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  • NocturnalNocturnal SNK Supporter Joined: Posts: 2,977 mod
    Not sure if anyone has posted these yet. A bunch of great photoshop tutorials to check out:

    http://www.carloscabrera.com.ar/tutorials/

    http://www.studioqube.com/tutorials/painting/index.html

    http://www.advancedphotoshop.co.uk/tutorials.php

    Enjoy.
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  • rookrook amused observer Joined: Posts: 1,630 mod
    good stuff Nocturnal.



    http://www.posemaniacs.com/pose/thirtysecond.html

    this is really awesome. The equivalent of your own quick figure drawing class in the comfort of your own room.
    square peg. round hole. large hammer.
    http://rook-over-here.deviantart.com
  • fistoftheryustarfistoftheryustar Joined: Posts: 2,170
    NSFW^^^

    haha damn that was crazy. I was thinking wtf when is this test over. It just keeps going. Anyway, its real humbling. When you're done you get a cool use of paper.:


    figs-1.jpg
    My drawing:
    Mai cheats on Ryu - "Shin Shoryuken!"

    http://forums.shoryuken.com/showpost.php?p=7115525&postcount=252
  • SousukeSousuke Chinese Electric Batman Joined: Posts: 781
    good stuff Nocturnal.



    http://www.posemaniacs.com/pose/thirtysecond.html

    this is really awesome. The equivalent of your own quick figure drawing class in the comfort of your own room.

    wow thx for the link. this is exactly what i was surching for. i usually suck when it comes to think about posings.:sweat:

    gotta practice now....:wgrin:
    風林火山


    "the answer lies in the heart of battle!" ~Ryu
  • Rabid WombatRabid Wombat Joined: Posts: 421
    Tutorials

    The Structure of Man: Video Tutorials on Anatomy by Riven Phoenix
    http://the-structure-of-man.blogspot.com/

    Over a Dozen links to Misc Reference Photos
    http://forums.penny-arcade.com/showthread.php?t=5329

    Basic Lighting/Texture/Form Tutorial and Reference Guide
    http://www.itchstudios.com/psg/art_tut.htm

    Alduar's Abstract Art Tutorial/Process
    http://alduar.iseenothing.com/tutorials/abstract/

    Pens 'n' Pixels Tutorials (Colouring especially useful)
    http://www.pensnpixels.com/instructional.html

    Feng Zhu Design Tutorials
    http://www.fengzhudesign.com/tutorials.html

    Tom Nguyen's "how to draw breasts"
    http://www.comicon.com/cgi-bin/ultim...;f=39;t=000176

    Another good Tom Nguyen article
    http://www.comicon.com/cgi-bin/ultim...;f=39;t=000144

    Team Special Olympics Tutorials
    http://www.teamspecialolympics.com/tutorials.php

    Portrait Artist Tutorials
    http://www.portrait-artist.org/

    Pencil Portrait Tutorials
    http://homepages.tesco.net/p.wilkinson/index.html

    Scanning Line Art
    http://www.steeldolphin-forums.com/h...g_lineart.html

    Flatting Tutorial by Mark Sweeney
    http://www.dave-co.com/gutterzombie/...d=1&file_id=21

    Speedpainting Tutorial by Angel_of_Bacon
    http://video.google.com/videoplay?do...78083166388456

    A Buttload of Drawing Tutorials
    http://www.drawspace.com/

    Erik Gist Drawing and Painting Principles
    http://www.erikgist.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=131
    http://www.erikgist.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=132

    Dan Gheno Life Drawing Articles
    http://www.dangheno.net/pteachingsindex.htm

    Walt Stanchfield Notes on Gesture Drawing for Animation
    http://www.animationmeat.com/notes/w...anchfield.html
    Who cares about that shit? I mean, it's only AIDS, right? Fuck it, if life gives you AIDS, just make lemonAIDS. _Carpet Lint
  • Rabid WombatRabid Wombat Joined: Posts: 421
    References

    Wally Wood's 22 Panels That Always Work
    http://joeljohnson.com/archives/2006..._woods_22.html


    Online Colour Scheme Generator
    http://www.steeldolphin.com/color_scheme.html

    Colour Theory Guide
    http://www.worqx.com/color/

    Blambot Comic Fonts
    http://www.blambot.com/

    Microsoft Web Development
    http://msdn.microsoft.com/vstudio/ex...ner/web/tier1/

    Pose Maniacs Drawing Tools
    http://www.posemaniacs.com/blog/
    Who cares about that shit? I mean, it's only AIDS, right? Fuck it, if life gives you AIDS, just make lemonAIDS. _Carpet Lint
  • NokatoNokato Joined: Posts: 1,662
    Anyone have tips on using wacom tablets for coloring?

    I feel like I'm fighting this shit....it does not do what I want it to do
  • Bland_WolfBland_Wolf Are You OK? Joined: Posts: 419
    anybody know any good tuts or have any tips about drawing things like armor or mech type stuff from the mind? i've never been good at that stuff for the life of me.
    ~dizzy my future, silly my way~
  • DasiaticDasiatic Empire ROC/Dipset Joined: Posts: 387
    http://www.thegnomonworkshop.com/dvds/csc01.html

    tips for painting in Photoshop. tutorials presented here are good for versions from PS 5-CS2/3.
    since its from Gnomon, you know the price is real demanding. good luck on getting the money.

    I also have The Structure Of Man, by Riven Pheonix. Its good. very good. his methods will seem foriegn and strange at first, and you might have a hard time comprehending his ways of artistic thinking, but as anything that is new to you, after you keep at it for a while, it gets easier. his ways are better than any How To Draw book, imo. and this is coming from a guy who has bought all of the How To books in the market.

    His approaches of teaching usually involves different ways of measureing and lining up different shapes for proportions sake. this might seem wierd to those who arent used to his "careful" approaches of drawing the human figure.
    Ay look. I keep my ass clean. If a girl wants to put her tongue up there then, you know, whatever shinkuus her hadouken man.

    -LobeliaGirl
  • NocturnalNocturnal SNK Supporter Joined: Posts: 2,977 mod
    Anyone have tips on using wacom tablets for coloring?

    I feel like I'm fighting this shit....it does not do what I want it to do

    It takes some time to get adjusted to tablets at first, may I ask what tablet your using also? If it's a wacom check to see if you have the latest drivers installed on your PC for the tablet. That helped me out at first since I didn't know crap about updating the drivers for the tablet. The rest is just mostly practice adjusting to how it works and eventually you the hang of how it works for you.
    anybody know any good tuts or have any tips about drawing things like armor or mech type stuff from the mind? i've never been good at that stuff for the life of me.

    I usually look at reference from armor samurai books and things of that nature. Though I haven't really drawn much armor related stuff myself but that is just what I would do if I needed to draw it. Then from there you can start changing the styles of the armor and eventually it sticks in your head how the designs are done.
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    twitch channel = jaimedl
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  • MiddlekickMiddlekick r.mika stalker Joined: Posts: 604
    I'm using Shi-Painter for use offline, but I find that my default canvas size is too small. How can I make the canvas size larger?
  • HP87HP87 Joined: Posts: 99
    Does anyone have any tips or tutorials for drawing hands in various poses? I have lots of trouble getting the basic shape and the overall form right. How should the hand be broken down into simple shapes like squares, rectangles and circles when the hand is in a weird pose?
  • NeoBloodNeoBlood kara bank account Joined: Posts: 2,757 ✭✭✭✭✭ OG
    yeah, breaking them down into shapes helps a lot, but just drawing them as often as you can is the best thing. Dont just focus on the hands though, also look at where the hand joins the wrist because if you draw that right it makes the hands look way more believable.
  • ToyRobotTerrorToyRobotTerror Magnificent Bastard Joined: Posts: 2,078
    Hi what kind of paper should i use for painting with inks? Only success i had so far is cardboard and it feels kind of ghetto.
    I have tried a variety of papers and they all get to saturated.
    Fuck skrulls
  • Dreaded FistDreaded Fist Joined: Posts: 1,920
    You mean like inkwash?

    Probably 2-ply plate bristol or hot-press illustration boards which is the same thing, just thicker.
    www.phongworks.com
  • SystemSystem Joined: Posts: 508,676 admin
    anybody know any good tuts or have any tips about drawing things like armor or mech type stuff from the mind? i've never been good at that stuff for the life of me.


    this maybe what ur looking for if not there are more videos on the site. Learned a lot form this site so its worth looking at.

    http://idrawgirls.blogspot.com/2008/01/learn-how-to-draw-mecha-design-for.html
  • Arkayne17Arkayne17 Stop it meg. Joined: Posts: 2,857
    Lots of good tutorial links.


    Anyway know good tuts or can anyone pass tips for digital painting?
    I think what I really need to do is setting up the brushes for DPing.
    @ArtofArkayne
    Character Designer / Concepter Artist / Illustrator
  • Dy-ErgileDy-Ergile Self destruction™ Joined: Posts: 140
    Hi guys, just wanted your advice. Are any of these wacom tablets good? I've read the thread and a lot of peeps mention the Intuos ones, but I haven't seen any mention these models. Are they any good?

    http://www.bestbuy.ca/catalog/subclass.asp?logon=&langid=EN&catid=20393
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  • SystemSystem Joined: Posts: 508,676 admin
    this maybe what ur looking for if not there are more videos on the site. Learned a lot form this site so its worth looking at.

    http://idrawgirls.blogspot.com/2008/01/learn-how-to-draw-mecha-design-for.html

    Ooh Thanks alot for this, I've been looking for something similar to this for a while and the vids were really helpful.
  • akumachanakumachan The haters have arrived Joined: Posts: 435 ✭✭✭✭✭ OG
    Does anyone know any good tutorials for halftones in photoshop?
    I love a guy with a HUGE vocabulary.
  • tajiritajiri hates you Joined: Posts: 1,253
    any advice (for a novice) on how to draw fashion illustrations?

    specifically clothing designs.
  • NeoBloodNeoBlood kara bank account Joined: Posts: 2,757 ✭✭✭✭✭ OG
    any advice (for a novice) on how to draw fashion illustrations?

    specifically clothing designs.


    Draw really skinny people with ugly clothes on them

    Seriously though I feel designing clothes doesnt have to have the level of detail as say an illustration. If you just need to get the idea across then a basic drawing should suffice, unless there are very specific details you wish to show. Also the construction of the piece should be shown as well as the intended fit. Id say use google and look at other fashion illustrations. They are typically very fast basic drawings.
  • Dreaded FistDreaded Fist Joined: Posts: 1,920
    Does anyone know any good tutorials for halftones in photoshop?

    filter>pixelate>color halftone in photoshop is the only way I know of. You can set all the channels to zero to get a monochromatic tone.
    www.phongworks.com
  • TNBTNB Bye. Joined: Posts: 1,180
    how dya lay down flat colors in the gimp?

    Also need help on amime eyes/ coloring, anime skin coloring, cuts, inking/cleanup and complex shading in the gimp.

    Also, how would I be able to silkscreen or make a nice looking t-shirt at home? I've had some ideas for a while now, although, I can't recall them right now... :sweat:
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  • Dreaded FistDreaded Fist Joined: Posts: 1,920
    403 forbidden
    www.phongworks.com
  • AQUA-PURAAQUA-PURA @theasianloner Joined: Posts: 1,634
    It should come up again if you press enter if the message comes up.
    Or just copy past link into new tab, it works for me.
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  • SystemSystem Joined: Posts: 508,676 admin
    Nice tips people... Thanks a lot...
  • fistoftheryustarfistoftheryustar Joined: Posts: 2,170
    Ok... ok.. PLEASE help me out here.

    This will be my gateway drug into getting into photoshop, when I always told myself I'd never do that.



    1. Say I ink a drawing, with nice thick thick lines. And I scan it. How do I get it so that I can fill/paint within the outlines with color?

    2. Is there a way to do this with MS Paint?


    The most basic of basic questions and I'd love if you can help me out. I don't have a mouse-pen either, just a mouse to do this.
    My drawing:
    Mai cheats on Ryu - "Shin Shoryuken!"

    http://forums.shoryuken.com/showpost.php?p=7115525&postcount=252
  • mcginnismcginnis Smile :D Joined: Posts: 2,123
    Ok... ok.. PLEASE help me out here.

    This will be my gateway drug into getting into photoshop, when I always told myself I'd never do that.



    1. Say I ink a drawing, with nice thick thick lines. And I scan it. How do I get it so that I can fill/paint within the outlines with color?

    2. Is there a way to do this with MS Paint?


    The most basic of basic questions and I'd love if you can help me out. I don't have a mouse-pen either, just a mouse to do this.

    Don't know about paint but in photoshop you make a new layer on top of your scan and switch it to "multiply" so your colors don't paint over what's already there. I think that's what you mean anyways.
    "If there is no great glorious end to all this, if nothing we do matters, then all that matters is what we do. 'cause that's all there is. What we do, now, today."
  • fistoftheryustarfistoftheryustar Joined: Posts: 2,170
    I dont know much about photoshop terms and stuff. My question is ask basic and newb as can be. All I want to know is how to paint and fill (just one solid color) after you do the outline.


    I will try to post a picture with what I mean if nobody gets me.
    My drawing:
    Mai cheats on Ryu - "Shin Shoryuken!"

    http://forums.shoryuken.com/showpost.php?p=7115525&postcount=252
  • fistoftheryustarfistoftheryustar Joined: Posts: 2,170
    ryuask3.png

    Here is what I mean.

    And I dont even want to make a photshop painting like people do on deviant art. I just want to first paint with just solid colors (no shading), almost like stain-glass.
    My drawing:
    Mai cheats on Ryu - "Shin Shoryuken!"

    http://forums.shoryuken.com/showpost.php?p=7115525&postcount=252
  • mcginnismcginnis Smile :D Joined: Posts: 2,123
    well, what I mentioned works the same as that or you could just use the paint bucket tool. You can also use the polygonal lasso tool which could be pretty easy depending on how thick you make your lines and place them underneath your scan layer.

    To make a new layer at the top of photoshop it'll say "layers": Click on that-->New-->Layer

    To change it to multiply just click on the drop down menu that I show in here. Your version may be different looking if you don't have CS4 but you get the idea. (I did a quick one so it's messy :sweat: but it shows you what it can do.) Just make sure it's on top of your original layer, you can just drag it above it and that it's.

    ryu.jpg?t=1256423219
    "If there is no great glorious end to all this, if nothing we do matters, then all that matters is what we do. 'cause that's all there is. What we do, now, today."
  • fistoftheryustarfistoftheryustar Joined: Posts: 2,170
    1. Hm so you could use Photoshop's paint tool and it will "Fill" in the space, as long as the black lines are all connected? As opposed to using the brush tool like in your picture



    2. When I scan a drawing and paint in MS Paint, there are those gaps and space in between all the time. Photoshop has a more sophisticated 'paint / fill' system?



    3. When I scan a drawing there are various shades of black and gray, even if the main outline is thick and black. How do I make a scanned drawing so that it is completely Black and White? I can play with the contrast and mid tone, but when I am done with that and try to paint within the lines, I always get those fuzzy gaps and dots like in Question 2.
    My drawing:
    Mai cheats on Ryu - "Shin Shoryuken!"

    http://forums.shoryuken.com/showpost.php?p=7115525&postcount=252
  • mcginnismcginnis Smile :D Joined: Posts: 2,123
    1. Hm so you could use Photoshop's paint tool and it will "Fill" in the space, as long as the black lines are all connected? As opposed to using the brush tool like in your picture

    Yea, the lines have to be touching. You can adjust the sensitivity of the paint bucket so if some lines were off by a hair it'll register it as connected. It's the tolerance setting that comes up when you have the paint bucket tool selected.

    2. When I scan a drawing and paint in MS Paint, there are those gaps and space in between all the time. Photoshop has a more sophisticated 'paint / fill' system?

    That's where Tolerance comes into play.

    3. When I scan a drawing there are various shades of black and gray, even if the main outline is thick and black. How do I make a scanned drawing so that it is completely Black and White? I can play with the contrast and mid tone, but when I am done with that and try to paint within the lines, I always get those fuzzy gaps and dots like in Question 2.

    Best way to do that is to use the levels command. Image--->Adjustments--->Levels

    A little window pops up which lets you mess with the highlights and shadows of a pic. Mess around with the setting a little bit with the preview on and you get of feel of how dark your making your lines. There are 3 little triangles underneath the bar graph the one on the left is shadows, middle is midtones, and the one on the right are highlights. For scans like you mentioned I eyeball it but it's usually moving the highlights to the left a little and the black to the right with the midtones adjusted if necessary.
    "If there is no great glorious end to all this, if nothing we do matters, then all that matters is what we do. 'cause that's all there is. What we do, now, today."
  • KandokenKandoken Ukettetato! Joined: Posts: 677
    Man, where's pete tut from 04 with ryu uppercuttin cammy? that helped me out tremendously. Maybe i should post something similar? idk, i can't believe this thread's still going, wow! :tup:
    >/c( /.')>: BRING THE GRAPE!
  • fistoftheryustarfistoftheryustar Joined: Posts: 2,170
    1. Hm so you could use Photoshop's paint tool and it will "Fill" in the space, as long as the black lines are all connected? As opposed to using the brush tool like in your picture

    Yea, the lines have to be touching. You can adjust the sensitivity of the paint bucket so if some lines were off by a hair it'll register it as connected. It's the tolerance setting that comes up when you have the paint bucket tool selected.

    2. When I scan a drawing and paint in MS Paint, there are those gaps and space in between all the time. Photoshop has a more sophisticated 'paint / fill' system?

    That's where Tolerance comes into play.

    3. When I scan a drawing there are various shades of black and gray, even if the main outline is thick and black. How do I make a scanned drawing so that it is completely Black and White? I can play with the contrast and mid tone, but when I am done with that and try to paint within the lines, I always get those fuzzy gaps and dots like in Question 2.

    Best way to do that is to use the levels command. Image--->Adjustments--->Levels

    A little window pops up which lets you mess with the highlights and shadows of a pic. Mess around with the setting a little bit with the preview on and you get of feel of how dark your making your lines. There are 3 little triangles underneath the bar graph the one on the left is shadows, middle is midtones, and the one on the right are highlights. For scans like you mentioned I eyeball it but it's usually moving the highlights to the left a little and the black to the right with the midtones adjusted if necessary.



    Ahhh, thank you man. That really helped. I guess I will need to get photoshop because what I want would probably be too hard to do in Paint.


    I think making just the "color-it-yourself" black and white drawing for Paint is actually harder than painting it in photoshop, because Paint has no tolerance function and PS does.
    My drawing:
    Mai cheats on Ryu - "Shin Shoryuken!"

    http://forums.shoryuken.com/showpost.php?p=7115525&postcount=252
  • shiningsoulshiningsoul P-ness Joined: Posts: 414
    For the sequential artists:

    Really nice criticism and analysis of storytelling in sequential art.
    http://consequentialart.wordpress.com/

    Tools and how to use them.
    http://comictool.blogspot.com/

    This place had a bunch of Comic Book Greats episodes (Stan Lee talking and drawing with comic book greats like Jim Lee, John Romita, Sr. and JR JR, Will Eisner, Whilce Portacio, and Rob Liefeld *cough*wtfgreat?*cough* among others), but for some reason they were all taken down =( Putting this here just in case something new pops up.
    Comic Book Greats http://www.youtube.com/user/CrashLanden#g/u

    For the animators:

    He can be a bit curmudgeonly or close-minded (I'm paraphrasing here but he's said stuff like all modern animation is crap, all animation should be funny), but then again he is the creator of Ren & Stimpy. These are basically organized reposts from his personal blog (http://johnkstuff.blogspot.com/).
    http://johnkcurriculum.blogspot.com/

    Glenn Vilppu drawing and sketching for animation.
    http://www.awn.com/users/28/posts

    Storytelling and storyboarding.
    http://sevencamels.blogspot.com/

    Famous Artists Cartoon Course
    http://comicrazys.com/category/famous-artists-cartoon-course/

    How-to book on cartoon animation
    http://www.animationarchive.org/2006/05/media-preston-blairs-animation-first.html

    I've only taken a cursory look through the next three texts but they seem pretty in-depth:

    The Practice and Science of Drawing by Harold Speed
    http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/14264

    The Theory and Practice of Perspective by G. A. Storey (George Adolphus Storey)
    http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/20165

    Famous Artists Commercial Art & Illustration Course
    http://onanimation.com/?p=2119

    Random Tips:

    Small to big - Thumbnails are your friend. Working stuff out in the small stage, working out posing and composition, is easier and faster since you don't get bogged down in the details and drawing a series of loose thumbnails where you can solve problems and try different approaches is better than drawing large and having to erase or redo a large drawing multiple times. If you have the access, scanning, then enlarging, then lightboxing a thumbnail can save a lot of time. The only drawback to this is it's possible to lose some of the spontaneity and snap when going from something loose to something more finished. One thing that can help is to keep your stuff loose until you get towards the end, then when you want to finish, be confident, in control, and really throw those lines. Another thing that can help is to really think about what you're drawing and know what it is it that you're drawing. Like if you're drawing a nose or a cheekbone, tell yourself "I am drawing a nose" or "I am drawing a cheekbone" and think about how you'd draw that as opposed to drawing say a feather or a mountain or whatever.

    Big to small - Fundamentals. Construction. Construct your drawings, don't just draw lines or shapes or contours, but draw in order to show form and solid shapes. Work hierachically from the bigger forms, think in three dimensions, and save the fine details for last. Well drawn details won't save a poorly constructed drawing with unconvincing forms.

    Flip your drawing - If you're working with paper, you can check your drawing by looking at the backside of it and holding it up to the light. Or you could look at your drawing in the mirror. If you're working digitally a simple "Flip Horizontal" will do the trick. Doing this helps you see the drawing with a different set of eyes, so to speak, and it's easier to pick out bits that look wonky or asymmetrical. Turning a drawing upside down can also help identify weak spots or where negative space or spotted blacks can add interest and visual flow.

    Here's where I could use some help. Spotting blacks. I've found a few tuts online re: spotting blacks, but it's still a mystery to me.
    http://chodrawings.blogspot.com/2009/02/few-notes-about-inking.html
    http://www.bigtimeattic.com/blog/2007/02/tips-and-tricks-spotting-black-areas.html
    http://stephendestefano.blogspot.com/2006/12/spotting-blacks-part-1.html

    Digital painting. Creating form through color and tint is a real headscratcher. This kind of ties into the mystery of spotting blacks and I'm having trouble figuring it out. Start out with flats, then pick a lightsource(s) -> ? -> finished piece. That's all I got so far =/
    Y B Squrred !
  • Dreaded FistDreaded Fist Joined: Posts: 1,920
    the comictool blog is cool. I read the cutting guide there but I have a better way to do it that was taught by a pro ad graph guy. You make 2 slits with an exacto knife. Stick your knife into the slits, and butt your ruler against the knife. The cut will be dead on and you won't have any lines left over.

    As far as spotting blacks and digital painting, that's just a fundamental thing, YOu have to understand form to do it right. You can only get it through practice and studies, tutorials help only a little bit.
    www.phongworks.com
  • shiningsoulshiningsoul P-ness Joined: Posts: 414
    the comictool blog is cool. I read the cutting guide there but I have a better way to do it that was taught by a pro ad graph guy. You make 2 slits with an exacto knife. Stick your knife into the slits, and butt your ruler against the knife. The cut will be dead on and you won't have any lines left over.
    I'm having trouble visualizing this. So say you want to cut out a square. Where do you make the slits? And is this single cut for one side of the square?
    As far as spotting blacks and digital painting, that's just a fundamental thing, YOu have to understand form to do it right. You can only get it through practice and studies, tutorials help only a little bit.
    Cool, I'll keep at it.
    Y B Squrred !
  • fistoftheryustarfistoftheryustar Joined: Posts: 2,170
    Do you think its weird or "cheap" to trace your own drawing that you made on the computer? I drew smething that came out pretty good in MS Paint and I put a sheet of paper over the screen and traced it. Usually you should be good enough to just do it over again without tracing. Is that considered cheap by most people? Im not an art student, I dont know what the "code" is.
    My drawing:
    Mai cheats on Ryu - "Shin Shoryuken!"

    http://forums.shoryuken.com/showpost.php?p=7115525&postcount=252
  • Bland_WolfBland_Wolf Are You OK? Joined: Posts: 419
    not really. artists trace over their work all the time, usually when transferring the lines to different or bigger paper. some people just redraw the whole thing. you're pretty much doing the same thing so it's up to you. i'm guessing you don't have a printer tho if you have to trace on the screen ^^;
    ~dizzy my future, silly my way~
  • fistoftheryustarfistoftheryustar Joined: Posts: 2,170
    Im doing something for the Alternate Costume SRK Community contest. So I dont think its messed up to use the same base and draw different clothes, just as long as you dont do it too much in your main artwork.
    My drawing:
    Mai cheats on Ryu - "Shin Shoryuken!"

    http://forums.shoryuken.com/showpost.php?p=7115525&postcount=252
  • Bob SagatBob Sagat Akuma Thurman Joined: Posts: 1,547
    Lol, dude. There is no code. You should do stuff the way it works best for you.
    Thinking you should be able to redraw a drawing from scratch is just giving yourself an unnecessary handicap, leading to a lot of frustration and self-doubt.

    It's very rare that I can draw a perfect drawing in one go, so if I've got a sketch that looks like it could be good, I put a new piece of paper on top, refine the stuff that's too vague, keep the stuff that works and change what doesn't work. If I think it could still be better, I just do it again, until I'm happy with the drawing.
    Roald Dhalsim
  • Xenozip.Xenozip. what a nincowpoop Joined: Posts: 3,942
    Does anyone know of a video (preferably youtube) of some one creating something like this? (source)

    Like, the pseudo-3/2.5D pixar-esque-looking stuff? I've seen his T.Hawk tutorial but that's a slideshow, was hoping for a video. I've seen similar styles like here and here and here and here etc so I feel like it's not uncommon.
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  • fistoftheryustarfistoftheryustar Joined: Posts: 2,170
    I want to paint with the Okami-style on actual paper or fabric (not in a digital media.) I'm interested in the cool ink splashes. I just can't figure out how they do it.



    Here are some examples from Okami and Street Fighter 4:

    - http://www.blogcdn.com/nintendo.joystiq.com/media/2008/02/okami020608.jpg (Okami) ... Look at background

    - http://sarcasticgamer.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2010/03/hakan_SSFiv.jpg (SF4) .... How can I recreate those splashes on paper? Maybe cover a part of the drawing, and splash the ink on the exposed areas

    - http://sarcasticgamer.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2010/03/Makoto-Ink.jpg
    http://cdn1.gamepro.com/screens/138421/76281-2-screenshot.jpg .... Lovely Inks Splashes in both these pics



    I would love to get this art form down. If anyone has any ideas or hunches let me know
    My drawing:
    Mai cheats on Ryu - "Shin Shoryuken!"

    http://forums.shoryuken.com/showpost.php?p=7115525&postcount=252
  • fistoftheryustarfistoftheryustar Joined: Posts: 2,170
    I keep finding pictures of fighters already in a cage.

    For school we have to make a movie poster. I want to put a person I know inside a fighters cage. Each photo I see to use as the Cage Background, already has a lot of fence in the foreground. So its hard to put somebody in there.

    Is it possible to get some fence pictures: copy + paste, tilt, and distort it to create a fighting cage from scratch?
    My drawing:
    Mai cheats on Ryu - "Shin Shoryuken!"

    http://forums.shoryuken.com/showpost.php?p=7115525&postcount=252
  • X_SwordX_Sword -+FGs, Art, and Beats+- Joined: Posts: 1,754
    What is the use of "masking" your art in photoshop?
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  • Xenozip.Xenozip. what a nincowpoop Joined: Posts: 3,942
    What is the use of "masking" your art in photoshop?
    There's quite a few uses for masks, though overall it can be somewhat time consuming. I'll just use an example of a female character with several accessories like jewelery:
    - Masking off the jewelery will allow you to color it without colors bleeding off onto the rest of the picture. This is handy if you want to use a large brush or any effects brushes like blur or smudge or anything that might have colors bleeding outside of where you want them to. The advantage of using a mask as apposed to a layer is you only have to clean it up once, if you ever adjust it again you'd have to clean the layer again but the mask will always stay there.
    - Masking off all the jewelery would allow you to use adjustment layers or blending options without effecting anything but what you intend to adjust. This also includes things like adding gradient overlays or generally anything that you want only to effect the mask.
    - You can modify the mask itself to add/subtract space, the advantage of it being done in masks instead of layers is the mask is always adjustable this way, but you may not have an undo point for the layer you're working on. This includes if you save the project for another day and open the file again, the mask can still be adjusted whereas you've lost your undo points.
    - You can create temporary masks (usually referred to as a quickmask) to work on just certain parts of the artwork at a time, a lot of comic book artists use quickmasks regularly in order to "spray" color onto the area with a large soft brush, but then the color only appears in the selected masked area (I think this is sometimes called cut-and-grad style).

    There are some disadvantages to using masks as well, but generally speaking you can work around them rather easily. When creating a mask I think it's infinitely wiser to try and automate the process as much as possible, and also to paint in what you do want rather than trying to erase what you don't want.

    It isn't entirely necessary to use masks though, but then you also don't "need" to use layers either, but they do give you a certain amount of freedom to do things in different ways. For me, I tend to use a brush that is effected by the colors that are already on the canvas (like a wet brush that absorbs color, or smears/pushes existing color around) and so masking is nice in this regard, because it's effected by the existing colors under the mask. For example if I had red visible, and blue was masked off, I could still paint around the edge of the mask and some of the blue will seep in because even though it's not visible it's still there under the mask and gets effected by the brush.

    The main reason I ever use masks is so that I can go hogwild on a particular area and have only that area effected by what I do, which is particularly handy when the surrounding areas are a completely different color.

    Actually, I'm sure there's probably a number of other uses for masks that I'm forgetting to mention at the moment. But I think the important thing to remember is that it works like in traditional tools, using tape to create masks or stencils, except that with digital tools you have a lot more freedom and options.
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  • shubaccashubacca so many long time Joined: Posts: 329
    When I first learned about masks I was like OMGwtf amazors...but now I find I use them a lot less for paintings. There is a more organic feel about raw application of color on fewer layers. They are definitely useful though in the right places and can increase the efficiency of your work flow, especially when you need to provide multiple versions of one painting.
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