Sunday, 9 December 2018

Clip Studio Paint Is a Hidden Gem

I've recently found a hidden gem in the digital art world. Clip Studio Paint is a program like Photoshop except it's more geared for anime and manga, but you can also use it for traditional art. I don't think it's a program that's as well known as it should be.

I actually can't recall how I stumbled on it, though, probably while I was searching for lessons on how to draw anime, which is a new direction I've taken as well. Drawing anime is a lot of fun but paired with a good graphics tablet and this program, well it keeps me in a happy art zone for hours, that's for sure. 😄👍

In the videos below, I use Clip Studio Paint to ink and paint a sketch, which is my sons' original drawing of the Joker. I'm a complete noob with this powerful program, but I'm sharing what I've learned so far. There's so much yet to learn what this program is capable of. If anything it's definitely worth trying. It's not free like Krita, which is another amazing program and bonus, It's Free! Krita is specifically designed for anime but that's a whole other article.

At any rate, I hope you take the time to check out my videos and if you like them please support me by subscribing to my channel on YouTube.

How I Ink Sketches With CSP





If you're looking for an affordable graphics Tablet, I recommend the Huion H1060P. 

I'll be writing an article on this amazing tablet in the near future.








How I Paint With CSP


Saturday, 3 November 2018

Create Your Own Eyelash Brush In Photoshop

How would you like to create your own eyelash brush in Photoshop? This tutorial will show you how.

This is one of the first Photoshop tutorial videos I made, mostly geared toward Photoshop newbies that want to learn a bit of digital art. I believe photoshop is a great program for artists and once you learn some of the basics it can be fun to either enhance your original art or to create a digital piece. Either way, it's art and as our technology grows many artists are turning more and more to digital programs.

I use the Photoshop version  CS6, I'm sure it's similar to other versions. But I'm most familiar with CS6.

Hope you enjoy the tutorial and be sure to leave any questions or comments below here or youtube.

If you enjoyed the tutorial please be sure to like and subscribe to my channel! 😄👍


It's Been A Minute

It's been a minute since I've posted. My life has been all over the place the last few months and I've had to concentrate on other stuff rather than my art. It's been so hard because as an artist, all we want to do is our art. I've had so many posting ideas twirling around in my head. So It's hard to know where to start now. I've recently started a youtube channel, I have to say it's exciting but a little intimidating at first. It's definitely a learning curve. So far I've published a couple of photoshop tutorials but eventually, I want to get my studio set up so I can offer some beginner painting lessons. Where I'm actually in the videos.

that's my main goal. Being online with my art has honestly been such a slow process for me. I'm not sure if it's me procrastinating a lot or I've had a hard time balancing art and business because honestly I'd rather just be drawing and painting. There's a lot that goes into trying to be noticed online. My gosh, it can be so discouraging.

But here I am now after some months. It's a start and hopefully, I can stay on track this time.

Here's my new youtube channel, if you would be so kind and check it out and subscribe. I will be forever grateful!!


Friday, 9 March 2018

Sell Your Art On Imagekind

I wanted to write a new post about Imagekind because my last article is a tutorial about how to setup your Fine Art America shop and I mention for artists that might be new to all this, that starting off with one or two shops, in the beginning, is a good idea. Just so you don't overwhelm yourself.

 I also mentioned Imagekind as a second place that's worth checking out besides FAA. 
One of the reasons I love Imagekind so much is kind of a geek reason really, 😄lol! But I love the fact that there's no image size limitation and they accept Tif format. The reason I love that they accept Tif is that, you scan your art into your PC in Tif format, you edit and save in Tif just so you don't lose quality. So the fact they display your art in this format is beautiful, to me anyway, lol! And just take a look how beautiful your art looks! I also love their mockups, like the ones above and below.
 White Tiger Glare Wall Decor
White Tiger Glare Wall Art

One more thing about Imagekind I want to mention is that unlike FAA they only sell wall decor but I definitely recommend them to sell your art. 







My Artwork Slideshow

Turn up the volume and press play! 

Thursday, 8 March 2018

Setting Up Shop With Fine Art America ~ Tutorial ~

This tutorial is geared for artists that want to setup shop online but might need a place to start that will help you get your art gallery up and running in no time.

First I just want to say that there isn't a wrong way. No matter what you learn from this article, even if it's a piece of something that might help. You're are ultimately going to do what's right for you and what you feel comfortable with, but you won't know what that is unless you give it a try.

 My objective with this tutorial is not only for an artist that has no idea where to start but also for anyone that might be on the fence about wanting to put their artwork online for the world to see. Much the same as how I felt in the beginning. The only place I knew about was Etsy. which is a great shop to setup if you're ready to take on that much responsibility. Because I already had a Etsy shop for my last business, switching it to a art gallery was simple for me. But for a lot of people setting up with Etsy for the first time can be overwhelming, but Etsy does have great support teams for newbies. I'll be posting a tutorial soon!

My initial preference was that I really wanted full profit for my art, so Etsy was the way for me and having my own site with pay-pal was also what I wanted as well. But I quickly learned that it can take up more time than you want and take you away from your art projects. The whole starting online shops for any reason really is and can be very time consuming especially if you let all the side advertising take you away. This is the reason I want to hopefully help artists to avoid this and help you try and take one step at a time by only taking on a couple of shops for the beginning.

But why take my advice or listen to me, you may be asking yourself? After all I'm still considered a newbie myself. which I have no problem admitting. I'm not here to offer expert advice, I would just like to offer what I've learned so far as a starting guide. If it helps, it helps, if it doesn't it doesn't. But that's why I would love to hear from people that might have more expert advice, so leaving comments is much appreciated! 😁

Let's get started. At this point I'm sure you're anxious and excited to open your own online art gallery where you can display your talent and hopefully make some sales. Only thing is, you have all your artwork in real time and not on your PC yet. So first off, you want to either scan, take pictures or both.  For your larger canvas art you can't scan you don't need the most fantastic camera to do this as long as you have Photoshop and I strongly suggest you get this awesome program for many vital reasons, I'll explain later.

When you take a picture of your art, make sure you have as much daylight as possible, by a window or outside. Try and get your view straight on, so that when you crop it you won't cut off any of the image.

When scanning, make sure your scanning settings are set at 300 dpi and the format is set as Tif.

Tif is a lossless format so as when you do editing you won't be losing quality. This is where Photoshop plays an important role because most websites for artists such as Fine Art America, which is my first suggested shop to setup, they don't except tif format, reason being is that the file is way to huge to upload, but you can save your image as a high quality uncompressed jpeg in sRGB mode which normally will resize your image to the FAA "required 25 mb" or less with high resolution quality. I hope this is somewhat making sense.

Don't worry it's super easy once you get the hang of it. I think at this point it's really important that I make a screen recording video that will help visual learners, like me 😏 lol! 

Assuming this is the very first time using Photoshop I'll try and make it as simple as possible. 

The second video will show a quick overview of uploading your art to your new site with FAA. 
( And please excuse all my uh's, uhm's and whatever's and remember that I'm really new to voice recording, I will get better I promise! lol! )




There are many reasons I feel that Fine Art America is the best place to open up shop one being that FAA let's you decide if you want to sell prints ( which are archival quality ) of your art and/or your originals, which is great! And for all the other reasons, you'll find here @ FAA Overview

You might be a little turned off by the thought of making a small percentage with each sale, but I think if you look at it this way, in that of which all the other benefits that FAA offers and the fact that you're making an effort of breaking into a very highly competitive market to make yourself known is super amazing and the fact that these kind of sites does most the work for you. Not only that but your shop will be up and running forever so you have all the time in the world to draw and paint and maintain your shop. Eventually it will pay off! 

This video will help get you get started with FAA. Sign up! Upload! And get selling!

Another good site to sell your art on is Imagekind.com but when you're ready you can check them out. I don't want to jump ahead. Sticking to one or two sites in the beginning is usually enough. But I love Imagekind's layout and how they present your art. Another site worth checking out.

Monday, 19 February 2018