How To Create Pop Art With 4 Frames



Hello, welcome to this tutorial. (◕‿◕) In this tip, I will show you my methods for creating pop art. This is a very special art style because it is lively, creative and it is very useful. I love creating pop arts and I have 4 different methods for creating pop art. I will also demonstrate how I create them with those methods.
I will be drawing a vending machine with 4 different variations of my pop art.

To start drawing, you can create a new layer,
➝[File]➝[New]➝and click create to bring you a new canvas. Your width and height is depended on what you want to create.


Before starting out any formal drawing, you could always have some thumbnails to see all the possible compositions you can consider. In the concept board, you have a lot of options to choose from and you are free to to create whatever you want. With a variety of options, it is easy to mix and match the ones you like and before starting, and even if you don't like concept boards, you can use them as warm ups for your future drawings.

As you can see, I created 16 different concept boards. Your concept board doesn't have to have a lot of details, details will be added after you have decided what your base looks like.

I select the board I want to recreate using the lasso tool. I then copy and paste it onto another new canvas.


I chose number 9 because I really how it looked.

By creating a new layer on top and change your thumbnail color to blue using layer property, which I will demonstrate later in this tutorial, you can draw on top of your thumbnail for your first rough draft.

I used the default marker pen to draw my first rough draft. (「๑•₃•)「

Inking Process

You can start inking your finale draft after creating a new layer on top and changing you layer opacity of your rough draft.

I first started to draw the large plant and its leaves.

This line tool is an excellent tool for creating straight lines and 90 degree lines. In this case I used the line tool to draw my vending machine's outer layer.

This is what my finale line art looks like. When you are happy with your result, you can continue to start coloring.


Now, we are going to fill in the line area with a solid color so later it will be really easy to put on tones.
First, you want to go to your selection tool and choose auto select.
Then select the negative space around your line art. I have an area scaling of two to prevent unselected spaces.
You also want to check if you have any negative spaces inside the drawing so you can also select it.
When I'm done with selecting them, I inverse the selection so it is selecting my lines.

After you are done selecting, you can use the fill tool to fill in a color as it's base.

I finished my base with grey scale colors so I can later use the gradient tool to create different variations of color schemes.

After that, I used the shape tool to create a square background, thus now I have a background.
I made the background as close to the drawing as possible to prevent too much empty spaces.

I changed my canvas size to fit 4 different grids of the same drawing. This doesn't have to be precise, because you can always come back and resize the canvas after you are done with placing your art.

I put all my files into a folder and I duplicated my folders 4 times.

I'm able to have my folders exactly aligned because I zoomed all the way in to see the pixels. As long as the pixels are aligned, your grids will also be aligned.

By using the gradient tool, I created a color scheme that I really like. You can create your own gradients or you can download them from Clip Studio Paint's Assets.

Method 1: Gradient tone

After I am done, I started to select my first object, and in this case it's the cat that is sleeping in the corner of the vending machine

I use the tone effect from the layer property.
You can access the layer property by going to [Window]-Layer property-Tone.
Next I colored it in with a soft airbrush. When you have your tone on, it will automatically translate it into tone.

After that set the layer blending mode to overlay to create your highlight.
Then clip the layer to your coloring layer.

When you are done with your tone, you can merge the tone with the layer below.
To merge layers, you can go to [Layer]-Merge with layer below.

Another coloring method for gradient method is to first select what you are going to highlight, then you can use an airbrush to create a gradient-like tone value.

Now, for creating shadows, you can create a new layer, select the area you want to apply on, and then you can use the tone to color it in. I used an airbrush to colored it in.

Now that the gradient method is done, it will looks like this.

Method 2: Use lasso fill for overlay/ reflect layer opacity

This method is different because this time I didn't used the lasso tool, I used the lasso fill. Lasso fill allows you to color faster than selecting and filling in with a paint tool bucket.

to access the lasso fill tool, go to : [Window]-Tool-Figures-Lasso fill.

To show you the difference between reflect layer opacity, I have two comparisons of this image. The image on the left is without reflect layer opacity and the image on the right is with reflect layer opacity.

By using overlay and the reflect layer opacity option, I can create shadows like this. This is how to create pop art using the second method.

Method 3: Apply With only Black Tones

This method is used to create pop art with shadows.
I did not change the blending mode but I set the opacity to 50 so the tone applied will looks like below.

I used a G-Pen to draw in the shadows.

The tone in layer property can be altered when you change it's opacity. The image above is an example of what the result will be with different percent of opacity for the layer.

Method 4: Directly Apply From Material

This last method I want to show you is to directly apply tones using Clip studio's material section. You can use the default materials from the clip studio paint material section or you can also download from the clip studio assets. If you don't know what clip studio assets is, It's a site where you can download all kinds of brushes, materials, 3D models, etc.

After I applied my desired tone, I clipped it to the layer below. This allows you not have to erase them manually.

I erased out the highlights. leaving the tone like this. Another method is to set your brush color transparent, so it can also be used as an erase tool.

This method is very helpful if you have a large area of tone you want to apply to.

Neon Light Sign

I am almost done with my art piece, the last thing that I wanted to do is to create the neon light on the sign on the top right corner of the vending machine for a very nice visual effect.

This is how I created the neon light on top of the vending machine. ╭<<◕°ω°◕>>╮
After I'm done, I duplicated the sign 4 times and I dragged them to the other grids.
Then I changed the hue of the sign to fit it's color scheme.

This is the current result of my pop art.

Background Patterns

I added 4 different types of patterns to my pop art to make my pop art come to life. For my first frame, I added 2 droplet sprites and I wanted to create a pattern for my first vending machine.

After I had created a new layer, I drew a pattern and I clipped the patterns to the background

Now, Clip your background to the layer below to prevent the background from interfering with other pop art frame cells.
Here's what is looks like after you clipped it to the background.

I converted my patterns to image material layer in the converting layer section.,

Go to :
[Layer]-Convert Layer, and choose image material layer.

I enabled the tiling option from my operation tool section.
go to:
[Window]-Sub Tool Detail-Operation- Tiling

This function will make make your pattern repetitive.

Now I have a background for my clip art.

I repeated the process for all 4 vending machines.

Overlay line effect

I replicated my line art.

From the layer property, I enabled my white border effect and now my lines looks like this.

Now I set my layer blending mode as Overlay, then I moved my layer with the Move Layer tool just a few pixels to the right.
This effect makes your line art pop out and now the line art will looks more complex.

Here's the finale result! I hope you like my tutorial!

Thank you SO MUCH for reading my tip! I hope you have a nice day!


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