Tips thread


and that’s the truth :slight_smile:

the comment wasn’t directed at you, hope you didn’t take it that way… just wanted to give my $0.02 in case there were some RL fans out there who thought that it was something good to learn. It was pretty hot back in the day… it was really depressing to see whole comics drawn by someone trying to emulate his style.

heads should not be the same size as biceps.
thighs are not tree trunks.

<-- in a ranty mood.



I’d like some wrinkle tuts sir. Thanx.


Ill do some soon, but there is alot of explaining to do. I seen a book somewhere Burn Hogarth did about dynamic wrinkles. You should go get that cause he’ll it pretty well. Travis Charest does a good job also so go look at his stuff too, as that is where I learned to draw wrinkles from.



Just remember points where wrinkles will pull.


Pretend I had a pencil image, such as this:

How would I go about coloring it in Photoshop?


scan it in and then color select - black, copy as a new layer, then color under it. but if you really want to color it, since it’s already shaded so much already, i would trace it over without any shadows and then add those in photoshop.


man i cant beleive i didnt see that select color thing, damn!!!, coloring will be so much easyer now

thx genreal tso! :smiley:


Does anyone have any good links to calligraphy tutorials? I could really use the ability to add nice calligraphy to my drawings…


:slight_smile: Give me some time to dig up my favorite influences.


what if i want to clean this pic (hope you dont mind seanCarlos)

by clean i mean take away the shading and keeping the contour.


you’ll probably have to retrace it. it’s gonna be really difficult to remove the shadows and keep the shape because all the shades of shadows are very similar.


ok well say something more like… this!

what if i want to make the lines more clear but i dont have a scanner?


adjust the levels, edit>image>level, just fool around with it and you’ll see how it works.

move the right most tab inward until you see fit, then move the left most inward, then move the middle one left or right.Basicly it’ll let you adjust it to where it’ll drop out all the lighter shades and only take the darker one, and then you can darken the lines that are left.


thanks so much, ive been having trouble with scaners tat get all the shading anfd not enough of the countour, this will help alot, props to dreadedfist!:stuck_out_tongue:


I found a good muscle anatomy chart. Though, I, for one, would like to see what you have Bengus.


props to me!


To bring this thread back from the ashes…

I found out a new, well new to me shading technique. This is of course for traditional art. I was drawing this character today and I wanted to try out some new shading instead of smearing with my finga, I used a Q-tip. I got amazing results, It looks alot smoother than using your finger, don’t know how well it stands up to a blending stone/pencil but it worked wonders for me.

Now go, Go Shade with your new technique!


for traditional shading, my understanding was that you don’t smudge your work too much. If you control your pencil/charcoal so that you can get a variety of strokes & values. The transition is nicer too.

AFAIK smudging is good for applying a grey tone in the bg, and for certain specific effects (out of focus, water, etc). It shouldn’t be your main blending technique.

blunding stumps are great for applying really light tones of value. use it like a crayon.


qtips are great for watercolors.



I like to use this method of shading. Rook dosn’t really like that I do it so much but its kind of a cool lazy way to shade. (instead of a qtip, try a torn peice of tissue after shading from dark to light with your pencil)