(oops tumblr screwed up my reply to the actual ask)
Hello, thank you very much! :)
Hmm, about blending…I’m not sure which program you’re using, but I usually use a pressure-sensitive brush in photoshop, which makes it easier to blend colors. (all my brushes are here) If the color becomes muddy, remember that blending colors adjacent to each other on the color wheel will be smoother and more natural-looking than if you’re blending complementary ones (i.e. red/green, purple/yellow, etc). You can also try using different hues/values/saturations of one color. Half the battle is picking the right colors for the piece. Try to limit the palette; too much random variation can result in muddiness when you try to blend.
I always have one finger on the alt key in photoshop (shortcut for eyedropper) at all times when painting so I can sample in-between colors, and use those for a smoother blend (yay for digital painting magic). That way, you’re not just blending two colors, you have a whole range of in-between hues to soften the blend. (A lower Flow or Opacity value might help too.) Additionally, you can use the colors you get from blending in other parts of the piece to maintain color cohesion.

Experiment with combining different colors. I like blending in a dark blue to make shadows more interesting-looking, and bright colors for highlights or middle tones.

If you’re interested, I’d definitely recommend checking out some books on color theory and traditional painting. Or study some artists you like—how do they use light and shadow, what’s the overall color scheme?—or use photos for reference. Mostly it just takes a lot of practice!
I know this is really general, but I hope it helps a little bit :’D Have fun~

(oops tumblr screwed up my reply to the actual ask)

Hello, thank you very much! :)

Hmm, about blending…I’m not sure which program you’re using, but I usually use a pressure-sensitive brush in photoshop, which makes it easier to blend colors. (all my brushes are here) If the color becomes muddy, remember that blending colors adjacent to each other on the color wheel will be smoother and more natural-looking than if you’re blending complementary ones (i.e. red/green, purple/yellow, etc). You can also try using different hues/values/saturations of one color. Half the battle is picking the right colors for the piece. Try to limit the palette; too much random variation can result in muddiness when you try to blend.

I always have one finger on the alt key in photoshop (shortcut for eyedropper) at all times when painting so I can sample in-between colors, and use those for a smoother blend (yay for digital painting magic). That way, you’re not just blending two colors, you have a whole range of in-between hues to soften the blend. (A lower Flow or Opacity value might help too.) Additionally, you can use the colors you get from blending in other parts of the piece to maintain color cohesion.

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Experiment with combining different colors. I like blending in a dark blue to make shadows more interesting-looking, and bright colors for highlights or middle tones.

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If you’re interested, I’d definitely recommend checking out some books on color theory and traditional painting. Or study some artists you like—how do they use light and shadow, what’s the overall color scheme?—or use photos for reference. Mostly it just takes a lot of practice!

I know this is really general, but I hope it helps a little bit :’D Have fun~

Anonymous: hi, do you have any videos or work in progress photos because id love to see how you make your art, i love the tin tin works so much.

Hello, thank you. I actually do have a tag for process gifs over here

But it’s just a couple of older Sherlock pieces that took me longer, and were done on one layer. Usually I do sloppier things (like Tintin fanart) that are literally just sketch/monochrome shading + multiply layer for slapdash coloring. Haha but I guess I could do more gifs if there’s interest. Gifs are fun.

Anonymous: hello, i was wondering what is your brush setting ?

All my brushes are listed on my faqs page. I try to update it with new brushes I acquire, but lately I’ve been using this new opacity/tapered brush (modified from someone else’s) that isn’t on there yet, and that one you can download here: http://cl.ly/DrS4

Anonymous: what brush do you use for digital paintings? and what program?

I pretty much only use Photoshop for drawing now. I answered a similar question earlier (here) but I’m gonna add this handy chalk brush to the list. Have fun!

secretsonya: Oh wow your style is so gorgeous ajfkfjk why i am did not heard about you before? And when i saw that you like Sherlock, Doctor Who and Tintin and have drawings with them OH GOSH now i am stalking you forever ಥ⌣ಥ I am pretty sure someone could asked this before but do you have a DA? Anyway keep up the great work, can't wait to see more of your drawings! <3 As for that meme, what about 8, 17 and 6? Seriously i wish i could ask them all, but i know it would be such a pressure for you hehe..

Aw, thanks so much! (*´ェ`*My deviantart (I suck at checking/updating it though)

6. What levels of artistic education have you had?

I guess most of what I know came from taking every possible art/drawing class throughout primary/secondary school, and also teaching myself and practicing on my own by foolin’ around with drawing programs. I had a private teacher for a while around middle school that taught me a lot of basics and I took a nude figure drawing summer class in high school. Hm, yeah! Not terribly glamorous. I’m in graphic design now and don’t do a lot of “artsy” drawing for school anymore.

8. What is your favourite piece that you have done?

Would it surprise anyone that it’s this piece?? I had so much fun with it! I’d love to do more pieces like it, and try to push myself further.

17. What would you absolutely refuse to draw?

Hahaha I would probably draw almost anything for lulz or for a challenge but I have to say, hands down, man…I would never draw bestiality :( So…if you’re here for that, uh, sorry to disappoint (but not really).

Feel free to ask anything! I don’t mind answering :)

battleangel25: Do you still want to answer the ARTIST QUESTIONS ASK MEME? :D I would like to ask about 1, 3 and 22 XD

1. When did you get into art?

Hmm, difficult to pinpoint when exactly, but I’ve always been “into” art! Ever since I was a wee bairn with crayons and markers (but isn’t that every little kid??) and I just never stopped taking art in school and drawing lessons… There’s something infinitely satisfying about creating things, a form of escapism, and uhh I guess that’s pretty much why I started/kept doing it :’) /nerd

3. Show us your oldest piece of art you have on hand.

HAHA omgggg I love laughing over old art, yay! LET’S ALL DO IT GUYS. Actually I did an art-timeline thingy at my LJ a while back…but this is the oldest one I have around lulzzz

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22. List at least one of your “artspirations.”

Ugh SOOOO MANY… (and I seem to find more every day!) buuut in contemporary artists, I’m a super-super big fan of: Carson Ellis, Emily Carroll, Kali Ciesemier, Jillian Tamaki, Mattias Adolfsson, Tomer Hanuka, Shaun Tan, Jon McNaught…in addition to all the lovely talented people I discover/follow/stalk on tumblr and elsewhere on the internet.


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