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August 16, 2013
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My process feat. Crash by Strixic My process feat. Crash by Strixic
People have been wanting tutorial thingies from me, and this isn't really a tutorial but it's something. I had the scans from that Crash pic lying around, and I thought I could make a step-by-step process thingy out of them. Here, I just explain the basics of what I do and most of the basics of what a pic involves. I knew at least that I could try to explain what I do, using these progress shots of a picture as an example.

But yeah- it's still not a tutorial. It gives you an idea of what creating a picture like this involves. This is only explaining one thing out of all the stuff I get up to. It's relatively easy to tell you what I do, but there are several things that are much harder to transfer. For example; Colour sense, colour theory, hand motion, methods of applying the ink to the page with hand and finger motion, knowledge of how light and shadows work, how I've developed my style, sketching skills, drawing instincts, idea generation, design, ETC. ETC. Teaching this stuff is very different from just... doing it. And way harder.

I've had five years experience with these pens, specifically with Copic Ciao Markers, and I've spent a lot of that time practicing, experimenting, working out how to achieve or replicate effects or colouring styles, trying new things and so on. Before these five years even, I've been drawing since I was a toddler. I looked at lots of other people's work, I took influence, I took style points, then I branched off and developed my art into the look I wanted it to have and it took years.

I can tell you the basics of how I do things, but I achieved all of this through experimentation and practice, and lots of it. The be all end all of being a good artist is skill, and to build skill you have to practice, practice, practice. 'What' I do in my process is easy to explain. But all of the practical knowledge and skill you need to be able to execute it well is gained with practice.

Also- I forgot to mention that I just use plain printer paper to draw on. And I have about 80 ciao markers to work with. And thirty fine liner colours...

I'm not trying to put you guys off with scary talk, I just really don't want to make the impression that all you need to do is follow these steps and they'll work straight away o3o this is why I'm wary of tutorials.
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Jordie0710 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2013
That explains a lot! Although, I'll never be as good as you though:(
Strixic Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013   Traditional Artist
Don't think that! You can be as good as you want to be as long as you keep practicing.
Jordie0710 Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013
I'll keep that in mind.
Racesolar Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is really useful - thanks for posting it!
But seriously, 5 years? I guess that explains how you colour so well o-o
Strixic Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2013   Traditional Artist

Glad it's useful to you~


Haha, that's the secret! XD

Racesolar Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm glad too :la:

Yes, everything makes sense now :o
Dartzu Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Cool and interesting! I've always admired your coloring style :D
Strixic Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2013   Traditional Artist
Wumpatrix Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's like, an info process tutorial thingie?
Still, this is useful and helpful. I'm a newbe after all, and I can only colour and shade with pencils but not markers, and not very well anyway XD
It's really interesting to see the stages of your work! You're seriously one of the best artists out there. Looking at the progress of one of your creations can be very helpful for a beginner! ^_^
I have tried many times to produce exact copies of people's copic drawings for practice, including yours XD This info thingie can really help me out when it comes to getting the shading right! And yea, I see what you mean, there's way more to it, and everyone is different, we all have our own style because of it. The drawing's fate depends on who you are and how you're feeling. ^_^
And using the grey fineliner for inking?! What a flipping brilliant idea! I may just steal that XD
Strixic Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2013   Traditional Artist

Well, I definitely hope I'm helpful XD

Yeah, everyone's different, everyone has different priorities and tastes with their art.

Feel free to steal, haha. I only whittled it down to that option because I don't want to use black pens for lineart anymore, and most other pens have ink that runs or goes splodgy when you apply marker ink.

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