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Some tips for digital painting~

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Because I am just so nice procrastinating from doing my Math IA, here's some tips! Hope it'll be useful to some people out there! (Bear in mind I'm not a pro, so yeah, this is my amateur tips I use for myself and my painting style) Right now I'm adopting a manga-realism style, so the following tips are those I have learned/picked up from other artists...

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Depth and Color
Separate your work into foreground, mid-ground and background. The foreground should have the most saturated/bright colors and the most detail. For the background, use duller colors (choose colors closer to the gray spectrum) and have lesser details. It's good if you want it to be as detailed as the foreground, but a lack of details would create a sense of depth so that it seems like the background is really receding behind. As the objects move further and further, a lighter, duller shade of the saturated color would bring out depth. The mid-ground colors should be an in-between of the foreground and background.

Lineart
For me, my recent works have all been pretty single-layered - 1 layer for the character, 1 layer for background, 1 layer for special effects. However, I think a universal thing for linearts is that if it is possible, refrain from using black (use a dark blue/brown instead, or other dark colors depending on the color-scheme of your art piece). There's nothing wrong with using black, but it is preferable to use other dark shades to make your work more unique-looking and suited to its color-scheme. Use black only if the colors in your piece are really dark (and the lineart needs to be the darkest, so only black works) or monochromatic.

Lineart-less
For lineart-less pieces wanting to achieve a realistic/rugged look: Do not use the opacity look tool! They make your shapes too clean to be realistic. Bear with it and color carefully without the opacity lock. You can even use darker colors to create a somewhat-lineart on the same layer itself, just to make the object more defined. However, if you want to achieve a clean look, by all means use the opacity lock - your life will be made 900% easier. 

Shading and Color
Never shade with black and white. As I learned in painting, black and white are flat colors. They don't add depth to your picture. Use darker versions of the color, fiddle with the color wheel. Remember, shadows are cooler - more to the blue spectrum, and highlights are warmer - more to the yellow/red spectrum. You can use white to highlight metal, or to create motion. 

Also, here's a very basic coloring tutorial I made some time ago, hope this helps: color-sekai.deviantart.com/art…
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Alrighty, that's it! Feel free to comment/message me questions (but again bear in mind I'm not that professional) Also all the tips here are based on personal preference/use so if you work against the methods here I don't mean to offend, art has no rules!

Hope this is useful ; w ;



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CyborgOrchestra98 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I needed this!
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color-sekai Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013  Student Digital Artist
glad to be of help :D
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CyborgOrchestra98 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
;p
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scarlet-riko Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2013
dear santa can i have a tablet? asdfghjkl :iconvictoriqueisboredplz:
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color-sekai Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013  Student Digital Artist
i'm not santa :iconasdfghplz:
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scarlet-riko Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013
then be santa :iconlikeabossplz: 
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Dancer40320 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
thank you n_n b this was great.
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color-sekai Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013  Student Digital Artist
you're welcome! :> 
i'm happy to help~
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Dancer40320 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
It did.
Digital painting is something i have issues with.
I'm more comfortable with Traditional- Graphite stuff.
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color-sekai Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013  Student Digital Artist
yeah, that used to be me (until i started really immersing myself into digital work, then traditional became tougher D: )

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Dancer40320 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
hmm. really?
well, really, digital art should be easier, there is a undo button, brushes that you can use, you can completely change the colors, and all that jazz.
i still find it hard though. I wish to do both, drawing with pencil and paper has a special place in my art.
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color-sekai Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013  Student Digital Artist
yea, haha. digital is easier to me :>
but i am always able to achieve much better detail with pen and paper, because that's how i first started. so that's kind of my foundation.
each medium has its own pros and cons i guess :)

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Dancer40320 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
yeah it does C:

Then I (try to) do realistic stuff, and anime/ manga stuff and i think that my realistic stuff is way better than my anime/manga stuff.
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color-sekai Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013  Student Digital Artist
haha, everyone's different so yea! :) keep working on what you're good at :)
i used to draw realistic stuff a lot, then i started watching anime and my style just got corrupted :P (ok maybe too harsh a word choice, but you know what i mean)
try as i might now, i find it really hard not to draw things in an anime style - like faces or body shape, basically everything! D: my style is permanently anime now, don't know if that's good or not xD
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