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King o' the Cats

My name is Nilah and this is my tumblrrr. Posts and reblogs may or may not include topics pertaining to animation, film, comics (webcomics in particular), anime, art inspiration, Game of Thrones, feminism, diversity, Parks and Recreation, and cute animals doing funny things.

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Posts tagged tutorial

Oct 14 '14


I focus on the basic shapes first, and I find sharp lines best for this (don’t be afraid to exaggerate), like so:



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Oct 2 '14



i like necks a lot yeh lets talk about necks!!! u gotta know what’s going on in there to draw necks, here’s a fairly simple run down.

Also a lot (most all) of my anatomy knowledge comes from taking Scott Eaton’s anatomy for artists course.  If you have a chance/money to take it, it’s really great.  

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Sep 12 '14




… AND THAT IS THE WAY I MAKE FIRE! Simple and messy “how to gry”.
I will add quick smoke tutorial / step by step too Just wait. \o/

EDIT: Sorry for small images >8C I am not good with tumblr image sizes and I have never understood them. But by copying the image URL you can see bigger sized images!

art resources, fire

Awesome! thanks grypwolf

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Sep 5 '14


Had a little discussion with polyleisle about blacked out shadows and etc.

I thought I might share my thoughts on it.

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Jul 25 '14



Here’s a little window into the colors as they develop!  Sadly I didn’t save any WIP versions of the rendering process.  I’ll try to remember that next time.

Because this piece was so unobvious I decided to flat out the overall shapes before I sent it out to my flatter Chris Canibano, so he could refine it all.  So the first image is me, the second is him.  I had him color hold a few things too…very important that the linework could be separated.  The third is what I did to adjust the flats to the color scheme I had in my head.

The fourth image is a huuuge jump, but yeah, I did my rendering, which involves a shading layer, some gradients, and some dodge tool highlights.  And I also, as you see, changed the background scheme a lot.  I wanted the background to look like the sun’s rays, but it needed to be dark enough for all the bright things to pop!  When I play around with color scheme, I select a few of the colors and mess with hue/saturation and slide the hue around to see if I get any ideas.  I also use the color mixer to sort of unify the colors…group them together, so to speak.  Picking colors is probably the most time-consuming part of coloring, and I don’t think I’m alone in this.

The last image is the final one; Here you can see what a difference all those effects make!  We’ve got glowing effects as well as a texture applied.  I don’t normally use textures on Rocket Girl…but again, I wanted this to seem like a depiction of buildings, not real buildings, so it was important to group and flatten everything to give it that effect.  I made the texture in Painter 9 with their watercolor brushes—I used this technique waaaaaay back when with that very first Madame Xanadu cover.  (I’ve tried the new Painter’s watercolors and it’s not nearly as good.  Thank goodness I still have an old computer with the program on it!)

Amy Reeder knocks it out of the park. Again. 

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Jul 18 '14



Tutorial: Choosing Interesting Colors by PurpleKecleon

Watch Mel Herring’s (PurpleKecleon) full tutorial on choosing interesting colors HERE. She takes you through her entire process of this piece while talking about how to choose colors to create harmony in your piece!

Hey guys! Here’s the art I did for that tutorial finally posted!

It was a lot of fun, thanks CGcookie for the chance to make something to help others out!

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Jul 12 '14


How to draw folds

Notes on how to draw folds back when I was teaching manga classes back in 2006. From the book “Drawing people” by Barbara Bradley.

This book has a very detailed description of 6 types of commonly seen folds and I think is one of the most educational resource on how to draw folds(Besides Vilppu and Bridgeman).



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Jun 13 '14

Tuesday Tips - TEETH!Always a good tool to have in your “drawing arsenal”. In general, less is more. The less you pay attention to the individual teeth, the better. But, sometimes, a certain character or situation will call upon your knowledge of the pearly whites.-Norm


Tuesday Tips - TEETH!

Always a good tool to have in your “drawing arsenal”. In general, less is more. The less you pay attention to the individual teeth, the better. But, sometimes, a certain character or situation will call upon your knowledge of the pearly whites.


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Jun 11 '14



i think ppl should draw smooches more because basically if you can draw a heart you can draw a KISSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS

i mean these are simple smooch poses but… they are so fun 2 do *_*



(Source: elactobuddy)

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Jun 9 '14

why you should make a webcomic and why you can make a webcomic


why should you make a webcomic?

  1. it’s regular drawing practice
  2. you get to draw and develop the universe your OCs live in
  3. you could draw your OCs making out with context
  4. see number 3

how can you make a webcomic?

  1. make a new tumblr
  2. install this theme
  3. post comics as you would on any other tumblr they show up on their own webcomic site

what if nobody sees my webcomic :(

  1. too bad you got to draw your OCs making out and nobody can appreciate your artistic genius obviously the world is not ready for this webcomic genius

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