18 10 / 2014
I know I’ve been basically acting as a clown with a sign outside the Manga Studio shop, but I do realize that some people are just too used to other programs to change now. And that’s fine, if you actually work better with it. But part of the reason I went over to Manga Studio, when I’ve tried Photoshop, SAI, Gimp, FireAlpaca, Sketchbook Pro, and Corel Painter… is because of the exceptional stabilizers and penstroke guides that let you make distinctive shapes, draw easily in perspective, and make it all look highly organic and professional.
Well… for those of you who want to stick with your other art programs… There is Lazy Nezumi Pro.
I do not use it. But that’s only because I feel that Manga Studio can already do all this stuff. But I am exceedingly impressed with what LNP has created. They’ve created a program that brings stabilizers, perspective guides, pressure sensitivity editing, and much more to programs that don’t normally have them.
I will just let the images speak for themselves:
This is the exact reason I have strayed from Photoshop. Because of the lack of ARTIST tools, and the profound lack of stability.
Well, here it is. They fixed it. And it works with other programs too.
So… yeah. If you aren’t interested in Manga Studio, but you still want to improve your digital penstrokes, definitely check out the demo.
I’ve been using this nearly constantly since I got it. It’s amazing~
OK I was super skeptical about this since I’m really comfortable going back and forth between SAI and photoshop, but this really is super simple, and the extra tools like the perspective and straight line and all that stuff is SO FREAKING COOL and intuitive. I’m still going to use SAI for inking and stuff but for painting an backgrounds and all the precision stuff, this thing is really awesome. Try this out!
17 10 / 2014
Anonymous said: Do you have any tips or tricks for drawing dragon wings in any folded/half foldes pose? I find the wing skin folds to be the most difficult thing when drawing dragons, they usually cover up half the image and just look wonky when I try ;w;
Alright, you’re about to see some diagrams that are not 100% biologically accurate but hopefully they’ll illustrate my points. Also, most of this I am basing on bat wings because that’s the closest real life reference we have to dragon wings.
First let’s talk about what’s going on with the edges of the wing membrane. The whole membrane is like one giant stretchy piece of spandex. When all the digits are extended the membrane gets stretched taught, but when the wing relaxes the membrane retracts into itself. What does this look like?
The edges pull inward, like this.
What they don’t do is fold up like a piece of fabric.
The very edge of the membrane often has a tiny ridge. This is caused by the folding of the skin, as well bundles of elastin fibers that we won’t get into right now! On occasion there will be some wrinkles, but they are generally on the membranes themselves and don’t present themselves much along the edge.
Check out these wrinkles here. The pink arrow shows a pretty “large” wrinkle, which is present on the plagiopatagium (membrane between the body and the last digit of the wing hand.) This is a very large piece of skin, so if there are going to be any large wrinkles they will be here! But even still, it’s not nearly as extreme as the floppy “fabric” example I drew above.
Here you can see more wrinkles on the wing surface that don’t really express along the edge nearly as much as you might expect. All things considered, they’re pretty subdued!
This wing is half-folded and it still just looks like big smooth shapes. They have to get pretty darn folded before wrinkles start happening. Until then, the edges of the wings are just gentle curved lines. Nothing to worry about!
As for poses, remember that a dragon wing is just like your arm. It has a shoulder, an elbow, a hand, and fingers. They are just really elongated versions of each. Just like on your hand, the fingers are flexible and can bend at the joints. Here are three quick steps for drawing crazy wing poses:
1. Sketch out the arm and finger parts.
2. Draw a deeply curved line to represent the edge of the wing membrane (blue.) Also draw curved lines between each pair of knuckles (pink.) This will help you see where that membrane is going.
3. Erase the parts that are invisible from the viewer’s angle.
This was kind of just a fast overview. I hope it answered your question, and if it didn’t, shoot me another note and I’ll try to be more thorough!
16 10 / 2014
nidotortle said:tips on drawing from different perspectives or trying to draw specific poses? I need help pls ;-;
when it comes to specific poses I try to first draw the most basic shapes and movement lines and then gradually go into more and more details, like so:
if you have difficulties with perspective, try drawing a perspective grid first:
it’s nothing different than tips from other artists, but I hope it helped a little ;u;