Anonymous asked: Hello again, Gina :3 -- I'm the person that asked about a tutorial about 3 days ago or so. (I checked out the one you linked to, and it's perf. It really helped me understand graphics more.) I was thinking maybe drawing or painting tips, or a walkthrough, etc. It would be really neat to see the process you go through to make your drawings and digital paintings. They're all gorgeous~
Ooh, well, I’m actually probably not the best person to ask. Most of what I know about drawing is self-taught and way old tutorials on deviantart from when I started learning. I lack real foundational skills, because I never went to art school and it does make a huge difference from the rigorous practice and critique you get there. At least for illustrators, which is what I lean toward (basically the ‘pretty paintings’ people). You spent years learning about the complexities of light and color and contours and all that and I… make it up. Which I shouldn’t.
But here is what I know:
- First and most importantly: practice drawing. I’m not sure where your skills are at, so I’m going to cover a very broad audience, in case there are beginners interested, too. Photoshop is just a medium. I treat it like a piece of paper, except I can undo and erase as much as I want without having to buy a new piece of paper. A lot of people seem to think they can jump onto Photoshop without learning how to draw first, but you can’t cheat foundational drawing skills.
- About finding tutorials that aren’t iffy: Find tutorials by people who have gone or are going to art school. Find tutorials by people whose style you like because different styles will have different techniques. I have also come to dislike tutorials that make too much use of Photoshop’s tools. For example, you might come across some that tell you to color everything on separate layers. I don’t like that. I tried that when I was younger, and it was helpful for awhile, but it feels very unnatural. I think when it comes to painting on Photoshop that the closer you paint like a traditional painter, the better.
- An overview of how I actually draw: Nowadays, I prefer having three layers - background, subject sketch. I sketch things out at least twice, from a rough sketch to a less rough sketch. Then I block out the main colors and shadows, and then start working spot by spot to fill in the details. And there’s no trick to that either, I just paint the colors that are needed. I use a hard round brush exclusively, usually set at around 40-60% opacity. Some people use these fancy photoshop brushes, and some use them really well, but a lot of them are kind of tacky. Kind of in the same way that filtering on graphics can be gimmicky if you don’t know how to use it. When I’m done, I like to amp up the contrast and color to my paintings with similar sort of coloring like I do to graphics, and that’s my “cheat” of sorts. I made a gif way back when of my progress.
- Random, but: be confident in your brush strokes. That’s also why I like to work in higher opacity brushes. It’s kind of hard to explain, but the good artists have this “smoothness” to their colors and lines like they drew it in one swoop, and that’s probably because they did. It doesn’t look overworked, which is what happens when you paint over a section too many times and it starts to look unorganic. This is a weirdly random thing to mention, but it’s also one of the most important general things I’ve learned.
- You will have strengths and weaknesses. I’ve been drawing my whole life in some from and I still can’t draw a face or hands without trying 20 times. And that’s not meant to be discouraging; again, I’ve learned in a very hodge podge way and I’ve NEVER learned how to draw people and some people just find it harder than others, like me. I’m pretty good at drawing nature and still lifes because that’s what I drew in my childhood art classes, and I learned vector art very easily and had the benefit of practice because the school newspaper dealt exclusively in vector graphics.
- Aaaand why not. Some of my favorite prolific artists who I’ve followed for a super long time are tracyjb (who writes my favorite webcomic), emmyc, loish, pika-la-cynique (another comic artist), takeru.
I realize this doesn’t actually answer your question that much, and I’m not sure how this became so long, but that’s what happens when I take a break from my coding (which I must get back to shortly!). But in brief: I really don’t know enough about painting to give a proper tutorial, but I can probably give tips on specifics, and this whole thing I answered with above is my general advice. c:
ma-ca-roons asked: the end is nigh---but Ginaaaaa, noooooooo. Weather for Ducks just ended and now six chapters left?! le cries~ On the bright side, I can't wait for the short story collection. :))
IT ISSSSS I was not prepared either. As soon as I realized it, I was like O_O NOOooo I thought I had more time D:
On a separate note, the combination of ducks and what I mentioned about a pirate AU (where Fred sails a merchant ship - after the old captain James has gone to other seas - with his crew of Bea the ship repairer/weapons’ expert and Albus the swabbie who cannae swim, and Scorpius is the governor’s son and Anjali is the pirate queen and do you see how I have actually thought this through and how well this fits) - has produced this doodle:
#and capers ensue
my first completed story was about a magical crystal that grants feminism
#what do i even categorize this under
#things i should not be posting on the internet
#things i am posting instead of a new chapter
#things i will regret tomorrow
#(NO REGRETS JUST LOVE)
#sorry i sing that every time i see the word 'regrets'
#i suppose this counts as drawings. wee gina drawings.
This was a class project back in my 5th grade. Our assignment was to write a 20-page illustrated storybook, and our teacher (absolute brill-o-pads) would bind them into hardcover. She did this every year. 700-1000 words was the goal, I believe. I ended up around the realm of about 10k, barely crammed into 30 pages. I wrote it in three days, too, because that’s what happens when your idea of plot development is to add more stuff until you can’t think of things to steal from Tolkien anymore.
I… probably had better grammar back when I was 10 than I did when I restarted writing two years ago. I also knew words that I don’t know now, such as hoary, and I didn’t use a thesaurus, so I must’ve actually known what that meant at some point in my life. Probably because I read a lot, about infinity times more than I do now (non-fanfic stories read in 2012: 2? kind of?), which is probably the biggest thing stunting my writing, but, well, there you go.
This story is hilariously nonsensical if you manage to make it all the way through. I haven’t re-read it all, but from my skimming, it seems from all the ‘well’s and ‘i know’s and oh god the hobbits are looking for more cake, wee gina didn’t change much growing up.
brace yourself for an epic
#and capers ensue
A sketch… thingy of 7th year Bea. I like drawing her a bit older.
I’m thinking of marathon-writing tonight, and maybe I can get the chapter up tomorrow (this is not going to happen, but I like to say these things). Dobby Awards voting is also here! Bea and Clemence are up for OC, And Capers Ensue is up for Novel, 730 Whispers is up for One-Shot, and I’m up for Most Versatile. Gaah there are so many :3 <3 If you would like to vote for me (or anyone else), head over to the HPFF forums. Voting’s only up for about a week or so!