It’s essay writing season for tons of students!
After being a college writing tutor for over a year, I thought I would share my advice with all you awesome people on tumblr. This is how I write essays, but if you’ve got more tips, feel free to add them below.
Happy writing. You can do it!
i’ll need this tonight =p
THIS IS MORE HELPFUL THAN MY DOCTORATE HOLDING ENGLISH PROFESSORS EVER WERE.
High resolution versions:
- Krita 2.9 splash full
- Krita 2.9 splash cropped
- Krita 2.9 splash cut out
- Multuply example Kiki
- Multuply example Kiki (source)
- This tutorial in a ZIP file
As requested, I’m sharing my Krita experience here as a comprehensive, 24 pages tutorial. This tutorial shows how I created a new picture of Kiki (the mascot) for Krita 2.9 startup splash, covering many Krita related know-how such as:
- Brushes of choice
- Ruler assisted drawing
- My 2 drawing strategies
- and more!
I hope this tutorial helps. Good luck and happy drawing with Krita!
As a place where a crowd of artists is hanging out, pixiv is filled with tips, tutorials, and resources. But having a deal with its tags-based works arrangement can be a challenge. There is a list of tags labeling useful stuff on pixiv.
メイキング — “making”. Step-by-step records of creating a piece.
講座 — “course”. Tutorials of any kind.
フリー素材 or 素材 — “free material” or “material”. Textures, screentones, stock objects, et cetera.
ブラシ — “brush”.
トーン — “tone”. Screentones.
テクスチャ — “texture”.
パターン and シームレス — “pattern” and “seamless”.
線画 and 塗ってもいいのよ — “lineart” and “it’s okay to color”. Free linearts for coloring. Usually these tags are used together, but give a care to ascertain that “it’s okay to color” is presented.
A browsing tip for non-premium users.
By default, pixiv doesn’t allow to sort items by popularity. But there are specific tags indicating popular works, so you can reach the most popular pieces inside a category instantly by adding to the search query following tags: 10000users入り, 1000users入り, 500users入り. I. e. 講座10000users入り or 素材500users入り.
To all those artists out there dealing with artblocks, here are some tips for getting that mean art block out of the way using the power of references and how it can help in developing your style!
Today, I’d like to explain how I colour/shade in Paint Tool SAI. There are lots of different ways of using SAI but these are some of my preferred ways of colouring, which of course are anything but perfect :3
Let’s take some outlines first…
… and then add some simple flat colours! To make things a little easier, you should make separate layers for each colour.
Personally, I don’t like black outlines, so I always colour them. You can do this easily by setting your layer on Preserve Opacity and then taking any big soft brush and painting over your outlines in any colour you like. You’ll see that the outlines will change colour.
Now the picture has a much softer look. I like that!
Next step is adding some gradient. First, you’ll need to set all your layers on Preserve Opacity, so you will only draw over the particular colour. Then, you take the Airbrush tool, make it really big and simply draw over each layer in a slightly darker colour.
Sometimes, when I’m feeling particularly lazy, I leave the picture as that. When you’re going for something really simple, this will do.
When I feel a little less lazy, I use following method to add shadows:
Make a layer above all flat colour layers and put it on multiply. Then, use the Pen (or Marker) and draw shadows all over your picture. You can also use WaterColour to smudge some hard edges. When you’re done adding the shadows, once again select Preserve Opacity and draw all over it with a big Airbrush. Like this, the shadows get coloured too.
This is a very simple way to add shadows and it’s very quick too!
When I don’t feel so lazy, I use a slightly different way of adding shadows:
This is the brush I like to use most :D It’s a Marker. On the left, you can see it’s settings. This time, you draw on the separate colour layers (Don’t forget Preserve Opacity!).
This usually takes some time, because you need to pick colours and draw more carefully then in the method shown above. It feels much more like actual painting, though.
When I feel like making a real effort, I colour everything on just one layer. All flat colours on one layer plus all the shades on the same layer. Just like you would paint it on paper with an actual brush. However, you have to work with great precision, so it takes a lot of time. Even though I don’t have time to do this often, that’s my favourite way of colouring since it has the most natural feeling to it. (I’d like to show this in another tutorial :D)
And finally, add some random background :D
I also set the Outlines layer on multiply, which I forgot to do earlier. But it’s not necessary. I just like it better that way.
And finally, here’s the finished picture!
Of course, there are unlimited options how to colour in SAI. It’s a great program and it’s fun to experiment with the settings. There’s so much to explore! Therefore, I like to use different colouring styles, depending on what fits a picture best. The ways shown above are my favourite, because the first one is quick and the second one has a fancy brush for painting :D
Hopefully, I haven’t forgotten anything important >_< Feel free to point out whatever you think might be missing!
Thank you for reading!
Practicing hands on hips because yO THATS WEIRDLY HARD TO DRAW FOR ME
Some awesome leg tutorials done by n3m0s1s.
Because legs are the hardest thing to draw for me. Seriously, I’ll have a character with an awesome upper torso, then spaghetti legs.
Tuesday Tips - EYES!
Eyes are what convey most of someone’s expression. Body language is important, but “eyes don’t lie”. There’s a reason why someone who’s lying will generally try to avoid eye contact. We are biologically set-up to “read” someone’s inner feelings by looking at their eyes.
In storyboarding, if I’m in a real hurry to make a sequence “read” better, I will try to hit the eyes and facial expression as best as I can before anything else, especially if it’s an emotional scene.
Have a great Tuesday, everyone!
Includes torso, head, foot, and various hand poses - select from menu on the right!
Hahaha—reblog comic about having trouble drawing hands, follow up by reblogging 3d rotatable resources for people who have trouble drawing hands.
Anyway, while reading the tags and comments on said tutorial, I noticed a lot of people expressing a desire for a bat wing version. So here’s a little guide I whipped up on them!
Bat wings are simpler than bird wings in that there’s no feather structure to learn, but you do need to learn the bones. Once you get the hang of those though, they’re pretty easy!
I love this so much! I made a similar tutorial YEARS ago but it was hideous and poorly organized and I’m so happy this exists ;-; What wonderful wings! And that’s a great trick about the first digit!