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Anyone got tips for drawing burn scars? I have a character that has one and I can't seem to figure it out.

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Burns scars, to me, would be something I'd do without lines. I think that incorporating them into the colouring would be easier than to actually draw them as they lack a defined pattern. I think that just drawing such a scar would make it appear too harsh compared to what burn scars actually look like.

 

I'd try to get the texture down and do the scars while colouring, and not while drawing.

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I have question for you, art god ;b

what is your advise on muscles?

I can't draw them. Every time I try it just ends up either looking like weird lines or not visible at all.

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Muscles are difficult to draw because it's easy to under- or overdefine them. It's also really a matter of posing, and knowing where the ol' meaty bumps go!

I'd suggest figure (and gesture) drawing so you can get the basic shapes and flow down. If you draw something often enough, it'll become a second nature eventually. 

 

Line of Action has a good figure drawing class. (can contain nudes) If you check class mode, it'll give you random models to draw, and you'll get very little time in the beginning. You'll get some more time for each model you draw.

There's also Posemaniacs, where the models have been stripped off their skin so you can see how the musculature works.

 

For the rest, it's just really looking at human anatomy! I stumbled upon this marvelous resource not too long ago. Some of the references are free, but others require to be purchased. Can contain nudes!

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This is really helpful. I've only been doing digital art for 7 months, and searching for tips like these really helped me in digital art.

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Just a small question: which brush in Photoshop allows the user to do lineart?

What I mean is my art style (digitally, I'm better at traditional art :P) is cartoonish and tends to have black lineart/lines. When I do drawing in Photoshop, the lines come out as slightly pixellated and not clear - but I want clear, solid lines. Which brush is suitable for that?

 

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Any brush will do! It depends on the style you want to achieve! Some brushes tend to be more pixelated than others, but most PS default brushes should look smooth unless you're zoomed in very far.

 

If you have issues with pixelation, the cause could be that the canvas is too small and / or the PPI/DPI is set too low (72 should be the minumim for digital art). Another issue may be the size of the brush you're using. How big are your canvases, and what brush size do you use for the lines?

 

The bigger the canvas and brushes, the more room PS has to smoothen stuff out.

 

In the worst case the cause might be your graphics card, and this can usually be fixed by switching some options on or off in the settings if needed.

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Thanks for the tips, turns out my DPI was 47 :3

 

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Hmm, I'm not sure if this thread is still alive but...

I have a question about drawing hair/fur digitally. I tried to draw a horse, and everything seemed decent, but then I got to the mane and tail, and it looked so messy and.. thick? So how do you draw hair or fur to make it look at least slightly realistic?

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What's your current approach to hair like?

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Well as of now, I just draw a base colour, then pick two more colours: one slightly lighter, and one lighter for the highlights. Then I use the highlights and draw some lines (I don't really know how to explain this, but I've looked at hair and seen how the light reflects, and I try to draw it like that). Then I use the slightly lighter and draw some shade, then use the base again to give it more depth. 

I don't know if this is even the right way, but all the YouTube tutorials I've watched make a custom brush, and I don't know how to do that :').

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Sounds like you're missing shade/shadows and dark tones to me! Do you have a pic for me? It's hard to go by the description. 

 

For custom brushes, you can always download or buy them off someone. What software do you use? I only know how to make brushes in Photoshop :þ

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I don't have any pictures now, I'll upload some tomorrow! And I'm deciding between two programs: Paint Tool Sai and Photoshop. I still don't know which one, but my Photoshop trial expires in a couple of days so I guess I'll decide then :').

 

Edit: All right, here goes. (I'm using Photoshop in these screenshots.)

 

1. I draw a base

2. With sum lighter colour, draw some highlight

3. Add more highlight and I used some base colour to add more lines

 

... All right. You can probably see why I came for help XD.

 

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Both SAI and PS are fine programs. In the end it doesn't matter what software you use, anyway!

Hmmmm, to me it looks like you're missing shading on the hair itself! Then there's the issue that you like to draw the individual strands of hair. There's nothing wrong with that, but individual strands are only something you would see in a close-up because hairs are very thin. Drawing indivudual strands when the subject is smaller makes the hair indeed look oddly thick!

 

I whipped up a simplified version of my process which works pretty well for stuff without lineart. Maybe it'll help you out? I like to use thick strokes to get the shape right during the process, and I tend to add smaller locks in the very end. I made it extra shiny for the example, but less shine will definitely do hahaha

 

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Wow, that's great! Thanks so much, Varku :D This helps a lot. 

Now it's just up to me practicing! And you bet I will ;)

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I finally finished! Here's the final product:

 

The hair definitely looks so much better (and less like a feather duster that's been through a washing machine).

Thanks again, Varku, for the tips!

 

 

 

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Certainly tracking this. I’m currently on basic shading and pretty much flat looking images, but I’ve improved in time. I hope these tutorials can help me out.

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I have a question about facial hair, specifically for cartoon-like drawings. I've improved a lot on pretty much everything digital (many of which thanks to this thread), but I still can't do facial hair without it looking like a deformed tail or worse. How do I achieve this seemingly impossible task, if you know?

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There's toins of ways to do facial hair-- but it really depends on the style you're working in as well as the facial hair you want! Could you give me some more info on what you're trying to achieve?

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You should consider getting a graphics tablet, really. They're so convenient. Makes digital art MUCH less of a pain to do.

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