[Banner graciously made by Deekkru. <3]
After a bit of chatting in the adoptable forum, a wonderful new idea for a club has been forged between five minds at work. The Paintbrush Helpers are people who want to help you out with your artwork to improve it, whether it be a personal piece, a commission, or something that will show up in adoptables introductions! Anyone is allowed to post their artwork here for instruction, whether they are young, old, new, or frequent. You don't have to be a member to get any special advantages, though being a member may help in the future.
1. Treat everyone with kindness and respect.
2. Give constructive criticism to the piece in question.
3. Have a friendly atmosphere, chatting is allowed and most certainly welcome!
4. To be a Platinum Paintbrush Helper you must be very active in the thread.
5. Prizes may be given as more people show up, and doodles between friends are always wonderful gifts!
Also, Deekru [who happens to work faster than many people I know] hooked us up with a large signature banner! The small one should also be here soon, so don't fret if you don't have much signature space!
To add remove the *'s from the text.
This area is a blank slate used to track pieces in the club, and a little incentive place where prizes are given away at times. :]
The Star System
Everyone that posts advice here will be put underneath this text for a star system. The stars show just how helpful a specific person has been during the month. Four stars is the highest you can get in a month, these people are known as Platinum Painbrushes, three stars is Gold Paintbrushes, two stars is Silver Paintbrushes, and one star is a Bronze Paintbrush. At the end of each month the list is reset and everyone is a Bronze Paintbrush again. :] You can never hit zero *'s because you are always helpful!
You may post. :]
*prances about like a child in a candy store*
Ahhhhhh, the smell of helpfulness. It refreshes the soul :3
Now help can be given!
What a great idea, I've been hoping to find a place for constructive art criticism. Is there anything particular we have to do to join or is it based on our thread participation?
Welcome Deekru, Cursed Medallion, and Ohsa!
This is a no join club, anyone can post and get advice on their artwork or help other people better their artwork.
Ariya is always PMable for secret project advise and critisme *nods* yes yes
Just post what you need help with and whoever is around can help you.
Thank you Ariya! :]
I have to ask now, because the more I think about it the more antsy I get. Are their any tips for making lineart in GIMP? I used to line in SAI, which was a lot easier, but now I struggle on GIMP. .^.
ETA: Got the help needed.
I am hoping I could get some help. Maybe you can or maybe you can't help. But I am having trouble shading this piece:
I bought this from Willow a few weeks ago, and am having trouble with it. Not sure what type of shading would look good, or even how to shade it.
Would love some help and feedback.
Lining in Gimp is hard. That is why knowing and having good use of the pen tool:
Here is a tutorial I got from Stalit that referred it to me the other day:
EDIT: forgot, can't post to DA on here, PMing it to you!
I think Deek could really help out on that, considering her style of shading. :]
Quote Cursed Medallion:
Thank you, thank you! 8D
Thank you. Yeah, just looking for different views of what would look best.
EDIT: Your Welcome!
Oh I'd love to take a peek at that tutorial, can I have the link as well?
Will PM it to you.
Deek would love to help with the shading issue^^
I'll pm you for now, but hopefully I can make some shading tutorials soon.
Awesome! Thank you.
I Deekkru's cell shading.
There are more ways to ink in GIMP I believe, However I always just prefer the enlarged, deeply zoomed in and thin brush method above all the fancy path and line tools.
@Ariya: That is what I was doing, but everything was coming out uneven. :[
Also. Rrrr, hungry! D8 *zombie crawls to fridge* Be right back.
well its something I used to do, I dont know if its the same problem with you. but I used to race right through and tried the draw the whole of a line in 1 go. and just ctrl+z and retry till a line looked ok. Now I ink small parts, erased to refine, and continue to the next piece.
And I enlarge much more <.< ridiculously much more. and I refine my sketch a few times till I am satisfied enough so I dont have to adjust TO much during inking.
SAI has an auto smoothing of sorts that GIMP doesnt have. However I usually dont agree how SAI "fixes" my inks tough so even on SAI I take a normal non line layer and do it manually. I am stuborn like that <_<
@ Ariya, I used to do the whole line first, and ctrl+z it all the time, now I do smaller lines where it is easier to fix than having to fix a larger area.
But everyone has there own way of inking, so once you find your style of inking you will be faster at it.
Agreed, I am alot faster at inking despite the smaller steps then when I just skipped to this method =3
Yeah, I have gotten better at it over time, but it still gets me. Like drawing hair, it is so hard to get it to flow right when you are lining it, because it could look stiff and bad or really flowy and gorgeous.
*curls up in thread*
Lately I've done all my inking in PS with a brush called "Airbrush Pen Opacity Flow."
It's after the Soft Brushes and some other airbrushes in PSE 6.0. I just set that to 1px and off we go! It's really hard to do long strokes since my hand is so unsteady, but most of what I do is small and intricate, so it works great for me personally.
If anyone wants redlining/drawing help, let me know.
I FEEL SKETCHY.
I ink with the hardest brush there is, probably not the best idea. Most of the time I just end up cleaning my sketch until the lines reach an appropriate level of thinness...I think I'll try a softer brush today.
I'd love some redlining help, I can't draw wings unless they're pixel sized.
My mountie medic, he's been grounded :U It's still just a sketch but I'd love some critiques and advice anyways. How can I wings?
Oh, I will definately get you a redline up, I am actually working on wings right now. :]
I'd like to join. This sounds like a great idea.