I’m a Taurus! Introvert, creative, comfort-lover (have you seen my food blog?), possessive, good natured/slow to anger, dislikes change, strives for stability. I know these things are written to apply to everyone, but I’d say that describes me pretty well nonetheless :)
First off, hello new followers! With the influx of people, I got a bunch of questions asking me what kind of brushes I use for my work, so I figured I should do another post summarizing my methods:
I use a bunch of custom photoshop brushes, some that I’ve made myself (it’s easy, and there’s plenty of tutorials out there), and some that I’ve gotten from generous friends. I also use some great free brushes that I got here and here that you can also download!
I used to draw with the regular hard-round brush for everything, but now I usually use a very lightly textured brush for some slight variation in my lines (the line in red is from my favorite brush!)
I also use texture brushes as ‘stamps’ on top of my images, many of which I’ve gotten for free from Bittbox. I wrote a walk-through post a while back about how I use this texture-stamping method with the help of clipping masks.
Have fun!! :)
Hi Amy! Thank you! Yes, you got it—I work in photoshop and erase and redraw, or make a new layers over my sketch to draw the final on. Unfortunately it’s just kind of tedious in-between work that takes a while. Maybe I will make a video sometime (and speed it up a lot!) ;) I actually don’t use vectors at all, I never got very comfortable with the tool.
Hey! Thank you, anon!
First off, I think that anyone can be an artist if it’s something that they’re interested in. The act of doing art, whether it’s ‘great’ or not, makes you an artist.
However, earning a living as an artist is another story. Talent can help, but determination and perseverance REALLY help. If you’re determined, you’re more likely to keep improving your work, practicing, and promoting yourself, regardless of setbacks or starting skill level. Having that drive helps you become a better artist and, in the end, get jobs.
So my best recommendation, if you love art and want be a better artist, is to keep your hands busy! Give yourself projects to do— there’s a list called “101 Projects for Artists and Illustrators” that Dani Jones compiled some years back and it’s a great place to start. Check it out! Or, you can always focus on the basics— do some lifedrawings, study composition, challenge yourself with color studies. There are plenty of books and blogs that focus on these subjects. (James Gurney’s blog is a good place to start, especially if you are a painter—browse the tags on the left side of the page!)
I hope that helps! And don’t forget to enjoy what you do :)
Hello anon! Hello followers!