Pretty annoyingly sized image, sorry, I wanted people to still be able to see the brush settings. And again, sorry bout the messy handwriting. Sai's lack of text tool and my laziness combined.This is how I paint, not necessarily how you should!
Tutorials are meant to help you improve, not imitate. I'm more than happy for people to copy this to the letter if you want, but don't stress about changing things or experimenting and taking it in a whole new direction!Oh yes, these are the tools I use:
I paint digitally using Paint Tool Sai and an old Wacom Graphire4 6x8 graphic tablet (a low range Intuos is probably the current equivalent). Sai can be trialled free for 30 days and the translation I use is here: [link]
This is an unofficial translation, but it's perfectly serviceable and comes with that magic Middle_Flat brush mode that I abuse the hell out of. The program costs approximately $70 USD depending on the exchange rate, as it's Japanese and priced in yen. I highly reccomend Sai over things like Photoshop or GIMP, this sort of soft painting is much much easier in Sai.I'm willing to answer questions!
There's a lot of things I'm sure I take for granted and forgot to mention. Just comment and I'll help however I can!I'm not any kind of expert!
I am self taught by studying a lot of other people's methods and experimenting randomly with things. Plenty of people are better than I am, admittedly. But I draw for myself and no one else generally, because I love to.Useful links:
Colour theory flash tutorial by *purplekecleon
which is brilliant. I'm not great at colours still, if you'd like a good foundation in picking colours this is a good place to start. Plenty of nice examples to look at!
This tutorial is like an updated version of this one. I did it a while back, it's less in-depth, but still may be useful to you!
Feel free to submit more ideas for useful links. :3
Gumdramon and Cutemon (c) Bandai etc