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// Acro the okapi-lampthing
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I have a very bad habit of lurking on this site without ever posting much in the way of comments or favoriting pieces, on account of being too damn shy.
I don't know how many times I have to say this.

Just so you guys know, it is not okay to use/repost my art on this or any other media. It is not okay to take my art for your own personal roleplays. It is not okay to re-name my characters and try to get away with them being your own character. It is not okay to steal art and use it without the artist's express permission. If you didn't draw it? Don't use it. Directly ask the artist first. If they say no, end of discussion. If you get caught? Don't try to cover up. Don't spit out excuses and "I didn't know!"s. Own up to the fact and do what the artist wishes. I don't care if your "friend" claimed it was theirs and that you could use it. I don't care if you found the art from some place that didn't have the artist listed. I don't care if you've "developed a character" that is different from the original. Either revamp the character so they don't bear resemblance to the original, or get rid of them entirely. 

If anyone should see my art being used, please let me know as soon as possible. This has happened several times. I've put warnings in the description of my work not to do such things but it still happens apparently. The biggest offender is Google Plus, followed by Facebook. The only places I post my art is here and on my personal/art tumblr accounts. If it's anywhere else? It's not me.

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Nix-Tempesedo Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey there!

I've been adoring your OC Astro and your art for a little while now and just recently watched your newest speed paint <3
As an artist relatively new to photoshop (I previously used SAI), I was wondering if you might be able to share your techniques with lining, colouring and shading? Just because I've been finding it difficult to produce such smooth lines and such nice shading on the program ^^;

Thanks so so much for your time <3
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Acrosanti Featured By Owner Edited 4 days ago
Aah thanks! Well, let's see. I've been using Photoshop since I got my first tablet so I'm not sure how it compares to SAI exactly. I also might not be the best at describing things but I'll try!

My trick I've found with Photoshop lines, is to zoom in to 200% or 300% while inking, because on that level it's easier to spot kinks or not-smooth spots in the lines. Quick swish strokes work well for longer lines, and for that you don't need to be zoomed in that far. Zoom out every so often to see how things look! Don't be afraid of using some of the built-in tools either, like the circle setting of the selection tool to do circular pieces or doing the straight line trick - which is apply a dot where you want the line to start, hold the shift key, and apply another dot where you want it to end. Works for erasing as well! Also, if you ink with the hard round brush, go into your brush settings, click the texture box, and set things to something like this - you can mess around with it, but generally the default settings for the hard round brush are just a little fuzzy still.

Describing how I do shading is a little less easy, since it's just a lot of letting my hand do things until it looks right and no coherent thoughts on my part. I tend to use airbrushes (the second one here is the closest to the one I use) and just kind of "dab" it in place, especially where it fades into whatever color I chose for shading, which is on its own separate layer at the bottom of the stack. I'll use many many layers to make sure I don't accidentally need to go erase a spot and find I've gone over shading I was okay with. I'll do the shading almost entirely in greyscale and then set it to multiply over flat colors, and then mess accordingly with backlighting / the color I chose for the "base" shading.

[edit] Almost forgot one thing that I love about PS. The history tool is a lifesaver. It's basically a record of however many most recent actions you've done in the program, and it can work like the undo button on a large scale. Clicking on an action in the history bar will take the piece to where it was at that point, and clicking on the most recent action will take it back to how it was before you started messing with the history tool. This icon on the history tool makes a copy of the entire file, layers and all, in a new window. The camera next to it will take a "snapshot" of whatever's in the canvas, and it stores those snapshots in chronological order at the top of the history.
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xXCresent-MoonXx Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Uh, hi! I was kind of watching you a bit at times, sorry for sounding like a stalker but your stuff interests me, I think when I could, I will maybe draw something for you, but do I have permission?
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Acrosanti Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2015
Absolutely! I have the little text warning on my pieces because I've had problems with people taking my art or characters and using them behind my back as if it was their own. I am totally okay with people drawing me things.
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xXCresent-MoonXx Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
good! :) I would love to draw something for such a good person like you XD
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gusmurphy Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
fantastic artwork!
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Lio-Plural-Don Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I didn't draw it, but the second I saw this piece on Tumblr, I immediately thought of you.

'Dunno if that's creepy or not since we never talk, but hey, 9 fans remember old 9 fans and their OCs.
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TFP-United-1995 Featured By Owner May 25, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Oh hey there...I snuck a kiss on your cheek... so what are you going to do about it? *evil grin*
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TFP-United-1995 Featured By Owner May 17, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Ok just to give you a heads up, ive finished the drawing it is however I would color it when I get the chance. Oh and thankyou your oc was fun to draw with my oc and the Grox ^^.
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