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Owed (not to rush you, just keeping track):
1 Chibi, 3 sketches from ariieve
1 icon from ikirr
Alomomola, etc from MaoMint (on hold)


Some people asked me questions, so I put up a little FAQ! There's not a lot on there, so consider asking me some stuff! 

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mivou Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2016
i wanted 2 ask, because you seem really skilled in composition and color, if you had any tips for painting? 

to be more specific, is there any places youd recommend that helped you understand composition and choosing appealing colors that contrasted and complimented well?

i really love your stuff! i rarely see someone who uses color so well
Beachpie Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2016  Student Artist
Sure! For painting (or color I should say) here's some good tips:

>Don't shade with black. Most of the time, this makes the image look flat or dead. Instead, mixing complementaries can create darks that have life in them, and they can tone down the original color as well.
>Clarity over color!! Make sure an image is clear even if no color is present (desaturating it on an art program of your choice is great for this one.)
>Gather up images. This one's more in general, but save up pictures you like! You can see what you like about a piece, and try to emulate it. I have a color tag over on tumblr:… and just looking at it fills me with joy :') Doing color studies is also very helpful!
>Local color is important!!!… The environment has a big effect on the colors within it. Grass doesn't always have to be green (this was such a big revelation to me when I found out about local color, haha.)
> Mess around!! (the most important rule, haha.) With digital art, at least, it is very easy to play around with saturation, layer modes, etc. Mess around with finished (or current) pieces to see how things change. 

I just read James Gurney's Color and Light, and it was great! And this… is what first made the color lightbulb go off for me, so I definitely recommend it!!

 Composition is very intuitive for me, so here's some words by people that know what they're doing:
Loomis is stellar:…
All of his books are great (and they're online! I definitely recommend.)
This one has some nudity, jsyk:…

& here's some tips I've gathered over the years:
>Know what you want the audience to look at, then bring focus to it!
>Lead the viewer's eye around the picture with shape and line.
>Take note of movie/TV shots. A good study is to do quick compositional sketches of said shots.

Thanks for asking, I hope this helps!
gentlerats Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2015  Student General Artist
woo your art is a treat. gonna go roll around in your gallery when I'm less tired :0
Beachpie Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2015  Student Artist
Thank you :')
You have some nice art yourself!
gentlerats Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2015  Student General Artist
thank-you! It's very inconsistent atm but I'm definitely improving.
Do you study art at uni/college?
Beachpie Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2015  Student Artist
I feel the same, haha.
Yep! I went to community college, and now I'm at art college! It's a fun environment.
How about you, do you have any formal training?
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W-out Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2015   General Artist
Beachpie Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2015  Student Artist
You're welcome!
ikirr Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Do you happen to have some sort of FAQ? If not, could you tell me what program you use/your painterly brush settings?? I'm practicing digital stuff atm but my tools are kind of limited. ;; v ;;
Beachpie Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2015  Student Artist
Not yet! If you have any more questions, ask away bc I've been meaning to make one.

I mainly use Paint Tool Sai, and my brushes on there are:
(I also love the watercolor brush.)
And when I use Photoshop I'll use Kyle Webster's brushes (which are really terrific!!)
If you need any more advice, I'm happy to help :^)
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