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whatevercactus:

How to save hardened paint brushes!

This has been one of the most
useful tips I have learned while in
college so I thought I would share
how I save paint brushes that I was
too lazy to clean out good enough
the first time.
  1. Step One: go buy murphy oil soap, or check your cabinets and look for it. I was surprised when I saw it sitting in my cabinet at home because I had no idea we actually used to clean our house. It’s pretty common to find in stores. You can buy it at dollar general for just a few bucks.
  2. Step Two: take your brushes that you have let become really hard because you either used glue in them, or acrylic paint. Soak them for as much time as possible! The more you let them soak, the easier it will be to work apart the bristles. I have let mine soak anywhere from 24 hours to 96 hours.
  3. Step Three: once you have let your brushes soak, rinse the brush under slow moving water, use your hands to move the bristles around.. all you are trying to see how much the murphy oil soap did on its own, and if it is still a little stiff you will want to let it soak some more.
  4. Step Four: I have a pinch pot I made in a ceramics class to be able to wash my brushes. It doesn’t have to be anything fancy, but it does need to be textured! I drew patterns on the side so I could rub my brushes to make bristles start working in different directions. 
  5. Step Five: after you loosened the bristles by rubbing it on something textured, dip them back in the murphy oil soap and rub it a few more times on the textured surface. this allows the soap to get in all of the new openings in your paint brush.
  6. Step Six: rise it out with the bristles facing down so that anything hard comes out of your brush instead of staying up in the top. You should really use your hands a lot in this step to make sure any glue or paint chips are out.
  7. Step Seven: put a little bit more soap on the brush with a little bit of water, only dampening the bristles. leave it like that until the next time you want to use the brush, and it should be like new.
Bonus to this reference post:
one of my professors used murphy's to
get paint stains out of clothes. 

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painted-bees:

jeanox:

Little nugget of advice that really changed the way I approached painting. When I started blending like this it was a real turning point for my art quality.

Forgot to add that lighting conditions and other variables in a piece make the hardness you want to choose somewhat variable. Drawing things like skin is more of a hardness range than it is a hard rule. 

Eheh…get it? Hard rule? (aaaaaaaaaand i’m done). 

Haa thanks, I can’t even put into words how unappealing the overuse of a soft brush is when rendering. There have even been otherwise expertly painted images that were (in my opinion) ruined by that overly soft ‘airbrush’-y look that soft edged brushes give off. 

I mean, I just really hate soft edged brush in most cases. It’s definitely the fact that you can’t read any real confidence in the brush strokes of a soft edged brush. It makes it really difficult to nail down any solid shapes or forms in your painting. Weak vagueness both in brush strokes and with shape and form is generally not a good thing when painting.

 If I can tell a soft edge brush was used (a lot) in an image, I probably won’t like how it’s been applied.

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powercami5000:

Dunno if anyone’s interested in these, but this was my latest assignment for CGMA’s Art of Color and Light class- this past week focused on how light interacts with different materials.
It’d be cool to try some different skin tones, I just used my own pasty hand for reference. Maybe even an alien species with non-red blood, so the occlusion shadow glows a different color where light passes through? Would it be purple for Namekians and green for Vulcans? (ノ◕ヮ◕)ノ*:・゚✧ possibilities
Also, the iridescent pearl wasn’t a requirement, but I enjoy Sailor Moon and suffering. If anyone’s got pointers on iridescence, I am all ears over here, because I clawed my way through that one screaming

powercami5000:

Dunno if anyone’s interested in these, but this was my latest assignment for CGMA’s Art of Color and Light class- this past week focused on how light interacts with different materials.

It’d be cool to try some different skin tones, I just used my own pasty hand for reference. Maybe even an alien species with non-red blood, so the occlusion shadow glows a different color where light passes through? Would it be purple for Namekians and green for Vulcans? (ノ◕ヮ◕)ノ*:・゚✧ possibilities

Also, the iridescent pearl wasn’t a requirement, but I enjoy Sailor Moon and suffering. If anyone’s got pointers on iridescence, I am all ears over here, because I clawed my way through that one screaming

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color tutorial

stkreuz:

Alright, here’s a quick tutorial about color I promised to a friend. It’s not definitive but this is pretty much what I know of color , basic stuffand tips, so hope it can help some of you folks.

So like first of all you gotta know your color wheel, which is essentially the main colors of the visible spectrum to the human eye. It’s divided intro three primary colors and three secondary colors.

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You get the secondary colors from mixing the colors in between the primary colors, and they are usually arranged in a Y manner. It’s the basics, red and yellow makes orange, red and blue makes purple, blue and yellow makes green. This is something we call Hue. You also get your color schemes with some basic arrangements such as mono (using the same color with different tones),complement  (using a color and its opposite), triad (three colors arranged from each other in a triangle form), tetrad (arranged in an X or cross form), analogic (a main color and two nearby colors), and accented analogic (an analogic scheme with the main color’s complement)

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(image from http://colorschemedesigner.com/ )

Along with that we have two other things we call Chroma and Value. If you use a drawing program you pretty much know about it.

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Chroma is how much saturation your color has ( or, how close to white it is) while value is how much of light your color has or rather, how intense your color is (or, how close to black it is).   These two are pretty much the secret to cool drawings: the value of your colors in greyscale. Having them distinguishable with your values in greyscale is the key to make anything look good no matter what crazy colors you use.  Value helps distinguish an object from another and makes things easily recognizable.

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You can barely distinguish the foreground from the background, you can barely tell there’s a temple on the background. No matter how different your colors look, the key is to make sure the greyscale looks distinguishable.

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That’s…better but it could still use some improvement.

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Ah, much better! You don’t force your eye to distinguish things and it really helps in the composition.

So yeah you can also use colors too to help the ambiance, or rather harmony. The mood of the drawing should influence all other colors so that they unify and create an impact on your drawing.

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In here it’s, well, boring and jarring. the brown feels it contrast too much with the greens and feels like a kindergarden painting. But if you modifiy the values and chromas so that they harmonize it will end up looking much better.

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Now, the following isn’t obligatory, but it is something that can really help boost your grasp of color and make for some interesting drawingA very good tip is to choose a color in general and stick with it, making other colors work with the main one. how?

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Let’s say you choose red as the main color and you fi canvas with it. Starting from that point, you should use a defined percentage of the value and chroma of other colors according to the distance said color is from the main one. Like this.

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Hope it’s clear. No matter if you use a red as a main color and you have to end up using a washed blue that’s almost grey, because it is surrounded by that color the human eye will perceive that greyish color as the opposite color and make it work. Try it for yourself!

From here you can take out pretty much your colors for your drawings. Always remember too that a primary color is the complement of the secondary color opposite to it in a color wheel. A complement is a color which makes the other pop out from itself, useful for compositions.

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Like this, for example.  If you have a drawing in which its main color is purple and you want to make a character or object the center of attention, making it its complement will make the eye focus on it because it looks intense and the eye will be drawn to it. alternatively you can always use other matching colors to help you, like these for example

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From here on, the colors you use for a drawing and how they match really depends on what you want your drawing to communicate, and you can use color meanings for that. For example, red means vigor, energy and love or being alert. green means life, renewal, nature, lush, serenity, etc. purple means mystery, contemplation, thoughtfulness etc. There are many things one can portray with color but that’s a whole different subject really. Many books about color or even google can help you develop and understand the meaning of colors, and help you create a better grasp of message conveyance in a drawing just by color itself. (like for example, green and purple can help denote something unnatural and mysterious adrift, blue and brown can help convey a message of something classy, solid and elegant, pink and orange can help show something rather exotic and vibrant)

Investigate many books on the subject, analyze other artist’s drawings, but most important of all, EXPERIMENT! it does not matter if you fail, you learn from those mistakes, so try many different colors and see what comes out. play with the grayscale, the color wheel tool, blending, the hue & saturation tools, etc. hope this helps! if I missed something or have any question about this, let me know!

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