💛 PRE-ORDERS OPEN ON JANUARY 24TH 💛
Thank you so much for your patience, y’all! We’re delighted to announce that pre-orders for Calamity Woman: A Cowgirl’s Art Book are opening in three days!
In the meantime, enjoy a preview of @caitercates’s gorgeous two-page illustration!
Oh valley of plenty
For me, small sketches done in less than a minute with the purpose of just getting my idea down on paper + reminding me what I want my final composition to look like! They’re rough to the point where if I forget my idea, the sketch’ll be unintelligible.
Thumbs v. final:
Thank you :)
My 2019 + 2018 art summaries (one piece from each month).
Thank you guys so much for your support, and Happy New Year! ♥
doodle from the To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before sequel trailer! John Ambrose McClaren is truly the superior love interest
I never actually got around to saying thank you for 10k, so: thank you guys!!! I’m incredibly grateful for your support.
Tumblr was the first place I ever shared my art on. A lot of you have seen me literally grow up and my art evolve over the years, which is surreal! I started this account when I was thirteen, and I remember being over the moon if I got maybe twenty notes, and having one comment make my entire week. I’m a fairly private person and don’t actually share my digital art or this social media handle with people I know in real life, so most of my motivation and drive to keep on improving came from (and still comes from) you guys. My art would be a fraction of what it is now if it weren’t for your support!
I think I started drawing on an iPad when I was twelve-ish so I can barely remember how I started drawing digitally, to be honest! I never used a stylus/the pencil and just fingerpainted directly on the screen, which might have actually helped me have better control/adapt to the medium a bit more effectively since there’s less of a disconnect. I know some people also hate the pencil-on-glass feeling, so if you think that might be your issue then I know lots of people recommend a paper-textured screen protector to get a more natural feel!
There’s a steep learning curve when it comes to digital art. I think it took me around a year of drawing nonstop to become comfortable with the medium, and it’s taken me much longer to get to where I am now. One thing that I’d recommend is maybe drawing your sketches/linework traditionally and bringing it onto your iPad for colouring and final touches, it might make your transition from traditional→digital a bit more smooth!
Colour is the one thing that is intuitive for me! Pieces like these are actually some of the easiest for me to paint, colour-wise. I don’t consciously follow colour theory - there’s loads of tutorials out there but I’ve never really been able to apply them to my own works, so I’m afraid I can’t recommend you any. I’ve bookmarked these two sites for picking out colour palettes though, I think they’re neat!
I use references all the time. I make a lot of environment studies, and in those, I try to study how colour works in those environments as well. If I’m trying to create a more realistic or atmospheric artwork, I also use tons of photo references to avoid defaulting to my typical oversaturated/warm colour schemes. I don’t tend to save colour palettes or artworks just for their colours, though.
One thing I strongly recommend re. colouring digitally is using hue/saturation adjustments, overlay layers, etc. Here are two tutorials by @genicecream that explain Curves and Selective Colour which I’ve found v useful!
I’m glad you like my work :)
Ohh that’s great!! Wall of text ahead, apologies haha.
If you’d rather get a feel for digital art before you fully commit, then I would recommend first trying out an app if you have a phone/tablet. For iOS devices, Procreate is by far the most popular one with the most features and I 100% recommend! There’s also Autodesk Sketchbook, Adobe Illustrator, etc. which iirc are slightly cheaper.
A ton of artists make art to their fullest capabilities by only using Procreate + an iPad. It’s much more convenient than a tablet + computer and you can draw pretty much wherever, and Procreate has a super user-friendly interface when compared to the majority of computer-native art programs. I make a lot of art by just fingerpainting in Procreate Pocket on my phone, and the app was like six dollars, so you don’t need to break the bank or anything just to get started.
An art program that you install on your computer like Photoshop or Clip Studio Paint offers way more features and storage space than tablet apps, however, and (I think) it’s still what most digital artists use. You would need to buy the program + the drawing tablet, which are typically in the range of a few hundreds of dollars - so definitely an investment, but also cheaper than buying a whole iPad. I use a Wacom, which is highkey the most popular drawing tablet brand out there, but I’ve seen a lot of people recommend Huion which afaik is cheaper but the same level of quality.
For programs/software, it really comes down to personal preference!! I personally use Photoshop CC. It’s the most powerful program with the most features by far and it’s considered the standard, but it’s not really art-friendly/intuitive and the subscription is like straight-up extortion, so. I used to use Paint Tool SAI which I def recommend! It’s lightweight, user-friendly, and cheap, so IMO it’s great for getting started. The program you get also depends on the type of art you want to make; for example, it’s harder to make textures in SAI or Clip Studio Paint but blending “paint” naturally is almost non-existent in Photoshop, and Clip Studio Paint has tons of features geared towards drawing comics that PS and SAI don’t have. Artists who mainly use lasso/layers/masks/paths/whatever to make their art more or less require Photoshop for their workflow, but a lot of my more “painterly” pieces were or would’ve been done much more effectively in SAI, for example. Other than PS and SAI I know Clip Studio Paint is really effective, and goes on sale for $25 often + other programs I’ve seen people recommend but I haven’t used include Krita, Medibang, and FireAlpaca (which are all cheaper than Photoshop haha).
Tl;dr/conclusion: I recommend just trying out a drawing app first, and then getting a tablet - whether it’s an iPad or a specialized drawing tablet, and the specific art program, is up to your preferences! From there on, it’s a lot of trial and error and looking up lots of online tutorials :)
I use a small Wacom Intuos Pen & Touch! It has a pressure-sensitive stylus :)
Some of my art was fingerpainted on my phone though, such as my Huevember series from last year!
LMAO the comedic quality… thank you!!!
Thank you, that means a lot!! I did reference a real photograph, of Shuhei Nomura taken by Yurihana Mori: https://www.instagram.com/p/BRAiRQPAWja/
Off the top of my head, in no particular order:
@loish @chuwenjie @samanthamashillustration @snatti @11thsense @mohtz @choodraws @tinypaint @cy-lindric @mstrmagnolia @bevsi @abbydraws @asieybarbie @mmcoconut @jigokuen @velinxi @galaxyspeaking @phobso @mayonose @prinnay @mobble @charliebowater @eimqo @julshii @foxville @nobodyanybody0 @celialowenthal @samuelyounart @sarakipin @teaganwhite @alicexz @aleikats @elioli-art @p-kom @littleulvar @russelldels @nesskain @arexcho @genicecream @celine-kim @vickisigh @holepsi @princecanary @kelseybeckett @zephyo @lexxercise @vetyr @tincek-marincek @jovaline @seventypercentethanol @shoomlah @ieafy
I’m missing a few but every person here is someone who I deeply respect and admire! A lot of them have directly impacted my artistic development at some point in time, whose works I’ve scoured and saved and studied for hours
Thank you!! Mood though I always find out on my own dash too, and have to do a double take
I think this is my 3rd or 4th time on radar in the past few months! I feel a bit strange that my art is consistently appealing to some Tumblr employee, but I’m grateful … I used to straight up fantasize about getting a piece on radar when I was fourteen LOL I thought it was, like, the pinnacle of online achievement
I don’t dislike anything in particular either! There are definitely drawings that pain me to look at now, but with each piece I make, I have a different goal in mind that isn’t necessarily “what shows skill/improvement the most” or “what is the objectively most appealing painting I can produce.” A lot of the drawings I make aren’t in my comfort zone, so it naturally turns out that some are worse than the rest! I try not to compare my more experimental drawings where I’m focusing on improving or trying new things with drawings that have style/subject matter I’ve practiced for ages.
Ohh thank you, that’s very kind of you to say!! <3
Actual person! I referenced a photo, which I do for almost all of my more realistic paintings. I can’t seem to find the exact picture or model’s name anymore but iirc the original photo was taken by @/yurihanamori (Instagram!)
Ahh thank you, I’m glad you like my work!! 😭😭💖💞