Hello! Welcome to my art tips and tricks thread! I will be giving some tips and teaching you what I have learned about art. As a disclaimer, I am not a professional by any means, I’m merely someone who has been doing art for a few years and wants to share some tips. None of these are guaranteed to work for you and you don’t need follow everything or anything for that matter.
First, it’s important to find an app that you like and can afford. Some that I recommend are IbisPaint X, Sketchbook Autodesk, Procreate, and Krita. All these are free expect for Procreate which costs a few dollars.
Now that you have an app, it’s time to get started! Make sure to use a good canvas size, at least 1000 pixels by 1000 pixels. For better quality, you can double or even triple this size. Using a bigger canvas means it’ll be less pixelated and you’ll be able to add more details.
It’s always good to start with a sketch and refine it until you’re happy with it. I don’t really use references, but if you want to go ahead. Just make sure to not copy completely, especially if it’s copyrighted. Using multiple references instead of one can help. Here’s an example of a sketch I’ve done.
Now that you have your sketch, you can add in your flat colors. I always think about the colors I’m putting down and think of a general color scheme to follow.
One of the most important things to add is shading and highlighting. This gives your art depth and makes it look more real. I recommend using the multiply layer function to shade. You can even use the same color as the blocked in skin color because the multiply will make it darker. On the other hand, you can use the add layer to add highlights. I don’t recommend shading with black and highlighting with white, but if that works for you, go ahead.
I’m a perfectionist, so I’ve spent nine hours on just one piece before because I was trying to make everything perfect. It’s okay to spend only a few hours on a piece, as long as you’re happy with it. I’ve also realized that if there’s a tiny bit that goes out of the lines, it’s okay. Sometimes it’s better when it’s not perfect.
A lot of people say this, but I’ve found it to be true: practice really does help. Doing something a lot is bound to cause improvement at some point. Just keep working at it and trying new things, and you should improve. Learning the basics of anatomy and what things look like helps a lot too. Try observing things as an artist and think how you could draw it.
Alright, I think that’s it for now! I know I didn’t cover everything, but I can give more in depth advice. Just let me know if you want me to do a tutorial about something and I might do it (if I actually know how). Thanks for reading! I hope this helped! Make sure to never give up and just keep going if this is what you love!