Whatcha doin' today?
Well since my subbie is ending soon and I needed to get at least one more feature in until next time, here's an excuse for a journal
So, I get comments all the time from people asking why are my lines so smooth, how do I color so neatly and all types of stuff like that. Well, some of you have been to my livestream sessions and seen how I've done it. But for those who have not and those who'd like a little help, here are my brushes. I use Paint tool SAI for anyone who is wondering.
First, lets start off with a few basics:
This is what my stabilizer is set to. It goes from 0 to S-7
I usually have it set at 7 because it feels the most comfortable to me. The higher it's set the smoother the lines but at the cost of the speed of the brush. When you have them set at different rates you'll begin to feel the difference, so experiment with what you feel works better for you.
My color wheel is set to HSV. I tend to use greyer shades in my drawings. Again, this is totally up to you. HSV and V-HSV are a little different, just V-HSV is more vivid.[link]
This is the brush I mainly use for my sketching or if you've seen in my livestream session, my painting brush.
Usually I have the brush mode set to multiply to get the colors darker, it's not really necessary but I do it anyway.[link]
This is my main inking brush. Well, brushes. This is how my lineart comes out so clean and neat. I use quick strokes and use ctrl+z if the lines don't come out right the first time. And if they do sometimes I have to taper the ends. The eraser is your best friend guys, don't be afraid to use it.
This is also the tool I use for cell shading.[link]
This tool is a little hard to explain. I think it's set at default, I'm not sure. You'll have to get a feel for it to see how it works for you.[link]
Custom brush tool. This is what I use to lay down colors. Sometimes I use it for blending, most of the time I don't. But this is my main tool for laying down shadows before blending.[link]
Custom watercolor tool. Also my main watercolor brush. I use this for my smooth blending, I press lightly for completely blended areas and harder if I want to lay down a bit more color.[link]
Custom watercolor tool. This is my secondary brush, it blends a little slower but sometimes better than my main one. I don't use it often because of the fact that it is slower and doesn't lay down extra color.[link]
My painting brush. The one I used for these images: [link] [link] [link]
The key is to constantly resize the brushes and change the opacity throughout using it. It works quite well.
Well, those are all of my brushes, yep. No secret.
If you have any questions, just ask!