stormcloud28 asked: What kind of tablet do you use? How does a person figure out what kind of tablet is for them?? Thanks!
i use an intuous 3, which is now apparently outdated, and a little bamboo (my “portable” tablet a friend bought me before i went out of the country for the summer) and i like both of them even though they’re pretty different!
as to what kind of tablet is right for you — it depends! my two are pretty different… the old 3 is big and very smooth surfaced, and the bamboo is small and tends to be a little rough (which sounds bad, but it’s just occurred to me that it mimics the feel of paper, which is nice actually). i’ve personally had more issue choosing the right program to draw in/finding the right brushes in sai to use!
kikisdservice asked: Hello! c: I like your work, it's very pretty! (and I love your SnK fanfic oh my god) Uhm, so I have two questions. I was wondering, do you have any general tips on drawing noses? And, do you have any tips on making a human figure seem more...fluid? Every time I draw, my people always come out looking stiff, even if I use skeletons before fleshing them out...
thank you so much! :D
ooh, noses! noses are harrrrrd. i have more specific advise about them but my primary first piece of advice is to try to refine a way that drawing noses works for YOU, specifically. i do mine in round or triangular shapes in my undersketch, and then refine them during the inking process. but you’ll want to try out different things! try ALL tutorials (or at least a bunch) until you find one that works out for you best!
here’s a few:
here’s one of mine in the sketch layer
as for fluidity and stiffness: first don’t be too hard on yourself about this, because like every artist has trouble with this, even really experienced ones. it’s hard!!! my primary advice on this (even though i think my own work can be REALLY stiff) is essentially: do use formulas, and tutorials/skeletons for anatomy, and so on, but don’t use them too directly? like… here’s a (rare for me, lol) pencil sketch i did, using some “mapping out” techniques for anatomy, and this is what it turned into. and here’s an in progress piece where you can see my structured undersketch still. if you look at that one, you can see that i’m not directly inking the exact undersketch lines — i’m sort of drawing the picture on top of the undersketch. the undersketch should be a template, not “the first lines of the finished drawing” if that makes sense. here’s more progression shots of that last picture.
stiffness is hard. i’m still struggling with it myself. :( i hope this is at all helpful!