So…this is a thing I decided to do in the middle of the night.
Due to recent posts(this one vs. this one), I wanted to try an experiment. Since I’ve been in quite the huge rut lately I’ve been going back to the basics, trying to find what makes me like to draw in the first place. I’m hoping that by dissecting issues like this, I can find out.
And yes, I am aware that Korra is lighter than I am(at least by the 1st lighting. but even in the sunlight, I’m darker) but it still is something to consider when putting shadows and lighting on POC with my skin type. Of course, it’ll be different with people that have darker skin than I have too. I’m going to try and do a tutorial on them as well.
It’s just that, I’ve heard this excuse in art school: “Well, the reason why I didn’t put dark-skinned people in my picture/film shoot/whatever is that it’s sooo hard to light them properly!” The real reason is that there aren’t many tutorial/resources that have someone other than a classical-looking white person in them. Maybe by putting materials out there I can help young artists, especially POC artists, get more information and visibility.
What are your brush settings and do you use sai? Your drawings are so cool!!
thank you! T_T
i posted one half a year ago but i mess with it a lot so here’s my current settings (….no idea what half the settings i changed means but basically the lines look softer for when i paint :3c)
i use around 50-70% min size for lining but usually its ~0% for colouring
while this is mostly about facts, there are a lot of opinions in this tutorial (namely my distrust on several brands marketing strategies, and my opinion that’s better to start with cheap student quality stuff. LOTS of people disagree on that point) as well that you should take as what they are: personal opinions.
here is slightly more readable than on tumblr
this is the result of several years of research on creating a cheap but high quality palette that would help me.
other things to be aware of: pigments are generally more resistant in oil and acrylics than they are in watercolor. but there are a couple of pigments that work well in watercolor but really badly in oil.
pigments through the ages
a comprehensive guide to watercolor pigments and a lot of tests on popular brands
about van gogh’s bedroom
Blue and Yellow don’t make green by Michael Wilcox
a side note, at least for acrylic in my experience, sometimes there are colors in acrylic lines like manganese? i think or say some kind of aqua…special fun kind of color. Get familiar with the pigment codes, and check these blended colors and just buy the base tubes. You can mix the fun color yourself and makes tons of variation. Some blues especially? are basically pthalo blue and pth. green and white in different ratios….so it would be a waste obvi to buy an aqua and prussian or manganese or brilliant blue with acrylic lines cause you can make all or those and more yourself. Really just buy blends if youre using that exact color for large fills or sth….some of these base colors have different shades you’d do well to be aware of too and select those based on what colors you intend to mix with.
OP mentions only buying the primaries in artist grade, but I’d recc getting the secondaries too…diox purple, some kind of pigment orange, pthalo green….it’s very difficult to mix these colors purely with primaries and they often become muddy. It’s best when you get picky to just buy the actual single pigment secondaries for vibrancy’s sake…
OH ACTUAL LEGIT SAFETY NOTE???
many pigments are actually HEAVY METALS or METAL OXIDES. Typically this will reflect in higher price, but Chromium Oxide green or Cadmium red or Cobalt blue and others are TOXIC. Don’t put them on your skin, wash after using them, and you really ought no eat while painting with them ahaha…It’s not like insta-cancer or illness if you’re in contact/using these materials, but don’t deliberately get this stuff on you!
I’ve had people ask me about my process before, so I screencap’d the stages of a lil’ illustration-y thing of my comic protagonists I cracked out on a whim today!