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April Book Photo Challenge
Day 5: Favourite Cover
'The Assassin's Blade' by Sarah J Maas has a gorgeous cover and I love the bold colours on it. And her outfit, I really want to cosplay Celaena! It's brilliant how she's all badass on the front and has a gorgeous dress on the back. Versatility, bitches.
It’s my favourite book cover on my shelf at the moment (meaning out of the books I’ve accumulated in the last 6 months) but it would be absolutely impossible for me to pick my favourite book cover *ever*.
This is one of my most recent reads and I enjoyed it very, very much. Possibly better than the ‘Throne of Glass’ series that this collection of novellas are a prequel for. They are separate but intertwined adventures, each escalating in complexity and emotions and leading to an end point you already know. That could have made it boring and predictable, but knowing the end point just breaks your heart a thousand times harder.
“Your fiance’s right, the whole country loves your sister. If they tortured her or did anything to her, forget the districts, there would be riots in the damn Capitol. Hey, how does that sound, Snow? What if we… What if we set your backyard on fire? You know you can’t put everybody in here. What? They can’t hurt me. There’s no one left that I love.”
Mini tutorial on painting skin tones. I hope it makes sense. I am writing down all your suggestions for tutorials and hopefully plan to create a detailed tutorial (or series of tutorials) about digital painting in photoshop.
For people curious about my settings
1. I use the brush tool for almost everything, even for lineart. Easy for rough sketching.
2. Blending, works better with a texture thrown in.
3. Flat brush gets you a semi painterly look, wonderful for laying down color and whatnot.
4. Overlay abuse, I actually do most of my color blending with them haha
Brushes downloaded from here I believe
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!
trying to get back into the drawing groove
again (*cough cough*)
top is Po and Sam for Krissy; second picture is Thalia
headcanon: during middle school she liked her hair really long
My baby Adeline~