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#ask #process #tools #inking #lineart
same sheet of paper, i don’t have a light table/lightbox/etc. thanks!#ask #process #lineart
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!#ask #art #process #lineart #photoshop #painter #digital #tools
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!#ask #art #process #photoshop #painter #scanning #lineart #digital
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)#ask #art #process #tools #sai #digital #lineart
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.#ask #art #process #coloring #lineart
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:
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!!!
#2: PHOTOSHOP, QUICK AND DIRTY
this is the technique i’ve been using for the low-res sketch commissions i’ve been doing lately. example
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.
#3: PHOTOSHOP, PAINTED LOOK
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!!#ask #art #process #tools #digital #photoshop #painter #coloring #painting #lineart