I’ve been getting a lot of asks lately about the brushes and textures I use in my work, so here’s a BIG FAT REFERENCE POST for those of you who were curious! Bear in mind that I’m really lazy and don’t know what half the settings do, so don’t be afraid to experiment to figure out what works best for you :>
I use the pencil tool with SAI’s native paper texture both for sketching and for applying opaque color with no blending. Lower opacities give it the feel of different pencil hardnesses, while full opacity makes it more like a palette knife, laying down hard-edged, heavy color for detail work or eventual blending with other brushes.
Mostly made this because I’m lazy and I didn’t want to have to keep turning my textures off/opacity up when I wanted to ink something (even though I don’t do it very often), or lay down flat colors. I find the line quality to be much more crisp than Photoshop, and you can manually adjust in-program stabilization to help smooth out hand wobbles.
The plain ol’ brush tool acts as sort of an in-between for me in terms of brush flow. It’s heavier than my usual workhorse brush, for faster color application and rough blending, but not as heavy as the pencil tool, which has no blending at all. I like to use the canvas texture on this brush to help break up the unnatural smoothness that usually accompanies digital brushes, but it works just fine without.
A brush tool set to flat bristle is by far my favorite to paint with. I don’t use any textures with it because I think the shape of the brush provides enough of that by itself. I use it for everything from rough washes to more refined shaping and polish. It’s just GREAT.
Best used for smooth blending, washes, gradients, and smoky atmospheric effects.
Basically a grittier version of the watercolor tool, because too much smoothness weird me out. Good for clouds and fog, as the name suggests, or just less boring gradient fills.
To further stave off the artificially smooth look of digital painting, I almost always overlay some sort of paper texture, and it’s almost always this one, which I scanned and edited myself. You’re all welcome to use it, no permission required!
Using overlays in SAI is just as easy as using them in Photoshop. Just paste the texture into its own layer above everything you want it to apply to, and change the layer mode to Overlay. That’s it!
Want a more prominent texture? Up the contrast. Something more subtle? Lower the contrast or reduce the layer opacity. You can also use a tinted overlay to adjust the overall palette and bring a little more color unity to an otherwise disparate piece! Just be aware that too much texture can hurt the readability of the work beneath it, so I’d err on the side of subtlety.
Hope that helps!
How To Draw Better In 2 Minutes
Thank you, my friend! I’m glad you find my tips helpful! :3
- The thing you want to keep in mind most of the time you’re doing anatomy studies is the shapes that build the form. Break it down into like.. an action figure or a puppet. Imagine the shapes that make the limbs, but ignore the joints. Think of the general clumps. if you get the stuff right, it should be the bare basics your brain should need to be like “oh ok, that looks like it’s in 3D”
- Secondly, do a little bit of subtle shading to further solidify the whole “Yeah, that’s definitely a form.” thing your brain has got going on. Remember to be subtle!
- Finally, add in the lighter bits. Remember, nothing can look like form if there’s no light to even look at. Always remember that light is the most important part, it’ll really make it look swaggus :D
Lastly, I hope you don’t get discouraged, friend. Yeah, it’s a pretty tough battle getting better at art, but it’s gotta be done to get good. You gotta wade through the poopy poop until it starts looking good to you. And then it look bad. And then good! and then bad etc. Your taste will always be one step ahead of you, so you’ll always feel like you’re not good enough. Recognize that, and acknowledge it. Use it as a weapon to swat away your insecurities and feelings of discouragement.
Also, if you’re the efficient worker type, go ahead and paint studies and practice perspectives, draw from life, draw all kinds of crazy study shit, and you’ll get there fast. However, it isn’t fun.
I suggest doing what you like. Draw your favourite celebrity’s face. Draw your favourite pokemon. Just keep drawing. You’re working towards something, but you’re finding it more fun than work. And that’s way cool. :D
Anyway, I hope this helps you, my friend! Good luck and have fun!
I hate to break it to you guys, but I use pretty much default everything.
Thanks for the sweet compliment, though.
portrait of my friend done with prismacolor soft cores. it looks grainy because i had to edit it to get back as close to the original colors as i could before the scanner lightened it.
“My favorite story out of this is Malia, when she was 4, she had a little dance thing. Well, Michelle was gone that weekend so I’m taking her to ballet. And I get her in her little leotard and her little stuff. I did her hair, put it in a little bun.
We get to the dance studio and one of the mothers there right away comes up to Malia – she thinks she’s out of earshot of me and she says, ‘Sweetie, do you want me to redo your hair?’ And Malia who’s 4 says, ‘Yes please, this is a disaster’. You know, she didn’t want to hurt daddy’s feelings.”
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So to those that might not get many asks or just dont know what pose they might want to do here is the Palette-Pose Maker!!
And I think it goes without saying that if you get a number+letter that dont exist pick again!
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you guys can send me any characters ;v;