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#76 Post by Nepitelle » Tue Sep 17, 2013 10:26 pm

I'm not sure if this was mentioned already.

I find http://ctrlpaint.com/ really helpful. Their videos are mainly for digital painting but they also have more than 50 videos about foundation studies (basics) and ways on improving your drawing skill. If you check out their Video Library then scroll down to the very bottom of the page, they have a Theory & Mindset and Study Habits videos. Very, very helpful o u o

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#77 Post by Golden.Fleece » Wed Sep 18, 2013 1:00 am

Nepitelle wrote: I find http://ctrlpaint.com/ really helpful.
It indeed is, thank you for the link! We'll definitely have uses for this.
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#78 Post by LateWhiteRabbit » Wed Sep 18, 2013 2:02 am

http://chrisoatley.com/

It's the website of a Disney artist who works on web comics and does podcasts and blog posts about the business of being an artist. Maybe not so much art process focused as it is on everything else that surrounds that. I like listening to his podcasts while I draw.

It should be helpful to the people here that want to do art as more than a hobby.

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#79 Post by Starshine » Thu Sep 19, 2013 1:59 pm

LateWhiteRabbit wrote:http://chrisoatley.com/

It's the website of a Disney artist who works on web comics and does podcasts and blog posts about the business of being an artist. Maybe not so much art process focused as it is on everything else that surrounds that. I like listening to his podcasts while I draw.

It should be helpful to the people here that want to do art as more than a hobby.
That website was wonderful and quite helpful. Chris Oatley's website is very interesting he seems to know an awful lot. I guess most of his information would only apply to professional artists because it's those who want to get into the animating business. Although... he does tell people to never give up. He really makes me want to go on a art course, with his words of wisdom, i also like that he states what programs are good to use and shares a few textures and tells you what texture brushes are good to use.

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#80 Post by Starshine » Thu Sep 19, 2013 2:04 pm

Nepitelle wrote:I'm not sure if this was mentioned already.

I find http://ctrlpaint.com/ really helpful. Their videos are mainly for digital painting but they also have more than 50 videos about foundation studies (basics) and ways on improving your drawing skill. If you check out their Video Library then scroll down to the very bottom of the page, they have a Theory & Mindset and Study Habits videos. Very, very helpful o u o
Actually that website is very helpful i actually have photoshop CS6, i never knew there were so many brush stroke types, now if only i can find the smoothest.
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#81 Post by MaiMai » Sat Oct 12, 2013 4:40 pm

I had this tucked away in my liked posts on Tumblr, let me just bring it up here:

Egg a Zyoutatsu is a mostly Japanese website I think, and the link I provided leads to a generator that creates different skeletal structures and poses in various angles (randomized). You can do short exercises where you draw the contours over the poses so you can get a feel for how the body would work in different perspectives. I think it's pretty fun to use.

It seems the website might have other tools too, I'll have to check it out.

ALSO for those of you who use Wacom tablets, I had this tutorial I should have brought to everyone's attention long ago.

Making Wacom Nibs by f0rmaldehyde

I followed this tutorial step-by-step and I can absolutely guarantee that this works. I'm currently using my own handmade nib fashioned out of lawn trimmer. It hasn't worn off like most nibs from the company have. I still have several yards of lawn trimmer left which is practically a lifetime supply of nibs and now I won't have to spend 8-9 USD for a pack of just 5 measly nibs.
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#82 Post by MaiMai » Fri Oct 18, 2013 4:52 pm

Whoops, double-posting, but I have content, so there.

Mischief, the digital painting program that boasts and infinite zoom function and a boundless canvas is now 65 USD as opposed to the 129 it was a few months ago. I reinstalled the trial and installation is no longer a problem.

If you're looking for a digital art program for lots of drawing functions, this along with Paint Tool SAI (at around 53 USD) seem to be one of the most affordable right now.
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#83 Post by Razz » Sat Mar 01, 2014 12:06 am

MaiMai wrote:
ALSO for those of you who use Wacom tablets, I had this tutorial I should have brought to everyone's attention long ago.

Making Wacom Nibs by f0rmaldehyde
I'm gonna share this link elsewhere, I know a lot of people who got through nibs like nothing, which is weird to me since i've used the same nib for two years.
MaiMai wrote: If you're looking for a digital art program for lots of drawing functions, this along with Paint Tool SAI (at around 53 USD) seem to be one of the most affordable right now.
I have to vouch for manga studio 5 and Frenden's brushes. I think the program is around 50$ and goes on sale for 30$ on amazon, and the brushes are 7$. A lot of artists on DA have been using it for coloring.

I could not vouch for manga studio unless you have custom brushes though. For some reason they have terrible default brushes.
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#84 Post by MaiMai » Sat Mar 01, 2014 3:13 am

I actually have Manga Studio 5! I couldn't resist buying it since it was on sale last year, haha. SAI's still my number one though, I haven't warmed up to coloring in it at all.

I can see why people like the inking tools in Manga Studio 5, they seem smoother than the current SAI and with EX, it's a powerful program for anyone who wants to make comics. There's a beta for Paint Tool SAI 2.0 though and the new features that are in that future version are huge improvements and already so it's gonna have staying power for a long time.
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#85 Post by MaiMai » Thu Apr 03, 2014 12:05 am

I found a pretty neat website called Pattern Cooler: http://www.patterncooler.com/

Basically, there's a lot of pattern templates, but you can customize it using the editor to choose your own color scheme; then you download a small, but free PNG to use the pattern as you wish (you pay for higher resolutions). Thought this would be useful if you're making GUIs and such.
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#86 Post by MaiMai » Sat Jun 28, 2014 1:38 pm

I found an open source digital art program called Krita. It's a program that appears to have a lot of functionality such as various file support, vectors, a lot of filters, and other features and it's all for free. There's a version called Krita Gemini available for purchase on Steam. Overall, it looks like a heftier version of Paint Tool SAI with Photoshop elements which I like. I'm going to try it and see how well it works, but this looks like a program that can be recommended for newbies who want to try digital art if they aren't able to get SAI or Photoshop. (I'd still recommend the latter since it's so wisely used and it's only about 53 USD and there's a ton of user support, but hey, a free art program is still pretty neat).

Right now the development team is running a Kickstarter so they can speed up the development of Krita and port to the OSX and improve it with new features. I'll link it since you can try out the program yourself and they intend to keep it free so aspiring digital artists can have a ready available tool.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/kr ... erate-deve

EDIT: So I tried it out for about fifteen minutes. This may seem like a weird criticism, but there seems to be almost too much features. But rather than that, I think the problem lies in the user interface rather than the number of features itself. The interface is rather cluttered especially in terms of how the layers work. Give it a little more time and I think it might be easier to figure out, but it's pretty daunting all the same.
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#87 Post by NekoNutchi » Sat Jun 28, 2014 5:35 pm

I recently stumbled upon this YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/user/FZDSCHOOL hosting lots of tutorials and let's-draws by a graphics designer from the entertainment industry. While not always followable or step-by-step organized, i at least found some of them really motivational and informative. The school he works at also has a neat student-gallery with delicious content to browse through when in need of inspiration http://fzdschool.com/entertainment...

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#88 Post by Keilis » Fri Jul 18, 2014 7:05 pm

Recently bought Color and Light: A Guide for the Realist Painter and I cannot recommend this enough. It's an excellent guide to colour and light in general, and really points you towards subjects you ought to look into more, such as reflective light, caustics, different types of lighting sources and their effects on the colours of shadows, etc. Amazing resource -- absolutely great for those with a bit of knowledge on art (though I wouldn't recommend it for the absolute beginner, as it doesn't quite dive into the very basics). What's also great about the book is that the author has fantastic examples for the reader to refer to (often from his own works), such that we can really understand how to apply these concepts.

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#89 Post by tscbr » Wed Oct 01, 2014 11:40 pm

Has this team been mentioned yet? These people are personally my heroes.
http://conceptcookie.deviantart.com/

They mostly have cartoony or semi-realistic style, but there's a lot of useful free tutorials in their DA page.
Gotta love their tutorials on coloring gems and candies :
http://conceptcookie.deviantart.com/art ... -462210728
http://conceptcookie.deviantart.com/art ... -465809982

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#90 Post by MaiMai » Mon Jan 12, 2015 2:39 pm

Mischief, is an art program that's been under development for a while and has gone through some major changes since then. The price for the full version? ONLY 25 USD...

There's even a free version with very basic functions that's good for sketching and a 15 day free trial for the full version. So far, this is one of the most affordable digital programs right now. What sets Mischief apart from other programs is its infinite canvas.

https://www.madewithmischief.com/
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