satoshi-san1 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
babubearrr 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!
raefuun asked: What is that awesome watercolor/paper/??? texture you use in some of your pieces? Is it simply a brush's texture in painter, or did you download it/create it yourself? I love it's effect!
ah, which pieces do you mean? for most of them it’s just the “add noise” filter in photoshop, but for some (ex: my “ahoy” pic of gisele) i use an actual stock photo of textured paper that i think i snagged from cgtextures.com. sometimes i use a brown paper texture that i scanned myself from some kraft paper (used it for this, iirc)
chocolatestarlight asked: When you ink your drawings, do you first go in with a thin line and thicken them up over time, or do you put thick lines in from the beginning? And do you have a set system for what lines are thickened most, or is it just whatever you think will look the best for that drawing?
with most pictures i ink everything up front, but with some real media pieces i like to ink in thin sepia lines, then go back after the colors are done and darken/thicken some lines with a dark brown sharpie — i have to do it post-marker work or else the other markers will make the sharpie bleed when i go over it, since they’re all alcohol-based.
usually i thicken lines to try and establish a sense of weight and distance, and to separate elements of an illustration from one another…things closer to the viewer generally have thicker lines, things further away have thin ones; characters often have thick, dark outlines around them to establish them as a single element and separate them from the background, etc.
…sometimes i just do whatever though. i love bold and/or colored lineart, so i can get kind of carried away working them into my stuff :’)
royalskwater asked: how do you art?? your process I mean,,, I TOTALLY LOVE YOUR ART I can't explain but it makes me want to just draw and jump around and color something, it's really inspiring,, you're awesome (ﾉ◕ヮ◕)ﾉ*:･ﾟ✧
thank you! umm…it depends on the pic i guess? sometimes i’ll just doodle in photoshop, then keep adding to it, painting over it, etc until i like the way it looks (OK, more like until i’m sick of working on it and feel like it won’t get any better — haha.) other times, i do a CG sketch, ink it on another layer, set up flat colors under the inks, then shade, add effects, etc. i have a few vids up at livestream that illustrate the process much better than i can explain it in words
there’s also this post, that details some of the CG setups i use
on paper, i often do some quick thumbnail/layout sketches first (especially for jobs/commissions,) then do a rough, light sketch with HB lead, add details to that with 2B lead (it’s darker,) ink with copic multiliners, and color with all kinds of crap: prismacolor colored pencils, palomino watercolor pencils, prismacolor markers, copic markers, winsor & newton watercolors…sometimes i go back over and add some extra definition with sharpies, and add white highlights with rapidograph ink. when i post the finished pictures to dA and such, i usually try to list all the media i used. lately i’ve been trying to post more process photos to tumblr as well :]