January 2020

Tips of the Month

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Out of the Tips posted between January 7, 2020 to February 3, 2020, the writers of the following will be rewarded a cash prize or GOLD!

The themes for this period were “How to draw eyes”, “How to use decoration brushes”, and “Loop animations.” For the “eyes” theme, we saw tutorials on how to draw eyes in all sorts of styles, whether anime or realistic. Many tutorials also explained the anatomy of the eye as a solid foundation for drawing expressive characters. For the “decoration brushes” theme, tutorials offered tips on using these tools in comics and illustration, with advice on creating custom decoration brushes. In the “loop animations” theme, tutorials showed ways to make the most of the 24-frame limit for impressive animations that seem much more than 24 frames! We also noticed an increase in tutorials featuring animated GIFs and YouTube videos. Submissions for the next Tips of the Month have already started! We’re looking forward to seeing your entries!

Gold Award

  1. This tutorial clearly explains how to draw different styles of eyes, ranging from realistic to a highly stylized anime style. Featuring not only explanations but also advice for finding your own style of drawing eyes, it’s a great read for any beginner character artist.
  2. The first half of this tutorial covers the foundations of drawing eyes, from anatomy to highlight placement. The second half provides a step-by-step demonstration of painting an eye, complete with helpful animated GIFs. With advice on both realistic and cartoon-style eyes, it’s packed with useful information from start to finish!
  3. This tutorial offers great tips on animation with keyframes, so you can split between hand-drawing each frame or motion-tweening. The novel idea of using simple keyframed shapes as guides is a great technique for creating smooth animation!
  4. This tutorial explains how to make an adorable looped animation that catches your attention over and over. It explains clearly how to connect the movements of four cats and loop each animation so that the overall effect feels much more complex than just 24 frames.

Silver Award

  1. This tutorial for advanced users shows how to animate magical effects like a rotating clock and glowing flame. With unusual yet helpful techniques, it will have you wanting to try out keyframes yourself!
  2. A tutorial explaining how to draw Japanese manga-style eyes. As well as a step-by-step demonstration of drawing an eye, it offers interesting ideas on using shape psychology to express your characters’ traits in their eye shape.
  3. This tutorial explains the fundamentals of frame-by-frame animation, with tips for expressing movement in a limited number of frames. You’ll be eager to see what kind of animations you can make with just three or five frames.
  4. This course gives a detailed explanation of drawing realistic male eyes. It includes tips on the types of brush to use, choosing colors, and the main points to focus on at each stage of drawing an eye.
  5. Look here for advice on using decoration brushes for black-and-white comic backgrounds. It covers advice on choosing the right decoration brushes for black-and-white comic backgrounds.
  6. This tutorial shows how to use decoration brushes to create an intricate design for a kimono. By combining a mixture of downloaded and custom brushes, author Guisha creates a unique, manga style illustration.
  7. This beautifully illustrated tutorial explains how to design the shape of the eyes for your character depending on their age, gender, and personality, as well as tips on drawing expressive eyes.
  8. This tutorial covers realistic and anime-style eyes, including details on brush types and the direction of the brush. By including tips on painting the space between the eyes, it’s a useful reference for life-like, three-dimensional painting.
  9. This tutorial uses the example of a paper doll fluttering in the wind to explain the basics of frame-by-frame animation from onion skinning to keyframing. This is an excellent resource for beginner animators and sure to inspire you!
  10. This course shows how to make the most of Clip Studio Paint to create an animated pixel sprite for games. It includes useful explanations on using the dot pen for pixel art, as well as how to animate video game sprites. If you’ve ever wanted to create your own pixel sprites, this is for you!
  11. This lesson will show you how to create your own decoration brushes from your drawings by customizing default brushes. It’s a great tutorial for beginners who want to step into creating custom brushes.
  12. A tutorial on how to draw expressive, semi-realistic eyes. As well as clearly explaining the parts, placement, and angles of the eye, it includes a bonus step-by-step on painting a crying effect.

Bronze Award

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Submit your "TIPS of the Month" and earn a reward!

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.

Themes for the 9th round (Jan. 7, 2020 - Feb. 3, 2020 10:00 JST)
  1. Theme 01

    Eyes #Drawingeyes
    Everybody knows eyes are the window to the soul, but chances are nobody told you how hard making the window would be! Share your TIPS on how to get the shape and structure just right, how to add highlights or anything that comes to mind using Clip Studio Paint!
  2. Theme 02

    Decoration brushes #DecorationBrush
    Decoration brushes can add all sorts of fun effects or complex details to your backgrounds in seconds. Share how you make your custom decoration brushes, how you used them in your art, etc.!
  3. Theme 03

    Looping animations #LoopingAnimation
    Did you know while limited to 24 frames, you can use Clip Studio Paint PRO to animate? If you did, show how you take advantage of all 24 frames to create looping animations! (Content of submitted TIPS must also apply to Clip Studio Paint PRO)