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ToriKat is offline
Old 01-23-2008, 06:52 AM

Have an art guide you'd like to share? Tips? Created a thread gearing toward your advice toward certain techniques? They'll be linked here for all to reference!

ToriKat is offline
Old 01-23-2008, 06:57 AM

Techniques and Tips

Products to Use from Nightshade1988
Drawing and coloring tips from Neithan

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Nightshade1988 is offline
Old 03-12-2008, 02:43 PM

A few tips

--Try using a paper blender to blend pencil shadings. Use sandpaper to sharpen your blender. Remember that applying pressure with a blender leads to darker shading.
--Be sure you have the proper paper for your type of medium. If you use charcoal, markers, pens, or colored pencil, use thicker, anti-bleed paper. Pencils also work well on thicker papers.
--Try using a kneaded eraser from an art store. They erase much better and leave clean paper than using a drugstore-bought eraser. It's well worth it. =D
--Buy different types of pencil. Any pencil marked with an "H" or "F" is lighter. Any pencil marked with a "B" is darker, with 9B as the darkest and regular B as the lightest.
--When you are first outlining, use lighter boldness pencils, like F or 2H. Then you can later go over those lines in a darker pencil once you are sure the lines are just right.
--Buy an art spray called "Workable Fixatif" by a company named Krylon. This spray prevents smudging and you can still draw over it. I use this spray when I finish and am happy with my drawing.

Products That Are Good To Use

Here are a few products I use. I have linked them to the Dick Blick Art Materials Website so that you can see what they look like. A lot of art stores should carry these products.

Derwent Graphic Drawing Pencils
These have a good variety of boldness and softeness, and blend very well.

Prismacolor Colored Pencils
I have a set of 72 and I bought other color pencils alone to get exactly what I needed. Prismacolors are awesome for blending and they are soft, so they color very smoothly. I recommend these to anyone, beginning or advanced.

Strathmore Drawing Paper
I use this paper because it is very versatile, whether I'm using pencils or colored pencils. I would suggest buying a pad of 11x14 inches and 50 sheets to start. Later you can buy pads according to the size and medium that you want to use.

General's Factis Extra Soft Eraser
This eraser is the bomb. I bought three at a time. It makes only a little crumbs, leaves a clean area and can erase all shades of drawing pencils, pastels, and even charcoal.

The first link shows paper stubs that blend regular drawing pencils. These work well, and you can sharpen them by rubbing the ends on sandpaper. The second link shows a colored pencil blender by Prismacolor. I use this one a lot, too.

Krylon's Workable Fixatif
This handy spray allows you to work over it, but prevents smudging. I suggest spraying this at the very end of your drawing - erase any and all smudge marks first, then spray a healthy coat of it outside or in a well-ventilated area. Let it dry, and you can still draw over it.

Hope that helped anyone looking to get started. Remember, everything takes practice and art is no different.

white12lily is offline
Old 03-14-2008, 05:44 PM

thanks for the tips

Nightshade1988 is offline
Old 03-20-2008, 02:37 AM

No problem! A lot of what I learned came out of trial and error and help from my art teacher. But most of my techniques are things I came up with myself. I think they work for everyone though.

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aeriise is offline
Old 04-09-2008, 09:50 PM

The best pixel doll tutorials:

And a whole gallery of pixel doll tutorials:

ToriKat is offline
Old 04-11-2008, 06:09 PM

@Nightshade1988: Thank you for your contributions. ^^ Wow, I'll have to get the art spray. *desperately needs that* :3

@aeriise: Thank you! I've updated the links. :3

I especially want to learn how to pixel. xD *reads them over*

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Maricrism is offline
Old 04-16-2008, 06:49 AM

thanks for the tips!!

Waitress Wishii
Waitress Wishii is offline
Old 04-28-2008, 03:14 PM

Thank you so much for all of the tips! <333

bungalow is offline
Old 05-13-2008, 01:52 AM

thanks for all the great tips!

4nj3L is offline
Old 01-25-2009, 09:16 PM

A good place for photoshop tutorials in general are here:
The page I specifically link is on CG/digital painting.
Soft Cell Shading
Linart and CG colouring
Hair colouring tutorial (can be apply else where too)

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Silverbeam is offline
Old 06-19-2009, 12:41 AM

Some I've made.....


3d keyblade tutorial

Akari Sora Tenshi
Akari Sora Tenshi is offline
Old 07-26-2009, 05:17 AM

Wow, thanks for the tips. <3 They really help. O:

Iseril is offline
Old 07-28-2009, 12:55 AM

Thank you very much for the tips folks.

kodi is offline
Old 10-25-2009, 06:10 PM

these tips are great and very helpful but i was wondering if anyone had any tips or tutorials on how to draw hair i'm having a really hard time drawing hair lately. thanks it would be a great help

Circe is offline
Old 10-31-2009, 03:28 PM

There are some really great tutorials here.

kodi is offline
Old 10-31-2009, 05:31 PM

thank you this is very helpful

Murasaki Fujiwara
Murasaki Fujiwara is offline
Old 11-07-2009, 02:49 AM

This is really helpful, thank you so much!

I know I have a lot of trouble with lineart.
I've learned to use the pen tool+ pressure, but it can still turn out rather awkward looking.

kodi is offline
Old 11-07-2009, 03:47 PM

i know! i guess ut;s just triAal and error like people say :( but the search continues! lol

Old 11-15-2009, 03:16 AM

how do you do art casude i want to try to do something

kodi is offline
Old 11-15-2009, 04:18 AM

umm that's a broad question actually. umm what kind of art traditional, digital, umm abstract there are so many different forms of art what do you have in mind? maybe i can point you in the right direction if you tell me your idea

JediGal is offline
Old 11-15-2009, 09:06 PM

Good tips! 8D Thanks a ton! Also for the links! Thanks alot!

princessmittens101 is offline
Old 11-18-2009, 08:54 PM

Thanks for the tip ill keep it in mind

Kashiji Toroishi
Kashiji Toroishi is offline
Old 12-05-2009, 09:40 PM

Thanks for the tips, they really help! :D


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