17th round

September 2020

Tips of the Month

Thank you for your posts!

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

This month's themes were "How to draw delicious-looking food," "Production & finishing techniques using Tonal correction layers," and "Humanoid robot design." The most posted theme was "How to draw delicious food" in which we saw a lot of ramen and cake-themed tutorials. We highly recommend these if you are looking to draw soup, noodles, cream or fruit. We also saw many Tips for "Production & finishing techniques using Tonal correction layers" which is essential for advanced digital illustrators and for upgrading regular illustrations. As for "Humanoid robot design," many Tips introduced the concept of robot design and how to paint metal. Submissions for the next Tips of the Month have already started! We’re looking forward to your entries!

Video Award

  1. This is a comprehensive introduction to tonal correction layers. The articles and videos are set up in chapters so you can check out just the individual layers if you want. This article is highly commended for not only explaining the features but also for its beautiful illustrations that show you exactly how to use the software.
  2. Clip Studio Paint's various tonal correction layers are used and explained in a single, easy-to-understand video. Let's take a look at how to use this color correction feature and see how you can dramatically change the look of your color illustrations!

Gold Award

  1. To help you draw delicious-looking food, this tutorial considers the food and the dishes and luncheon mat that come with it. The color and arrangement explanations to make food appear appetizing are useful for both illustration and photography.
  2. Here is a tutorial that shows you how to draw bread and cake. It explains in detail which colors and brushes are used for lighting and shading, the secret to drawing appetizing food! The fragrant bread and the fresh fruit in the examples are sure to inspire you to draw food in your own work!

Silver Award

  1. What exactly can you do with Clip Studio Paint's tonal correction layers, and how do you use them correctly? This Tips answers these questions and more! Each function is explained with accompanying images. It is a very easy to understand and very well made tutorial.
  2. This tutorial shows you how to use tonal correction layers to change an existing piece's atmosphere to morning or night. You'll discover how to expand your range of expression with opacity and blending modes. This author is excellent at making us want to test out their methods!
  3. Using a thickly painted style illustration as an example, this Tips provides a comprehensive overview of each tonal correction layer's effects and uses. It also includes an easy-to-understand video explanation, so you can learn the content while watching the video.
  4. Here's a Tips that shows you the effects of using tonal correction layers to finish your illustrations, using GIFs to illustrate their effects in an easy-to-understand way. The finishing touches combined with the animation feature were especially eye-catching, and we highly recommend the included 10-minute video.
  5. This is a tutorial of several retro-looking humanoid robot drawings. It introduces both humanoid and chibi versions. The brushes and textures used in the Tips are explained in detail so you can follow along with the video and draw your own humanoid robot.
  6. Have you ever wondered what to look for when considering a color scheme or using tonal correction layers? If that's the case, we recommend this tutorial for its knowledge about color. It's full of content that is especially useful in digital drawing, where you can change colors infinitely.
  7. Check out this tutorial on drawing ramen noodles, curry rice, and tri-colored mochi in an anime style. It has easy to understand techniques for preparing delicious dishes. It also includes a must-see cute game style instruction video!
  8. Here's a tutorial on how to draw a cute humanoid robot that you should watch along with its included video. It shows you how to match robotic parts, how to paint metal, and add lighting effects. Try this out on one of your own characters and turn them into a robot.
  9. The tricks to make a humanoid robot a convincing design are explained in this article in an easy to understand way. Furthermore, we like that they recommended various gradient map materials from Clip Studio Assets that can be used for the final coloring process.
  10. This Tips shows how to draw ramen noodles in a watercolor style. Although the tableware utilizes rulers and vector layers, the illustration's overall effect has a wonderfully warm, hand-drawn look. The author also introduces the brushes used for the illustration, which we found helpful.
  11. This tutorial explains how to draw a humanoid robot using a symmetrical ruler that allows you to draw symmetrically and a perspective ruler that is useful when creating a sense of scale. The emphasis on how to present the robot caught our attention as it is a useful reference for drawing illustrations of robots.
  12. This tutorial shows the creation of a robot from sketch to vector line art, painting, and adding texture. Its content doesn't end here, however. It finishes with the author showing us how to create a brush of the finished robot arm and then animate it to stretch out and back across the image. Simply amazing!

Bronze Award

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