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Slime

on: May 20, 2013, 02:15:53 am

First serious attempt at doing digital art. I have no idea what I am doing.
Help me pls. It is supposed to be the slime in my avatar. I pretty much just drew the outline and colored it in like a coloring book :\
I don't know what the process is supposed to be.

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Re: Slime

Reply #1 on: May 20, 2013, 03:05:48 am
It's simple - practice like a madman. TONS of easy to find resources on the web. Look at Youtube process videos (disregard the speed-painting ones for now). Check out FZD.

Your first attempt will suck. It should. Start building' them skills! Discover what techniques work for you. Test out all the tools at your disposal.

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Re: Slime

Reply #2 on: May 20, 2013, 03:30:39 am
How much would a tablet help ?

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Re: Slime

Reply #3 on: May 20, 2013, 07:11:38 am
It'll make practicing quicker and probably help with avoiding mouse-related injuries. However, it's not going to make you any better than you are at drawing by hand.

http://art-and-sterf.tumblr.com/post/50740632858/lentilbacon-youngartist-city-i-would-like
I haven't watched this yet, but apparently this is a good tutorial video. :o
Also going through the archives at http://www.ctrlpaint.com/ can help  with digital art. (though you might want to skip some photoshop-specific videos if you don't have it.)

More blogs you could look at:
http://gurneyjourney.blogspot.com/
http://muddycolors.blogspot.com/
http://illustrationfixation.blogspot.fi/ (doesn't seem to update anymore, but still has some stuff you might learn from)
Also my art tumblr: ymedronart.tumblr.com

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Re: Slime

Reply #4 on: May 20, 2013, 11:14:17 am
How much would a tablet help ?
A tablet is crucial for serious work. A tablet is only as good as it's user, though. It's just a tool. Nothing more. I'm sure you know that.
I use a 6x9 Wacom Intuos 3 and 6x9 Intuos 5. I recommend the Intuos line. And a 6x9 is plenty big, IMO.

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Re: Slime

Reply #5 on: May 20, 2013, 10:19:34 pm
I don't have the chalk brush dynamic adjust thing in MyPaint :\

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Re: Slime

Reply #6 on: May 21, 2013, 05:44:50 pm
A tablet will make it much more intuitive. I'd recommend giving Paint Tool Sai a shot; the way the brushes handle in that program is incredibly intuitive. Open Canvas is another cool little program, but the way the "paint" handles isn't quite as easy to understand, imo.

Your pixel art avatar is incredible looking, with all that fantastic sculpting and the great color choices. You're obviously a good artist, so I think you must just be overthinking things here - in your painting, you used no hue shifting, and used black lines to separate the different forms. On top of that, the forms are all much better defined in your sprite version. Drawing is drawing. Since you don't have the benefits of pressure sensitivity, why not just use a brush that's nearly opaque? Just do that, and draw the same way you'd make pixel art. The results will be great once you get a little used to it, I'm sure! =)

And again, try Paint Tool Sai. For digital painting, finding the right tool for you makes a much bigger difference than in pixel art, since all the programs behave so differently. Paint Tool Sai is the easiest program I've found. Good luck!

You could also take your sprite, blow it up, and paint on top of it. Or scan in a sketch, and paint on top of that. Drawing so large with a mouse is very difficult; having the basic sketch down to paint on top of will help a lot, probably.

Can't wait to see what you make! Pixel artists are all secretly incredible painters on the inside, picking every single color deliberately, without the crutch of being able to smear paint around like normal painters. Just draw the way you always do. =)

Edit: Ah, also, Open Canvas has a nifty feature that saves every single brush stroke you make, for later playback. You can then upload it to their website. http://www.portalgraphics.net/pg/ Check them out if you want. It'll give you a good idea how to make certain effects.

Remember, though...you always have the option of using a completely opaque brush, and doing very large pixel art, hahah. It's an excellent skill to have!
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Re: Slime

Reply #7 on: May 21, 2013, 10:06:34 pm
Why is it when I try to paint/fill in anything with opacity, it turns out like this.

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Re: Slime

Reply #8 on: May 22, 2013, 12:04:10 am
What's the opacity set to? I forget how Sai works...it's made for tablets, so it might be that even when you have the opacity set all the way up, it still mixes. You can change the brush settings to decide how much of the background/other paint and things get mixed in though, iirc.
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Re: Slime

Reply #9 on: July 30, 2013, 08:13:35 pm

Ok, here is my go at it...