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satoshi-ue1-deactivated20141018 asked: Hey I have a question for you bara. How do you do the lineart on your pieces? Do you use the pen tool in adobe illustrator or do you use a tablet and ink them in photoshop?


tablet + photoshop all the way, i can’t illustrate in illustrator (ha ha) to save my life. for illustrations i also prefer a slightly more organic look than ultra-smooth precise curves…sometimes i draw and ink on toothy paper and scan that in to color

— 1 year ago with 8 notes
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halfdeadmarauder asked: So Bara, when you do your traditional work, do you line over and completely erase the sketches? or do you line on a separate sheet, maybe with a light table or something? Your pages always look so clean!!


same sheet of paper, i don’t have a light table/lightbox/etc. thanks!

— 1 year ago
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bolasuu asked: Hey Bara! I've been a fan since viewing all of your stuff on Team Artail back in 98/99 or so, One thing i've always wanted to ask is regarding your line work. I've always struggled with digital line art despite having a good tablet and photoshop/painter. How do you manage to make your work so clean? Do you 'work into' the layer you have your sketch on, or do you use a brand new layer? Do you prefer a certain program? Also any other tips or tricks would be greatly appreciated :D x


wow, a super longtime fan! thanks for following me for so many years.

hopefully this post can give you a general idea of how i set up my layers and in which programs (it varies between pictures, though these days i ink in photoshop more often than not.) the one other thing about achieving smoother lines is to work big! 300 DPI at least. don’t worry about being a little messy with your lineart at this size, cause when you shrink the finished image down, most imperfections will disappear. and if you ever want to make prints/etc of your work, you’ll need large files anyway. good luck!

— 2 years ago with 4 notes
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polarburrs asked: I have a probably well asked question for you! I saw a photoshop question, and had one similar. How exactly do you get your lines looking so perfect, and not as pixelated after scanning? Especially when you do detail, like eyelashes. Is it dependant on the ink you use to scan with, or do you go over the lines in photoshop afterwards once it's scanned with a ___ type of brush/stroke? Or is there some secret narnia tool that i'm missing? Thank youuuu<3<3<3


thank you!

the only secret is to SCAN BIG. 300-600 DPI. when you shrink the image for web use, the lines will smooth out considerably. they may still be a little rougher than purely digital lines, especially depending on the toothiness of paper you used and how large the original art is, so you could touch everything up after scanning if you wish…i actually like that slightly textured look a lot, though, so i don’t do anything except clean up stray lines or bits of dust that got onto the scanner. but if it’s clean silky lines you want, try smooth bristol, or even printer paper, along with fine-tip pens (i use copic multiliners most of the time.) 

good luck!

— 2 years ago with 7 notes
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fetalstar asked: Thank you for your really detailed answer! I'll definitely have to try out how you do things. I prefer Sai over Photoshop because of how.... nice and smooth things can be. It reminds me of Painter, but much simpler. Have you ever considered trying out Sai?



i have tried SAI out, but i think it’s just not for me. i can absolutely see why people love it, it’s a great program with a lot of thoughtful features, and i appreciate how lightning fast it loads compared to photoshop and painter. but when i tried messing with all the inking stuff everyone else has told me about, it was way more trouble to me and far slower than just inking the way i normally do…plus the older i get, and the more digital everything around me becomes, the more i seem to be craving organic lines and obviously hand-drawn elements, not vector-smooth stuff. that’s probably just me being crotchety, though. BACK IN MY DAY WE HAD TO WALK TO THE ART SUPPLY SHOP IN THE SNOW UPHILL BOTH WAYS, et cetera

(never mind the fact that i’ve lived in warm states all my life)

— 2 years ago with 4 notes
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dye-music asked: random question, does it take more time for you to do lineart or color? :o


it depends on the picture, of course, but…i guess on average, while i’m tempted to think that lineart takes longer, it’s just the fact that i find that step the most boring haha. meanwhile, coloring is my favorite step, and if i’m not under stiff deadlines, i often lose track of time and just sit there adding more and more depth to things.

— 2 years ago with 1 note
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fetalstar asked: I've admired your work for years, especially the way you color. I've been in a bit of a slump lately coloring-wise. I really want to get back into actually shading with colors, as opposed to doing a monochrome shading underlayer, with color overlays and adjustments/details on top. It looks okay, but it kind of lacks that... oomph that working with color has. I just have no idea where to start. Would it be possible to maybe get an idea of how you work? Program/settings/layers/etc? Thanks. c:


thanks so much! sorry to hear about your slump, i know how frustrating it is >A<

i guess i have a few different ways that i set up CGs depending on how lazy i am at the time, or if i want to achieve a smoother or more painted feel…


this is how i did nearly all my CGs up until a couple years ago, and i still use it when i want a really polished look with smooth gradients. example

layer setup goes something like this:

  • inked lineart (either inked digitally or scanned with all the white background removed)
  • color area 1 (usually little details like jewelry and accessories)
  • color area 2 (usually clothing)
  • color area 3 (more clothing; eyes)
  • color area 4 (hair, probably)
  • color area 5 (skin)
  • background

the layers are all set to “preserve transparency,” and are at normal opacity. each area of color is on its own layer, or a layer where it won’t be touching any other colors nearby; this way, i can shade freely with big brush sizes without worrying about colors bleeding into other areas. my shading technique is pretty simple, tbh…i just paint, instead of fiddling with any adjustment layers or too many special effects. the layers are sorted so small, foreground elements are on top, and larger elements are in the back, which lets me be a little sloppy about filling the back areas in (like if i go outside the lines on the skin layer, it’s OK because the clothing and hair layers will cover that up, so long as i’m not going completely outside the figure into the background.) but this isn’t that important if you’re good with the magic wand tool, i guess.

also, for anyone interested in the brush i use to shade with in painter, it’s a boring custom brush, the settings are here.

sometimes i do use this technique in photoshop, and it gives me smooth lineart with painted-looking colors - example

this setup can yield some pretty shiny stuff that’s easy to edit onto other backgrounds, but it involves having to do some clean inking, which is a step i HATE doing digitally since i don’t have a cintiq. also, if i catch some sort of fatal lineart flaw halfway through the coloring, it means i have to go back through and edit multiple layers very carefully — annoying!!!


this is the technique i’ve been using for the low-res sketch commissions i’ve been doing lately. example

layer setup:

  • color layer, set to "multiply"
  • lineart coloring/lightening layer, set to "screen"
  • lineart/sketch

this one’s fairly simple; i’m pretty much coloring on one layer, then using the screen layer to lighten parts of the lineart (in the example given, stuff like the blue lines of her teeth.) again, my actual painting is nothing special, it’s just the default hard round photoshop brushes. any extra details, like the white stitches on her sleeve, can be done on a default layer above the rest.



this one’s the simplest of all — it’s pretty much like doing an oil or acrylic painting in real life. sometimes i do it all on a single layer and gradually add/refine details; other times i set it up like #2 above, but use the screen+multiply layers just to lay down rough colors, and then i make a normal layer or two above all that to do all the real painting on. it’s kind of time consuming, but also rather freeform and relaxing compared to the inked approach, and any mistakes you discover along the way are relatively easy to just paint over.

i’m terrible at explaining things, so this is probably all a little difficult to grasp without more visual aids…but i do have some WIP screenshots scattered about my tumblr, and my livestream recordings might help as well (hopefully i’ll be adding to these soon.) if you have more questions about any of it, feel free to ask.

good luck getting out of your slump!!

— 2 years ago with 76 notes
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