July 2020

Tips of the Month

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Out of the Tips posted between July 1 to July 31, 2020, the writers of the following will be rewarded a cash prize or GOLD!

The themes this time were "Techniques for Using Rulers & Special Rulers," "Transparent Art," and "Fantasy Races." The Rulers category included many examples of the use of special rulers, such as how to make magic circles and comic effect lines. How to Draw Transparent Objects saw not only the fundamentals of transparency but also the basics of reflection and refraction, which were quite illuminating. Fantasy Races introduced many helpful tips which showed us how to create unique characters from a variety of perspectives and ideas. Submissions for the next Tips of the Month have already started! We’re looking forward to your entries!

Video Award

  1. This is a must for anyone who wants to create an animation taking place on a beach! In addition to the basic explanation on how to express transparency, using the features of Clip Studio Paint it explains how anyone can create animation of a natural-looking wave.
  2. Using a simple example of a crystal ball, this tips explains a basic method for drawing a transparent texture along with details on the reflection and refraction of light. As the video progresses, drawings of practical applications are combined, such as the expression of a glass jar and fish reflected from the water surface—a very enjoyable video to watch.
  3. Using a two-page horror comic, this tutorial teaches you how to use eight different types of rulers. It was great to see the effective usage tips of each ruler. Even if you're not a horror fan, this video and tutorial are absolutely worth a check.

Gold Award

  1. This tips introduces the concept of half-animal, half-human fantasy characters, how to combine them, and how to make them unique using 3D drawing figures. This is an exciting tutorial to read, with lots of character creation tips for mermaids, demons, werewolves, and more.
  2. Learn how to draw a variety of fantasy races with this tips. It summarizes the characteristics of each race, effective composition, and other things to consider before drawing a fantasy race. The author's own design ideas and the tools they use are also explained. We found this a very interesting read.

Silver Award

  1. This tutorial explains in detail how to draw three kinds of transparencies: a foggy landscape, a window, and a crystal. Each of the motifs were explained in a way that was very easy to mimic, with videos showing the process.
  2. Learn how to draw a magic circle with the special ruler/symmetrical ruler. You'll learn in detail how to make various magic circle patterns, from basic to advanced. A magic circle with a luminescent effect is a motif you'll want to use at least once in your work!
  3. This is a tutorial on designing a creature that combines a shrimp and a human. It carefully explains the process of observing the shrimp in separate parts and reflecting them onto a human. The great thing about observing the subject properly is that the character is simplified yet realistic.
  4. Here you'll find the features of the various ruler tools in Clip Studio Paint are comprehensively introduced along with examples of comic creations. This is a wonderful tutorial where you can learn at a glance how and when to use each ruler tool.
  5. This tutorial shows you how to draw a character that is a cross between a human and a wolf. I thought that the way the brush strokes were used to create the luxurious fur and the way the layers were finished using the blending modes were techniques that can be used in any work.
  6. This Tip shows how to create transparency, using water reflections, the lenses of glasses, and a glass potion bottle as examples. It starts with an explanation of basic reflection and refraction, and then proceeds to use it the examples. It also introduces the tools used and a simple layer structure.
  7. This tutorial is designed to help you learn how to draw a glass bottle with a character inside it. The explanations themselves are very thorough, and the included video ensures that the instructions are easy to follow.
  8. This well-organized Tip explains how to create a fantasy race, focusing on features you find on animals, insects, and birds such as the ears, horns, feet, claws, etc. You'll find yourself wanting to transform your usual characters a bit when you're done!
  9. This is a Tip for drawing the gods, Garuda and Kinnarah from Indian culture based on the bird motifs. The bird and the human body are analyzed anatomically to then create in the form of the gods. It also introduces the process of establishing an image using 3D materials in order to draw the parts of the bird. The illustrations here are wonderful.
  10. This tutorial makes you want to make cool circuit-like motifs as in the examples! It uses a plethora of images to explain how to combine the Straight Line and Ruler tools to create electrical circuit patterns that can be used for text and decorations.
  11. This is a tutorial of a fantasy character drawing. The entire creation process, from concept to finish, was explained in detail in an easy to understand video and article. It also shows an impressive use of a glowing magic circle to finish the entire illustration.

Bronze Award

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