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I've gotten quite a few art-related questions recently, so...

I thought that it'd be a good idea to create a general thread for digital art tips, and maybe for critique and general art help, if people are interested in this. So if you have any digital art-related questions that you don't think warrant their own thread, feel free to post them here.

 

So here it is! If you have tips regarding digital art, dump them here! It doesn't matter if they clash with other peoples' tips because there's no 'correct' or a 'single' way to achieve something. People can judge tips for themselves and see if they are convenient for them. Remember: Tips and advice are just that, and not actual art rules.

 

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General art tips:
 
 
- Do not use pure black for your lineart.
Pure black lines in art that lacks black everywhere else can distract from the piece in a very negative way. The contrast will mess up the general feel of the piece, making your lines very noticeable and harsh, taking away attention from your colouring.
There are exceptions to this, of course! Few works do benefit from pure black, so always keep experimenting & see for yourself.
 
- Do not shade with black and white.
(Unless you know what you’re doing!)
Not with non-normal layer modes and especially not combined with low opacity! This will make the entire piece look muddy and generally not pleasant to look at. Lights and shadows come in many colours. You would be limiting yourself if you were to use nothing but b/w as pure black and white don't really exist in nature.
https://kindii.deviantart.com/art/Don-t-shade-with-black-433907418
https://ianstormtaylor.com/design-tip-never-use-black/
 
- Don't add shading with a base colour 'but darker', or a base colour in a layer mode like multiply.
It not only looks unnatural, it also looks incredibly boring. Nothing looks like that in real life. Light and nearby objects influence the colours of other objects. Nothing is truly 'one colour'. Try playing with different colours and watch your art come to life!
 
- Learn about colour theory. (IMPORTANT)
If you’re wondering how some artists pick colours, it’s everything but random. These people know exactly what they're doing and what colours to pick. There are actually 'rules' regarding colour use. The quality of the colouring might be one of the MOST important things in art. Your drawings can be mediocre, but if you colour good, your drawing will look super nice unless people actually start paying attention (which they never do!)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Color_theory
https://www.colormatters.com/color-and-design/basic-color-theory
https://www.blenderguru.com/tutorials/understanding-colors
 
- Learn about composition.
Remember the old days when you could just... randomly draw a thing? I sure do, and I don't miss them. Composition is important. Composition can make or break an art piece.
http://www.creativebloq.com/digital-art/tips-composition-31514496
 
- Flip your canvas
Most people deviate to one side, making the drawing look skewed and they end up not noticing this because their eyes are used to what they’re seeing. Flip your canvas horizontally to notice the most obvious of mistakes and keep doing this until your work passes.
 
- Don't pick your colours from a reference.
Colours are influenced by lights, shadows and other colour surrounding them. Try picking a skin-tone colour from a photo and you’ll understand what I mean. 
Learn to choose your own colours based on perception so you don't have to rely on examples that may not work out for the piece you want to do. If you draw a person near a fire, the colours should reflect that on the skin, for example.
 
- Don't shade with the dodge and burn tools.
It’s not 2008 anymore and also using burn/dodge was awful back in that day too. It has never looked good. Period.
 
- Pay attention to the light source.
Nothing is as grating as colouring that doesn't match any possible light source. You can't just shade randomly and make it look good, because people will notice. You might think they won’t, but they will.
 
-Try not to use too many layer modes besides ‘normal’.
This will come back to bite you in the hiney once you start post-editing, merging and fixing your work especially if you're working with opacity/alpha/fill as well. You won't learn much about colour if you keep relying on the software to pick the colours for you. Layer modes are super convenient if you want to add something w/o messing up the blending, but I wouldn't recommend using them for everything.
 
– Easy on the overlays!
Overlays are good, but if people can easily notice that you’ve been using overlay layers, you’re doing something wrong. Excessive overlays may make your piece look super flat or like colour barf, which isn’t good unless that’s the intention!
 
- Use tools like blur/smudge etc sparingly. 
Unless you know what you’re doing, things may end up looking super artificial and clashy and that’s not something you want. The blur and smudge tools are generally the enemy until you learn to use them properly, and even then it’s better to blend your stuff yourself unless there’s no other way.
 
– Filters are your friends. 
Try experimenting with filters to see what could give your work some extra ‘oomph’ once you’re done. Use them sparingly, though, because you don’t want people to know that you used filters and especially not which ones!
 
- The software doesn't matter.
People often claim that it does matter, but it doesn't. Your skill is your own, and using different software will not make you better than before. Pick the software you think is chill and don't worry about what everyone else uses.
 
- Custom brushes don't make you good.
Thinking that they do can be very insulting to artists. It's not the brush they're using, it's how they're using it.
 
- Watch the tangents!
Tangents happen when lines and/or edges touch each other unintentionally, either fusing two unrelated subjects together or creating an undesirable composition. When the top of a character's head aligns with say, a doorframe, that creates a tangent, and it's not something you would want in your art.
http://willkempartschool.com/compostional-mistakes-in-drawing/
https://schweizercomics.tumblr.com/post/11966164633/the-schweizer-guide-to-spotting-tangents
 
- Learn the real deal before you start stylising.
In order to bend the rules, you need to learn them. All cartoonier styles are based on real human anatomy. If you start out drawing in a cartoony style without knowing how real proportions work, your drawing will likely come over as grotesque and unpleasant to look at.
 
- Don't draw on a white canvas.
It's digital art, you can choose whatever colour you want, so why go with white? White is distractive, bright and messes with your perception of colour due to the strong contrast between white and other colours. Opt for a midtone grey or a colour you likely won't use in your piece instead.
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Painting tips:
 
- Work from dark to light.
Most people are used to using midtones for their flat colours. This is super inconvenient when it comes to painting. It’s much easier to start out with the dark tones and gradually adding lighter and lighter shades to the parts that should be lighter.
 
- Don't use too many layers, if at all.
It defeats the purpose of painting and it's NOT convenient, contrary to popular belief. Made a mistake? Just paint over it. No need to mess with layers. Just paint. If you want to learn to improve; don't rely on failsafes.
 
- Greyscale
Having a hard time blending colours or getting them right? Try working in greyscale and add colour to your work once you’re done. It makes blending easier and allowed you to learn about colour while you colour.
 
- Learn about colour values if you're working in greyscale.
A light grey can't be coloured a bright red, and a dark grey cannot be coloured a bright yellow. All colours have their own values. Ignoring these will make your colours look muddy.
https://foervraengd.tumblr.com/post/27655924531/color-and-values-a-mini-guide-in-how-you-use
https://www.thoughtco.com/painting-color-class-tones-or-values-2578064
 
- Try steeing clear from using soft brushes in your entire piece.
It can work, but it usually makes the piece end up looking blurry and everything but crisp. Soft brushes are intriguing, but not always the best choice. Try using some variaion in line hardness!
 
- Don't shy away from strong contrast.
 It’s better to have too much than too little. You can always lessen the contrast afterwards.
 
- Layer your steps.
No, not as in ‘use layers’ in the software, but on your own. It’s easier to gradually add detail to your painting by layering than it is to start with one part of your painting, work it out in detail and then move on to the next. Layering will make sure parts of your work won’t clash with the rest.
 
- It will likely look like a mess.
Dissatisfied while you're halfway through your painting? Does it still look awful even though you're working so much on it? Don't worry about it and keep going! Most paintings look like garbage while they're still in progress.
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I remember when I'd shade with black and white. Those were dark times...

also, people shaded with dodge and burn tools? ;A;

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Dark times of the past, where they belong!

Oh my gosh there was a meme about the dodge tool back in the day but it kind of faded into obscurity because people stopped abusing dodge, so the meme stopped being relevant ;_;

 

But yeah it was so common and grating that it got meme'd on.

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I've been on tumblr long enough and have seen how to and art advice enough to know that yep, I'm not going to dodge the bullet here too aren't I? XD

yep XD, already failed to follow the first three step.

 

W--well, in my defense, I think it's depend on the style too, if you aiming for something natural or wanting the object/character to blend in with the surrounding then don't shade with black but for some style I think it can work wonder too, like if you're aiming for stylerize, high contrast, cartoony cel shading style. sometime it's up to your preference. what I'm saying is....like Varku said, keep experimenting, maybe try following these tips and then don't and see which one do you prefer, if you know what you're doing then just go for it, don't let it discourage you

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      Drain: A Skrill that Tahno saved. As oppose to Manta, Drain tend to be more wild, agreesive and unfriendly towards other, however, he is as loyal and as protective to Tahno as the thunderdrum for their history. The Skrill makes up for Manta lack of hostility and act as their strong arm, willing to do the nasty job for them. The skrill and a thunderdrum also share an unlikely bond and act like they're brothers which make it less worrying for Tahno that they will fight if she chooses to ride one more than the other

   

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     Snapjaw: Snapjaw, like Springfill, is an older wild dragon. She attacks Tahno one day in the forest but later Tahno gained her trust and like the scauldron and the skrill, they begin to develope trust. However, unlike Springfill, Snapjaw decided to keep her company around the group as she feel guilty about their first meeting. She is hot-headed and get angry easily but also caring.

 

    Bellblue: Like Root and Manta, Bellblue was found and hatched by Tahno, makes him the second youngest member of the crew. And like most of other Stormcutters, Bellblue tend to be very confident and proudstuck, high on ego, love to taking control but loyal to tahno with no end. Still pretty young, Bellblue is noticable very small compared to fully grown stormcutters.

 

    Bluejay: Sometime Navyjay or just Jay as Tahno likes to call. They first met during the inccident, where Tahno got seperate form her dragons in the wood. There she met a friendly snafflefang and end up spent a lot of quality time together, by then Bluejay wouldn't leave her side! They share a somewhat besty-like friendship. Personality wise, Bluejay is very similar to Manta, soft-heart, and chill and when it comes to lighten the mood in the group up, he is very good at it!
 
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     Northernlight: The old flightmare that mysteriously appears one day and protects Tahno and the gangs from the territorial changwings. Since then she acts as their guardian and follow Tahno everywhere. Her backstories and whereabout is unknow but it might related to the lost of her child or rider, or that she was a netural alpha and have protective instinct or that she's just kind. She is the oldest and undoubtly the most mature. At the present time her ages weakening her that she's no longer suit to be the alpha or in their ellite, but she still gain respect as always and currently spend the rest of her life resting and happy in Tahno's place

     Root: Root's origin is quite similar to Manta's. Tahno found and hatched her, make her the youngest members to this crew, "baby girl" as what Tahno called her time to time. However, despite her love of dragons, Tahno held somewhat grudge against the whispering death species due to her past and even though she tries to be open-minded, she still unintentionally give Root a hard time. Unfortunately, this result in Root distancing herself from the group. And result in her ruthless nature, however, she still love Tahno dearly even when she's no longer in her pack

    The Queen: previously known as Flamebringer, She's not exactly part of the group but she shared a strong bond with Tahno and her dragons. Like Torch, She was found as a hatchling in a hand of the trappers, Tahno resqued her but mistaked as a normal male fireworm due to the size. After sometime together, Tahno decided it is better to return the fireworm to her nest. They later met again when she became the queen of the nest. At first Tahno didn't recognize her but the queen did and she shown her affectionate as gratitute. Unfortunatly being the queen stopped her from spend times with the viking. However, Tahno still come to visit her every so often and if it's really need, the dragon is willingly to come and help.

  Rivercry: Tahno may like and understand dragons, but this poor sandwraith is the example of her miscommunication. The sandwraith happened to be near where she lived and in every trouble she brought, the sandwraith ended up caught in it most of the time. A lot of her action unintentionally made this sandwraith suffering. He likes to complain and never in a good relationship with the group. Ironically, spending his time these troublemaker kinda made them grow to him a bit, or maybe he got used to them, still he won't admit it easily!

 

    Crowl: Somehow this Eruptodron were able to survive faraway from the volcano and still have enough strength to scar away Tahno and her friend upon encounter, Tahno however was so amused by this new dragon that she keep wanting to get close, so much she later discovered that no matter how much this young energetic male hide it, he's dying. With some afford, she able to guide the eruptodron to the nearest volcano and thus all the grudge and hatred was dropped. Crowl's greatful enough to let this girl continue to get too excited when she see him and sometime even let her ride on his back.

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There's no steps, nor do you 'fail' art if you don't listen to these tips. They're guidelines that might make learning how to art easier for people. It's mostly handy things I picked up over the years (stuff no one ever told ME, aaa)-- except maybe colour theory-- that stuff is quite mandatory in art (and no one told me about that for years either... hmm)

 

But yeah it does depend when it comes to black linework! Take Batman the Animated Series, for example. That's good use of both blackwork and shading that both fits the tone of the show and is aesthetically pleasing. Thing is, the artists knew what they were doing and it really shows in the end product.

Black can really overwhelm the viewer if it's not applied properly. People tend to use black as a crutch rather than a personal choice. They make stuff pure black (or white, for that matter) w/o thinking about it, but in most cases, 'almost black' would look much, MUCH better as it doesn't distract from the piece as much.

 

But yes! Always keep experimenting. Do things people don't like, do things people shy away from. Who knows you might discover a super cool technique no one ever thought of before.

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I have a tip! 

Use red for sketching, and blue for basic lining for bone structure and such. I've found that using red to sketch out the lines is quite helpful, it gives you a way to experiment because it isn't lineless or a black line. Blue lining is good too especially in humans because drawing out basic bones can help. I use the blue line for semi finalized lines and begining of details. 

 

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Foreshorting with the coil technique 

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How I do shading: mess with opacity so that if mess up the coloring it will look the same on any color. Then smudge. Don't use darken blah blah. (I haven't posted any of the art that takes a while here XD) 

 

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if you want something to not work out at all use negative or divide. Just, why do those options exist. 99% when I use them it's either black or no change at all. :/

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Credits (Top to Bottom; Left to Right)

Skylo by Krazykira24

Dragon Moon by DuskDaybreak

Alpha Starlight by puppyllover

Pixelated Shadowstriker by Twistedclaw

Twilight and Starlight by Pixel

Hylari by Chameishida

ZipZap by toothlesnightfury

Dragon Moon by Kimbenoso

Violetta by WolfLight

Pikachu Edits by nightfuryatom4

Epic Shadowstriker Edit by WolfLight (THANKS SO MUCH!!! OwO)

Shadowstriker by puppyllover

Melorita by mesaprncss & Xbox-DS-Gameboy

Lullaby by Stiger23

Sonata & Rhapsody by NightmareRebuff

Malderra by Inthetardis

Echo by goldenfury360

 

A HUGE thanks to everyone that I have received edits, adoptables, etc. from! You are all amazing!!!!

(If I didn't include something you gave me, let me know. I have a lot of topics to go through to get these.)

 

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Any tips for shading? 

 

I always attempt to maintain my light scorce but sometimes, it's hard to tell exactly where the shadows will fall and how dark they will fall. As well as how thick to make the line and how to set the opacity.

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Wolf

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Wolf is my in-game character. Her full name is 'Wolf and Star'. She takes on my own personality, which is quite similar to that of Lynx. During quests Wolf loves to muck around and try to break the system by utilizing glitches- just for laughs, but she always produces reliable results. She is a fair viking and  she never uses glitches for her own personal gain. Some of my profile info will be listed below:.............

 

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Lynx

 Art done by DuskDayBreak

Lynx is bold and loud. She is like Luna Lovegood in the sense that she is rather... odd. Loud, shameless and weird. She is more animal like than human. Lynx enjoys being flashy, showing off her skills. Once she sets her mind to something, she is natrually good at it. The problem is that she loses focus easy and doesn't like setting herself to standards. She craves adventure and can grow bored easily. She is particularly fast on her feet, but has low stamina levels. She is strong and tall for her age. Lynx is stubborn and laid-back most of the time. She does not like to follow orders. Some of her skills include: being double jointed, the ability of being able to climb almost any surface, very good at mimicking animal sounds and is EXTREMELY good at sneaking around. However, there is a side to Lynx that she does not show very often. She is very lazy and selfish at times, mainly because she lacks compassion twords humankind, caring more about dragons and animals more so than humans. This tendency causes her to be merciless in the face of battle.

 

 

 

...............Lyra

 ..........Art done by Marg The Loony

Lyra is very sheltered and shy. She supressed her emotion and looks down on those who do are emotional. Lyra can be rudely scarcastic at times, and accidentally offend someone. Don't expect a public display of remorse. This does not mean she is feelingless though, she feels emotion, but, she is just very insecure about it. She does not like showing weakness or personal attachment, more insecurity and less sociopathy. Though in fights, she doesn't appear to have a sense of honor and isn't afraid to fight dirty. Lyra is willing to do anything to ensure her well being, and the well being of her mother. Which could be a weakness. She values her self preservation. She usually has her hood masking her pale delicate face, which sunburns easily and long hair. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nyx

 Art done by Fireflash

One of Nyx's most defining traits is her brash and scarcastic attitude twords everything that breaths. She is the type of girl who does not have to do much to stand apart from the crowd. However, Nyx is no way an extrovert, the reason why she puts herself in social situations is purely one of two reasons, the first one being is that she wants to go people watching. Where she sits in some corner and watches people, how they react and their social cues. She just observes them, untangles their motives and find their interests. The second reason is because she wants to show up the competition, along with being stubborn, Nyx is a show off. The problem is, natrual talent can only get you so far. Because of her years from people watching, she has become very keen on observations. Smarter than the average person, she is able to look at any given viking and deduce a thing or two about them. Sort of like Sherlock Holmes but not nearly as skilled. With her great intelligence, comes social anxiety. Nyx burried this under layers of brashness but, this insecurity can be sorted out by the way she avoids social and emotional get togethers. Due to her inability to express her social anxiety, Nyx finds herself at a lack of friends. She usually plays this off as her not wanting any friends but sometimes, when a dragon is your only friend, you can get lonely. The result, she makes a lot of enemies. Usually because of her showoffness and Brash attitude, and sarcasm. In reality, Nyx wants some friends, but she sees this as a weakness and as part of her insecurities which she buries deep inside of her and does not let anyone see. She's not edgy, she's just misguided.

 

 

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Wolf

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Wolf is my in-game character. Her full name is 'Wolf and Star'. She takes on my own personality, which is quite similar to that of Lynx. During quests Wolf loves to muck around and try to break the system by utilizing glitches- just for laughs, but she always produces reliable results. She is a fair viking and  she never uses glitches for her own personal gain. Some of my profile info will be listed below:.............

 

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Wolf

 Art done by Fireflash

Wolf is my in-game character. Her full name is 'Wolf and Star'. She takes on my own personality, which is quite similar to that of Lynx. During quests Wolf loves to muck around and try to break the system by utilizing glitches- just for laughs, but she always produces reliable results. She is a fair viking and  she never uses glitches for her own personal gain. Some of my profile info will be listed below:.............

 

In Game Name:  Wolf and Star..............

Friend Code: Not Accepting...................

Clan: The Phantom Lords......................

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@Wolf and Star:

 

Sometimes you can be sneaky and cheat your shading a bit if you get confused. People will notice it when shading is off throughout the piece, but they won't notice a single 'wrong' detail.

 

Where does the shading go:

What works well is to see your drawing as a 3d entity rather than a flat image. What you can do is divide your work into sections,  and think of a wireframe. How would the wireframe wrap your subject? What parts of your subject are round, or dented in? What part extrudes forward? I always do this in my head, but I drew this up because I'm bad at explaining:

 

See how some parts dent in, whereas others stick out? This is a good basis to start shading from. You know what shapes you've got to deal with now, and you can base the lighting/shading on them. 

 

This excludes a lot of other environental effects that affect the shadows, but it's easier to add those after you've got the basic shading down. It all depends on the light source(s) and the subject.

 

How dark does it need to be:

That really depends on your style, the subject matter & its environment, and there isn't a cookie-cutter way to do this. This is why I like to work from dark to light, because it's easier to decide where light comes from than it is to decide where the shadows are going to drop.  Since it's digital art we're talking about, I wouldn't worry too much about shadows being too dark. Just go over them with a lighter colour if you think so! Don't forget that shadows don't all have to be the same shade.

 

Line thickness:

This answer is going to be unfair because I personally prefer to do the lines after I've done the rest. I like using 'contour' lines rather than lineart. However, I make those lines a tad thicker if they fall in a shadowy or darker area.

Maybe someone else will be able to help you out with this, because I know that there's a few people here who do excellent lines!

 

Opacity:

Opacity is only something I tweak when I do some post-drawing editing. I prefer not to change it while I'm coloring because it won't teach me how to pick my own colours and neither will it teach me how to blend. I also get overwhelmed by the idea of layer opacity as I can never decide what % looks better so I decided to ditch it altogether :0

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I'm still new to digital art, and I'm a lot better at art with pencil and paper. When I draw digitally, I usually trace because when I don't it just doesn't turn out to look like I want it to / it would on paper. You're probably just going to say practice and I get that, but do you have any other tips?

Oh and I do use a drawing tablet by the way.

Thanks,

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I don't think there's anything wrong with tracing traditional work digitally. If that's your preferred method, then by all means keep doing it!

 

What could also work is trying out some different brushes. If you like the way pencil looks, you could try to download or make a pencil-like brush and see if you like that more than what you're currently using. A lot of default brushes can be quite harsh and digital-looking, so maybe brushes that look like the real deal can do the trick for you.

 

If you like the feel of pencil on paper, you could always stick a piece of paper onto your tablet and use that as a drawing surface. I know a couple people who like the texture of paper more than the plastic/glass of a tablet.

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Thanks for the advice

Ok, thanks for the advice! I've always thought that tracing certain parts is sort of cheating, but if that's accepted then that's cool!]

Thank you, I will play around with some different brushes too.

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There's plenty professional artists who prefer to work traditionally and then finish their stuff digitally. Tracing a digital sketch wouldn't be cheating either, would it?

It's only cheating if you steal someone else's work, I'd say. 

 

No problem!

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Hi I have a question. In the General Tips section, custom brush part precisely, you mentioned that it was how artists use their brush and not the brush itself. What did you mean by 'how'? Is it like they can use one brush for different textures or purposes or is it something else? Thanks in advance ^-^

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With 'how' I really just mean how. It's what you do with a tool that matters, rather than the quality tool itself.

 

Someone can buy an expensive professional paint brush and just thoughtlessly slather paint all over a canvas.

At the same time someone else can buy a cheap plastic paint brush and still make a masterpiece with it.

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Ah, I see. Thanks for clarifying that bit ^-^

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'Ello, it's FlyingFury here! My dragons and I hope you'll enjoy your stay in our humble Signature. 

 

 

About Me:

 

I am a girl

I am a Libra

I am sleepy

My favorite color is blue

My favorite animal is a dragon (big surprise)

I enjoy singing, listening to music, writing, reading, and drawing

I listen to soundtrack type music, Imagine Dragons, Twenty-One Pilots, Frank Sinatra, Paul McCartney, and much more

I like Harry Potter, The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, Transformers #1-3 though #4 is alright, Transformers Prime, Disney, the first Pirates of the Caribbean, some anime, and more

I love flying, going fast, and rollercoasters

My Current (but often changing) Obsession Is: Bumblebee ;)

I have a wonderful German Shepherd/Labrador mix named Bailey, and I love her to death :3

I play other games as well, such as Skyrim, Diablo, and a couple Wii U games. Feel free to hit me up in my message box if you play any of these games as well, I'd love to talk about them! :D

Also, holla at ur girl if you too have an undeniable love for giant alien robots :')

 

 

About My Viking:

 

My Viking's Name is Chaoze

Chaoze has mid-back length brown hair usually in a ponytail, dark brown eyes, and typically wears white war paint on her face. She can and will fight with anything she can get her hands on (mostly because she isn't good at fighting in the first place), but prefers to use swords above anything else

My main dragon is my white and blue Sand Wraith named Opal

[Character Backstories Currently Under Work]

I have many other dragons that I'm too lazy to list :P

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I see a lot of digital art here, and although I occasionally draw with a tablet, would it be too much to ask for critique for a traditional piece I did around 2 weeks ago? I’d like to hear from everybody and what they think, all opinions are appreciated!

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Also (so I don’t seem so out of place) I would say my main struggle with digital art is choosing a color to do lineart with. Let’s say I’m drawing a brown husky. Would the lineart be entirely a darker color of what the brown section of the fur would be for the entire piece or does the color correspond to the part you’re drawing? Thanks!

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Blizzard - Thunderdrum 

Hurricane - Whispering Death

Waverider- Sliquifier 

Turbulence - Wooly Howl

Midnight Velocity - Gronkle

Fearstrider - Skrill

Stargazer - Prickleboggle

Delta - Speed Stinger

Winter Solstice - Flightmare

Cataclysm - Snow Wraith

Soulwind - Shivertooth

Tetra and Vortex - Hideous Zippleback

Amethyst - Groncicle

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Ethnicity: Russian/Japanese

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I'm an enthusiast of League, Overwatch, World of Warcraft, Osu!, and NieR: Automata. 

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't is to be expected of a digital art tips threads :þ But of course you're welcome to share anything for crit! I won't promise any useful info for trad artists, though. I personally can't work traditionally to save my life lol

 

I've got to say that I really like it! The shading is lovely and I envy the way you draw hair and those eyes are just ??? how do you do that traditionally? I already mess 'em up digitally hahahaha

For critique, I noticed that the middle of the lips/philtrum don't completely align with the middle of the nose. The forehead ornament also looks like it's fusing into the hair a little bit, creating a slight tangent. Lastly, I feel like her focus/pupil position is sliiiightly off, but that might be an optical illusion due to the strand of hair covering the pupil.

All of these are super minor points, and maybe a bit nit-picky, but it's all I could think of.

 

When it comes to digital lineart, geez I don't know! whatever colours fits best depends on the piece, I'd say. It all depends on the style, environment, etc.

Depending on how you work digitally, you can always change the lineart colours to see what looks best afterwards. It's one of the big pluses digital has to offer: Everything can be changed and fixed if it doesn't turn out the way you want it to. If I work with lineart, I just use something like dark grey and change it once the piece is done. Makes it easier to go for multicoloured lines, too.

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Ah, thank you so much for your opinion, I really appreciate it! :)
Yeah, now that I'm taking a closer look at the details of the drawing, I could see that there are small mistakes that I could fix.
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As for digital art, I have a long journey of improvement ahead of me. Since I don't draw digitally enough, I might not improve as fast as I did for traditional art, but hey, we all take time to reach our goals. :P

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OC Human Bios

​OC Dragon Bios

​RPs I've been in

​List of Fandoms

Not so random facts about me

Fantasy Idea Corner

Random quotes

 

 

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​Human OC's:

 

 

Topaz Gypsy

 

  Digital art of Paz by Arrowalker the Amazing!           Drawing of Topaz Gypsy by Ally Kay the Skilled!

 

Age: 15

Gender: Female

Occupation: Gothi's apprentice

                                                                                 

Backstory:

          When Paz was 3, she and her parents were sailing along with the rest of their tribe to find a new island. When a huge storm capsized the boat in the middle of the night, it killed the majority of the tribe, including her father. The remaining few washed up on the shores of Berk. When they realized they had been blown drastically off course, Stoic offered to let them stay, under the condition that they became members of the tribe of Berk. Shortly afterwards, however, Paz's mother had contracted an unknown illness (pneumonia) and died. Gothi, who had grown fond of the child in that short time, decieded to raise her as an apprentice.

 

Due to her postion with Gothi, she does have an aqquaintence with Hiccup and the other dragon riders, but that's about it. When she's not studying at the School of Dragons during the school year, she's assisting Gothi at her house. She recieved a deep scar across her right eye when training her first dragon Minty. Fortunetly it doesn't affect her vision. It does, however, tend to flare up on occasions, which makes it burn and turn an irritated red.

 

​If you want to learn more about Paz, then click the title below for backstory fanfiction about her done by IrishMexicanViking the Stellar!

 

​The Topaz Chronicles

 

(Thank you so, so much for this, IMV, it means a lot!)

 

Likes: Animals, music, stargazing, watching the sunrise/ sunset, being helpful or witty (which doesn't happen often), practicing with her ax, hanging out with friends (also doesn't happen often)

Dislikes: Being belittled because of her occasional naiveness and/ or appearance (She looks 1-2 years younger than she actually is), the dark/ unknown, romance, pink, girly things in general, the taste of mint (suprisingly enough, she likes the smell though)

 

((Note: Besides her axe, Paz also carries a leather satchel, which has a small first aid kit, compass, a whittleing knife that she uses to carve patterns on her ax handle, a small spyglass and various other items))

 

((Funfact: Paz means peace in Spanish, which I did not know when first creating the character. Ironically enough, being peacefull is not one of her strongsuits))

 

 

 

Arion Strider

                  

Age: 25

Gender: Male

Occupation: Fisherman

Personality: Very quiet and reserved. He seems like a shady character, and is very experienced in hustling, but will generally mind his own buisness if you mind yours. Working in the fishing trade, Arion has a harpoon as tall as he is for his weapon of choice.

 

Backstory: Originating from the same tribe as Paz, they were part of two separate clans. The cheif came from Arion's clan, but Paz's wished they had a chief from their's. When they had set out to claim new lands for the tribe, Paz's tribe had declared mutiny, with her father heading the rebellion. If it wasn't for the storm, He probably would've succeded too. It's because of this that Arion holds a deep grudge against Paz that's not going away anytime soon.

 

 

 

Dragon OC's

 

Paz's Dragons

 

 

 

                                                                   Pencil sketch by Lulu6161 the Awesome!

Dragon's name: mint chip

Nickname: Minty

Gender: Female

Species: Deadly Nadder

Class: Tracker (Still don't get why they were moved out of the Sharp class)

Color: Mint Green (Hence the name) with beige details.

Personality: A loyal dragon with a generous helping of wit and sass. She doesn't really see anyone as in charge, so she can be somewhat unpredictable, doing what she wants or thinks is better. She will stick one of her spines in you if annoyed, which Paz figured out quickly. Despite her flaws, she will do anything to protect those who gain her trust. While not the most powerful Nadder due to her size, she is one of the fastest. Racing is one of her favorite hobbies.

 

Likes: Racing, dragon nip, mint, salmon, hunting.

Dislikes: Being cooped up, people who annoy her, being told what to do, swimming.

 

 

"Foster" Dragons:

((She promised Gothi she would rehome these ones. So far that has not happened))

 

 

Dragon's name: shadowofdeath

Nickname: Shadow

Gender: Male

Species: Whispering Death

Class: Boulder

Color: Pitch Black with a white underbelly.

Personality: Unlike the majority of his species, Shadow is very laid back and extremely lazy. One of the Death twins, he and his sister were rejected by their owner when they didn't live up to expectations. Paz is hoping to work on his work ethic before rehoming him.

 

 

Dragon's name: Milky Way

Nickname: Wé

Gender: Female

Species: Whispering Death

Class: Boulder

Color: Blue with a galaxy-like pattern on her underbelly that consists of pinks and purples.

Personality: The second of the Death twins, Wé is actually a bit hyperactive, making her have difficulty focusing on the task at hand. Takes interest in the most random things, like the rain, or a bug crawling up a tree, or the sunrise. Paz is hoping to get that under control before rehoming her, but she might not get the chance before her perfect rider comes along (winky wink).

 

 

Dragon's name: Starred and Spangled

Nickname: Spangled

Gender: Male

Species: Gronckle

Class: Boulder

Color: Blue with a red underbelly and white spots.

Personality: Stubborn, independant, gruff, toughy on the outside... in a word, PATRIOTIC!!! Wasn't as great of a beginner's dragon as the previous owners thought...

 

 

Annie made by ScarfyWings the Gifted!

Dragon's name: Oceanna

Nickname: Annie

Gender: Female

Species: Gronckle

Class: Boulder

Color: Deep blue with a ocean-like green underbelly.

Personality: Paz's "cuddle buddy", Annie is the most out going and enthusiastic of the bunch. Her love of water and attention has made her Paz's second favorite dragon (after Minty, of course). Unlike the other boulder class dragons on Paz's side of the stable, However, Annie's owner's parents just somewhere for her to stay until thier kid was ready for the responsiblilty of owning a dragon. There will come a day when her "cuddle buddy" will not be around all the time, and Paz is not looking forward to it.

 

 

 

Arion's Dragon

 

Name: Scarab

Age: 17

Personality: Very sly and cunning, if not kept in check tends to be very rowdy and gets into all sorts of trouble with other dragons and Vikings. While he can be a softy at times, he's currently feeling a little more then miffed about the lack of attention he's getting from his owner.

Likes: Causing mischeif, eating fish, tunnling through sand, picking fights with other dragons, belly rubs

Dislikes: being neglected, being tied down, when he gets punished for his bad behavior

RP's that I've taken part in (not all of them were finished)

...Scratch that none of them have been finished as of yet.

 

 

Let's go train a dragon and save the day! (HTTYD RP):

 

Power Play (Superhero RP)

 

The Rogues (Criminal HTTYD RP)

​(Psst this one's been my favorite so far so check it out!)

 

The Trial of Riders (HTTYD/Hunger Games type RP)

 

One HECK of a CROSSOVER! (Crossover RP)

 

Painting a Storm (Warrior Cat style RP (But with wolves!))

... Yeah, that one was a bit of a wild card for me. I've never even read the Warrior Cats series.

 

​The Escapees (Kind of a sequel to The Rouges)

 

(By the way, if you know of an rp that you think I'd be interested in based on the ones listed above, let me know)

 

I also have an MCU RP in the making (Planning is on hiatus until whenever I get the motivation to do something with it. If you'd be interested in participating when it's up and running or if you'd like to host it yourself, fell free to PM me!)

 

 

 

​And now the fun part...

 

 

 

 

 

 

Y'all get to learn

 

 

about me!!!!

 

 

 

(a little bit. Probably wouldn't be wise to give away my secret identity)

​(Not that I'm a celebrity or anything... Or am I?)

 

 

 

​(No... thankfully not... moving on)

 

 

​I'm probably not in any fandoms, per se, but I feel like I have a borderline unhealthy obbsesion for some of the subjects listed below:

 

​(P. S. These are not in any particuar order)

 

HTTYD (why else would I be on here?)

​Big Hero 6

​The Avengers (Actually, just the MCU in general)

Pirates of the Caribbean

The Chronicles of Narnia (sorta, haven't hung out in that fantasy in a while)

​The Fellowship of the Ring

TMNT (The 2012 reincarnation)

​Phineas and Ferb

​Brave

​Star Wars

​Back to the Future

Milo Murphey's Law (again, sorta. It only just came out)

(There are probably more. I'll update as I think of them)

 

 

​A couple of not-so-random facts about me

 

1. I'm a Christian.

​2. I'm a pianist.

3. I'm 100% American (Not that it technically means anything as far as ethnic heritage since the US is the mixing pot of cultures and whatnot. I think my great great grandparents were Polish, but besides that I have no idea what my ancestry looks like) Specifically, I'm from the southeastern portion.

4. I've traveled to 18 out of the 50 US states. Outside of my country, I have been to Italy, England, and Germany.

​5. I'm an equestrian.

6. I named my OC, Paz after two of my pets.

​7. I sing in the alto section of my choir (which means yes, I'm a girl. Is it just me, or are the majority of the people on this forum also girls?)

​8. I'm working on learning Spanish, so don't be suprised if I pop a couple of spanish words while talking on here. (I probably won't, but if I do, now you know why)

​9. I'm not an artist, but I do draw when I'm bored. If you care to see any examples, you can go to my Art Dump.

 

​I also now have an FAQ if you have additional questions!

 

Favorite Music Artists

NF (Which stands for Nate Feuerstein, not Night Fury), Toby Mac, Ryan Stevenson, Mattew Parker, Jaymie Grace, Tori Kelly, Unspoken, Lecrae... (I could go on for a while, so I'm just gonna stop there)

 

 

 

 

 

Fantasy Idea Corner:

 

(This is likely to be updated every time a new idea pops into my head)

 

(largely, if not entirely based on stuff I've read from other people, so not exactly original)

​Here's an idea for a fanfiction that I'll probably never write

​...As in, 86% certainty that I won't

 

 

Tony Stark A. K. A. "Iron Man" = Hiro Hamada A. K. A.... "?" (Not sure he has a superhero name)

Steve Rogers A. K. A. "Captain America" = Jack Overland Frost A. K. A. "Winter Soldier" (I know, name's taken, not caring over here)

Bruce Banner A. K. A. "The Hulk" = Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III A. K. A. "The Night Fury"

Thor= Merida (They're so cool they don't need an alter ego)

Natasha Romanoff A. K. A. "Black Widow"= Elsa A. K. A. "Frost Bite"

Clint Barton A. K. A. "Hawkeye"= Eugene Fitzherbert A. K. A. "Flynn Rider" ('Cause I don't see how Rapunzel would get caught up in this in the first place)

Nick Fury = Nick Fury ('Cause he's awesome. I'd put Frozone, but that's a little too much ice for my liking)

​Maria Hill = Heather the Unhinged

​Agent Coulsen = Agent Coulsen ('Cause who else is gonna do his job?)

 

​Loki= Merida's brothers (Because I'm evil)

 

​(If you've had any experience with marvel in general, you probably get the idea)

 

 

​This one I'm actually more likely to do at some point... After the HTTYD trilogy is over... So it's gonna be a while before it comes out.

 

The short summary is that when my OC, Paz, is grown up, she'll become an immortal glob trotter.

...I know, that's kinda lame...

 

​BUT IT'S HAPPENING SO BUCKLE YOUR SEATBELTS BECAUSE WE'RE GOING ON A WILD RIDE!!!*

 

 

​*(Actually if you'd just go about your life and forget this was here that'd be great)

 

​And now for random quotes!

 

​"Why are we stopped?​"

​"The light's red.​"

​"... THERE ARE NO RED LIGHTS IN A CAR CHASE!!!​"

Gogo and Wasabi in Big Hero 6

 

 

"Ooohhh..."

"Ooohhh yes."

"You, sir are playing a dangerous game. Keeping this much raw... vikingness contained. THERE WILL BE CONSEQUENCES!​"

"I'll take my chances. Sword. Sharpen. Now."

Hiccup and Gobber in How to Train Your Dragon.

 

 

*Cap's shield flies though the air doing awesomeness.*

"That thing doesn't obey the laws of phisics at all!"

Spider-Man in Captain America: Civil War

 

​​"Loki is beyond reason, but he is of Asgard, and he is my brother.​"

"He killed eighty people in two days."

"... He's adopted?​"

Thor and Black Widow in Avengers.

 

"Sometimes the only payoff for having any faith is when it's tested again and again everyday."

Immortals by Fall Out Boy.

 

"Great Scott!"

"Yeah, I know, it's heavy."

Marty McFly and Doc Brown ​in Back to the Future III

(When they switched catchphrases for a scene)

 

"You dare challenge Megamind?"

"This town isn't big enough for two super-villains!"

"Oh, you're a villain all right. Just not a super one."

"Yeah? What's the difference?"

"PRESENTATION!"

Megamind and Titan in Megamind (the movie)

 

 

 

 

​(More pictures/stuff coming soon A.K.A. at some point in the unforseeable future)

  Thanks for reading my sigg​y!

 

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Terrific Photoshop Tip ©:

 

Messed up a thing? Thing too big or small? Thing is oddly shaped? Use the liquify tool and you'll save many minutes which you could spend on making yourself a sandwich.

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So, I had a question. What do you do for lines. Like lines to make some thing lose like a blouse or pants.

I've tried and no matter what I do it doesn't work.

You can check out my art in my siggy. It's awful.

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I usually don't add lines to folds, but when I do I tend to use thin and very tapered lines, thinner than the rest of the lineart so they won't look too present in the complete picture.

 

For the rest it's really just observing clothing, how it works and how certain fabrics drape around the body. Here's a good guide to cover the basics.

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Tysm varku! I'm trying it out on my next request. I'll post the drawing when I'm done.

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Be sure to, and np!

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Sorry, I finished a while ago but I forgot.

Rheyleen, for Rheileen's storm.

It's not much better but it's good for a start, I think.

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Definitely good for a start! 

I'd try to add some shading to the folds as well as the other parts to make your character pop out a bit more. It's pretty tricky to learn but likely worth it in the end!

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Tracking!!

 

Every tracking post needs a fun gif.... well, at least mine do! 

 

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OTPS!!!!!! :D

Mericcup(Merida x Hiccup)

Eretstrid(Eret x Astrid)

 

http://kelytafairytail.deviantart.com/

 

Profile... stuff

 

Name in game: KelytaOfFairyTail

Gender: Female

Birthday: Nov. 30th. 

Clan: The Phantom Shadows

Main Dragon(s):  Titian Woolly Howl named Varda & Triple Stryke named Askari

Favorite Dragon Spices: Night Fury, Woolly Howl, Typhoomerang, Triple Stryke, Skrill, Deathsong, and Sand Wraith.

Favorite Dragon Class: Strike Class.

Member?: No

Expansions Completed: Icestorm Island, Call of the DeathSong, Battle for the Edge, Return to Dragon Island, The Secret of the Lavation, and The Rise of StormHeart.

Playing SoD since: 04/03/2016

Dragons: 50

Favorite SoD Pastime: Battle Events and racing.

Favorite Past time: Drawing

Stuff I like/support:

 

 

 

DRAGONS:

 

Strike Class:

 

Varda: Titian Woolly Howl, female(Alpha)

Askari: Triple Stryke, male

Plumaria: Triple Stryke, female

Magnum pi: Skrill, male

Hela: Titan Skrill, female

Mushu: Snow Wraith, male

 

Stoker Class:

 

Kafka: Typhoomerang, male

Maleficent: Typhoomerang, female(Kafka's mate)

Johnny Rebal: Montrurs Nightmare, male

Tara: Monstrurs Nightmare, female(Johnny Rebal's mate)

Galadreil: Fireworm Queen, female

Larry: Hobbegrunt, male

DreamFinder: Singetail, male

Pascel: Teribble Terror, male

Johana: Flame Whipper, female

Ikran: Silver Phantom, male

 

Boulder Class:

 

Mordu: Titan Wispering Death, male

Clawhauser: Gronckel, male

Lohi: Hotburple, male

Bluegrass: Snafflefang, male

CannonBall: Groncicle, male

Smokey: Eruptodon, male

Nazgul: Titan Screaming Death, male

 

Mystery Class:

 

AbbotandCostello: Hideous Zippleback, males

The A Team: Snaptrapper, males

Nalu: Deathsong, male

SweetTea: Deathsong, female

Aragorn: Armorwing, male

Patriot: Titan Flightmare, male

Eomer: Bonenapper, male

Cincinatus: Changewing, male

 

Tidal Class:

 

Sannr Vinr: Sliquifier, male

Elgar: Titan Sand Wraith, male(Kope's older brother)

Kope: Titan Sand Wraith, female(Elgar's little sister)

Seggr: Tide Glider, male

Mogwai: Thunderdrum, male

Maji: Shockjaw, male... I think

Gharial: Windwalker, male

Erza: Windwalker, female

Adaliah: Scauldron, female

 

Sharp Class:

 

Delta: Speed Stinger,female

Moana: Titan Razorwhip, female(twin to Lani)

Lani: Razorwhip, female(twin to Moana)

Pippin: Scuttleclaw, male

Figment: Titan Stormcutter, male

Imara: Stormcutter, female

Frozone: Shivertooth, male

 

Tracker Class:

 

Seamist: Titan Deadly Nadder, female(first dragon)

MacGyver: Deadly Nadder, male(Seamist's son)

Judy Hopps: Deadly Nadder, female(Seamist's daughter)

Old Yeller: Rumblehorn, male.

 

The End :)

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The essentiality of breaks

 

I thought this might be a good piece of advice, and one I should be heeding much more often than I should.

Take breaks! Take many breaks and add in a couple of longer ones as well.

 

It's kind of similar to the 'flip your canvas' idea. After a while people tend to get used to the piece they're working on and get so used to it that it's hard to see what can be changed for the better.  Flipping the canvas resets your eyes and you'll easily be able to notice mistakes in your art.  However, after doing that time after time after time, your eyes will also be getting used to both your regular and your flipped drawing.

 

Now is the time to take a break! Even if everything looks okay, you'll thank yourself later.

Anatomical, composition and shading mistakes are easily noticed by flipping the canvas, but the general colouring as well as the intensity of it is something that's also easy to get used to, and no flipping or turning will change the colouring. So take that 30 min break every once in a while. Do something else, refresh your mind. Eat some fruit.

 

Sometimes longer breaks can also be appropriate, especially when you're (close to being) finished with your work. There's been many times where I thought I was finished, only to open my document a day later to see that the colouring is not what I thought it would be. It's disappointing, but at least I can fix the errors I never noticed before.

 

Before vs after

Haha, whoops! I completely missed the mark when it came to colour intensity with this one. The colours in the first one look dull and washed out, which wasn't my intention when I started the piece and definitely not something I noticed after I was done for the night. Imagine if I'd upload the left one if it were finished; it would have been such a waste.

 

Take your breaks! They're good for you and your art!

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So I’m starting to learn to paint, and since you don’t shade with black, what colour do you shade with if you plan on making customizable bases? Since the colours change drastically with each piece?

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What kind of customisable bases are you planning to make?

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The normal request a fan

The normal request a fan dragon bases, where people tell me what colours they want. I just want to pain them more realistically

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I don't see why you would pick black for that in the first place. It'll give you more trouble if you want to recolour the black parts. (black + colour = black, usually) I think the easiest approach would be to work in greyscale so you'll be abe to edit the values more easily. It'll also make colouring easier and much more fun to do! --And no black is needed.