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Acclivius
10-28-2015, 04:56 PM
I only started getting more into digital artwork just this year, and to be honest, it's rather hard for me. I try my best with it, but I feel I need more help. I'm not sure which brushes to use for what, what will make the best lines, and so on.

Here's some of my work:

http://fav.me/d9begaz

https://www.weasyl.com/submission/1113545/scilis-and-the-lollipop

https://www.weasyl.com/submission/1134478/recoil-s-smile

http://acclivius.deviantart.com/gallery/54631801/My-Characters


Any tips, tricks, constructive criticism, or critiques would be appreciated! I'd also love to get some custom brushes!

Noxid
10-28-2015, 10:28 PM
Well, one thing I notice is that your lines don't seem to have any taper... Assuming you're using a tablet then make sure you have "Press: Size" selected for your inking pen
http://i.imgur.com/q72vxhQ.png

If you're using a mouse then well, you aren't really getting the most out of the software in the first place, since with a mouse you can't have pressure sensitivity or stabilizer. Although if you *have* to use a mouse, then at least you can vary the line thickness to make it a bit more interesting, and you can manually taper the endpoints of your lines. If you use lineart layers then adjust the pressure at endpoints
otherwise just stroke over the end of the line with eraser.
http://i.imgur.com/briVEro.png

Another important tip, for productivity at least, is to know the important shortcuts. Some of my most used are:
'Z' - toggle transparent color - basically turns the brush you are working with into an eraser. Very useful.
Brush shortcuts - you can set up shortcut keys for various brushes by double clicking them, I think like by default Pen is 'B' for example. Handy for quick switching.
'[' and ']' - increase and decrease pen size
'X' - swap primary and secondary colours
hold Space - click and drag to pan the canvas
hold Alt - colour picker tool.

and of course, ctrl-z ctrl-y undo/redo

there are more than that and you can customize them too from one of the menus, but I think those are some of the most useful.

Acclivius
10-29-2015, 04:45 AM
Thank you @Noxid! Yes, I do have a tablet! I just purchased a Surface Book which is supposed to have pressure sensitivity! So far I haven't noticed it working in Sai, but I'll see if I need to tweak some settings! I'll also remember those shortcuts for the future! All this digital art is still so new to me, and I hope to improve overtime!