ClipStudio Paint How To Draw Frosted Cookies




I. Introduction

Happy February Everyone! I have no idea when I am going to be uploading this video, but regardless! I wish everyone's crush to acknowledge them and that they have a spectacular time with your significant other. If you are spending the V-Day by yourself I hope you have an unique group of friends that can create memorable moments for this month.


Yall better have your list of goals and commits ready, because I am expecting yall to achieve them by next year don’t think I wasn't going to mention we are in 2024 now. Feel free to share your resolutions in the comments below, I would love to hear about them.


For the months of February, Alluring Calamity, moi will be participating in the Clip Studio Contest. So I decided to go with How to Draw Sweets as the theme. I'm thinking of cakes, chocolate and cookies. YUMMY! I am determined to share with you some tools that I wish I knew sooner as well as enjoy using on the software that is Clip Studio Paint.


Let’s go!

II. Introduction to the Selection Tool

When approaching any drawing,  you’ve got to find yourself an arsenal of references. What type of references are you needing you may ask? Ones that highlight the mood/color scheme of your pieces, one that has the composition/position of the pieces layout in regard to dimension, and ones with the designs. 

I go in with the G-Pen to create an outline around the drawing, before using the bucket tool to fill in the objects I will be painting over.


I also use the selection tool to cancel out any stray marks leaving the chosen areas for my drawing. Notice how I am blocking out the shapes of the cookies with my thick oil paint tool, and then creating a new layer for the base color for the frosting, the plate and arms. Just so I have a visual of what each part of the drawing represents.

I normally start off by creating a rough gestural sketch of where I would like everything to go. I use a light medium such as the pencil tool to get a good feel of where I am wanting my objects to go. I really like the kneaded eraser because it does not have this intense bold removal of the places I am wanting to eraser; it's more of a softer lift off from my canvas when I make mistakes.

Now this part I was trying to figure out the directional shadows of the cookies against the plate as well as each other, by using the multiply tool on a new layer. 

Taking a lighter color and using the airbrush tool to feathery lay out the directional lighting.

Don't forget to NAME your layers!

Now I am going in with a little more saturated pink over the frosting.

I attempted to combine the layers but the effects were not keeping their rich tones, so I had to play around with it.

I went back in with my trusty thick oil paint tool with the base color of the cookie to crave out shapes and textures against the surface of the cookie. Making sure to add more saturation for the frosting when I blend the additional layer of colors on the surface so I do start losing the shape and texture of the overall cookie.

I go in on the same layer to add highlights with no effects and shadows within the frosting of the cookie, to give it the popping enhanced 3D aesthetic with some more little shadows being drawn in before adding general highlights.

SURPRISE surprise I ended up creating another layer to make big blobs of shades with the Multiply effect, turned down a bit so that the opacity can show through.Then I’ll start cleaning up with my kneaded eraser, once I am down with that I start to move the layers into a folder to make it easier to select. But then I flattened it, and combined all of the layers.

Now this is the part where Imma be blending and applying, I start off blending with a medium tone over the plate. Then go in with a lighter tone pigment, for the reflective light. Again adding in the shadow layer with the multiply tool.


I am very particular about the wild strains of pencil mark or rigid edges that need to be touched up with either a kneaded eraser or oil paint.

Time for the sprinkles!!

Making sure to add a variety of color for the sprinkles and using the eyedrop tool to regain the correct colors for the canva, making sure to add some on the plate. Once I am done adding all of my sprinkles I’ll duplicate the layer and change the effect to multiply, resizing the sprinkles to create a popping dimension

Now this is the touch up portion of the tutorial


Create a color dodge layer effect once you have selected the entirety of the object, to apply the effect on  the areas of the cookies that are receiving either directional light or reflective light.


I used the general overlay cover to balance out the color

III. Closing Remark

It has come to an end my dear artist. I am thrilled to see that you've enjoyed learning more about how to use Clip Studio to make sweet treats for your future masterpieces. Trust that using Clip Studio paint will allow for flexibility in the realms of tools that you can explore in the drawing process in order to bring your imagination to life on a canva. Remember that tools  that you are uncertain about, anything you don't encounter as much doesn't mean that you shouldn't try to draw with them. I feel it's best to take it day by day as cheese and annoying as that may sound.

Consistent practice makes art that you can appreciate, and love for the development you've grown over time. Imma be joining yall on that boat too, so don't be shy scoot over. Remember that consistency builds progress, copy what you see, study what you copied, practice what you studied from imagination, construct what you observe, study what you observe, then practice what you studied. It was an absolute pleasure making this tutorial! Wish all of you artists good luck, and this has been AlluringCalamity.



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