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How I Paint- Lineart Style by VerminFu How I Paint- Lineart Style by VerminFu
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
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StrawberryNyu Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2014  Student General Artist
NHarmonia-I-ly Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Omg thank you so much for doing this!
I already tried to use *purplekecleon's tutorial but it didn't go so well, probably because I couldn't precise the tools she was using lol. Thanks again!!
VerminFu Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm really glad you found it useful! You have some cute art, good luck and happy experimenting!
NHarmonia-I-ly Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Why, thank you! I still have a long way to go, though; an artist is always improving after all.
I'm using your tutorial to fill a PMD-E application and I'm really liking the outcomes! ^_^
VerminFu Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome! PMDE is a really good group to practice art! (even though I haven't done the last couple of missions, it's been a really strong motivator for me to improve and experiment).
NHarmonia-I-ly Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes, not to talk about the awesome storyline lately!
Since the missions and tasks are pretty dynamic, you can't draw the īmons always in the same pose, and that motivates the artist to try new poses and improve and even adopt new styles and that's exactly what I've been looking for since I have some difficulty on thinking on new poses, having a 'scenario' really helps you.
SofiaPokemon Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
VerminFu Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes, I use a tablet. There's no reason you can't just use traditional mediums until you can save up for one though, right? Art is art, and the skills are transferable. Even just sketching!

There's also the option of apps on the DSi and 3DS and smartphones that have digital painting capabilities, which cost under $10, if you happen to have any of those. (Colors 3D is a pretty good one)

It doesn't matter how you draw though, the more you practice the better you get at it.
SofiaPokemon Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Its because im from Brazil,as if you visited my page you know,and i really dont know if it only have in USA :/
VerminFu Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I did visit your page, so yes, I did know that. But as you're commenting on the internet, I figure you can order things online from other countries if you do not have access to them yourself. Much as I did with my tablet 6 years ago, being that I lived in a rural town in Australia where I couldn't buy a tablet off the shelf.

Sorry if I seemed rude somehow, but I'm only trying to suggest solutions for you. As I replied originally, using a good old greylead pencil has as much art value as having a $300 tablet to draw with.
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