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


: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.


: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.


: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.


: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.


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

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


: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..


: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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Artist | Professional | Digital Art
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.

:bulletgreen: Drop a Note here or reach me at for commission and freelance service.

Hello everyone and my wonderful Deviantart Watchers!


Basically, I went to the ER 10 weeks ago due to a spinal and head injury (motorbike accident). It doesn't seem bad at first and I assumed I could be discharge from the hospital and resume on working with commissions and freelancing.
But had been advised to go for the surgery because I started to feel physically and neurologically off.
To cut to the chase, more than 3 months of my life have been missing rehabilitating from this. (still feeling groggy and derealization!) 
The good news is that I'll be 'match fit' again by the New Year - so as my 'craftsmanship' because it takes time to get back in shape when you've been away for a while.


This blows my mind as soon I get the chance today to check out my email and Notes - up to hundreds of messages of inquiries, request and a handful of angry warning letters!
I take full responsibility for not getting in touch; the recovery isn't like in US where it's speedy, here I've literally been through hell physically and mentally for weeks; when you are facing the 'exit door to mortality' you basically lost sight of all worldly matters and solely focusing on trying to be alive - I was preoccupied at getting better 24/7.  

This said, I ask for patience from my clients who have trusted me in making their vision and dream come true. There are hundreds of message for me to process (new and presently active commissions)
Please if you may resend your message again and we'll consult on decisions. (e.g. cancelling the commissions or progress, etc.) 


As for the remaining weeks of 2014, I would like to wrap all matters up for this year and start fresh in 2015.
New commission rates and services will be updated in 2015. Stay tuned.

Thank you!
  • Mood: Screwed
  • Listening to: gossiping nurses
  • Watching: the hospital ceiling


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FARTYTREEFROG Featured By Owner 23 hours ago
JEEZ MAN !! Oops! --hang on in there , and get well soon .:D (Big Grin) 
andromeda30 Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2014  Professional Photographer
Get better soon. Look forward to your return :)
Vert-Green-Heart Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2014
Hope everything is still going ok!
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*
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
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] 
Arrowshifter Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2014
Not sure if the note or email made it through. New to how deviantart and commissions work ._.
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.
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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