August, 2020

Tips of the Month

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

This month's themes are Auto Action Settings & Usage Suggestions, How to Draw the Sky, and Retro Design. The most posted theme was How to Draw the Sky. Although the way the sky is drawn tends to be similar, we selected the videos/articles that stood out with the most creative explanations. As for Auto Action Settings & Usage Suggestions, we've gathered a collection of Tips for ideas on how to save on work production time. In Retro Design, we saw the innovative use of texture and color to make something new appear old. Submissions for the next Tips of the Month have already started! We’re looking forward to your entries!

Video Award

  1. The video explains how to turn a task that is repeated over and over into an auto-action in an easy to understand manner. Even though this is a short video, it is informative and includes a good overview of the features and how to operate them. Watch this one and give the handy auto-action feature a try!
  2. This eight-minute video Tips teaches how to paint the sky. It explains how the color of the clouds and the landscape can change depending on the time of day and the light's direction. It also discusses how the shape of the clouds and appearance of the night sky change with the weather. It's an excellent reference for drawing various skyscapes.
  3. This is a tutorial for creating pixel art animation in the style of a retro video game, and it makes you feel nostalgic just by looking at it! Not only is the tutorial itself excellent, but the artwork itself is so good we wanted to give it an award! The awkward movement of the animation fits in perfectly.

Gold Award

  1. Learn how to create a vintage style with beautiful illustrations with this Tips! It uses Clip Studio Paint to create and finish a work with a retro atmosphere. The explanation for each step of the process is thorough and allows you to follow the screenshots and create a similar result.
  2. This tutorial covers a unique technique that makes your work look vintage by using a multi-color halftone brush in the primary colors (RYB) which were used in print until the 1980s and color fills. It also shows how to create a plate shift effect, which is a must-see if you want to create a retro look!

Silver Award

  1. This tutorial shows how to create a typical retro neon style design from the 80s. The instructions use animate gifs so you can easily follow along, and it also includes useful Asset materials to make it easy for anyone to create a neon style design.
  2. This is a practical tutorial that shows how to add a sky in the background and how to apply that light change to any characters in the image. We were particularly impressed with the clear, easy-to-understand illustrations on how to use blending modes to achieve this.
  3. This Tips teaches you how to use basic auto-actions that help you reduce your work time. It shows you how to create an auto-action and then use the command bar and shortcut keys to make it easier to execute. You can also watch the video included to understand the process better.
  4. This video tutorial has selected seven of the most practical auto-actions and shows you how to use them. You're sure to find techniques here that you can incorporate into your everyday work. Assign them to the Quick Access panel to get even more use out of them!
  5. This is a unique tutorial on how to create your own retro poster style artwork. The course uses photographs to explain the process, but the way it creates texture using art materials and everyday objects was of great reference for all kinds of artwork!
  6. This Tips introduces how to paint various skies. It lists the colors used for each example making it a practical color palette reference for drawing the sky. We were especially impressed by the unique application of multiple skies to a koi goldfish illustration.
  7. This Tips shows how to use basic, useful auto-actions. Among the techniques introduced, the one that caught our eye was an EX exclusive auto-action that batch processes multiple illustrations, extracting their line art. If you're working on a comic or other multi-page work, this is sure to help your workflow.
  8. This video tutorial challenges you to use auto-actions to create more advanced selections. The author explains how to make clean selections of complex, intricate shapes using the their original auto-action material.
  9. This Tip on how to draw the sky makes full use of Clip Studio Paint features. Examples include expressing time using gradient maps and the sunshine with the Saturated line tool. It also introduces the process of creating an animation from the sky that you have drawn. We enjoyed reading this article because it made us feel like we could create multiple kinds of works.
  10. This is a tutorial of a retro poster ad for home electronics. What caught our attention was that the goal was to create a retro look while painting the image rather than through image processing techniques. It covers many fun and interesting methods, such as composition, motif selection, production, and painting techniques.

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.