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PRO TIPS FOR DIGITAL ARTS

These are few but essential tips that will help you at improving in your digital craft, be it Painting, Airbrushing, Digital Design or Photomanipulation:


IS YOUR ART COMPLETED?

:bulletblue: When you think you are done and ready to submit, you are actually not quite so. This means it's advisable to take few hours of rest before submitting in dA or call it completed, the next time you view your art with fresher sets of eyes you'll certainly see the work in a new light, from there you can spot areas for improvements; be it color correction, contrast value, touch ups and more painting.

Why is this happening?
When you view your artwork through extended period of time your eyes gets 'immune' at spotting errors; even the quickest of break from staring at the monitor allows the eyes to reset. The human eyes are great at adapting, it's natural that it accepts errors hence bypass them when exposed to it long enough. The longer you are away from the work the better.



HORIZONTAL FLIP CANVAS

:bulletblue: Frequently view your WIP in 'mirror view' with Horizontal Flip. This technique will reveal errors and mistakes that you can never spot in default view.
This technique has been used since the Renaissance period where painters view their artworks in the mirror while progressing at painting.

To do this in Photoshop: Image > Image Rotation > Flip Canvas Horizontal
It's advice that you create a 'one button' shortcut key for ease of use, I suggest using a key from F1 to F4 as it's the closest to the left hand since you'll be using this a lot

I've implemented this technique to the point I paint my artwork in both views equally. This constantly allow me to fix errors and see things in fresher view.

Out of all the digital arts 'secrets', this is one of the biggest game changer being that all spectrum of skill levels from Beginners to Pros will surely benefit from it. It's one of those things that doesn't sound prominent but greatly affect the outcome of your artwork when embraced.

Additionally, you have the advantage to work in reverse canvas when you flip it horizontally; this is useful when working with diagonal strokes that are usually difficult to draw (right handed) from bottom right to top left. When flipped it's feels natural to draw when it's from top right to bottom left.




THUMBNAIL VIEW MAGIC

:bulletblue: View your art in Thumbnail view every now and then while progressing during the work. This view will help you at summing up the general composition of the artwork as you progress; and most importantly, this is how your art is seen most of the time in dA or anywhere in the internet, so if you have an eye catching thumbnail, you'll invite more viewers to click on it.

In Photoshop, it reaps soo much benefit to have the Navigator Window enabled; this way you can work while assessing the composition, light and value without details distracting the judgment.



LIGHT! LIGHT! LIGHT!

:bulletblue: LET THERE BE LIGHT! When utilized properly, you can create focal points and direct the viewer's eyes towards that area. Light can also 'connect' your background and foreground and makes the mid-ground (usually the subject matter) blend in naturally and organically.



COMPLEMENT YOUR COLORS

:bulletblue: COMPLEMENTARY COLORS. Visit this helpful site for your color scheme guidance:

colorschemedesigner.com/

This will help you in making your colour choice in your art more harmonious.



USE THE COLOR BALANCE TOOL

:bulletblue: If you want to alter the colors of your painting then Color Balance is a fast and easy way to slightly or completely change the tones of your image. You can warm it up by upping the reds, or make it cooler with blues. Make a duplicate of your entire image and alter the Colour Balance as you see fit..



ALWAYS SAVE NEW FILES & BACK UP LAYERS

:bulletblue: Always save, that's the golden rule. It's so frustrating to lose something you're really happy with, and even more so to have someone tell you, "you should have saved!" The thing to do is to save as a new file intermittently. Try to develop a numbering system that makes sense and is easy to remember.

It can be useful to keep the layers in case of emergency. If you really need to flatten the whole painting or merge most of the layers, then make a backup copy of the .psd file with the layers intact. It might save you a lot of time down the road later on especially when you have to make major changes



Tips are courtesy of ImagineFX, do visit their forum and check out the magazine, TQ

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Eddy-Shinjuku
EDDY SHINJUKU
Artist | Professional | Digital Art
Malaysia
Self-taught contemporary fanartist [Video Games and Semi-Realism Manga]
In pursuit at finding a style that bridges the worlds between Western and Japanese concepts. This philosophy keeps me on my toes and encourages true freedom to produce a wide spectrum of arts; ranging from anime, comics, and to video games.

Artist Status:
:bulletgreen: Active Deviantart Commisionist. Dedicated most of my time within this community.
:bulletgreen: Freelancing. On 'work-for-hire' basis, meaning involving commercially but without legal ties.

Contact:
:bulletgreen: Drop a Note here or reach me at shinjuku.district@gmail.com for commission and freelance service.

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VOCALOID UNIT 01: Ascension Miku by Eddy-Shinjuku
VOCALOID UNIT 01: Ascension Miku
Photoshop CS6: Airbrushing, Painting, Illustration & Post-processing.
Working hours: 20+/- hrs


:bulletwhite: This is also a futuristic Sci-fi conceptualization of Hatsune Miku inspired by Gundam and Zone of Enders. As well inspired by the artist redjuice999

CREDITS:
- Yamaha Corporation singing voice synthesis technology - Vocaloid 3.
- Crypton Future Media for Hatsune Miku
- Multitude of brushes I accumulated from ImagineFX Issue Jan-May 2013
- Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn & Hideo Kojima's Zone of Enders for mech designing inspiration
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Hayley Summerland - Original Character Commission by Eddy-Shinjuku
Hayley Summerland - Original Character Commission
Photoshop CS6: Painting, Airbrushing and Post-processing. Working hours: 12++

:bulletgreen: OC Commission done for MagiPuvia

"Life isn't fair, as far as I know. I think it's an absolute hellhole. With everything that has been going on, you gotta wonder how the world hasn't keeled over yet. Still, you see people living their life, just trying to survive and do their best, and I'm one of those crazy bastards. People wonder, "Why bother? Why struggle? Why not just give up and accept the fact that the world is a terrible place to live in?"
Because the only other choice is to lay down and die.
And I sure as hell ain't gonna do that." - Hayley

Please check out my other Commissioned Artworks, TQ: 
K E R R I L A N D R A by Eddy-ShinjukuKnight Templar Alexandria - Zenion Games Inc. by Eddy-ShinjukuSHADOWRUN: Vendetta Violent by Eddy-ShinjukuSELENDIS - World of Warcraft OC Commission by Eddy-ShinjukuBRIGHT EYES by Eddy-Shinjuku

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Knight Templar Alexandria - Zenion Games Inc. by Eddy-Shinjuku
Knight Templar Alexandria - Zenion Games Inc.
Do you come as friend, or foe?

This Conceptual artwork was made for: 

The Shadow Over Westminster

A co-operative deck-builder horror adventure set in modern day London. 

Character Knight Templar Alexandria belongs to Zenion Games, Inc.www.playzenion.com/#about-zgi

More about The Shadow Over Westminster please visit the official page: www.playzenion.com/theshadowov…

Visit Zenion Games, Inc. @ Facebook:  www.facebook.com/wearezenion

  More artworks for Zenion Games Inc.: 
Alexandria - The Shadow Over Westminster by Eddy-Shinjuku Calypso, the Illuminati Shadow by Eddy-Shinjuku

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League of Legends: Sona Website Art by Eddy-Shinjuku
League of Legends: Sona Website Art
Photoshop CS6: Illustration, Airbrushing, Painting and Post-processing. 
Working hours: 12 +/- hrs

:bulletgreen: Commissioned work done for: 
Philidia 

Made for:

LOLTRACKER

French news website about League of Legends

happy league friends

Comics about League of Legends
Please check out my other League of Legends artwork, TQ!Wink fella (Smileys) 

JiNX: Bang Bang Galore - League of Legends by Eddy-Shinjuku AHRI - League of Legends by Eddy-Shinjuku
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Kakashi Sensei - Naruto Shippuden by Eddy-Shinjuku
Kakashi Sensei - Naruto Shippuden
:new: Update August 2014: Decided to add the mask after all because one does not simply unmasked Kakashi. 

Photoshop CS6: Painting, Illustration, Airbrushing and Post-processing.
Working hours: 12++

Commission done for: ChidoriLove89 :iconchidorilove89:
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Credits:
- Naruto Shippuden anime and manga 
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SatsukiNoKimi Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2014  New member Hobbyist General Artist
I hope you recover well!! BUT *squeals* I LOVE YOUR ART AND YOU ARE AMAZING AND SO AMAZING JUST *screams*
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pandoraraighn Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2014
Eddy, I wish you a speedy recovery! <3 Your art is still amazing; I found something else of yours completely unrelated to Mass Effect just for looking! Let me know if you can still do the commission we spoke about. -cgprincess
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BelenMrsC Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
You, sir, are beyond amazing. I can't even began to express how fantastic your art is Adorable Girl Anime Emoji (Lovely Mode) [V6] 
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Arrowshifter Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2014
Not sure if the note or email made it through. New to how deviantart and commissions work ._.
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Ninjawitz Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2014
Eddy is currently undergoing recovery from surgery ( not sure if he cares that I tell you or not :D) But I am sure he will get back too you soon if he already hasn't.
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Arrowshifter Featured By Owner Edited Oct 13, 2014
Oh no! Hope he starts feeling better soon, thank you for telling me >_<
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Dwarfbluefart Featured By Owner Edited Oct 6, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Your art is amazing !
I really got inspired when i saw it. Maybe this Week I'll try to draw something like in your style.

You should definitely consider doing some speed paintings, it would help a lot of people like me. Please do it !  
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Eddy-Shinjuku Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Awesome to hear that!
Question: Have you tried starting a painting in grayscale (black and white)?

Look up for 'Ambient Occlusion' painting technique in Google.

Here are some links:
dalo-artspell.blogspot.com/201…
theartcenter.blogspot.se/2010/…

This artist in dA is a pro in that technique:
Process avalon by Jiyu-Kaze

Thanks!
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Dwarfbluefart Featured By Owner Edited Oct 10, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I usually start with a grayscale and change stuff while coloring but never searched about Ambient Occlusion Painting before.

Thank you so much for this advice and for the links, (will help a lot) I'll study it for the next days and post a final product next week.
(will mention you and the links in the description, ok?) 
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