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Posted on 29th Sep at 10:42 PM

ooogh i dunno if I’ll be streaming tonight. im already exhausted and it aint even 9 pm yet. sorry @~@/ i was out for a lot longer than i anticipated today ahehh

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Posted on 29th Sep at 7:30 PM, with 33,119 notes
zoestanleyarts:

You can suggest costumes for me or my characters.

zoestanleyarts:

You can suggest costumes for me or my characters.

Posted on 29th Sep at 3:38 AM, with 4 notes
techyyyyyy
look she’s slightly surprised and embarrassed and blushing and steaming out her vents
im gon die
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techyyyyyy

look she’s slightly surprised and embarrassed and blushing and steaming out her vents

im gon die

Posted on 28th Sep at 8:41 PM, with 31 notes

Ok so~ something I didn’t really delve into in my last post about how I paint is how I paint my digital drawings. last time I was just showing how I straight up paint. this is a lil post about how I color my drawings instead.
I still use the same tools~

my Lineart and each set of colors is on its own layer.

When you’re ready to add shading, make a new layer above the color you’re gonna work on, and check the box “Clipping group,” Change the “Mode” to “Multiply,” and change the “Effect” To “Fringe.”

'clipping group' makes it so whatever you color on this layer only shows up over the layer below it.
'multiply' makes the layer act as if it's see through. You ever had a colored plastic cup or something? it's like that. whatever color you use will become darker and see-through to everything below it. (altho, with white, it doesn't matter as much as it does for other base colors…)
the ‘fringe’ effect adds that sort of darkened-edge to the brush strokes.it’s a stylistic choice I really love.

Use the paint Brush to place your shadows. I like to be clunky and sloppy for this part!
then, switch to OI Water and start blending. Switch to the regular Water brush wherever neccessary~ There’s no specific rule to this, really. just get used to how these brushes feel and you’ll see how you like to use them and when~

Mmm dat blending. so satisfying.
Now onto my favorite but also most tedious part~~~~~~ a characters hair = w=;;a
It’s pretty much the same process, (color layer, multiply fringe layer clipped to it) but without any blending. I also use the Marker more often than the paint Brush for the hair. the settings I have it at make it better for darker and sharper lines. Simply draw in the direction of the hair, making swift strokes, alternating between Brush and Marker~

Because of the way the brush settings work, I also sometimes do a strand with the brush, then do a smaller strand inside that one with the marker. even tho I’m pressing the same hardness, the different brushes give it a different opacity. Speaking of pressure~

use various levels of pressure in your strokes. some soft, some hard, and you’ll have plenty of variety, and it will look like even more strands of hair than it actually is, thanks to the Fringe mode.

When it comes to the hair, a lot of times, stuff like bangs or w/e will overlap other parts of the hair. I just make another multiply/fringe layer and keep working.

BUT!!! If you MERGE THE LAYERS…. They will LOOK the same, but the FRINGE effect will be removed. it’s like flattening a layer witha Layer Style in photoshop. it wil lstill have the ‘fringe’ look, but it wll transform into a normal layer, so if you add fringe to it AGAIN, it can look weird. I would NOT MERGE at this point, because there’s one more step to the hair that I do that needs that fringe to still be effective.

Once I’m done strokin all the shaded strands in, I switch to the eraser tool and put in some more strands.

yuhhh this is why it takes so long haha so meticulous!! @w@/;;
I think that’s about all I have to talk about.. the only other topic is how I color Eyes, and I’m actually kinda experimenting with that right now.

Just… imagine all the techniques I’ve talked about and kinda mishmash em all until I get an eye that looks ok ^^; that’s about it~


When I add shine to the hair, I use photoshop, because SAI doesn’t have a “Color Dodge” feature, and I like INTENSE SHINE!!!

In photoshop, above your hair shade layers, add a layer and fill it all with black. Change the mode to “Color Dodge.” Pick a white color and a BIg soft brush. I chose whiteish lavender, since this character seems to be black/white/purple schemed. Draw on the shineys. Blur em if ya want.

then CTRL+Click on the layer that has all the shaded lines. all the shaded lines will be selected! back on your Color Dodge Layer, hit CTRL+U to bring up the mixer, and slide the “lightness” all the way to dark.

Afterwards I usually just do the simplest, lowest, generic ‘blur’ so that the shineys aren’t TOO sharp. But yeah, then I’m done!

Posted on 28th Sep at 5:04 AM, with 2 notes
This is what I mean when I tell people SAI has better hard/crisp brushes than photoshop… these are both the regular hard brush/pen in both programs, and even tho the photoshop one is at 100% hardness, Sai’s is still much finer.
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This is what I mean when I tell people SAI has better hard/crisp brushes than photoshop… these are both the regular hard brush/pen in both programs, and even tho the photoshop one is at 100% hardness, Sai’s is still much finer.

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Posted on 28th Sep at 3:20 AM, with 8 notes

silly-ass doodles from the stream tonight. the first set is a buncha shitty doodles i did by ONLY using my mouse hahaha

the second was a request on the stream - “Starscream drinking a Slurpee and then Soundwave SLAPPING that shit right outta his hand”

amazing

Posted on 27th Sep at 8:37 PM, with 4 notes

a commission I did for someone on SL -w-b

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Posted on 27th Sep at 4:58 PM, with 5 notes

I stress and fret a bunch about silly things, like this, which i finished like a week or two ago and just never posted them cuz im a shy dorkwad. huehuehue

I kinda want to write a small follow-up chapter to this, of Raptor seeking out Ratchet and apologizing for her behaviour, and it actually becomes a very serious and intense moment… I’m still working it out tho.

Posted on 27th Sep at 2:43 AM, with 9 notes
how I do painty thingies

HERE IS THE LIST OF BRUSHES I USE AND THEIR SETTINGS 

OK SO firstable whenever I paint it’s uuuusually with a sketch I’ve already done and I just
wanna… paint over/under it

here is da sketch.

i usually start the typical way - make the sketch a “multiply” layer and put basic colors under it 

I usually use the Paint Brush but it doesn’t really matter what brush you use for this part. I just prefer the paint Brush cuz with the settings, it is slightly softer and easier to use under the already-visible-sketch.

Sometimes, when things like the eyes, are too SHARP
looking, I’ll use the OI Water brush to kinda blur it to look more… right.

Honestly, at this point, I’ll usually merge layers, but it’s up to you. Merging layers is really tricky. It’s best for painting, cuz now all my colors are together and I hafta work with blending things properly… but also sometimes I can merge my layers and half an hour later be like fUCK I shoudla done something before merging. It’s really a learning experience every time, and you’re gonna wanna go with what you’re comfortable with. but at the same time, it’s good to fuck up like that cuz you’re forced to find out how to deal with it.

After the base colors, I usually make a layer at the VERY top and start using the same base colors to kinda smooth out the grainy sketchiness.

Again, I use the Paint Brush tool for
it’s smoothness and it’s natural low opacity (even tho it’s density is 100%, it’s opacity still relies on your pen pressure). while doing this, it’s good to randomly eye-drop a color from the flattened layers so ur kinda blending very vague differences in the same hue, ya kno?? so also, use the eyedropper to get the color, and then make it slightly lighter in the lit areas and slightly darker in the dark areas. basic stuff amirite?

then i use the Water brush to blur the big areas, like dis guys beak and shoulders. I use OI Water to blur the tighter corners and stuff. with Water, it shouldn’t really matter what color you use (at THIS point at least gasp foreshadowing maybe) but for OI water, it will matter what color you use.

I eyedrop the darker brown/red and use that for
my primary color and I eyedrop the lighter red for my other color.

 like so

Imma go ahead and merge everything now NO REGRETS

the differences in the brushes may have been kinda hard to notice UNTIL NOW HUEHUEHUE. at this point, I use OI Water, and do the same thing I did earlier - but now that everything’s merged you’re probably gonna se much more difference in the blending

also, being on one flattened layer makes the paint Brush tool able to SMUDGE a lot - meaning, if theres not enough dark color in a light area, i eyedrop the dark color, use Brush, and can drag that dark into the light, and vice versa. then I can go back to blending it with OI Water.

and for the biger, smoother areas, just use the regular Water brush -w-b

it’s usually at this point, after a ton of blurring and blending and smudgeing, that I realize my values are comin up flat. if you were like me and many of my friends and went to AI you’d hear this critique a lot, I reckon: have more darker darks and more lighter lights. push the values. So I’m gonna get me some darker darks. I switch to the INK Pen tool, but keep my colors with what I was using already.

Using this pen is almost like using a multiply layer, where it uses the color u already have, but makes it like, transparent, so it’s dark. Also, this brush is REALLY fine, as in, really thin and crisp, so it’s great for gettin lil dark nooks n crannies. so just dab the pen in the corners where it should be darkest, then use the paint Brush tool to kinda pull and smudge em out.

then, once again, OI water to blend!

and that’s pretty much all my technique!!! I just keep rinsing and repeating, now and hen
adding a new layer to paint, say, the eyes, and the fang, and the hair, but I do the same
thing for each bit until I’m done. I hope this helps~

Posted on 27th Sep at 2:25 AM, with 4 notes

stuff i did during the stream

again, not much. im exhausted. but had a good time!!!

i also did a ‘how i paint’ thing and im still compiling it and i will post it later~

Posted on 26th Sep at 4:13 AM, with 7 notes

klefaeries ThiS is ALl YouR FAULT (whispers thank you)

my humanformers in a high school AU being adORABLE AAAUURHGHhhhh

Posted on 25th Sep at 4:01 PM, with 1 note
these are all the brushes I use in SAI and all their settings. I almost never change any setting except for density (which is the same as ‘opacity’ in photoshop so don’t worry bout it)
Later I wanna make some kinda how-i-do-stuff post. im not quite sure how to, yet, though.
Also I forgot one oops

there we go. THAT is all of the brushes I use, I promise. I’ll explain em later. for a basig gist, I’ll at least say this
(top left)1. Pen - this is really just what I use for a doodle or sketch. it’s not at all important. sketch with whatever you’re comfortable with.
(top middle)2. Brush - this is the paint brush. I also sometimes use this for sketching, but I also kinda use it for a lil bit of everything? it’s good when I wanna add a layer above something and use a stroke for a highlight or shadow. If you see me painting and I’m trying to sorta smudge a certain color into tight corners, I’m using this.
(Top Right) 3. Marker - I only really EVER use this when I’m doing the Shading techniques on hair. This is usually with digital colored pieces where I spend ungodly amounts of focus on the hair.
(bottom left)4. Water - I use this for blending colors together, or making the edge of a sketch fade/fuzzy.
(Bottom middle)4. Ink Pen - for VERY crisp, Very thin lines.
(Bottom Right)6. OI Water - for smudging colors, but not as soft as the water brush. I use THIS and the #2 brush together like CRAZY. hard to explain without visuals, tho…
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these are all the brushes I use in SAI and all their settings. I almost never change any setting except for density (which is the same as ‘opacity’ in photoshop so don’t worry bout it)

Later I wanna make some kinda how-i-do-stuff post. im not quite sure how to, yet, though.

Also I forgot one oops

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there we go. THAT is all of the brushes I use, I promise. I’ll explain em later. for a basig gist, I’ll at least say this

(top left)1. Pen - this is really just what I use for a doodle or sketch. it’s not at all important. sketch with whatever you’re comfortable with.

(top middle)2. Brush - this is the paint brush. I also sometimes use this for sketching, but I also kinda use it for a lil bit of everything? it’s good when I wanna add a layer above something and use a stroke for a highlight or shadow. If you see me painting and I’m trying to sorta smudge a certain color into tight corners, I’m using this.

(Top Right) 3. Marker - I only really EVER use this when I’m doing the Shading techniques on hair. This is usually with digital colored pieces where I spend ungodly amounts of focus on the hair.

(bottom left)4. Water - I use this for blending colors together, or making the edge of a sketch fade/fuzzy.

(Bottom middle)4. Ink Pen - for VERY crisp, Very thin lines.

(Bottom Right)6. OI Water - for smudging colors, but not as soft as the water brush. I use THIS and the #2 brush together like CRAZY. hard to explain without visuals, tho…

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