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Documenting my process of learning digital drawing
#1
As the title says. I'm Phantom, and I've been drawing ever since I can remember. It doesn't feel exaggerated if I'd call this the hobby of mine that I enjoy most and am most passonate about... (>//<) When I lack proper words to describe my emotions I can still express them in drawings, there's vent art and colouring books for adults to calm down, one can create own characters, stories and even universes on some empty sheets of paper - and there's fan art of course! The internet and social media are like an endless gallery, people can share their artworks and other can admire/critique/draw inspiration from them.

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I've been specializing in traditional art using pencils, markers and qualitative crayons and developed some ort of own drawing style, I like interesting details and vivid colours. But there's one thing I never really got the hang of...

...it's digital art!

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Decided a while ago that I kinda want to teach myself to draw (or at least color) digitally autodidacticly though, as the effects one can achieve are one of their kind and it's much easier to redo something if having messed up (as in 'just hit CRTL+Z'). And I can experiement with palettes and colors, that too. After all, there are free and great(!)drawing programs available for download, tutorials on work steps and tricks, and there's EeveeBailley's Creator's Collective Discord where other artists gather that I can ask for help if stuck. ☆(◕‿◕)

This thread shall be like an open diary where I can and wish to document that learning process of mine a little.
"Anything can be art. Anything can be self-expression. Now take your weapon and run with it"
- Gerard Way

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#2
Started rather simple with FireAlpaca and a scanned lineart of a Sylveon I drew, wanted to try various color palettes of some lgbtq+ pride flags. Learned that drawing outlines with a mouse does work but is problematic as it's hard for me to draw neat long lines. Switched to using a drawing tablet I previously only used for sprites.

Asked for help in Creator's Collective because the lines weren't as smooth as I wanted them to be. Received help, as well as the advice to always have a layer filled with white while to function as 'paper' beneath the lineart layer.
"Anything can be art. Anything can be self-expression. Now take your weapon and run with it"
- Gerard Way

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#3
Somewhere in the middle of July '20

Gotten the basic hang of colouring digitally, as in 'know what to do to get the result I want' . Magic Wand tool is bliss to use. Managed to finish a second piece of digital art, featuring the punk twins.
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The image I used as a background is free to use and was shared by geralt @pixabay, source:
Code:
https://pixabay.com/de/illustrations/internet-cyber-blockchain-3484139/

'Soft Focus' effect is really neat, used it to overhaul the whole drawing to get that feeling of them being... uh, digital beings.
"Anything can be art. Anything can be self-expression. Now take your weapon and run with it"
- Gerard Way

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#4
End of July '20, mostly 25th - 27th

Dowloaded Krita 4.3.0, as I wanted a more detailed programm with more effects and brushes. Looked for some custom brushes I like and downloaded them too to add. Aiming to play around a bit/try colouring a lineart to get a bit used to the programm, but really enjoying the look and functions it's providing already.
"Anything can be art. Anything can be self-expression. Now take your weapon and run with it"
- Gerard Way

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#5
End of July '20, 30th and 31th mostly

Decided to settle for Paint Tool SAI, or just SAI for short as the program I want to use for digital art. It costs me money after the trial period ends, but it feels worth it. Krita runs rather slow on my laptop and has too many functions I'll probably never use, SAI seems to have everything I'd wish for.

Currently busy setting up and customizing my SAI, as well as looking for neat custom brushes to add.

Nothing new, but doing anything with a pen or pencil with sweaty hands is very uncomfortable.
"Anything can be art. Anything can be self-expression. Now take your weapon and run with it"
- Gerard Way

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#6
Another update, middle to end of October 2020

Came to the conslusion that Paint Tool Sai is good and comfortable to use, but customizing and setting up everything myself feels too much of a chore to me. The amount of customized brushes found online is a pleasant and great, but I tend to get lost in that pool. In other words: There are so many custom brushes I set up and wish to set up according to shared settings, that I'm struggling to find those I really intend to use and nost just add because I find them neat.

Joined a discord server for artists that's not extremely-active (which tends to scare me off) and that's solely for lgbtq+ people. Some of the staff are professional illustrators and graphic designers.

The drawing software that I've been recommended there as an alternative was...
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I looked into it, got myself a trial version, and... I'm really enjoying it, feeling more and more secure that this is the drawing software I wish to work with. This is mostly since it has various(!) brushes that emulate watercolors and markers (which I'm interested the most), official tutorials on the website, and a ton of 'decorative' brushes (some that add flowers, bubbles, feathers etc.).

It'll likely be on sale on Black Friday.
Just for myself, I'll also link this page of brush setting for coloring in avrious anime styles.
"Anything can be art. Anything can be self-expression. Now take your weapon and run with it"
- Gerard Way

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