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A couple years ago, I finally got to have my own "tablet" to draw with. It made things much easier, but it is not neccessary to have one to draw on the computer. I just drew a fairly quick picture (with a mouse) to give you guys some ideas on how I approach the challenges in drawing this way ;)





The first thing I do, is get a brush in a decent thickness (with very little or no blur) and use a mixture of circles, straight lines, and a few short drawn lines to create some kind of outline to follow.

I make the line and fill the background in what the main colour of the image will be. (So black in this example, maybe a warm brown in a sunny desert scene.) This leaves me with something like the outline you see on the head above. I know it looks a bit funny but as I work it will turn into something more like the neck that I have already started painting in this example.



Next I take a big brush with just a bit of blur, and block out the main areas of colour. I use short strokes with the mouse. It will be messy and not well blended at this stage, and things like horns and other thin parts might look too "big".

I like to work in just one colour pallette (this one uses the "default rainbow" colours). It keeps the image more consistant and it makes it far easier to find the colours you need.



Now I take a really small brush and very blury brush and use it to sharpen some of the details and blur the lines between colours. I have also started "slimming" the horns here. Its a good idea to turn the "alpha" of the colour way down at this point.

It will take lots of little strokes to get this detail to show up nicely, but this way if you go out of the lines a bit, it isn't really noticable.



Here I make the little brush I'm using a bit less blurry and bring out the details even more. I also further sharpened the horns and scribbled in a background sky with a big blurry brush.



Finally I add a few highlights to make things "pop" a bit more and add a bit more colour to the bg. The background was painted entirely with the big blurry brush ;)



This image was done quite quickly, but you can continue to refine an image done in this way until it is as "sharp" and detailed as you would like. The final effect of working quicly in this style will be fairly similar to a "chalk" drawing (in this case, done on black paper).

With this method I don't use any earasing or undoing. If you treat a image on the computer the same way you would with a painting or chalk drawing, you will get faster more interesting results. Those things don't let you erase. You just have to paint over any mistakes. It ends up giving a wonderful layered colour effect ;)
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Wow thank you :0!I'm so glad you posted this,as I have often wondered how people have such well colored in drawings here. I too have a tablet, rarely use it though X.X its a Bamboo tablet

A link to he story will be placed here when I start it~

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I used the mouse for this example, but I really do love using a tablet when I can. Getting the nice smooth lines is wonderful :)
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i dont have a tablet, but i wish i did. id use it alot.

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We would like to give away at least a bamboo as a contest prize one day. I wish we could do it soon :p
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what?? how would we get it?? would you send it to us??

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lol, I would ship it by courier or in the mail.

We can't do it yet though, as it will probably cost quite a bit. We have to wait until the site is doing a bit better ;)
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yay! but i dont know if i could make much use of it, but can you use it on the colouring books?

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They can be used with any drawing sort of thing, including our colouring books ;)
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then it will be easier to draw for me. :D but that depends if i actually win

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lol, ya... that is the trick. We would probably get a lot of entries for a prize like that :p

I really recomend that anyone who does a lot of "art" type work on the computer gets one. It may take some time to save up, but the little bamboos and such don't cost much compared to what things like that use to.

Those old "classsic" pixel piece dolls took me a very very long time to do, and I used just the mouse. I would draw with it for 14 hours at a time sometimes, and eventually I actually hurt my hand. Staying in the one cramped position for so long did permenant damage, and now I can't use a mouse or even hold a pencil for more than maybe 4 hours at a time. (Thats not so great when I am trying to do art as a job, lol.)

Its better to switch between some sort of tablet (a bamboo is fine), your mouse, and your keyboard... and get up and move around fairly often :p
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I saw the Bamboo Tablets at a store called BestBuy where I live.Should I get the one with "Bamboo Pen Set" or "Bamboo Fun"?

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I haven't tried them so I'm not sure... though a lot of forum members have something to draw with now so one of them might have tried both :)
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