July 2019

Tips of the Month

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Out of the Tips posted between July 1 - July 31, the writers of the following will be rewarded a cash prize or GOLD!

For the third “TIPS of the month” of 2019, we asked our users for their Tips on Effects to add that extra flare to their pieces, costume design, and hand lettering/line art. #Effect Tips made up the bulk of the entries, and we saw various tutorials on flames, light, smoke, aura, etc. For #Costumedesign, there were several entries that used Clip Studio Paint’s tools such as decoration brushes, 3D drawing figures, and tiling patterns to great effect. While #HandLettering had the least Tips out of the three, those that were posted were very informative, and we highly recommended them for beginners. Want to share your Tips too? We've just opened submissions for August’s Tips of the Month!

Gold Award

  1. Starting with the history of calligraphy, this Tips is full of useful information such as how to prepare a specialized document, the drawing order of each alphabet letter, and techniques on how to finish your piece. With detailed brush settings and supplementary videos, you’ll have everything you need to start with this impressive tutorial.
  2. Using a fantasy character as an example, this tutorial shows each step from rough sketch to finished drawing. Accompanied by in-depth explanations, first time artists will find it especially useful.Another point to note is how it uses decoration brushes, extracting line art, clipping masks, and transformation to draw efficiently.
  3. Just as advertised, this Tips shows how to create a chromatic aberration/glitch effect as shown in the thumbnail in easy-to-follow steps. Even though its a very simple process, it show how to get your desired effect without any mess, making it a great trick to keep in your toolkit.
  4. Using the 3D drawing figure, decoration brushes, and 3D materials, this tutorial shows how Clip Studio Paint’s various functions can be used to design a fantasy costume. The illustration is beautiful as well, and we think this will be good for anyone who wants to design a character from scratch, not just a costume.
  5. Introducing the basic method of how to make objects glow using blending modes, this tutorial has good supplemental content, using animations to show how the finished product looks. If you ever want your work to stand out on SNS posts, etc., this is the Tips for you.
  6. In addition to the actual drawing process, each process in the workflow such as the guideline grid settings and recommended brush setting for lettering are given equal care, making this tutorial very useful no matter where you start reading. The images are in an almost comic book style as well, making it not only an educational tutorial for hand lettering using Clip Studio Paint, but an entertaining one as well.
  7. Out of the many techniques related to costume design, this tutorial focuses on how to create patterns.Not stopping at how to create patterns, it also explains how to apply them naturally to various shapes, making this a must-read reference for any artist.

Silver Award

  1. This Tips shows how to make shining shards that give your art some extra polish. As the effect is a brush, it’s a good introduction to custom brushes as well.
  2. Using an airbrush, this tutorial shows how to create an aura effect for your characters. Not stopping at how to create the effect itself, Hanayosora goes into brushstrokes and how to use transparent colors to fine-tune the effect as well.
  3. Using Clip Studio Paint’s symmetrical ruler, Batwynn shows us how to create magic circles from scratch. From how to draw patterns efficiently to useful tools and their settings, this Tips is easy to follow from beginning to end. The technique is multiple use as well, and can be used to make mandalas, lace, and tattoos in addition to magic circles.
  4. With a beautiful example that showcases the possibilities of ink brushes, this tutorial shows techniques that use brushes with different amounts of water to finish your artwork.
  5. Using the blur filter and multiple colors, the article explains how to create natural lights shining in from clouds. If you want to add a mystical atmosphere to your scene, this is the tutorial for you.
  6. Introducing basic design principles for lettering as well as information about software such as the differences between raster and vector lines, the tutorial is am entertaining read from beginning to end.
  7. The article introduces popular effects such as fire, water, lightning, and rock using only the default tools. With gifs and simple 3-4 steps, the tutorial is easy to understand as well.
  8. Introducing a total of 5 effects including fire and water splashes, mastering these common motifs will allow the reader to expand their range as an artist in no time. Intuitively letting the reader know the next action by including plenty of images throughout the tutorial is a plus as well.

Bronze Award

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Post your tutorial on our theme of the month and share your art knowledge with Clip Studio Paint users all over the world! Each month, we’ll select the best tutorials our users have to offer, giving away up to US$10,000 in prizes! Winning entries will be selected from tutorials covering the chosen themes on Clip Studio Tips, based on various factors such as novelty, range of use, usefulness, and views.

July 2019 themes(July 1 - July 31)
  1. Theme 01

    Effect Techniques #Effect
    Tips and techniques on various effects that liven up your canvas, from raging fires to flowing water, flying sparks, and shining lights.
  2. Theme 02

    Costume Design for Fantasy Characters #CostumeDesign
    Costume designs for original characters. Introduce your advice for using Clip Studio Paint's features and materials (ex. decoration brushes) for costume design.
  3. Theme 03

    Digital Hand Lettering & Line Art #HandLettering
    Techniques on drawing artistic fonts and line art. Share your suggestions for pen settings for fonts and methods for using the unique feel of Indian ink to express art with lines only.