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Paint Process+The Layer Clip by niaro Paint Process+The Layer Clip by niaro
Wanted to show how I paint kinda @U@;; I'll try to be as clear as possible...

First of all: I am definitely not professional. This is just how I "paint."

TL;DR ahead

SAI; Ink pen (lineart + base color), Marker (shading)

I USE A LOT OF LAYERS. I flatten them a lot too. That is why my use of the marker tool is uh "controlled"

1. Lineart. I draw out what I want to paint... I don't really do lineart for it so it's basically my sketching lmao ; u ; That's why the hair area looks messy... I erased the appropriate areas DURING painting so sorry I didn't screenshot the basic sketch.

2. Base Colors. Mostly base colors. I completely deleted the hair outline to give a softer look. Sorry for the shading (shorts etc), I just brushed over the areas with the marker tool and flattened the layer on the base.

3. I shade... I actually do random colors. OTL That's not a really good idea but it seems to work decently for me. I just try to see if the colors look good LMAO ... I tend to mix in a lot of blues, oranges, and purples.

4->5. Smoothed some things out and yuh. You can see how I add most of my highlights (eyes, hair) here. I add a new layer and stroke over areas with the base color (look at the sleeves... see how it's kinda blobby white on top of the shading?) that's how I like to show form.

6. Finished product...

Sorry I ramble/it looks confusing. :C I'll do my best to answer questions in the comments if anyone has any <3... Will scrap later.

Time taken: 40 minutes
Tool: SAI

EDIT!! *Extra: sorry something important. I use the Layer clip/ Clipping Group option a lot. Note: That is why my shading is within the base color and clean.

Above your layer box you see check boxes:

[ ] Preserve Opacity
[ ] Clipping Group
( ) Selection Source

To use Layer Clip first you have a base.

Layer 1 - Base Color

Then you want to shade? Make a new layer OVER the Base. Not below.

Layer 2 - Shade
Layer 1 - Base Color

Select Layer 2. Check the Clipping Group Box.
[ ] Preserve Opacity
[x] Clipping Group
( ) Selection Source

---Layer 2 - Shade
Layer 1 - Base Color

You can do that for multiple layers and STILL edit the Base Color (which you can do with slightly more difficulty with Preserve Opacity/Opacity Lock)


---Layer 4 - Highlight etc
---Layer 3 - More shade
---Layer 2 - Shade
Layer 1 - Base Color

If you have any questions please don't be afraid to comment. But this is pretty much the best way I can explain this. If you have SAI please experiment for yourself! I save a lot of time this way. You can do this with later versions of Photoshop too (Right Click layer -> Clipping Mask) Have funnnn
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HershayX Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2013  Student Digital Artist
what are your brush settings?
derse-dreamers Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2013
this is so soft wow
aruberuto78 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013
haceis que las cosas parezcan sencillas, gracias
momolikerk Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Student Artist
Why your tool so smoth?
Art-Recale Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013
Hi Niaro!
I'd just like to say, thank you SO much for making this tutorial.
I'm a learning tab artist, and I've always had trouble with
shading and eyes. I've also always wanted to draw in this
beautiful, soft style.
Thank you, thank you SO much for your effort. You've made
my life SO much easier; thank you from the bottom of my heart !
niaro Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013
waa this comment is incredibly sweet ;_; Thank you so much for looking at my tutorial! I'm glad it helped you even a little bit mdhfgnhgf Thank you so much for your message!!
Art-Recale Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013
Uwahhh there is nothing to thank me for!
I really can't thank you enough though ! ;n;
ACTUALLY if I get good enough to draw something
in your beautiful style, I'll link you to it maybe?

Seriously though, thank you SO much. It helped heaps !
You're an amazing artist and you inspire me so much ! ;A;
niaro Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013
sosososo sorry for the late reply!! cries ;__; thank you for your comment waaa;;;; I'd love a link if you do!!

Thank you, your words are a really big pick me up! :iconsweethugplz: If you have any questions just ask in the future and I'll do my best to answer.
Art-Recale Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013
You're so kind !
Thank you sooo much!
I'll try my best to emulate your style as best I can ;u;
rachenice Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013
What tool did you use to color it?
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