The Official Artist Advice Thread.
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12/31/2003 04:55 PM EST

A lot of people always use MS Paint to do "fonts"so..


Just cut and spell the text you want and put it inside the lifebar. I cut those out but I failed to find the letters "J","Q" "X" "Y" "Z". Enjoy.


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RE: The Official Artist Advice Thread.
01/01/2004 04:09 PM EST
I learned how to draw by using live models, and looking at anatomy books.

I also use toys when I'm trying to do perspective. I have this WWF toy that has a rubber torso that looks like a real person, no joints. I use that all the time.

Shading I learned the same way, looking at real people, and photographs.

I don't draw 100% realistic, but I get a strong foundation from it.
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One thing they had us do in my Art school was to have quick sketches.

You have from 10 seconds, to 1 minute to draw the full figure the best you possibly can.

It helped me a LOT when I started doing that.

But I haven't done it in a while, and I noticed that I'm getting noticeably slower when I draw.
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I think that drawing is NOT like riding a bicycle.

If you don't practice constantly, the quality of your work will lower.
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RE: The Official Artist Advice Thread.
01/04/2004 03:47 PM EST
If you want to make "cool" stuff go here:
PhotoShop 1 0 1. It's really helpful.

And if you're looking for good fonts:
Fonts/Text.

Enjoy. Credit goes to deadinholywood for the PhotoShop Tutorial link which I found on her site.

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02/12/2004 02:06 PM EST
Someone mentioned Burne Hogarth earlier and I think his books are where most artists want to go to learn the fundamentals of not just drawing the human figure, but looking at it in the form of shapes. It's easy to say "Go look through comic books, figures etc.", and there's no problem with that. However, in one way or another the understanding of how the human figure moves, what it is and IS NOT capable of is paramount.

I'll also say that buying his books will help anyone trying to draw better and more realistic figures. The figures in his books are exagerated in muscle mass and tone(just how every comic book artist likes it), but they still adhere to the foundations of anatomy, which makes it easier to dive into drawing the superhero type characters while at the same time understanding measurments and proportions.

I'd also suggest people having a 6H pencil along with a regular 2H, HB or #2 pencil. A 6H makes light marks on paper and it's easier to make numerous strokes without feeling that they're there forever. A 6H is a good sketching pencil to use before you go over the lines you want with a softer pencil, ink or design pens. I wouldn't grab the nearest sharpie if you want a picture to be archival. (I found this out the hard way with some of my pictures) Eventually the lines where you used a sharpie with turn yellow, just like how masking tape ages over time. If there's one thing to be religous about when inking a picture that is NEVER use a sharpie on most if not all papers, sketch books or pads. A Primsacolor marker will work like gold on moderate to large areas of a piece, but the inks spreads. So having various kinds of markers with think and thing tip heads is the best way to go. Having a marker with the thinest tip, the biggest tip and a tip the falls somewhere in the midde is best. No need to buy markers and pens of every possible width or you'll become someone who has boxes of expensive pens that you don't even use half the time; someone like... ME! Name a pen with a specific width and I'll probably have it! grin

I should open an art store out of my drawing room. Hmmmmmmm.... and charge people for using the bathroom while waiting outside to get in like Roller Coaster Tycoon. $.40 per person. *evil grin* Yeah! I can make that work!

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RE: The Official Artist Advice Thread.
02/12/2004 02:15 PM EST
Also. For those graphic designers and artists in general, where there's a Borders in your area, a monthly magazine called Computer Arts Magazine comes with a cd filled with tutorials, trial and full versions of programs in addition to introducing projects that are pretty cool as well can be found.

Another publication is Photoshop User. Pages of quick tricks in that one!

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RE: The Official Artist Advice Thread.
03/21/2004 07:27 PM EST
Very cood digital hair and cloth paiting tutorial here.

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RE: The Official Artist Advice Thread.
03/31/2004 03:15 AM EST
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RE: The Official Artist Advice Thread.
04/03/2004 05:40 PM EST
I found an awesome Photoshop painting tutorial for 3D models, here.

It's a real time movie of a guy painting Hell boy's head.

the same techinque he uses to paint the model can be use to paint regular drawings with an almost photoreal quality to them.

CHECK IT OUT!!!

Pay close attention to the layer styles, and the tools he uses.

You need to download the movie, and the codec to be able to watch it.

The 3D model


The Texture This is what the video is about. painting this texture.

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04/12/2004 12:31 AM EST
You’ll have to dig through these to get what you want, as there is nothing specific. All I can say is that I hope my summaries help. Also, all ratings are my opinion.
Fruits project anime tutorials- Tutorials on the face eyes, hair, and clothing folds. 6/10

Dragon paint- has tutorials on drawing people and creatures. Also has some good photoshop stuff too. 8/10

Delusion Studios- All I can say in this quick summary is that they have good tuts on drawing. 8/10

mangatutorials.com- Tutorials on the basics, anatomy, and gear. 8/10.


The Lair of Merekrat- I haven’t seen all the tutorials on this page, but from a distance I’d give a 7/10

Art Cluster- Tutorials on anatomy and perspective. Again, this is from a distance. A closer distance, but still a distance. 7.9/10

Side7- a gateway to other tutorials. 8/10, only because it was the medium to most of the links mentioned here.

About.com section- Simply the About.com section on drawing and sketching. 7/10

Learn to draw the figure- the title explains itself. 8/10, but beware: there are a lot of nudes on the site.

Loomis books- The books of Andrew Loomis. I’ll give it an 8/10 just because it has 4 whole books there. From the glimpses I saw, they’re worth checking out.

The Costumer’s Manifesto- A big clothing reference resource. 8/10

ScottMcdaniel- Has a small bit of tutorials on anatomy and perspective. Also has a bit on character design. Click on ‘Drawing Comics’ to get to them. Navigation is on the left frame. 7/10

The art corner- Tutorials on the face, inking, hands, and folds. 5/10

Realm of the artist- Short amount of tutorials 4/10
The tutorials following now are mostly on photoshop, so most won’t have summaries. They’re generally digital coloring tutorials.

photoshop roadmap

Pure Photoshop

Eye’s on Design

TutorialMan

Al mackey’s photoshop tutorials

Proeffect

phong

Shadowness- Recently found. 6/10 from a distance.

Imanimetions- I don’t know what the hell that means either.

Lian- a freakishly small amount of tuts compared to all the rest.

Lucent Canvas

Ani-Walls- The highlight is the making a wallpaper series.

Voidix

That’s just about everything in my favorites collected since the last time I posted in this thread. That which wasn’t posted already of course.
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RE: The Official Artist Advice Thread.
04/18/2004 12:27 AM EST
Here's the procedure resident artist Bleed used to make the souls seen around shang in this picture here:




Soul tutorial
With the proper adaptation, this tutorial can serve as a base to produce smoke effects, although it isn't close to the holy grail. Here are some examples:
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04/24/2004 09:55 PM EST

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Hey peeps! I know Bleed’s given tips on coloring images, but I’ve found a totally 5 star site that offers step by step coloring tips for both photoshop and illustrator files. I think I’ll be studying these tip when I color my images. wink I’ve read through the coloring tips for comic art and it really breaks the process down easily for anyone to understand. The forums are also a wealth of information for photographers, digital artists, web designers, and graphic designers. From what I can see it’s a pretty modest membership with a member list that is only six pages in length. I guess it’s a site that’s been primarily been populated by word of mouth. Well I guess this counts as word of mouth! grin So if there was any site that you would want to bookmark, this is the one people!!! Ghost Dragon

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05/07/2004 03:52 AM EST
I want to recommend a book by Watson-Guptill Publications. Drawing Dynamic Comics by Andy Smith. The book is 120+ pages in length but it really gives the artist the basic techniques in drawing comic characters. There’s information that a beginner would pick up on, but it quickly moves along to detailed examples that someone who has some previous knowledge of figure drawing would pick up on faster. There’s even a section on inking that I think everyone would find informative. Smith gives examples of what kinds of inking implements can be used to properly ink artwork.

It can be found at any Borders or by obtaining it through the publisher’s site. I bought it for $19.95, and it’s a steal for 120+ pages!

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05/08/2004 02:55 PM EST
I see that some people are submitting some good work, but need a bit of understanding of the proportions of the basic figure and knowledge of shapes. While buying a book is a good idea of obtaining such knowledge, a free site might be more accommodating to those who can’t find the time to shoot over to their nearest Borders. LOL! The Figure Drawing Lab is a nice instructional site that can offer the basic information on all of the mentioned subjects. Although it won’t give you the lowdown of drawing exaggerated figures such as superheroes and all, it will give you the general classroom lecture that any professor can tell you in 30 minutes time.

So if anyone needs a little instructional on line course on figure drawing that contains basic introduction information, then here you go.

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RE: The Official Artist Advice Thread.
05/10/2004 09:48 AM EST
So wha type of pencil's do you guys like to use to draw with? I use a crappy number 2 mechanical pencil. I know that I need something better, but what?
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05/10/2004 05:44 PM EST
I use a 6H pencil to sketch and go back in and find the lines I like with a 2H pencil, but that's just my preference. I think a mechanical pencil is fine to use, but you can't find hard enough lead for most of them to lay down a light sketch. I still use a mech pencil sometimes when I'm just drawing and sketching for practice. However, when I'm drawing something that I'm putting alot of time into, I use the 6H and 2H combonation. OH!!!! There's one reason I'm not too keen on mech pencils. They tend to lay down a dark sketch that is pretty hard to erase if you're doing loose and fast sketches.

I'd say find a drawing pencil that works for you. Either a 6H or 4H will give you good light sketch lines. A 2H can do the same, but you may have to control the pressure you exert on it so it produces a light sketch.


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05/11/2004 02:41 PM EST
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05/31/2004 07:44 PM EST
Sheesh. I don't even know how to post this stuff, let along do stuff like Photoshop or digital paint. I'm so old-fashioned. Fatality.
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06/14/2004 12:42 AM EST
I haven't been to them all, but thanks for all those links Illusion (I don't know how to make that weird 'S' symbol in your name)

Just to be on topic (because I know there is already another topic dedicated to it, but it still falls under this category), here's Kombat's Tutorial on making sprite komics
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06/14/2004 11:20 AM EST

axeman61 Wrote:
I haven't been to them all, but thanks for all those links Illusion (I don't know how to make that weird 'S' symbol in your name)


lol, no problem.

To get the "S" simply hold "alt" and type "21" on the RIGHT side of your keyboard...§

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07/02/2004 09:06 PM EST

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i so i take it that you would not advise against rubbing, novastar? even though it destroys the paper and makes drawing over something you erased increasingly dificult and crummy looking with each successive erasing. i've used those white erasers you're talking about, and i do agree, they can be great if they have an edge. but i find that the edge very quickly disapears after a little use and you end up having to cut the eraser just to get an edge back, what a waste. im actually starting to get used to using the kneeded eraser a bit, and im starting to like that fact that you can warp it into any shape you want and erase anything in even the most hard to reach spot.



I know that this is very late in replying to this topic, but as this is the advice thread, I feel that the info. I'm about to give may be helpful for other people as well.

Kneaded erasers are not for erasing. I know it sounds crazy, and personally I didn't know this until I took my drawing class this past semester. The kneaded eraser is meant for lightening up lines such as when sketching and then adding detail. You use the kneaded eraser when you have basic structure down, and want to go into more detail but still want to the use the structure as a guide.

Hehe, no wonder I used to have so much trouble using them in the past, I was trying to get rid of everything. I also had that problem with wanting to use those erasers but often having them tear the paper or not get rid of everything.

As for the white erasers, if you are running out of tip, either erase something else until you get the right tip, or use another edge that is nearby the tip that you want. This will continue to create tips with the alternate sides of the edge you are using.
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07/09/2004 12:43 AM EST
On my keyboard its alt+789
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08/10/2004 09:47 PM EST
Hello everyone at MKO. Im an artist myself, and one day I will hopefully get a job dealing with the one of the most rewarding career feilds-Art. This is my first time to this board in MKO, and im surprised that I had'nt come here sooner. I have been drawing ever since I was 5 or so. It all started with a video game character named Sonic. I loved playing his games, but ironically I was drawing very bad images of Mortal Kombat Characters. But I kept at it, I drew, and I drew, and I drew. I will give any advice to you young artists out there, as well as all of you who know how to draw. I will give you some pointers that helped me out along the way in my life.
#1. Never be ashamed or afraid to trace a drawing. At first, I started out that way, by Tracing and/ or just glimpsing at a picture that I liked. For example, I drew Mk characters as well as sonic characters. I got better eventually and no longer needed to trace.

#2. Be persistant. You cant become an artist in just one day. It takes time. And practice. And a lot of it.

#3. Ask help from other people who know how to draw. You can be surprised at what you can pick up just by watching someone elses techniques. Also, take time to read comic books, and especially "How to Draw" books.

#4. Get to become one with your surroundings. Be able to tell what type of drawings you like to do, wether it be comic book heros, or just drawing landscapes can help you to better yourself at drawing.

#5. Feel free to draw in school when you have free time. I do it in homeroom, and at Lunch, and in Art class after im finished with an assignment. Join high school clubs dealing with art. Teachers may begin to notice your fine talents in art and may help you towards choosing a fine career choice in the feild you want, even helping you find an art college that is in your area.

I have many other tips that I am experimenting with right now. I will let you know if any of them are working. And Here's one more thing: 6B is the darkest color pencil you can find. 6H is the lightest. Most pencils you buy at the store that are number 2 (school issue) are HB, which is in between 6B and 6H. I hope this has helped any of you.
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09/26/2004 10:19 AM EST
I wanted to ask a question before I made a thread about it.

When you're saving your images for use on the web, how do you save them so that the original quality is kept? I know it varies from image to image, but are there any 'guidelines'?
I tried to use my own sig from scratch that kind of looked like my username spray painted on the empty space where your sig would go. Photoshop couldn't save the sig with it's original quality (some transparency here and there). I only used like 7 or 8 colors on it.
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