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Fall of the brothers by Dexter01992

You have a knack for awing me these days, Dex. This is a stunningly dynamic image with a great sense of depth to a dramatic showdown. I...

Geisterstunde by Chibi-Nuffie

A skillfully painted piece! Although not as demonstrative in detail as some of your other paintings, the elements present are crisp and...

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Journal Entry: Wed May 27, 2015, 11:39 AM
  • Mood: I Have To Pee
  • Listening to: Witch Doctor song (Sorry!)
  • Reading: Don Bluth books
  • Watching: Open Grave
  • Playing: Shovel Knight
  • Eating: Pizza
  • Drinking: Coke


I'm going through something of an artistic vision quest at the moment. If someone came up to me and asked what is the weakest aspect of my technique, I would immediately answer that it's my poor use of brush textures. It's something that I never paid as much attention to as I should, since I always considered various blends of watercolour to suffice for all scenarios. But as I've been browsing DA and seeing all these paintings with rich brush strokes and natural textures, I realized it's high time I addressed my deficiency.

Photoshop supports a diverse variety of brush textures, but I've always found its brush system very awkward and unwielding. It was in 2008 that Prnnography introduced me to openCanvas, which quickly impressed me with its painting-oriented interface and colour blending. I made a permanent switch to it and never look back. And yet... openCanvas doesn't handle brush textures very well. There are no options for size jitter or scattering. So for the next seven years as I used this program for painting, my experience with brush textures went underdevelopped. When openCanvas 6 was eventually released, it had more brush options for texture painting, but the program lacked numerous features that still have not been rectified. I tried to diversify my brush set with the help of Fontes, but the lack of developer support made me recognize it's time to look for an alternative.

One program I come across frequently is Manga Studio. It was first brought to my attention six years ago in a magazine (which I still have) and I thought "That's looks cool! I'll check that out later." Then I forgot about it - for years. :( I should have followed up sooner, especially since Manga Studio is included with some Wacom tablets, because I just installed it a few days ago.... and I love it!



The watercolour brushes in Manga Studio are amazing! They're much smoother and more stable than openCanvas' brushes with limitless customisations. It features a huge library of brush textures that should help me paint quicker and more naturally, and I especially love the 3D guide models and the ability to assign reference layers for the Magic Wand (something I've always yearned for). It's got a clean interface with lots of filters and adjustment functions to rival Photoshop, but the program does have a few drawbacks. There's no crop tool(?!), no dodge and burn tools, no Channel palette, and some missing blend modes. But overall, I'd say that the merits of Manga Studio might make it the best painting program I've seen so far. I haven't actually created anything with it just yet - I've spent the last few days doing nothing but learning and configuring the settings - but I'll probably migrate from openCanvas to Manga Studio soon. :)

At any rate, this experience has taught me that I shouldn't content myself with one image editor. I made that mistake with Photoshop, thinking I need nothing else because it's the market leader, then I made the same mistake with openCanvas. I've long since mastered openCanvas, so I need to keep diversifying and trying new things to avoid my art becoming stagnant. After I get the hang of Manga Studio, I may try other programs like ArtRage or Kitra. Has anyone ever used those? Let me know your recommendations.

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glitcher
Loyal Lackey
Artist | Hobbyist | Digital Art
United Kingdom
Current Residence: Kicking around North London
Favourite genre of music: 80's rock. Legends never die! *doffs hat to 80's flag*
Favourite photographer: Uh.... I'll get back to you on this one. Stay tuned, folks!
Favourite style of art: Does the luminous, plasticised style of "Tron" count?
Operating System: Windows 7 on a 1.7Ghz crashable laptop
MP3 player of choice: Winamp
Shell of choice: Armour-piercing shells
Wallpaper of choice: You don't want to know....
Skin of choice: Human. It sticks to my flesh better.
Favourite cartoon character: Bugs Bunny. What's up, doc?
Personal Quote: I never make the same mistake twice, but I always make every mistake once.
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:iconmarioandsonic999:
MarioandSonic999 Featured By Owner May 17, 2015  Student Artist
I liked the way that you made the "Goodbye Sally" pic! It was truly revealing to everyone who is reading the "Sonic Genesis" story!
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RobotnikHolmes Featured By Owner May 14, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Just going to ask, do you do commissions? :aww: Its allright if not. :XD:
Really awesome gallery, by the way. :D Love your Archie comics-related stuff. :dummy:
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:iconglitcher:
glitcher Featured By Owner May 21, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hi there! Sorry for the late reply. I've been very busy on other projects and I needed to redesign my price sheet first. Now that it's finished, you can see how much I charge for commissions here. Please send me a PM with details if you're interested. Ta!
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OpalWolfess Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
WOW... your art and drawing style is just amazing and i LOVE it!!! :D what am i doing I NEED TO CLICK THE WATCH BUTTON!!!!
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:iconyugiohbasemaker:
YuGiOhBasemaker Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2015  Student Artist
Where do you read the sonic comics?
or do you order them? :) I'd like to read them I think.
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VioletWhirlwind Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Why am I not already watching you? :+devwatch:
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:iconglitcher:
glitcher Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I wonder why everyone isn't already watching me. ;)
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MontyTH Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2015   General Artist
Hey! Do you take point comissions? o.o
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glitcher Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm afraid not, sorry.
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MontyTH Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2015   General Artist
okay..
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