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Today's Oekaki Highlight: A shout out to returning and faithful friends of TACo, who have graced us with some awesome drawings: senobdec, blacklight, solcress, p_b, umi-chan, ri-su, mogily, piffle, and congrats to Hall of Famer sabii!

The Theme Room's subject right now is: The Holidays. Because...aren't you happy they're coming up?


(4842) () Oekaki by mika, total drawing time 1 : 16 : 39

mika 2008/11/25 - 1:0:8

Woot! a test room tutorial! (after several years)

1/ Define shape with Pen tool on around 33-50% opacity, doesn't have to be accurate.
2/ Define shape some more with Pen tool on around 10-20% opacity (set to 0 pixels)
3/ Start to define mass, I use a seperate layer and the pen tool set to around 33% (size dependent on area I want to cover) - Layer can be darkened or lightened using the opacity slider, when happy merge the two layers.......I can do this over and over depending on what I want to achieve, here it was once.
4/ On a seperate (preferably behind) layer add in a full block of standard grey and use Airbrush tool set at 5% to lighten the hi-lights, or use Soft Eraser set to around 10%.
5/ On a seprate layer (above) use the Airbrush at 5% to lighten and add some texture then use the Soft erase at 5-10% to delete the areas above the dark areas you wish to keep.

The eye on the right isn't finished as I was running out of time.
Use layers to control depth (opacity slider) and add texture.....add many and only merge when you are happy, kill hard edges with Soft tool but beware the glitches it throws up (add layer, Merge current layer with it and delete the empty layer to stop the glitches)

mika 2008/11/25 - 1:1:32
.........and as usual the anim is a waste of time.......:(
mika 2008/11/25 - 1:3:12
Pah........and its the eye on the left that isn't finished.....lol
baeduxai 2008/11/26 - 11:29:34
lol this is awesome :D.
jakusama 2008/11/26 - 21:36:17
Holy crap. I think I'm in love.

Absolutely beautiful.

Thank you. (I can try and make beautiful eyes now, too!)
kelli 2008/12/2 - 19:11:18
whoo! Now I don't have to crack your head open and steal your artistic secrets...what a relief, brains can be so messy ^_^

In all seriousness though, on behalf of everyone at TACo, I thank you for sharing your bits of wisdom
senobdec 2008/12/13 - 0:18:11
Very cool tutorial. I like the definition around the eye on the right.
I'll eventually get around to using layers, probably.
elolinon 2009/1/7 - 9:28:5
Nice idea, technique and picture :) I like how it's all sketchy in the beginning.

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