November 2021

Tips of the Month

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Out of the Tips posted between November 1 - 30, 2021, the writers of the following will be rewarded a cash prize or GOLD!

The themes for the 31st round were How to draw Dragons, Blurring with Filters and Tools, and Chalk and Pastel-style Art. How to draw Dragons saw excellent resources covering various dragon types and wing structure. Blurring with Filters and Tools had many Tips that show how to kick up your illustration up a notch with blur effects, as well as useful ways to make use of the Radial and Motion blurs in comics. Finally, Chalk and Pastel-style Art received a lot of traditional-styled illustrations that conveyed a sense of warmth. We are currently accepting submissions for April's themes and looking forward to your posts!

Video Award

  1. This video Tips explains in an easy-to-understand manner, with simple examples and concise explanations on how to use blur to improve your illustrations. It’s only seven minutes long, so if you’re looking for a good way to add a simple finishing touch to your illustrations, this is the one to watch.
  2. This video shows you how to use the blur filter effectively in a black-and-white manga project. It shows you practical, easy-to-implement techniques that will add an extra punch to any action scene and little manga-style effects that you’ll want to try out right away. Because it shows you how versatile blur filters can be, this is a good tutorial to learn all the ways that the blur tool can be used.

Gold Award

  1. Using panels as examples, this tutorial explains how to use blur filters on color comics. The example images look like proper comic frames, and the advice is to the point, which we always rate highly. The video is also a good watch, so don’t miss it!

Silver Award

  1. See how to make delicious-looking textured food in this video. Tips on how to set up your layers, as well as what brushes and colors to use, are all covered. You can also follow along with the brush strokes in the video, so be sure to watch the video and follow the written guide at the same time!
  2. This Tips focuses on making use of materials from Clip Studio ASSETS to give dragon scales a sense of realism, as well as show how to draw the legs, wings, and heads to make them look real enough to fly off the page. If you want to draw convincing-looking dragons, you’ll definitely want to check this out!
  3. Combine crayons, pastels, and charcoal brushes with handy features like blending tools and gradient maps to create traditional-looking illustrations with this guide. It doesn’t just explain the steps of how to create an illustration but goes deep into the techniques as well. If you are new to pastels, this is a must-read!
  4. This Tips helps you to structure your own dragon by comparing human and dragon skeletons and showing how dragon skeletons look from various angles. The part where they compared human and dragon poses made us laugh. There were plenty of diagrams to go with the text, making it a fully enjoyable read from start to end!
  5. When your finished illustration doesn't look quite right, that’s when it’s time to switch up the atmosphere of your work with your secret weapon, blur tools! In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to use a variety of techniques to add finishing touches to your illustrations. With a little practice, these techniques will definitely give your work that extra oomph, so be sure to read up on them here!
  6. The former half of this guide walks you through the blur feature and its functions, while the latter half shows you how to apply it to your projects to make them really pop. All of these techniques can be used on works you’ve already finished, so give them a go and see what you think!

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.