A message from kay-faraday
Hi! I didn't see this anywhere on your faq or tutorials, so i hope its ok to ask! is there a blur tool on photoshop elements 8 or do you use some kind of technic for blending? your colouring is extremely natural and i can't get the same effect on photoshop (i use cs5). Your art is seriously amazing!

Of course it’s okay to ask me things :D

Ahh, the blur tool… now, this is just my completely unprofessional opinion here but I hate it. I never use it. I don’t encourage anyone to use it. And I’m going to tell you why.

The blur tool can lead to lazy painting. Using it means you dont have to mix and therefore you lose a lot of tone and value in skin shades. I find that using it can take away precision and control because you’re letting the transitions between colours depend almost entirely on the computer, which ties into the second part of your question. to get a “natural” feel you can’t rely on the computer, let me show you.

Really look at these. If this was someones skin, which looks more natural?The hand mixed one. How? The blurred one has two colours, the hand mixed one started with two, then I mixed two more intermediate colours, then I hand blended them together, effectively creating several more colours. Even though the blurred one has technically mixed the colours, one colour is so light and the other so dark that the blur tool doesn’t provide enough intermediate colours for it to look convincing. 

Using the blur tool also means you lose some control over your colours. In the example above, what if you wanted the dark colour to blur over the light colour, effectively darkening the whole rectangle? You can’t do that with the blur tool, the tool works indifferently and uniformly. If you decide to blur something, you need to be positive that the two colours you’re blurring are in the perfect place, in the perfect lighting, and are close enough together to need no more intermediate colours. But to get that “natural” look you’re talking about you need variation, you need visible brush strokes for texture,imperfection, sharp shadows, and soft gradients, none of which are possible with the mechanical nature of the blur tool.

Some artists manage to make the blur tool work for them, it’s part of their style, and thats totally cool. Personally, I like to have a more painterly feel in my digital art and the strangely airbrushed weirdness of the blur tool just does not work for me. I suggest, especially if you’re new to digital art or art in general, stay away from it and keep yourself from falling into the pit of lazy painting.

Anyway, there’s my rant for the day, on to my own shading technique.

so I start off with my messy line drawing

then I but basic colours underneath with this brush

it has no pen pressure and it’s set at normal, 100% opacity. then using the same brush I do basic shading still underneath the line work to flesh out the light source and skin tone

then using this soft round brush

which is sort of pressure sensitive (it only goes so dark on one stroke, if you want it darker you have to physically lift the pen off the tablet and go over it again) on normal and 100% opacity.

I shade on top of the linework.

This bit isn’t done yet and I’ll refine it with the same round brush only in a smaller size. But look at the left clavicle, theres a very dark shadow and a very light part where the bone rises leaving a sharp shadow between them. some shading is required for the transition between the two parts but if you used the blur tool, you’d lose the sharpness of the edge.

Anyway, I’m not an expert and my way isn’t the “right” way so experiment! See what works for you. But my advice remains; be wary of the blur tool. Mixing colours is an important skill to have in art, in digital and (definitely) traditional mediums. 

Hope this helps!!!

Rin’s ponytail is my favorite

Rin’s ponytail is my favorite

A message from Anonymous
Why did you make Hermione black? :0 Not trying to condemn you or anything! just legitmately curious.

Well, why not? She’s not described in terms of skin tone (I don’t think) or ethnicity in the book. She’s well known as the girl with bushy hair and big teeth (until she gets them fixed) so, why not? Diversity is important and, especially in books, the way characters look is largely up to the reader. I know some people of African descent were disappointed when the movie cast her as white because in their heads she was just like them. I think it’s important to remember that even when our picture of Hermione is so clearly Emma Watson. And I was going for a book to drawing piece, not a movie to drawing piece, so why not go for something a little different :)

The sassy jock, the freckled keeper, and the bushy haired bookworm
Print
The sassy jock, the freckled keeper, and the bushy haired bookworm
Print

The sassy jock, the freckled keeper, and the bushy haired bookworm

Print

Art Meme!!!

caenu:

imagine-your-oc:

Send a number + a character and I’ll draw them:

  1. In what they normally wear
  2. In what I’m currently wearing
  3. In a school uniform
  4. In swimwear
  5. In underwear
  6. With no clothes on
  7. In winter clothes
  8. In fancy clothes
  9. Making 3 different expressions
  10. Standing on their hands
  11. With their favorite animal
  12. Hanging out with a friend
  13. Sitting on the couch
  14. Doing something they don’t normally do
  15. Eating
  16. Playing a sport
  17. Beaten up
  18. As a kid/adult
  19. Wearing a funny hat
  20. Sleeping
A message from jaku-zure
your favorite atla character + 7 (in winter clothes)

A message from Anonymous
Maybe Haruka from Free! with number 14?

14. doing something they wouldn’t normally do.

A message from anakinkendrick
oooh nicki minaj + #9 (making 3 different expressions)

You only get two because bad things happened to the third one :P

art meme

A message from Anonymous
you do design for fashion in collage?

Nope, I’m interested in Illustration, sculpture, and animation :)

A message from Anonymous
youre a korean?

I’m half Korean, half Northern Irish :)

Art Meme!!!

caenu:

imagine-your-oc:

Send a number + a character and I’ll draw them:

  1. In what they normally wear
  2. In what I’m currently wearing
  3. In a school uniform
  4. In swimwear
  5. In underwear
  6. With no clothes on
  7. In winter clothes
  8. In fancy clothes
  9. Making 3 different expressions
  10. Standing on their hands
  11. With their favorite animal
  12. Hanging out with a friend
  13. Sitting on the couch
  14. Doing something they don’t normally do
  15. Eating
  16. Playing a sport
  17. Beaten up
  18. As a kid/adult
  19. Wearing a funny hat
  20. Sleeping

peaceofseoul:

Jinora, Airbending Master

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I’m just gonna leave this here.

A message from thernarkofdean
Hey! I was on Deviantart when I found your profile! You are amazing! I actually had a few questions.. 1. What program do you use? Also, when you first started with the program were you good or did it take you a while to learn everything? And lastly, are you better when you use the program or just pencil and paper? I would really appreciate it if you could answer these(:

Hi! I started out using paint tool SAI and since I got a mac (macbook air) I switched to photoshop elements 8 since it came with my tablet. When I first started I used only one brush and one type of layer. I did that for a few months until I started really clicking around to see what all the buttons did. I also watched a few livestreams where i picked up some useful tips. I honestly just click things and see what happens, it can take a while to learn and sometimes it takes a google search or two to find what I want. It takes a while to get used to. Sometimes I’d think to myself, “I can’t believe I’ve used this program for three years and I never knew you could do that”. And about whether I’m better on paper or not… I’m not sure. I’ve been doing most of my refined big pieces digitally because buying materials is expensive but I’m much better at sketching on paper. My digital art is much more refined, whereas, my physical art is a bit more free and expressive, I think. Digital is easier (thank you undo button) although I wouldn’t necessarily say I’m better at it than any other medium.

Hope this helps!