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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

Tools:
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)

EX.

---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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:iconofu100:
ofu100 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2015
Im really new to graphics board and this sketch would take me about 2 hours :D
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HershayX Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2013  Student Digital Artist
what are your brush settings?
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:iconderse-dreamers:
derse-dreamers Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2013
this is so soft wow
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aruberuto78 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013
haceis que las cosas parezcan sencillas, gracias
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Peachdalooza Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Student Artist
Why your tool so smoth?
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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 !
<33
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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!!
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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;
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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.
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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;
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rachenice Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013
What tool did you use to color it?
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AikoSukoshi Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013
how do U flatten shit? :U
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:iconniaro:
niaro Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013
you flatten layers with these two icons on your sai u v u;; [link] they're ontop of your layers bar!
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AikoSukoshi Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013
h-huh?

Advertising Services? //slapped
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:iconniaro:
niaro Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013
sorry the screenshot is so small ;; it's between the ads the little familiar icons
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AikoSukoshi Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013
oh! ouo;;


I found it //shot.




u mean the merge button? ouo;;
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niaro Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013
yep it merges the layers and to completely flatten the picture you go to menu -> layer -> flatten image - v- hope it helps
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AikoSukoshi Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013
ASFGKT.

I dun have dat button.

tears
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xXxMantrumxXx Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Professional General Artist
thx for the tutorial =b
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nintendo12 Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012
hey do you use a pen tool or your mouse?
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XHikariChanX Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012
very cute ^^ nice work
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Christopher-Hart Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2012  Professional General Artist
Very, very nice work. Subtle, sweet, and great characterization.
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Eschewal Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Ngaww thanks so much for this tute! eue;
May i ask what brush settings you use for your marker tool?

I messed up my marker settings so idk what the default are anymore. juj""
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FunSizedReesesCup Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
How do you use Layers ?
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:iconniaro:
niaro Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2012
It becomes very natural if you intend to do digital art! I would try googling a couple of more tutorials maybe before trying to do a painting one to get a better understanding of the basics first!
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FunSizedReesesCup Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you ! A few minutes after I posted this, I figured out how to do it ^^;
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NostalgicOblivion Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
I am still learning about layers. I really dont know which layer to use for my line art? could you help by any chance.
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niaro Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2012
The proper layer order's in the description! Just place the lineart layer on top or near the top in this sort of situation
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Oseuchichan Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2012  Student Digital Artist
so cute *-*
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LilMissPeppy Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Not bad at all :)
At what level did you set the stabilizer?
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Keritomato Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
OMg!! i wish i can did that too
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Rurutia8 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
what were your marker settings? I can't seem to get them right
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:iconniaro:
niaro Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012
default!
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:icondandalily:
Dandalily Featured By Owner May 24, 2012   Digital Artist
What is the layer clip for anyway?
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RONIN013 Featured By Owner May 22, 2012  Professional Artist
Thank you very much for sharing your knowledge on painting!
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ShaytheHedgehog1214 Featured By Owner May 19, 2012  Student Digital Artist
ur good ;u;
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Bridget3678 Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
on my paint tool sai i can not find the Clipping Group
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8Bit-Chan Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, that clipping part you edited in the end really helped. I now have a new technique to use in SAI. Thank you! Also, very nice painting in only 40 mins. Takes me forever to make something like that.
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XCrissa-ChanX Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
TT____TT
Im sorry if this is going to be a dumb question but how did you do the white shawl-like clothing? >___<
and how do you make them blend so much together?
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niaro Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2012
well design wise I just thought of them!
and for coloring I just used the marker tool and stroked over with different colors and many layers. This is pretty old so I may not remember everything but I remember that!
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SilverCrunker Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2012
if you dont mind me asking, did you also use just the marker with the eyes too? D: why does it look so well blended o-o did you blur it or smth like that? thanks xD;;
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niaro Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2012
I believe I used a solid brush and airbrush for the eyes! I don't mind at all but it was so long ago I unfortunately barely remember.
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SilverCrunker Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2012
Ah, thank you! :D
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Inanagi Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2012
Niaro. What do you mean you're not pro? j B j
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Proxy-0 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2012  Student Digital Artist
First off I love your style and the way you colour! Just a quick question or two. I heard mention of you saying you use the marker tool for your shading. Do you use the default marker tool? Did you change the smoothing, blending settings? Im just curious because whenever I attempt to use the marker tool...lets just say it doesn't look like this haha. Im currently looking for a new colouring style because im a bit tired with my current one. Anyway great walk through ;).
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niaro Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2012
Sorry for the late reply! Yes I use the default marker tool back then! Then I just stroked and used a lot of layers to do this style!
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Proxy-0 Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2012  Student Digital Artist
No problem and awesome! Thx for answering my questions lol much appreciated :D
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mintykat Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
the Layer clip option isn't on my toolbar, what do you need to do to get it to appear?
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niaro Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2012
the newest version of Sai I believe! just google sai english and it should be there!
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mintykat Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
oh really? thanks c:
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