April 2020

Tips of the Month

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Out of the Tips posted between April 1, 2020 to April 30, 2020, the writers of the following will be rewarded a cash prize or GOLD!

This time the themes were "Design with text," "Shadowing Techniques," and "How to draw emoticons." In the design with text category, we saw how to add textures, hand-drawing, and transformations to the text to create originality. In Shadowing Techniques, we saw tutorials covering basic shading concepts and efficient shading techniques using Clip Studio Paint. In "How to draw emoticons," we saw how to make small images appealing, how to export images, and how to make image variations. Submissions for the next Tips of the Month have already started! We’re looking forward to your entries!

Video Award

  1. This educational tutorial introduces a simple silhouette blocking and shadowing technique using the Lasso sub-tool and a tonal correction layer. The creator carefully explains the method step by step and shows when and how it can be of use.
  2. This intro video tutorial on shading explains the key points of expressing light and shadow in character illustration. The author discusses the advantages of digital art and pulls from their experience to teach us how to create depth in a fun way.
  3. This video explains how to draw emoticons/emotes within a square shape. It features how to create emotes for Twitch, but the method of turning a large illustration into an emote can also be used for other web services. It also includes tips on how to keep scaled-down emotes looking clean while paying close attention to their details.
  4. Here we find two types of basic shading techniques presented in an easy to understand format: one about casting shadow on characters and the other about adding depth to landscapes. Both introduce shadowing by blocking out solid shapes and using different shades of color to fill them. Furthermore, this tutorial also shows how using Clip Studio Paint features, such as layer masks and brush customization, can vastly improve our workflow.

Gold Award

  1. This tutorial introduces how to give a hand-drawn look to a title using three different comic covers as examples. Much to our delight, each example also reviews a new technique to use with the [Text] tool, such as using Mesh transformation and borders to create a unique hand-drawn title.
  2. This tutorial introduces how to make use of brushes and textures to give a paper-like effect to text created with the [Text] tool. Additionally, it also presents a wealth of examples of how to use many of Clip Studio Paint's functions. Try your hand at creating a traditional looking design in Clip Studio Paint with this guide.

Silver Award

  1. Check out this eye-catching tutorial on how to make superhero comic-like shading with masks. You'll be creating stylish shading in no time, using only shadow and light, two layers, and a layer mask. If you'd like to draw illustrations like the one shown in the example, we recommend using this tutorial as a reference.
  2. Let's learn how to add stunning shadows to hair in illustrations! This is a good tutorial for beginners, as the materials and functions used are explained in detail and are easy to follow along. In particular, we found the artist's use of watercolor settings highly unique, expressing texture and color in a way that made us want to try it out for ourselves!
  3. This tutorial presents basic shading instruction using shapes anime style characters. In particular, the wire-framing technique used to draw the planes of the characters body is especially helpful to see where to lay in the light and shadows. Check it out and see how it can improve your illustrations.
  4. Express yourself with original emoticons on Twitch, LINE, MIXER, etc. This tutorial gives step-by-step instructions on how to create emoticons for various platforms, in various sizes, showing many types of emotions. Even if you aren't confident in drawing, with this guide, you'll be drawing your own in no time!
  5. This tutorial is geared towards Webtoon creators and shows how to make shortcuts when creating shadows. It reviews the basics of shadowing color and shows some time-saving techniques when putting together a Webtoon comic page. We highly recommend referring to it when trying your hand at creating your own Webtoon comic.
  6. Here's a video tutorial for shading an anime-style character illustration. In addition to basic instructions on how to choose colors and apply shadows, it also takes you through the brushes available on Clip Studio Assets. This video shows how layering and detailed painting techniques can be quite effective when viewed all together.
  7. This tutorial is packed with techniques for making a series of stickers/stamps. You will learn how to use 3D figures to create multiple versions of a single character and how to vary facial expressions. Furthermore, this tutorial also shows how to make stickers in many other applications other than Clip Studio Paint.
  8. Animate your emotion! This tutorial is full of animated gifs and videos that show how to make animated emoticons in an easy to understand way. You will learn animation basics, the animation workflow process, and how to use the essential animation features of Clip Studio Paint to create animated icons. Let's make our own cute, expressive icons, just like the wolf in the example!
  9. Check out this tutorial to learn more about light sources. It starts with basic shapes and also covers how to shade animal fur and illustrated characters. However, what makes this tutorial unique is its impressive use of photography on real objects and people in multiple directions with alternating light sources to show how light and shadow are cast. These will be of great value as a reference when thinking about light and shadow.

Bronze Award

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