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*whispers* what art program do you use
For most all of my digital stuff I use Photoshop, sketching and coloring, but lately I’ve been using Paint Tool Sai and found that the inking is much more manageable. I had been holding out for a while because I have trouble breaking out of routine sometimes but I’m so glad I tried it out.
My first go was with the vampire picture. I took my Photoshop sketch into Sai and found it much easier to do smooth quick lines. I’ve been using Photoshop for 12 years and the difference was clear immediately with how much better my lines were in Sai. I like sketchy lines but the lines were much cleaner and appealing than trying to do it in Photoshop so I will be sticking with that.
However, Photoshop is better for what it’s meant for, image manipulation, and so I constantly went back and forth between the two to warp, transform, and flip things around to check the drawing and make sure it’s how I wanted it, then back to Sai again. I never go with the first version of my drawing, there’s always things to improve, and flipping your drawing around usually helps you spot things that need fixing (head too big, eyes not aligned etc). I also stuck to coloring in Photoshop because there are more options (as far as I know) for layer effects and things likes that but I think a combination of coloring with the two programs could be quite powerful.
And it’s not that you can’t get clean lines in Photoshop but it can be a little bit of a battle and take a long time. These are lines made in Photoshop. Even though it looks smooth from far away, you can see a bit of wobble, like on the edges of the coat, and the flagpole.
Sai’s stabilizer really helps to eliminate the wiggle in lines that comes from user error, so I’m delighted about that. I used the same method for this one, inking in Sai and coloring in Photoshop:
(And don’t think that I don’t make a sketch first, there’s no way I can draw those clean lines without a messy first pass underneath.)
That’s all I use those, and an Intuos tablet. I’m no expert at coloring since I’ve spent so much of my time over the years sticking with pencil but I’m trying to expand and try some new methods since I’m quite inspired by so many lovely tumblr artists.
As for the Sai brush settings I haven’t tried out too much. The vampires one was done with the brush tool with paper texture on it, and the too-pretty-to-be-Grantaire was done with an almost default pen tool.
Hi hello have you ever considered a Heathers AU with the triumvirate as the Heathers?
This abomination of a doodle has been on my computer since July 1st lol but I’ve been meaning to do a better one eventually.
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