tutorial: hey amika how did you get that texture


ok a  bunch of people have asked me about my colours ive been posting lately and i think trade secrets are dumb and not hiding tricks up your sleeve keeps you on your toes. but yeah my textures are super easy, i consider it post processing.

- i’m using photoshop CC 2014 but im pretty sure you can do this with your version of photoshop. i’ve also had some people yell at me on twitter when i insinuate the GIMP isn’t a comparable program (unfortunately!) and insist that you can do anything in the GIMP that you can in photoshop, so, there you go.

- i’m doing this on a 300dpi image & you might want to mess around with some of these numbers if you’re working smaller than that.

Step 1: i colour my image. most of my shading happens in ink or not at all so my colouring is basically just flats & sometimes coloured lines. i only do shadow when i feel like i need to.


Step 2: i make a new layer on top of everything and fill it with any colour. then filter > noise > add noise, set it to 100%. i do uniform colour noise because i like the shimmery chromatic undertones but do w/e suits your purposes.


Then I set the noise layer to overlay or soft light at 20-50% but again just mess around til it suits your need.

Step 3: select the whole image, copy the whole thing however you do to a new document (i just use whatever hotkeys it says under edit>copy merged on your computer, its diff for mac and pc).

in the new document, i will usually image>adjustments>black & white and just tweak the sliders until the emphasis is where i want it to be. you can skip this if you don’t care.


then i image>mode>Grayscale, flatten/throw out whatever colour info, then image>mode>Bitmap which will now be activated. The output should match your main document dpi, the method should be “Halftone Screen…” with the ominous ellipse.

Once you hit ok it’ll open another window. I use a frequency of 25 lpi at a 45 degree angle (the angle black plates are set to in offset printing, it creates halftone dots at a 45 degree angle which pleases me). i like a round shape. If you lower the lpi you’ll get bigger dots.


Then I copy it back to the original document and set it to overlay or soft light and adjust the opacity as necessary.


For the subtle chromatic aberration effect, I copy the page into a new CYMK document, go to the channels tab in the layers with the move tool and just nudge the cyan and magenta channels slightly out of place with my arrow keys. you might want to image>canvas size and add a little onto the edges since nudging the channels will mess up the edges, then just crop it back off. 


* oh yeah, halftones tend to mess up on computer screens if you scale them down, so make sure if you do scale down the DPI you do it by halves, eg 300dpi can be scaled down to 150 or 75 — i recommend 75 for showing on a computer screen. i also recommend resampling via bicubic (smooth gradients) rather than what photoshop does automatically/bicubic sharper.

secret step 4: experiment until it looks different enough from mine that nobody will ever know.

congratulations!!! you did it!!! good job!!! enjoy being disillusioned upon realizing im not actually as good at colouring as i act.

im bad at tutorials so hmu on here or twitter if you have questions




Rotatable 3D models for artists

Includes torso, head, foot, and various hand poses - select from menu on the right!

Hahaha—reblog comic about having trouble drawing hands, follow up by reblogging 3d rotatable resources for people who have trouble drawing hands.


hello!! just wanted to let you know that wow your art rules-- can i ask you questions? ;u; do you use photoshop or sai? and if it's photoshop do you have links for any cool brushes for drawing? aNYWAY STAY RAD AND DON'T STOP DRAWING PLS


ahh thank you!!! i use both photoshop and sai

the brushes i use are the default ones in cs5 and also some of these

also here are my sai brush settings 


hope this helps!




Dan Fessler’s HD Index Painting Technique let’s you paint pixel art in Photoshop in a non-destructive manner, and lets you use pretty much every tool in a perfectly pixel-gradient fashion!

The article gives you everything you need to try it out for yourself.It’s easy to set up and use, and the results are so fucking cool.

pixel artists everywhere dying just so they can roll in their graves


Quick Color Theory Tutorial

artist tips



don’t save as jpeg

as a former yearbook editor and designer, let me explain this further

if youre only planning on posting your art online, them please save it as .png ;this is also better for transparencies as well


please, if youre planning of printing your art, NEVER use png. it makes the quality of the image pretty shitty. use jpeg or pdf instead. and always set your work at 300dpi to get a better printing quality - this means, the images are crisper and sharper and theres no slight blurriness. i had a talk with my friend who is currently taking design, and pdf is much better to use when youre working with a bigger publishing company because it still has the layers intact, but if youre only planning on printing your stuff at staples or at some small publishing store, the jpeg is the way to go.

this has been a public service announcement


After 6 years of using this program I finally figured this out, so I decided to share the technique. IDK, it sure beats the “Use brush with no pen pressure to make a dot” type of thing.

The use of the vector layer comes with other nifty things like:

  • No decrease in quality while transforming
  • No 500px size limit
  • Playing with line thickness and distortion

So, I hope this comes in handy to a few of you!

You can make a Hexagon by using the Line Tool instead and turning the canvas 4 times each click. I’m sure you can do other things, but I haven’t figured those out yet.


I tried out some nice settings for watercolor on pixiv and changed the settings a bit - have fuun


I tried out some nice settings for watercolor on pixiv and changed the settings a bit - have fuun


hi! so i recently reached 1k followers and i’m super happy about it! to celebrate, i though i would make a few masterposts for y’all. I might make a tumblr-related one later, too. anyways, i hope you like this one, and all of the links open in new tabs!
the psychology of color
how to mix skin tones
color harmony
a ton of colour palettes
how to contour/highlight
colour meanings
how to colour
how to draw…
how to draw hoods
how to draw boobs in shirts
how to draw hair
how to draw faces
another face tutorial
how to draw hands
how to draw mouths
how to draw expressions
more expressions
cargsdoodle’s body tutorial
how to draw arms
how to avoid same facing
how to draw clothing folds
drawing references
hairstyle references
eye references
a ton of clothing references
ear references
kneeling/sitting references
kissing references
adobe creative suite 2 free download
sai brush downloads
sai brushes
alternative to photoshop
photoshop for free
mypaint drawing program
a ton of free art programs
pixel art: a beginner’s guide
an AWESOME tutorial masterpost
my art tag
glitch effect tutorial