I’ve been getting a lot of asks lately about the brushes and textures I use in my work, so here’s a BIG FAT REFERENCE POST for those of you who were curious! Bear in mind that I’m really lazy and don’t know what half the settings do, so don’t be afraid to experiment to figure out what works best for you :>
I use the pencil tool with SAI’s native paper texture both for sketching and for applying opaque color with no blending. Lower opacities give it the feel of different pencil hardnesses, while full opacity makes it more like a palette knife, laying down hard-edged, heavy color for detail work or eventual blending with other brushes.
Mostly made this because I’m lazy and I didn’t want to have to keep turning my textures off/opacity up when I wanted to ink something (even though I don’t do it very often), or lay down flat colors. I find the line quality to be much more crisp than Photoshop, and you can manually adjust in-program stabilization to help smooth out hand wobbles.
The plain ol’ brush tool acts as sort of an in-between for me in terms of brush flow. It’s heavier than my usual workhorse brush, for faster color application and rough blending, but not as heavy as the pencil tool, which has no blending at all. I like to use the canvas texture on this brush to help break up the unnatural smoothness that usually accompanies digital brushes, but it works just fine without.
A brush tool set to flat bristle is by far my favorite to paint with. I don’t use any textures with it because I think the shape of the brush provides enough of that by itself. I use it for everything from rough washes to more refined shaping and polish. It’s just GREAT.
Best used for smooth blending, washes, gradients, and smoky atmospheric effects.
Basically a grittier version of the watercolor tool, because too much smoothness weird me out. Good for clouds and fog, as the name suggests, or just less boring gradient fills.
To further stave off the artificially smooth look of digital painting, I almost always overlay some sort of paper texture, and it’s almost always this one, which I scanned and edited myself. You’re all welcome to use it, no permission required!
Using overlays in SAI is just as easy as using them in Photoshop. Just paste the texture into its own layer above everything you want it to apply to, and change the layer mode to Overlay. That’s it!
Want a more prominent texture? Up the contrast. Something more subtle? Lower the contrast or reduce the layer opacity. You can also use a tinted overlay to adjust the overall palette and bring a little more color unity to an otherwise disparate piece! Just be aware that too much texture can hurt the readability of the work beneath it, so I’d err on the side of subtlety.
Hope that helps!
I would love to move to Alaska from NY(NY is becoming a commies state and do not feel safe here), plus want to get far away from the abuse I go through daily.
I live in Domestic violence and so far can not get any help even talked to the national hotline and they could not help me since their is nothing available to me here, one major reason why I want to leave. Plus want to wash my hands of my family who could careless if I was killed by him.
I love this so much.
I have always LOVED figure skating this just tops it OH MY GOD
OMFG! I <3 when figure skaters dance to Disney music!!!! #iwishiwasafigureskater
This is the best figure skating routine I have ever seen.
I’m not crying
This is so cool watching this
Sorry for not posting much and being MIA, been busy and still trying to get out of DV, not easy when people condone it and refuse to listen and refuse to help.
One thing is I hate winter to cold for me and summer to hot.
ART THIEVES AT SACANIME
This is pretty important, especially with a semi-big con happening this weekend! If you’re going to SacAnime, please keep an eye out for this booth and let the exhibit hall staff know about them!
This is a booth that goes by the name of “Ayase-tan Shop.” They will be exhibiting at SacAnime this weekend (table E20 in the exhibit hall) and apparently has been exhibiting at several cons throughout the summer. As you can tell by these pictures, these people are selling stolen fanart and bootlegged official art. For some reason they haven’t been reprimanded for their unethical business practices yet, so I’m hoping people can really do something about them at this upcoming con! They have been making thousands of dollars on stolen art with not a single cent going to the original artists! While that doesn’t seem to be a big deal for, I dunno, an overseas studio like Sunrise, it might make a bit more of a difference to an individual artist, like HUKE, or an individual fanartist. It might make a pretty big difference, actually.
Edit: Apparently, when confronted about this at Japan Expo, they took absolutely no action and just said that “everyone does it.” Except not. And except this is unethical and sleazy as shit!
So again, if you’re going to SacAnime, please speak out about this and talk to the staff, tell your friends, and most importantly, DO NOT BUY FROM THIS BOOTH. SacAnime is an interesting con in that it has a very small and tightly-knit con community, but a growing population so I think that if we come together, we can make a real dent in their ill-gotten profits and hopefully get them kicked out of the con, maybe even the con circuit, for good!
Ayase-tan Shop, booth E20 in the dealer’s hall!
****PLEASE SIGNAL BOOST!**** We need to get word out so they can NEVER sell at another con again!
Gah, the 7th I had an issue, because of a virus/Trojan and had to do a clean install on laptop(first time ever getting them). I lost everything and now got to replace them, sucks.