds reference drawing tutorials.

grizandnorm:

Tuesday Tips - EARSIn storyboards, I often don’t put too much thinking into drawing ears. I mostly draw them as shapes. The only time I really need to know the ins and outs of ear anatomy is when I draw an over-the-shoulder shot. I never wanna draw attention to it, but a poorly drawn ear WILL stick out. Other than that, you can only simplify something adequately if you know it well. Maybe I’ll do another posts later on “cartooning” ears or modifying ears.Message me if you have requests.Norm

grizandnorm:

Tuesday Tips - EARS

In storyboards, I often don’t put too much thinking into drawing ears. I mostly draw them as shapes. The only time I really need to know the ins and outs of ear anatomy is when I draw an over-the-shoulder shot. I never wanna draw attention to it, but a poorly drawn ear WILL stick out. Other than that, you can only simplify something adequately if you know it well. Maybe I’ll do another posts later on “cartooning” ears or modifying ears.

Message me if you have requests.
Norm

letsrespectpixivartist:

I know this is a really long post. But if you’re a poster/reblogger/liker of pixiv arts, please, please, just please read ALL of this post.

It lists all of questions that may pop on your head regarding this ‘asking pixiv artists for reposting’ habit, and my…

betaruga:

z-raid:

fucktonofanatomyreferences:

A glorious fuck-ton of perspective angle references (per request).

[From various sources.]

Sources:

There’s zero way I’m not reblogging this

waltzforluma:

My taste in music is a pair of arms that hugs me when I’m feeling unsure of myself as a musician, and it tells me, “You’re doing okay. You like some pretty great music.”

I started doing the meme where you press “play” and list the first 20 songs that come up, and I ended up kicking back and listening through a bunch of songs that I love. I skipped any songs that weren’t available on YT, since words on a screen don’t do them much justice. (4 different Joe Hisaishi soundtracks popped up during my brief cycle through!)

1. Bill Evans Trio - Waltz for Debby (Take 2)
2. Akifumi Tada - Bomberman 64 - Stage Select
3. Junya Nakano - Threads of Fate - Passing Through the Forest
4. Hiromi - XYZ
5. Orange Lounge - Mobo Moga
6. Mahito Yokota - Super Mario Galaxy - Purple Coins
7. The Everly Brothers - Don’t Blame Me
8. David Newman - Anastasia - Journey to the Past
9. Dario Marianelli - Pride & Prejudice - The Secret Life of Daydreams
10. The Bird and the Bee - Everything Is Ending
11. The Bad Plus - Never Stop
12. Utada Hikaru - Traveling
13. Dirty Loops - Automatic
14. Masashi Hamauzu - SaGa Frontier II - Variation
15. Choro Club feat. Senoo - Aria the Natural - Ajisai no Shoukei
16. Fearofdark - Funknitium-99
17. Snarky Puppy - Thing of Gold
18. Caravan Palace - Clash
19. Perfume - Have a Stroll
20. Chihiro Yamanaka - Summer Wave

amandagraysons:

hey so idk if this has come to anyone’s attention, but this site lets you download 8tracks playlists since 8hacks got shut down. just put the playlist URL in the search bar at the top of the page and it will give you an option to download it