Spiral | 22 | Molecular Biology student | Happily taken

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Apr 25, 2014
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seekery:

Downy Woodpecker. She used to come by to our feeder but then stopped. I can still see them hopping about on the trees across from us.

seekery:

Downy Woodpecker. She used to come by to our feeder but then stopped. I can still see them hopping about on the trees across from us.

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Apr 25, 2014
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Apr 24, 2014
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lexxercise:

I’ve been getting a lot of asks lately about the brushes and textures I use in my work, so here’s a BIG FAT REFERENCE POST for those of you who were curious! Bear in mind that I’m really lazy and don’t know what half the settings do, so don’t be afraid to experiment to figure out what works best for you :>

BRUSHES

Pencil

I use the pencil tool with SAI’s native paper texture both for sketching and for applying opaque color with no blending. Lower opacities give it the feel of different pencil hardnesses, while full opacity makes it more like a palette knife, laying down hard-edged, heavy color for detail work or eventual blending with other brushes.

Ink Pen

Mostly made this because I’m lazy and I didn’t want to have to keep turning my textures off/opacity up when I wanted to ink something (even though I don’t do it very often), or lay down flat colors. I find the line quality to be much more crisp than Photoshop, and you can manually adjust in-program stabilization to help smooth out hand wobbles.

Round Brush

The plain ol’ brush tool acts as sort of an in-between for me in terms of brush flow. It’s heavier than my usual workhorse brush, for faster color application and rough blending, but not as heavy as the pencil tool, which has no blending at all. I like to use the canvas texture on this brush to help break up the unnatural smoothness that usually accompanies digital brushes, but it works just fine without.

Flat Brush

A brush tool set to flat bristle is by far my favorite to paint with. I don’t use any textures with it because I think the shape of the brush provides enough of that by itself. I use it for everything from rough washes to more refined shaping and polish. It’s just GREAT.

Watercolor

Best used for smooth blending, washes, gradients, and smoky atmospheric effects.

Cloud

Basically a grittier version of the watercolor tool, because too much smoothness weird me out. Good for clouds and fog, as the name suggests, or just less boring gradient fills.

TEXTURE OVERLAY

To further stave off the artificially smooth look of digital painting, I almost always overlay some sort of paper texture, and it’s almost always this one, which I scanned and edited myself. You’re all welcome to use it, no permission required!

Using overlays in SAI is just as easy as using them in Photoshop. Just paste the texture into its own layer above everything you want it to apply to, and change the layer mode to Overlay. That’s it!

Want a more prominent texture? Up the contrast. Something more subtle? Lower the contrast or reduce the layer opacity. You can also use a tinted overlay to adjust the overall palette and bring a little more color unity to an otherwise disparate piece! Just be aware that too much texture can hurt the readability of the work beneath it, so I’d err on the side of subtlety.

Hope that helps!

-L

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Apr 24, 2014
@ 2:09 pm
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arkrevner:

e-m-e-t-t:

I did this very early in the morning. 

I relate to this on a deep personal level.

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Apr 24, 2014
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sunnygames:

This is probably the best mix I’ve heard of Fear not this Night

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Apr 24, 2014
@ 1:07 pm
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spitpainting:

Signalling Towers 

spitpainting:

Signalling Towers 


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Apr 24, 2014
@ 1:03 pm
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ask-thehooded:

OH MY FUCKING THANK YOU

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Apr 24, 2014
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There is no beauty without some strangeness.

Edgar Allan Poe (via cross-connect)

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Apr 23, 2014
@ 9:00 pm
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mrjoshmacintosh:

dragondicks:

they don’t even howl properly. their mouths are wide open huskies are big furry idiot toddlers

WOOOOOO

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