50th Post!!


Tomorrow because it’s HD and took way to long to process I will annotate. But I used a combination of layer lock and clipping mask to make this digital painting. Most of the blending is a combination of painting with a lighter colour or using the smudge tool with a custom brush that I made. Tomorrow I will further update this post with better info but for now, enjoy what you can of this video.

Screentoning with Pattern Stamp Tool PS7


Ok so quite sometime ago someone asked me how I was able to tone so nicely in photoshop. My first answer is usually the worst because I don’t think it through even though it was true. I went through Deviant Art and found some great tutorials on it but without thinking that was really only half of the details. Now a few days ago I wrote a blog update about installing these patterns because I had planned to make a video about toning with the pattern stamp tool in photoshop. I know a lot of people prefer bucket fill. But to be honest, you limit yourself if you don’t at least try the various brush shapes in pattern stamp set to a nice tone… if any of that made sense. So, as always, watch the video first, then read on ^w^

Firstly, find and install some screentones that you have made or found and make sure they are PAT. files. Go HERE for a breif tutoiral on how to install and make them. Or go find a better tutorial on installing PAT files. Select the pattern stamp tool! Not the clone tool, it must be Pattern Stamp tool! This is very important. After you have done that select a hard edge brush and set the size to something nice to work with. Then select the patterns you’ve made or installed. Test them out and see how they are. Now, before I go on there is one issue I’d like to address before anyone asks.

If your tones aren’t coming out at the size you thought they would, it’s probably because your resolution and paper size is too small. I work at either A5,A4 or B4 and have a resolution of either 300 or 600 and in some cases 1200. The resolution effects the size of the dots and if you’ve ever used Manga Studio or Deleter Comic Works then you probably already know a bit about this already. I won’t go into a big explanation because frankly there’s tonnes of tutorials and explanations on this already. Everywhere from wiki to Deviant Art. Usually though working from 300 res or 600 would do for most of us. The picture in the video is A5 at 300 res or dpi.

For most of you, testing out the stamp tool like this, it’s probably all the information you need. I bet you can happily tone now as well as make hundreds of new tones and textures to use. There’s nothing extra I have to say about screentoning this way. Except to try out other brush shapes while toning and check out the amazing backgrounds you can make in a matter of seconds. This video is only double speed. This took me under 10 minutes to tone using the Pattern Stamp Tool. All I really want to say is play with adding white dots and highlights and using light tones for light shadows, over lapping tones and experimenting with the layer blend modes and the tones. You can make some amazing new tones with layer blend mode colour dodge and colour burn.

I know this is a terrible not-quite-a-tutorial, but it really is that simple. After you install the PAT file the hard part is over. All you have to do is carry on toning like you normally would and remember to use them where you want either shadow or emotion displayed and that’s it. Screentoning is only as complicated as you want to make it. I usually like to keep it simple because I like to focus on mood and emotion more than I do lighting so usually I just shade the eyes and under the nose and under the lip but that’s my personal preference. The main reason for this video was to show that it is possible to tone in photoshop and to get it to look nice. I’ve seen some of the WORST tutorials with the wrong tones used in photoshop and that’s where all the negatives on the stamp tool come from. Because people do judge the end results on these tutorials made by very beginner artists. There’s nothing wrong with wanting to help but if you don’t fully know the in’s and out’s then you really shouldn’t be making a tutorial. I’ve seen bad drawings in some tutorials but the explanations and examples were amazing, it sort of cancelled out the presentation factor so I guess what I am trying to say is, read thoroughly and try it yourself before deeming it a bad way to make art.

Anyway, if you want in depth tutorials on toning and where and what’s effective and what not then search youtube and deviant art and you will turn up hundreds of results. You can try google but turning up a good tutorial is pretty hard because of page ranks etc.

Here’s my list of favourite screentoning, colour and other art tutorials. These are way more helpful than anything I could ever write up:

  1. Prisma Marker tutorial
  2. Toning in GIMP
  3. Screentoning
  4. One of the best screentoning Tutorials
  5. Screentone/Halftone
  6. Colouring skin/noses
  7. Digital Painting Tutorial
  8. Bitmap Comic+Manga Halftoning
  9. Drawing Realistic lace
  10. Hair tutorial
  11. Sky Tutorial
  12. Nifty Digital Painting Tutorial
  13. Mini Tutorial About Everything
  14. Pen Tool Tutorial
  15. IFX- Strike A Pose
  16. A heap of manga tutorials
  17. Anatomy

More Livestream!!


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I’m going to be on livestream again doing a live drawing. Come for the drawing, stay for the music lol but on a serious note, if you have questions then feel free to ask me on the chat box provided. I will check back at the chat box while I draw so don’t feel shy ^^

http://www.livestream.com/draconianrain

 

Livestream [OFFLINE]


Sorry for the lack of Vlog‘s. I’ve finally purchased my new pc and I had to transfer everything so I had to re-register EVERYTHING! Sadly no photoshop elements 7 because I don’t have an optical drive >_> So here is how this post works. While I am online, the post will say online in brackets, give me about 2mins to stream, sometimes you may need to refresh. If it says Offline in the title, then I’ve ended the stream. Click Chat to talk to me while I stream though I am super slow to reply since I spend more time drawing that chatting.
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Firstly, sorry for no posts recently. I had a 21st party to both organise and go to. It was a lot of fun, met a lot of people.

So for the next update, I will be posting a Vlog of me speedpainting a gift art, from start to hopefully finish. Some parts may be missing because half was done on live stream and the other was done on camstudio. If you are interested in viewing my livestream then click HERE. I usually post a link via twitter when I go on livestream, so if you would like to get those updates then you can Follow Me on Twitter. My Twitter link and updates are always available on the right side of my blog so if you ever loose the link, you can always catch it here as well take a sneak peek of what’s going on lately 😉

The programs I will be using will be a mix between, opencanvas, easy paint tool sai if it’s not lagging and mostly photoshop elements 7. I don’t have CS even though it’s the one I really want, I simply can’t afford it. But maybe one day or if I get enough art commissions I will spoil myself and buy it. Though that is looking to be very unlikely. Mostly because bills come first >_> Also, as always I will be working from my bamboo fun pen and touch tablet.

 

Tegaki E Tutorial


Wacom Pen Tablet with Pen, Intuos 3 A5

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First off, this is not the absolute way to do this, it’s merely how I do things and if you want to do it my way to. I’m not saying it’s the right way or the best way but you may find some use in the tips I have.

Tools you will need:

So here it is, my short tutorial. Video was almost 50mins long. If I wasn’t having so many internet issues I would have put much more effort into the drawing but even so, my techniques would have remained the same. I am doing to talk this one out in point form because it’s easier and a little quicker to the point. I really don’t want to waffle on and confuse you guys this time 🙂

  1. Test out the colours you plan to use. Put them side by side to see how they will look if you plan to shade with them. The reason for this is to test the contrast of the colours. I generally chose the same colours every single time but even I need a reminder now and then.
  2. Sketch out what you plan to draw in the main colour you will be using, eg A skin tone if you are drawing a face, grey if you are drawing white hair etc. It also helps if you sketch out where you plan to shade or sketch in the main 3D areas you wish to accentuate. I did this with the cheeks and mouth area. Sketching like this makes it easier to paint over later.
  3. If you want a background colour then you should colour it first. If for some reason you change your mind at the last minute but it’s to late to go back, save your sketch with the save button at the bottom, choose either the lowest or no more than 50% opacity and colour over the top of your drawing without lifting your pen from your tablet.
  4. When you are ready to colour, start with the shadows and darkest parts first. Don’t worry if you do it to dark because you can always blend it in later. Use the lowest opacity to shade and slowly build up your shading.
  5. When you feel you are ready, start adding some lighting in the lowest opacity. Again, don’t worry if you do it to light because you can fix it the same way you can fix the shadows. Just finish off you lighting first, then darken it with low opacity. There are two ways to go about darkening and lighting. You can either build it up slowly with many strokes OR you can colour the area without lifting your pen.
  6. Really, you should leave your eyes until you have finished colouring your skin but that is only my opinion which I strongly recommend doing. The main reason I started it was to see how harsh the black was going to look against the skin tone which I then darkened a few times later. When you do get to the eyes, start with the whites of the eyes, the eye colour, eye shadow if you want to put eye shadow, THEN do the lashes LAST! Very important otherwise if you go over your skin or eyeshadows it will overlay the lashes and look silly.
  7. Add your lips in after you colour the skin to give a nice 3D plump shape. Don’t go over board with the light, just a few dots will do and for that extra 3D look, add some light around the top rim of the lips. Brake up the lighting though. Don’t fully follow the shape, just brake up the lighting a bit. You can see what I mean on the finished work in my previous post or when I zoom in in the video.
  8. Now on your tablet pen, it’s either left click or right click that brings up a pop up menu to zoom in or out. Use this as often as you need to. If you want the whole web page to zoom just go into your web browser settings and find the hot keys commands for zoom in and out.
  9. Do the same for hair and clothes, have patience but more importantly have fun and remember to save often! Unless you have a really awful net, just wait till you are done and save/post. Trust me, I saved and saved and on my second last save the net dropped out and I lost the whole picture where as if I had of waited I would have had it all posted and saved.

Enjoy! Hope this has helped at least one person. Next Vlog isn’t going to be all that fancy. It will most likely be something I make on the spot.

Vlog Delay For Tegaki E Tutorial


Windows Live Movie Maker

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Sorry to say this, but the new video will be delayed. When I was a sentence away from finishing the video tutorial, Windows Live Movie Maker crashed. Three attempts later the same thing. Then it crash while saving so I am going to run repairs on it and anything else that is interfering and see how that goes. Very sorry for the delay but if I had anything better to work with then I would surely use it but this is all I’ve got to use for now.