DIGITAL ART BEGINNER'S GUIDE (Paint Tool SAI)

DIGITAL ART  BEGINNER'S GUIDE (Paint Tool SAI)



hi guys so this video is going to be an introduction to digital art quite a few people on my live streams and recently with the blowing up of my draw this again challenge I've been asking me about tips about digital art and so I thought I would do an introduction to digital art kind of video now I'm doing it on paint'll site one my usual program of choice is paint your site – but I thought I would do it on the first version just to make this a simple basic tutorial it's all the basics that you need to know about digital art a lot of these things can actually be applied to other programs but some of the stuff is going to be exclusively to hate to say I hope you find this tutorial helpful because it's something I wish I would have had when I was younger first of all you will need a tablet to get the best out of your drawing software whatever drawing software it is that you use a tablet is always going to be the best option yes you can use a mouse and there are ways in using a mouse with digital programs but it's definitely best to have a tablet with tablets they have pressure sensitivity I am going to do videos about drawing tablets in the future but I thought I could start with the software because you want to get an idea of how a software works because knowing your digital art programs before you get a tablet it saves that bit of extra time trying to explore your tablet functions as well as a new digital art software I'm actually going to start a new canvas I don't really have to but I think I'm just going to do it for the sake of the tutorial and just to make easy by starting from the beginning first of all obviously you can see there's two tabs you can switch between them you can have multiple pieces of artwork open at the same time it's definitely something that's really really useful something to explore with any digital art program first is what options are at the top you can see that there is this bar right here file opens up new open open recent savers exporters and all the regular things you need to save your file edit is all about cut copy paste you can copy and paste images in and between files which is really really handy the canvas tab allows you to change the resolution change the size and flip the canvas horizontally vertically 90 degrees clockwise and counter-clockwise layer has a lot of different options regarding layers I'm going to go into a bit more detail about what layers actually are but it's really nice to know that there is a function for layers at the top just in case you get confused selection is all to do about selecting things on the canvas that will be a later part of this tutorial filter filter is when you have something on the canvas and you want to change the hue and saturation so that is how bright your colors are on the canvas whether you want to dull them down or make them a lot brighter as well as brightness and contrast making them pop or just dulling them down a bit the next drop-down menu is view this one has a very important feature that I use all the time when it comes to my live streams my videos it's so handy the window drop-down menu allows you to change the look of the interface and how it was the most useful thing in others is actually the keyboard shortcuts menu this is where you can change all of the keyboard shortcuts for your brushes for each of the tools in paint or site it's really really handy and I'm not sure if every program has this particular menu but I will say that if you go with Wacom tablets they actually have the ability where you can change the keyboard shortcuts in the drivers menu there is an option in your tablet settings to actually choose all of your keyboard shortcuts for a single program it is very easy and very good next we're going to talk about layers a lot of digital artists use layers I like using layers this is actually one of the main advantages of digital art over traditional art so here is how this works so you can see here that we only have one layer on this side of the canvas if you look on the left hand side you can see that I've added two more layers to this canvas now if I was to draw something on the second layer which is the one in the middle say if it was just a sketch this is just going to be a very very quick sketch nothing too amazing this is a very very quick sketch of my character jewel now how I use layers is I do the sketch on the middle layer between this layer and that one if you use digital art programs the same way I do and use it to draw out your ideas as well as just do finish illustrations the way you start illustrations is you sketch it all out so I've just sketched it on the middle layer what I do after I've sketched it out is I turn the opacity down how much it doesn't really matter how much you turn it down then you go on to the layer above or add a new layer above if you already haven't and select the layer on top now before we go any further with the layers this is actually a very very good time to bring up the new view option so if we go to the view drop down menu and click new we can see that we've brought up another version of this drawing now it's exactly the same canvas and you can actually change the look of how it is so how this works is that you can actually change how sumed in it is when inking you are going to be focused on a particular area of the drawing but you want to see all of it at the same time like you do with traditional art so having this new view option is definitely going to improve artwork and you can actually see the drawing as a whole and see what's working and what's not going back to the layer options we go to the very very top layer and in this canvas we can zoom in very close to the eye and you can see that the new view is not being affected at all now I'm just going to line this drawing I'm gonna speed it up just so we're not sitting here all day so the next step is there anything wrong with the drawing so the one thing that I'm thinking about with this drawing is that the eyes might be a little bit too far apart so I want to check to see if they're actually in the right place or at least if one of them is in the right place how I'm gonna do this is I'm gonna use the lasso tool and draw around the eye now it is gonna take out some of the line work depending on if you've actually done the eye on separate layers or not once you've made your selection whether it's with the plain selection tool the lasso tool or the magic wand tool now go to your keyboard and press ctrl T this will create a box that you can manipulate around that selection so you can actually pull the eye down if you click on the corner and press the shift key you can actually enlarge it and it remains proportional pressing control and actually moving around these things actually allows you to go into freeform so that means you can reshape the eyes or whatever you select in any way shape that you want this can be really really useful especially when working with perspective the main thing that I do want to do is move it and you can do that just by dragging it across and seeing how it looks as you can see I've only moved it a little bit just to see the difference I'm gonna press ctrl Z and it's gonna undo any action that I've made on the canvas you can also do this by going to edit and undo but like control Zed for undo ctrl Y is redo so if you like what you've done but you've undone it you can actually redo it again with ctrl Y so what we can do now to see the line work without the sketch layer underneath we can actually go on to the sketch layer that is with the opacity down we can press the little I to hide the layer and unhide the layer whenever we want – this is a really useful feature it's on Photoshop it's on critter it's on every digital art program that has this feature so to actually make it easier for you guys to stand where my layers are I'm gonna name my layers not all artists actually named their layers because it's sometimes unnecessary because of the amount of layers that's in there and they can actually see it through the little display shown here to rename the layer you just double click it and you can rename it so you can see that I've actually saved the canvas at this point because I haven't saved it this entire time my best advice always save your canvas just just save it just please please save it to actually add colors we can go onto the sketch layer and press new layer this will create a layer between the sketch and the line work layer and you can use that for color I'm gonna speed through the colors so you don't have to watch me just blab about colors you can actually see from my coloring that I added a highlight layer this is because this goes over the line work and it's actually really really good especially for eye highlights people on my live streams ask me about the structure of my layers now I use a thing called clipping masks on painter sigh they're actually called clipping groups and this is how they work to create a clipping group of the color layer I add a new layer and I select this option here now whatever I draw on this layer will only be on the area of stuff colored beneath I can now do the shadows and the highlights on this clipping layer and it will not go past the area that I've colored to show you an example I'm gonna color a stripe all over my character you can see that this stripe is not going anywhere past where I've colored this is important because it allows me to actually color inside the lines I'm just gonna speed this part up so right now you can see that I've splattered all purple everywhere in the places of shadow I'm now going to splatter places in light yellow just for that highlight and then show you what I do next this is one of my very simple methods of coloring and it's very effective especially if it's only for the simple things I could do a more in-depth tutorial on my digital art if you guys want it but this is a very simple tutorial you can actually have more than one clipping layer just add another layer and select clipping group and just like the layer below it it will clip to the color layer this way I'm gonna add my subtle highlights this is a method that I was actually taught in college now I was actually taught to use black and white with values and I really didn't like that effect using black can actually be a bad thing using black as a shading color is not really recommended because it can just be too harsh if that is what you're going for then go all for it but personally I find it to be a bit too harsh so now that we have both the highlights and the shadows roughly added in I'm actually going to be using layer modes this is also a thing in Photoshop and critter and other programs as well in paint tool Sai they can be found here and I have all of these layer modes in paint'll situ I actually have more layer modes but these are perfectly fine the main ones you will need our screen and multiply now the shadow color the purple splotches are going to be set to multiply you can see right there that it's actually transformed that purple into a really good shading color for all of the colors now the highlights they're gonna be set to screen and you can see that they've all highlighted all of the colors now if I was to select the purple color while it's in its multiply stage I would actually pick up the grey color and not the purple as you can see right here you actually pick up a completely different color so it's always important to change your layers back to normal and then back to multiply that way you can keep the colors consistent and the same just like what we did with the sketch we are actually going to use opacity to test how bright the colors can be or how subtle you want the shading and the highlights to be I like a mix between a contrasting effect and a very subtle effect I know though those are two contradicting things but kind of like a middle ground and this is the middle ground that I found depending on the way you want to do it you can keep the clipping layer separate or you can actually merge them into the bottom layer burning mind if you do merge it into the bottom layer you won't have the ability to keep it within the lines but you will have more access to blending capabilities this is a very good time to talk about brushes now in the original painful sight you are given these brushes also in a brush as well but these are the brushes that you have now you can actually see that I have a lot more brushes than just the originals now this is because adding brushes is a customized job you can see the brushes in this section right here most of the brushes in this section that I have open are the basic brushes some of them are customized brushes a custom brush I have right now on the menu is this brush called hair one this brush has a texture like that and you can actually see the texture if i zoom in and you can see all the individual strands of hair now we paint or Sai brushes are incredibly customizable but the reason why you see people uploading their brush settings to the internet with paint tool Sai is because the brushes don't save they've saved to the interface but they don't save as a file so you have to input the settings every time you get a new version of paint or Sai if it was a single file it would be so much easier but I think that's an improvement for later on in the software's development if you like the brush that I you can actually copy in all the settings that are listed right here the main ones that I actually use a lot of are actually more so based on the original brushes they're kind of variations that I've created throughout time and I've had this program for over six years so there's a lot of brushes that I have and I use a custom brush called oils now I've called it oil it's just basically the way oil paint layers and I think it looks really really pretty digitally so that is actually the brush I use you can actually copy in the settings if you want to do that just pause the video and screenshot the settings and just in put them in I'm okay with people using the brushes I use and I will say that over time if you use that brush often enough you will end up customizing that brush to your certain preferences of the way you blend the way you color and everything else with my painter side brushes I'm completely okay to share the settings to find out which ones are the default brushes we can actually right click in an empty Square and just see all of the selections the select brush and the select eraser actually work exactly like the lasso tool but it's actually a brush tool you can actually select the area you want by painting in that area it's really a useful tool especially if you have very tiny details that you need to select I'm just going to speed up this part because it will be easier on me and you for speed I am just color picking the actual color of the hair and using it as the middle ground blending color between the shadow and the highlights however though you can actually see that I have merged together my layers now this is the way I do it you don't have to do it exactly the same way as me but I use this because the blending system works a lot better if less layers however you can actually use more layers if you want to this is just the way I tend to do it so as you can see I've actually finished off the coloring of this piece just to finish off I'm gonna smooth out a section using my oiled brush just over here not at the end you could actually see me adding in some strands of hair with the brush I called hair one now what I did was I created clipping masks and then also color picked the color that was already there and multiplied it on the layer the color picker can actually be found up here as well as all these other tools you have the selection the last suit and the magic wand tool as well as the move tool zooming in and out rotate and the hand tool however these all can be used with shortcuts but as I said at the beginning of the tutorial if you want to find out a shortcut or change shortcut you can go to the others menu and then click keyboard shortcuts you can find out which shortcut is which and also you can change each of the shortcuts the most important shortcuts I love using in paint tool site and in any program really is the brush size the brush size shortcuts are the square brackets on the keyboard the left bracket for a smaller brush and the right bracket for a bigger brush the other way that you can change the size of the brush is the sliders the mid size is actually how much of the brush is there when you put your pen down however with pen pressure you can actually make the brush darker this is a really light pressure and this is a really hard pressure the last thing to note is that I actually merged my layers together you don't have to do this but I find it easier especially to blend it's also a quicker way to blend in my opinion but you don't have to do that just experiment with the brushes and see which blend a lot better with your style you will learn different techniques as you explore the program and it's definitely a good to experiment the last thing of this tutorial has another thing to do with clipping groups and that's colored line art I am always asked about the way I do my colored line art and this is going to be how I do it it's basically with a clipping group so I select the line work layer and I add a new layer and use clipping group I'm just gonna select the color brush you can't have color blend in your colored line work I don't usually go for that but you can actually have it a completely different color or if you want to change all of the line work at once you can just color fill the entire line work layer for example if you were to have bright red line work you could change the climb work like that very easy very quick and simple but if you want colored line work you're gonna have to color the lines you don't have to color them very neatly you just have to color the lines in those colors what I do in my color line work say if I was to do the colored line work of the hair I would could pick the hair in whatever section and I would drag down or up depending on if I wanted light line work or darker line work for that area you can also change the color at any time just by dragging down the slider it's very easy to do and I really like the way this is turning out but say if I wanted lighter areas of the linework well that's easy you can actually take the light color and just put the light color in the areas that you want this adds some highlight to the line work and allows me to have variation in my line work I tend to use blended line work very very sparingly so it just gives a very subtle but very nice effect so this is a very simple way of me doing digital art I really hope you found this helpful if you did you can comment down below saying what you thought was the most useful tip in this video if you've made it all the way through the video you can actually comment this down below in the comment section and I will see you guys in my next video bye guys you

Comments

  1. BiMbOh CoOkIe

    NEVER USE COLOR+BLACK TO SHADE

    No hate but it’s good to study color theory before doing a tutorial
    Can’t do a tutorial for beginners if you’re also a beginner you see?
    But that doesn’t add to the fact you’re really talented anyway

  2. Denna W

    I know this has nothing to do with the video but I was wondering if you ever think about this.

    But do you ever feel like you wont be able to get a job with your art. Like no matter how you draw you will never be good enough to get a job. Its something I have been thinking about lately and was just wondering what your take on it was.

  3. Animor Romina

    hey I really enjoy your videos! I saw your ''meet my OC'' videos and thought your OCs are very interesting. Is there some sort of side where you wrote down their storys or a comic you made about them? cause I'd love to read a whole storyq about them

  4. Yaranelly Gonzallez

    What are your settings for your blending brush and your oil brush, it's too blurry to see
    (Also fire dragon)

  5. Drawingfandom

    Fire dragon

    This video was helpful to me and I’ve been using digital art on the iPad for 3 years and I’ve never fully understood it

  6. Kimco Draws

    Thank you! I've been looking for a really good introduction and right when I was about to give up you uploaded this. again, thank you so so much!

  7. KittyKat Emma

    Ooooooh! I was so ready for this! It's me! You know the person who contacted you on Facebook? Me! 🤗 I need this

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