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LIE-CHEAT-STEAL LIKE A FISH by Mayeko LIE-CHEAT-STEAL LIKE A FISH by Mayeko
LIE: To yourself until you have the confidence for real. We aren't born great artists, it's a lifelong process.
CHEAT: To find short cuts to create the product you want to put out. Lateral thinking is for more than just tricky riddles.
STEAL: Bits and pieces of technique, concept and form that catches your eye, from any and every available source. Let the sharp eyed Magpie be your spirit guide.

The sketch used belongs to the person who initially inspired this tumble into sharing "wisdom". Used with permission.
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cornellg Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Maybe it's just my monitor, but I don't get what difference it makes to the end result to use a textured brush. Actually, I don't even get why God seems to have forsaken you when you used the round hard brush. Can anybody explain? Otherwise very fun tutorial!
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Giush Featured By Owner May 19, 2013
And a single tear shed from my eyes...
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zivango Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013
Great tut Mayeko. Thanks for the tips. I have just started out using a (cheap)tablet, this is really helpful.
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attenuasis Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012
Inking at over 100% works great for hard-copy pen inking, too. Scan sketch, blow it up, and print it out either in non-photo blue or very faint greyscale. Just make sure to convert your linework with a graphics program, since scanner software seems to invariably suck at it.

Using a texture brush is a new one on me, though. I might give digital inking another shot someday.
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anzhr Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012
Worked for the Sistine Chapel.
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AshtonKaleigh Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012   General Artist
lol love it!
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DoctorWhiteface Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012
Oh, but the honesty of it all! I Love it! I love it!
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egerie7 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Professional General Artist
I giggled all the way through while feeling nostalgic of my photoshop days. Thank you Mayeko :)
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TJverhagen Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012
I have just found a new hero...
And its you, you bastard.


Great guide... post.. thing.
now I shall, indeed, get out of your kitchen.
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dermdon Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Professional General Artist
Beautiful.
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jameslink Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I lol'd at this hard. And yeah after some 10 years of using the tablet i'm still not that great with it, it still feels foreign and my sketches do look better as you say. And i've also been using hard round for digital "inking" and it sucks a fat one. Thanks for the tips. Now I shall go conquer.
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Xipiti Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012
You are awesome.
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Hazel23 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Bravo, sir. Bravo.

I personally favour inking in high res with the pencil tool, then using the magic wand to do quick color fills. When resized, you get smooth lines and avoid having to meticulously lay in all the colors.
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boboborocks Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012  Student General Artist
Most amusing tutorial in the world right here
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srussatl Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012
you're a hilarious genius. i dont even- asdfadfdj
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Sarchale Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2011
I don't generally use digital media, so a tut like this is pretty much usesless to me. So why did I fav it? 'CAUSE THAT'S SOME FUNNY SHIT RIGHT THAR.
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SnuffyMcSnuff Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2011  Professional Filmographer
This made me laugh out loud. And it's really late at night here and my parents are sleeping, so even better.
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FlintTD Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2011
this is full of AMAZINGWIN!!
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Diddle-diddle Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2011
Fucking genius.
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chastened Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2010
Fucking magnets etc.
Just started working larger. I used to work digitally on 300dpi but at 3"x3" and smaller OTL.
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SirLemoncurd Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2010
great stuff! I do the exact same thing, working in a muuuuuch higher resolution than is needed for the final. took me a couple of years to realize though, hah! I tend to use hard round a lot though, but not usually for lineart... I almost always use a hard round with pressure sensitive opacity when I do my more painterly things.
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flamingi Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2010
I love working big. I always feel like I could go bigger. It's so much more fluid.
I think I'll try the chalk brush when I get the time. I haven't been drawing because I only have PS now and I can't find a way to make inking less awful (oh how I mourn OC3+). This might do the trick.
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EmpressFunk Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
I've been using hard round for forever and I've never liked it. I'm definitely trying this. Hell, I fav'd this for the commentary alone.
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rethe Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing! I am so going to try this!
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konijnemans Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hard round is my favourite :)

Seriously, loved reading through this tutorial.
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Dragoniangirl Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I never would've thought of using one of the chalk brushes for doing lineart. I just tried it out with one of my sketches and it worked really great! Thanks for the tutorial! ^^
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rclayton84 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2010
Effin hilarious :highfive:
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Jonmkl Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2010  Professional General Artist
Funniest dang thing iv'e ever read, thank you!
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OspreySoul Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2010  Student Digital Artist
I read the first paragraph and laughed my ass off. Only 2 nights ago, I was inking a picture, and I was physically restraining myself from going back and cleaning up the lines or crtl+zing. I hate how so much of my work come out looking "too clean" from using the damn Hard Round brush. Thanks so much for this! I guarantee I'll be using this method in the future!
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mild-marrow Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2010
The "why god why...because you used..." cracked me the hell up. Also this is totally what I do all the time and why my computer has no space lol.
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Mayeko Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2010  Professional General Artist
Usually if I know I'm not going to touch the image after completing it (usually for lack of caring) I just save the final resolution as the only resolution.

No .psd

No large format .png

Final destination.
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mild-marrow Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2010
i just never finish anything. that's my problem. ^^;
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Mayeko Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2010  Professional General Artist
Work faster. Work smarter. Just do it.

Doing the work will grant you more knowledge and confidence than hemming an hawwing about doing it perfectly.
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mild-marrow Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2010
it's not so much that i try to do it perfectly...i think it's moreso my relationship to digital media. the lack of physical tactile response is really strange--it leaves me not knowing where to start or stop.

i know though. i do need to just kick myself and do it. just been in a major rut recently.
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Mayeko Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2010  Professional General Artist
I find traditional media's lack of ctrl+z disturbing.

I know what you mean. I was up and rearing to do creative stuff, then landed myself in the hospital (nothing major) for a few days and ALL THE FUN WAS SUCKED OUT.

We can do it, man, nose to the grindstone.
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mild-marrow Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2010
i appreciate your encouragement. =)
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thebananaofdoom Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
i don't even use cg that much anymore, but this tutorial is so full of the lulz XD
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RadioInteractive Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2010
Hay Maya, is Nurse! Thanks again for the lesson in how to not suck and instead be awesome, it's always nice to get some help.
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JadineR Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2010
XD Damn you, hard round brush! I FOUND A NEW FRIEND.
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m-0h Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2010
I love you.
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chronicdoodler Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2010  Professional Interface Designer
Very interesting. I hate inking myself and it never occurred to me to work much bigger then reduce. Must try this. Also hilarious delivery :D
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Mayeko Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2010  Professional General Artist
Good example of it being put to use EVEN WITH HARDROUND:

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