A V A L I

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@ Thornmallow

HAPPY TRONSLENTINES DAY, BEST FRIEND. <33

Time to get some RP and food and art done!

HAPPY TRONLENTINE’S DAY, TUMBLR!

Happy Tronsday!

Have an overdue Jarvis, because I love him. <3

@oftaggrivated

MARKERS ARE MY BANE, but I did it anyway. XD;; I still have a few more things to add and then they’ll be done. 83a

@ foreverajarvis

I DREW YOU A THING. Remember, no matter how bad your day might be, Jarvis probably has it worse. Also ilu both. <3

Guy work sketch!

Out of the hundreds of people I checked in, one person shouted “DAFT PUNK”. I was so happy, we giggled together like kids. 9u9

Someone also asked me to xerox copy and sign it for their kid. That was…that was adorable.

mini painting tutorial

I’ll go ahead and organize these at a later time, but here’s a tiny tuto to keep things going till then. I’m using my current portfolio work as an example, so you have to understand some of these values are off to emphasize certain things.  I’m designing a bit of Protoss armor, and because the character is not the focus, he is faded out— at about 76% opacity— while the armor itself is bright and glaring.

I use Paint Tool SAI when I work, so this tutorial is done entirely in SAI. It’s a very cheap program— about 50 USD, though I purchased mine a while back for 25. Best purchase I’ve made aside from the tablet itself, and it’s worth checking out at least.

ANYWAY.

Layers are always your friend. I keep his body layer separate from the base color layer, and my three primary tools are the pencil/ brush/ watercolor tools. You can see right now his gauntlet is raw and messy, since that’s what I’m currently toying with. Every piece of armor he’s wearing has a uniform base color of brown. Why? Well, because it ties it all together. Think of it like an underpainting. Once I have this painted up I can adjust the colors with sliders in either SAI or Photoshop, anyway.

You generally want your work to be very large— in high resolutions— because you can always shrink it down later. However, when I lay down values, I always stay zoomed out. Flip your canvas, zoom out as much as you can, and cross your eyes to blur your vision as you go. Not only does it keep your mind active, but it’s the best way to check to make sure you’re not losing the whole image itself. Working too close, or trying to make it all perfect right away is the fastest way to fail and get frustrated.

Every bit of messy color here is just my mind going ‘what shape is this?’ ‘where would light hit a round object at this angle?’ ‘How shiny IS the surface?’  Worry about details and pretty polish later. Animators don’t lay down ink and color right away— shapes are always drawn roughly in first, and adjusted as needed.

Here’s my general pattern when painting. I usually block in the base color like the brown above on a brand NEW layer. Then, using the pencil, pen, or brush tool, I stab in some opaque values. Remember to pull from the palette you already have in your work. Try to limit things by using the color dropper, and if you’re really unsure, dab on some color swatches as a test. If it’s too much, try something else. You can also use sites like this if you need to as a sort of guideline.

Then, using the watercolor tool, I blend it together. Texture isn’t an issue. Remember, you can add it in later. Just make sure the values are working right. Once this is complete, you can also merge your current layer with the layer beneath it and blend using the brush tool, for some very interesting and painterly effects. (I can’t really explain these, you just have to play for yourself.) The brush tool smudges surrounding colors together, so it’s like a neat little digital oil painting, you just have to have the correct colors in place and poof— instant digital paint.

Now, here’s a bit more clarification on that. I always set my brush tool’s brush type to flat bristle. It’s the top drop-down menu that shows when you select the brush tool. It has texture, it has natural shape and flow, and you get really pretty effects with it whether you’re painting on a new or same layer. The image above was the exact same process as the water color tool, only done with the brush tool instead. Really dramatic, isn’t it?

It will also blend in whatever color you’re adding in, so if you want to add in some soft greens, select green, and then paint over what you already have— either on the same layer, or a new one.

If your layers are all merged, it’s a subtle, soft effect. If you paint on a new, separate layer, it’s dramatic and bold and really cool. I love both.

Here’s an example so you can see the difference: (lol at my old sig)

The sharp, hard lines of his hair, eyebrows, eyelashes and some of his features are the second technique: using the brush tool to blend. Whereas the smooth, flowing parts are from the first: using the watercolor tool to blend.

Hope this helps!

If Tron behaved like a real watchdog program…

"ARE YOU SURE YOU WANT THIS PROGRAM TO HAVE ACCESS TO THE SYSTEM, FLYNN?"

"Yes."

"ARE YOU SURE YOU WANT THIS PROGRAM TO HAVE ACCESS TO THE SYSTEM, FLYNN?"

"YES."

"ARE YOU SURE YOU WANT THIS PROGRAM TO HAVE ACCESS TO THE SYSTEM, FLYNN?"

"YES. TRON. -YES-."

1k celebration post.

So, Tumblr. I was waiting to do something special to celebrate my 1k post, and I finally figured it out last night.

I made a Clu 2 shimeji. If you don’t know what a shimeji is, it’s basically a little desktop buddy that you can bother and play with while it crawls around on your screen. 

These are a few of the interactions he can have, some of the other ones are just randomish stills.

He can sit around and long for Flynn.

Ride his Light Cycle across your screen.

Ask bit a question.

Change clothes.

walk around.

Climb your screen.

Climb the top of your screen.

Make copies of himself.

And a bunch of other things I was too lazy to make gifs of after all that animating.

I AM A REALLY TERRIBLE ANIMATOR, I HAVE DISCOVERED. Ugh. This is not what I was made to do. But I enjoyed it, so I think it’s worth it. XD

You can pick up the file here. Just unzip it and run the shimeji.exe whenever you want to play with Clu. Also, if he clones himself too many times, or you want him to go away, just right click him and hit the ‘bai bai’ option that comes up.

I HOPE YOU ENJOY THIS, and if not…well…I WILL HAVE FUN WITH HIM INSTEAD.

PS- if you do get him, be sure to shake him around a little. :3a

So… Clu x Bread.

Because I forget who blogged it here (I AM SORRY I WAS TIRED)…but I read Clu x bread this morning and it made me laugh so hard I thought it needed drawing.

This also fills my Clu x food prompt in addition to the Grid self one. SO YAY.

I’ll give those bitches bacon.

Bitches love bacon.

On my penis.

shimeji clu approves

Now I just see this like, posted up in the grid as some Abercrombie and Fitch-esque billboard….

Sneaky sneaky

oftaggrivated:

…peek that is me and avali totally making out.

So if lineart is making out, what is color? 83a

andtheycallmeprideful:

saroux:

Avali, this strange bacon shortage is somehow your doing.

I just exploded from the cute.

GET OVER HERE, YOU, AND LET ME LOVE YOU

kajwagkwda this is the first thing I wake up to.

…IT IS GOING TO BE A GREAT DAY.

(via brodinsons)