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So I get these questions every few weeks, and I’ve put them off all this time ‘cus I didn’t think I was fit to teach people (and I still don’t think I am), but after some point I felt bad about it, so here’s a shoddy breakdown of my art process:
Sketch and lines, you know the drill. I do both in Photoshop with the default brush, though SAI works too. Whatever floats your boat.
Most of the pictures on my blog skip the lineart step, ‘cus I’m too damn lazy. In those cases, I just go back and erase stray marks as I color so the sketchiness isn’t too obvious.
Flat colors are done in two steps. First step uses very dark colors, which I do in SAI ‘cus I like its Magic Wand tool. Using dark colors helps me easily see parts that weren’t completely filled in, ‘cus white spots will show underneath. (I know some people choose to use a “green screen” in the background when flatting, so you can do that too. Both methods achieve the same goal.)
Second step is done in Photoshop, ‘cus it has that nice Gradient tool. (If you only have SAI, you can make gradients manually with the Water tool.) I lock the flats layers and play around with the colors until I’m satisfied. (Ctrl+B works really well for this if you use Photoshop.)
(For those of you who don’t know what layer locking is, select a layer and click the checkered box at the top next to the word “Lock.” In SAI, check the box that says “Preserve Opacity.”)
After the flats are done, I make new layers for the shadows and clip-mask them onto the flats layers below.
(In Photoshop, right-click and select “Create Clipping Mask.” In SAI, click the checked box that says “Clipping Group.”)
I lower the opacity for the shading layers (as shown in the SAI screencap), but that’s the only real “trick” I use… Everything I do is cell shading, so I don’t blend or use filters or anything like that. Just good ol’ default brushes, yup.
And there we have it. Occasionally I’ll go back to Photoshop to add some shitty text backgrounds, but that’s pretty much the gist of it. (Underwhelming, I know.)
So yeah… HOPE… THAT HELPED AT LEAST SOMEONE OUT THERE???
No, probably not.