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.

New Drawing Vlog: MyPaint


I’m in love with MyPaint. It’s just amazing. The blending! THE BLENDING!! It’s so soft and smooooooth! And natural looking! But the blending! For months I’ve tried trial after trial and failed to find what I was after. I tried so many opensource softwares that I was loosing hope then when I was looking for a sketchbook pro or corel painter alternative I found this freeware gem. To me personally, it handles better than most paid programs.

The BEST feature in my personal opinion as a user is that when it has a bug, you can still save and it doesn’t close the program. It just alerts you. Photoshop and others, they just crash, there is no saving. This is what has me truely in love with it as of right now. It’s replaced paint tool sai for the time being. I adore sketching in it. I’ve got WIP drawings and finished drawing all over my tumblr now. Ok I exaggerate but I have been posting my work on my personal blog for a change.

The other day someone genuinely thought I had scanned in a drawing the pencil brush tool looked that realistic and I was pretty pleased. I can’t normally afford my own supplies and I really miss painting, particularly watercolour painting so it became important to me to find a program to satisfy those painting urges. It’s not very good or fun to have the need to draw and then not be able to do it.

The more natural looking the better and I still can’t believe that I even found such a program let alone a freeware one! I’m even considering doing my webcomic cover art in this program but it’s a bit of wait and see at this point.

In the video I was calmly and aimlessly drawing. I made up my mind of what OC it was when I got the face shape down but in the beginning I had no particular plan in mind. I just wanted to draw a face and nice hair. I did this one on livestream and then took it down speed it up and uploaded it to youtube. It’s about 40mins or so of work.

Tools used:

  • Wacom bamboo fun pen & touch tablet
  • MyPaint

I used move maker to speed it up and that’s about it. I don’t have much to say except that you don’t have to change brushes much for blending. If you colour softly you can blend and it’s just brilliant! There’s so many ways you can edit the brush as well but I have yet to discover that.

Sketch Commission


Sketch Commissions

I am currently holding a special commission to help raise money to replace my grapic’s tablet and pay for some much needed surgery. This is a special type of commission that will remain available.

(Image is old, my drawing has improved vist my DA to see Examples: http://DraconianRain.deviantart.com)

So the prices are:

Plain sketch: 50 cents

Coloured sketch: $1

Coloured and textured like above: $5

Please remember to re-read and review the terms and conditions stated in the commission info link before making your order. If I have confused you in anyway, feel free to contact me at any time and I will be glad to go over it with you to help you understand.

 


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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.

Concept Art Video


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Hey there everyone! I’m back again with a new video. This time on Concept art, but more specifically character concept art. So first, please view the video, I will add annotations to the video later when youtube lets me so be sure to watch again, then after you watch please read on. Also if you would like to subscribe or add me as a friend on youtube you can find my profile by clicking the page link labeled Youtube or CLICK HERE.

One more thing to keep in mind, this is just my opinion on how I do things etc and please forgive my gramma mistakes.

So the first thing I do is check my settings on my wacom bamboo tablet. The reason being is because sometimes when I update the tablet driver either my settings are reset or there are some bugs with the driver I installed. I set it to almost 100% firm giving me personally the best pen pressure range. It is very close to my intuos settings but not quite as good, though good enough to do the job. For those of you who don’t know, I use to own and Intuos3 but sadly it died, not the manufacturing, it would have lasted years had someone not knocked their drink on my tablet sitting below the table… ahem lets move on.

Once I have my settings at my desired pressure I go straight into painting. In the video you can see that I opened up a sketch that I’ve already drawn. I had planned for the young man’s jewellery to be white but with the pale hair I decided that it would be to hard to see. With the skin, I just started with something soft because I want the character to have a soft look about him, even feminine to a certain extent. As far as the shading goes, I honestly had no idea what I was doing. This is the beauty of concept art. Initially I wanted to do dark and brooding shadow on one side and make him seem like he had two sides to him but as I worked the shadows I realised that it simply didn’t match his personality the more I coloured. This then changed his previous design which landed me at his final look. Just from this colouring alone I was able to finish writing about the characters bio and background storyline.

Next part I want to talk about is the characters eyes. The old version of this character had pale blue eyes but after my many years of figure study and drawing realism and semi-realism I learned that often the best eye colour is one that matches the hair and makes it look more natural or even gentle. I originally had this character with stereotypical ice villain eyes but in the end the more I wrote about the character the more I wanted to steer away from stereotypes and stereotypical designs. This particular character of mine has the longest and most changes that I have ever done to any character that I have ever created to this date! I’ve redesigned him so many times already but now I am genuinely happy with how he looks and that’s something that a lot of people don’t understand about character concept art. It’s all about trial and error and sometimes you have to draw them in the scenes in several designs before you finally come to a character design that you actually like.

Next part I want to share is the black cloak. I made it look wavy like that with the blend or finger tip tool. This particular character is one that dabbles in shadow magic and has a dark aura around him a lot in my story and until now I had not found a particular way that represented that in a style that I liked. Ok so misty can look mysterious but it would block away that pretty face so that’s one reason I ditched that look, the second was most people use that and I want to separate myself a bit from the crowd. The biggest reason was if I were to do it traditionally, it would be a huge mess and once it’s done, it’s done, there’s no turning back. Just another reason why I favour doing my comic’s digitally. Through out all the concept stages of this character this is the first time that the smudge tool has works so successfully on his cloak, but it was through trial and error on previous designs that I was able to get to this final stage and that is something that is really important. A lot of people don’t realise how much work really goes into concept art and how many times you have to draw the same thing over and over before you finally get there so please keep that in mind. I know my video shows it happening instantly but I can garuntee you that this character has been under-construction for a few years now. The main reason a few years was because I kept completing the design instead of sketching or testing out the character by colouring my sketches because I didn’t know how to make concept art properly before. I didn’t know of the trials and errors but I was also

1) Very young

2) I’m a self taught artist

Next part of the video I want to talk about is the headdress or jewellery. I mainly want to talk about colouring it properly and not half-assing it like I did. When I had certain beads shaded and lit with dodge and burn tool, I knew from there alone that I loved how the beads would look if I spend the time necessary on them to make them sparkle. It wouldn’t have taken long to do, because all there is to it is, shade in a crescent moon shape on one side only, then a light dab of light in the unshaded area up top like in the video shown. If you can colour properly quickly, then spend that time on the concept art colouring it right, it makes a world of difference to your decision making as well as making the right decision. After all concept art is basically sketching out your idea and building up that idea till you can find a practical use for it.

And that’s pretty much all I have to say about that. Most people know what they want straight away, do up the line art and colour it in and that’s the end of that but for other artist like me with endless stories or epic plots you just have to slow it down and put a lot of work into something so seemingly simple as clothing, hair colour or eye colour. Often I might draw one eye and colour it in 19 different ways until I find the right one but some may see that as pointless work where as I see it as an opportunity to use it later on other designs. Never throw away you concept art or sketches because every little bit can be used again later or for another project! I do it all the time. I often find myself recycling old designs and turning them into bigger and better ones later on in life so try your best to keep that in mind, no matter how ugly it might look to you now I can garuntee, you will find a purpose for it later.

My last bit of advice which is in the video, concept art is an excellent way to practise colouring and maintaining that skill as well as a useful boredom killer!