makinaro

makinaro:

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

Amazing. Thanks Lexxy! Really want to try out Sai now

nedroidcomics
nedroidcomics:

goblinweek:

WHAT IS GOBLIN WEEK.
Goblin Week is a thing started by me last year as an excuse for frantic and uncritical creativity for myself and others. Goblin Week is the reason for the season.
YOU can participate in Goblin Week, AND IN FACT I INSIST THAT YOU DO. Beginning on JANUARY NINETEENTH and ending on JANUARY TWENTY-FIFTH, you should consider putting into the world as many goblin-related creative items as is feasible for you. The tag #goblinweek is at your disposal on tumblr and on twitter, and both accounts will do their best to publicize the goblin-week-relevant works of all comers.
WHAT DOES “GOBLIN” MEAN TO YOU. GOBLIN WEEK IS ABOUT YOU. FOLLOW YOUR HEART.
ANOTHER THING THAT WILL BE HAPPENING FOR THIS YEAR’S GOBLIN WEEK is the GOBLIN WEEK 2014 ZINE, which will be detailed further in the near future. But broadly: the zine will be available for preorder on Goblin Week and no later. The emphasis as to contents will be on intensity and quantity. Your contributions will be extremely welcome BUT NOT ACCEPTED UNTIL JANUARY NINETEENTH THE FIRST DAY OF GOBLIN WEEK 2014.
WHETHER YOU PARTICIPATE OR NOT I HOPE THIS IS FUN FOR YOU

It’s Goblin Week!

nedroidcomics:

goblinweek:

WHAT IS GOBLIN WEEK.

Goblin Week is a thing started by me last year as an excuse for frantic and uncritical creativity for myself and others. Goblin Week is the reason for the season.

YOU can participate in Goblin Week, AND IN FACT I INSIST THAT YOU DO. Beginning on JANUARY NINETEENTH and ending on JANUARY TWENTY-FIFTH, you should consider putting into the world as many goblin-related creative items as is feasible for you. The tag #goblinweek is at your disposal on tumblr and on twitter, and both accounts will do their best to publicize the goblin-week-relevant works of all comers.

WHAT DOES “GOBLIN” MEAN TO YOU. GOBLIN WEEK IS ABOUT YOU. FOLLOW YOUR HEART.

ANOTHER THING THAT WILL BE HAPPENING FOR THIS YEAR’S GOBLIN WEEK is the GOBLIN WEEK 2014 ZINE, which will be detailed further in the near future. But broadly: the zine will be available for preorder on Goblin Week and no later. The emphasis as to contents will be on intensity and quantity. Your contributions will be extremely welcome BUT NOT ACCEPTED UNTIL JANUARY NINETEENTH THE FIRST DAY OF GOBLIN WEEK 2014.

WHETHER YOU PARTICIPATE OR NOT I HOPE THIS IS FUN FOR YOU

It’s Goblin Week!

nedroidcomics
midnitesurprise:

In the year 2014, I will be starting up a new comic called BACK. I will be writing it and my dear friend Anthony Clark will be drawing it. Then I’ll color it so Anthony doesn’t have to worry about that. I’ll also upload the pages to the website too. The above sketch is just a preliminary one by myself. REST ASSURED Anthony will make it look better and like magic once we dig into this thing in Spring.

midnitesurprise:

In the year 2014, I will be starting up a new comic called BACK. I will be writing it and my dear friend Anthony Clark will be drawing it. Then I’ll color it so Anthony doesn’t have to worry about that. I’ll also upload the pages to the website too. The above sketch is just a preliminary one by myself. REST ASSURED Anthony will make it look better and like magic once we dig into this thing in Spring.