VN Art (shading kills >_<)

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VN Art (shading kills >_<)

#1 Post by Sora is my name » Sun Nov 13, 2011 1:22 pm

Here is my first attempt at shading...
can you please give me tips, on the wonderful shading, and line i see on fan-art, I use Paint.net, but am open to gimp >_<
I open to any critique
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#2 Post by HigurashiKira » Sun Nov 13, 2011 2:46 pm

First thing's first: Dump Paint and get GIMP. GIMP has a lot more tools and plugins than Paint.Net and can do so much more once you get the hang of it.

Now, onto your eye.

From what I can see, it has a lot of things which it can do whithout. (Like those black lines in the highlight) Can I ask: do you do things all in one layer, or do you do each thing on a seperate layer? If it's the former, I would reccomend that you work on the shading and coloring in seperate layers in order to make things easier. It'll take practice, but eventually you'll get the hang of it.
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Merely messed around with the eye here...Ellipse Select is a neat tool
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Here is a nice tutorial for the eyes if you're going to work with GIMP.
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#3 Post by Sora is my name » Sun Nov 13, 2011 9:29 pm

I've learned that using multiple layers make things much better :P
:O
that eye is amazing
did you use a gradient to make the eye that color, and flow up with a soft white spot in the corner (same for pupil)
wow
But transferring to gimp will be hard >_<
Seeing as gimp is much more complicated....i will try :D

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#4 Post by HigurashiKira » Sun Nov 13, 2011 9:43 pm

Sora is my name wrote:I've learned that using multiple layers make things much better :P
:O
that eye is amazing
did you use a gradient to make the eye that color, and flow up with a soft white spot in the corner (same for pupil)
wow
But transferring to gimp will be hard >_<
Seeing as gimp is much more complicated....i will try :D
The tutorial I posted is what I did, except without the last step.

Strangely enough, it really isn't that hard to go from Paint to GIMP. They're quite alike.
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#5 Post by kingjing » Mon Nov 14, 2011 4:51 pm

Well I'm no master artist myself, but in my experience the best way to learn how to draw something is to reference it from real life. Doing a Google image search for 'Human Eyeball' might be a good place to start. You'll find plenty of medical diagrams which show the different parts of the eye.
I've attached an example of a super closeup of an eye. Don't trace it, but try to learn from it. Think about the way light and shadow work on a smooth, round and semi-transparent object (helpful tip- the eyeball is not perfectly spherical.)
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You don't have to make it perfectly realistic, of course. But if you know how something works in real life, it's a lot easier to translate that into the anime/manga style, and people will shower you with praise and compliments and other assorted gifts forever afterword. :lol:
And of course, the old mantra of "practice, practice practice" holds true no matter what you're doing! :)

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#6 Post by TsukiShima » Thu Nov 17, 2011 2:36 am

I'm not sure, are you using a mouse or tablet for coloring? But I think for beginners, you're actually quite good ^__^ It's fine to focus one thing before going to another.

For anime style's of eyes, there are actually a lot. It's better if you explore and determine your own style of anime eyes. Anime artist love doing the eyes most, unless it's realistic eyes.

For shading.. Hm.. I don't really use Paint or GIMP, but I'm sure you can explore and use more brushes and colors. For a 'cool' shading, the more the colors blending in, the beautiful it will look.

If you want, later on maybe I can provide you with some tutorials.

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#7 Post by Sora is my name » Fri Nov 18, 2011 6:23 pm

Thank you all for trying to help me ^-^
I am going to try GIMP now since it has more tools then paint.net...but seeing as I looked at the posted tutorial and was very, very confused -_- I think I'll browse around the basics, and when I'm comfortable I'll return and make something really nice (my first character: Capricia)
Thank you for all you help and in order
@Kingjing: Realism is how I improved my drawing from the scribbles it used to be (still need to improve but hey :P) thank you
@Hanamori: I usually draw it and color it in slowly but often I try to use the tools so shapes, and angles are correct and proportionate :D
thank you, any tutorial posted will be greatly appreciated.
(the beginning is mostly directed towards HigurashiKura)
EDIT: I've returned with my skills improved :3
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