just hanging out, collecting references

dommifox:

A couple people asked me how I vary my leaves and trees and honestly, it’s super easy! I’ve never made a tutorial/guide before so I kept this mega simple but I hope someone out there might find it useful at least!

Also, anyone can download the brushes I use for all my art on my tumblr page (: I only use around 5 so go nuts haha

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

gawki:

This is a pretty basic one, but that doesn’t make it any less important to know! I hope it helps.  …

haxpunch:

As requested, a tutorial on how I approach lips. This is just how I see them, but I hope it helps!

chicinlicin:

Apologies in advance for any spelling errors, I’ll fix stuff in the morning…too tired now…

oh hey it’s a tutorial on glowing stuff I guess…I already made one 2 years ago but I don’t make things glow like that any more :|

…also when I’m manually doing colours I pick things like this as if I was shading.

there’s a lot more I could put in as well, but it really varies on the picture how I do the glow…it is usually just fiddling around with styles and colours though.

eehn:

I did some anatomy. Full view to see my tiny, tiny notes.

spookpolice:

I just started making some references for myself, but got carried away hahah… ha :’D

I figured I’d share. I’m hoping to make a series of these things for all the drawing bits that give me trouble: woman torsos, hands, wings, different body types, etc.

I hope you also find them useful!

(Source: timepolice-art)

mariahgem:

typette:

hyenapple:

ELI SHOWED ME A COOL THING where it generates a skeleton in various angles for you !!!!!!

oh shiiiit it’s the ultimate warmup tool yesss thank you

FEEL IT’S MIGHT 

ORT

This site is SO FRICKIN COOL!!! OMG I am ADDICTED!!!

[Tutorial] How to deal with tumblr’s ‘Error uploading photo.’

unfbigbang:

Many of us have encountered this message at one point or another:

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Most likely the gif you’re trying to upload is under the size limit of 1000kb (when you upload gifs that are 1000kb+, your gif is still uploaded but it just doesn’t move) yet you’re still getting this frustrating message. 

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Tutorial: how to make a black&white gif with one color standing out

pscs5:

I’m going to explain how to do this:

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1. Make your gif, crop it, sharpen it and add some curve or brightness/contrast layers if you want. You can always use my gif if that’s easier for you (:
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2. Go to Layer>New Adjustment Layer>Hue/Saturation. You’ll get this screen:
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3. Now click where it says ‘Master’ and you can choose between the following options: reds, yellows, greens, cyans, blues, and magentas. Now I want the background color of my gif to stand out, so that’s cyan. In order to do that, I’m going to lower the saturation of every other color EXCEPT cyan! (Also don’t change anything about the Master one, or it’s not going to work!) So if you want the   color red to stand out, you’ll have to lower the saturation of every other color except for the red one! Hopefully this picture will explain this better: [x]

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I hope you understood haha! If you want to see how it works for yourself, you can download the psd HERE, it’s the exact same one (:

(Source: lermun)

I needed to frolic: Tutorial: how to make a black&white gif with one color standing out

pscs5:

I’m going to explain how to do this:

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1. Make your gif, crop it, sharpen it and add some curve or brightness/contrast layers if you want. You can always use my gif if that’s easier for you (:
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2. Go to Layer>New Adjustment Layer>Hue/Saturation. You’ll get this screen:
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(Source: lermun)

honorgomez: Trishaaaa, what's your topaz settings? You know your settings are the best. :)

addictivegraphics:

I’m not really into making stuff that looks extremely like topaz but here’s what I do.

Open your picture, edit, resize it and do whatever else you do with it! Then I go to Filter> Sharpen> Smart Sharpen and put these settings

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The picture might looks a little messednow but that’s all good!

Now you go to Filter > Topaz Labs > Topaz Clean..

and these are my settings 

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If you did everything right your picture should be looking somewhat like this image

Now what I do is apply Filter> Sharpen> Sharpen once more then I add a psd and voila done!

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I hope this helped. -TRisha

eyecager:

Torsos tips from Anatomy for Sculptors

I have an Anatomy Intensive class on Torso’s-Front and Back this term so expect a lot of information relating to it being put up.

(Source: eyecaging)

foervraengd:

Okay so I followed this video about foreshortening and…

Sycra. I love you so much for making this video.

helpyoudraw:

Clawed Hands Reference by ABRZA from DeviantArt

(Source: old-helpyoudraw)