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    posted a message on Kaelakov Digital Arts Thread - Minecraft Skin and Server Paintings [Requests]
    Professional? So this is your livelihood? Or do you just consider yourself a step above the rest? Because it comes off as pretentious.

    As for the artwork, the cave landscape is alright. I feel, however, that the sky could stand to be a different color than solid white, and the very small, hard brushstrokes distract from the overall softness of the piece. Try to use as large of a brush as you can, focusing on lighting and composition rather than color or detail. Then work on details. It's actually best to start painting in greyscale, so that you have a more firm understanding of values before introducing the ever-confusing element of saturation. The bottom-right corner of the image is nice, but once my eye is lead outside of the cave I find myself wanting to go back into the more subdued colors of the shade. It's by far the best piece you've posted, however. The others are too simple, or have over-the-top custom brushwork that distract the eye. I would say that studying light would benefit you greatly.

    The eyes and nose of your Pikachu piece are delightful. Very vibrant and well-realized, with a lot of depth. However, the rest of the piece is a lot of empty space and strange washy coloring. By that, I mean that there is no sense of lighting to the 'hoodie' or lips. Always try to choose a distinct light source and shade based on the planes which do and do not face the source of light, not just randomly throwing brights and darks around the image. The background is oversized and unnecessarily harsh.

    As for a request? No thank you, but I'd love to see some black-and-white studies of light. It sounds boring, but you'd gain a lot from it.

    Oh, for paintings, I use a simple round brush with opacity set to pressure in Photoshop. I vary the hardness depending on the crispness of the edge I desire, and change the size of the brush with the bracket keys on my keyboard. It's all you really need.
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    posted a message on Best drawing Tablet.
    I used three separate pens, two separate tablets, and 3 separate PCs. It was a malfunction with the hardware of the tablet itself, not something as simple as a worn nib. I shouldn't have to 'tweak the settings' for the device to work properly. The problem only occurred when the tablet was on the less sensitive (meaning, more pressure needed) settings, but that's how I work, and I shouldn't have to compromise.

    If your nib is fine after 8 months, you simply don't use the tablet very much, or you use extremely low pressure settings. I could find at least 10 different pages full of people who wear through nibs in very little time at all. Sure, it comes with spares, but going through nibs at one per month or more, they quickly disappear. As mentioned, though, that is a problem of all current Wacoms, not a negative specifically of the Intuos model (all current-generation tablets have identical surfaces).

    I stand by my previous statement regarding tilt, too. It's an unnecessary feature, one which most professionals in the digital art industry don't make use of.

    If you think you're more qualified to make a recommendation, Inquisition, I'd be interested to know how many tablets you've actually owned, and how many hours you have put into them. I can assure you that both of my numbers would be higher.

    Not everyone might have the problems that I did with the Intuos4. But that's not the point. The point is, unless you're a professional artist (and for some, even if you are), a Bamboo Fun is all that is needed. If you didn't have a fact sheet to list the differences, you probably couldn't even tell.
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    posted a message on Mango's Art (for lack of a better term)
    Not really taking requests, no. Sorry!
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    posted a message on Best drawing Tablet.
    Quote from Lilyo

    Wacomb Bamboos are horrible.

    Get a Wacom Intuos4 Medium.

    Why not justify your comment there? I use a Bamboo right now, and I would hardly call it 'horrible'. I had more trouble with the two Intuos4s I owned than I have with my Bamboo Fun. It's a sad notion that many people have; but it's not true in any way. The only difference is lack of tilt functionality, which is for the most part useless anyway; and less pressure sensitivity. This is also not a problem, as it has a whole 1,024 levels of sensitivity, which is what the Intuos3 had (still considered the most superior of Wacom's devices). Doubling that number was a largely unnecessary marketing move on Wacom's part.

    The Intuos4 has build quality issues, which is a major problem, especially considering their price. I owned two Intuos4s, as mentioned earlier, and both had an issue in which the pressure oscillated randomly when I'd draw a line. The problem was independent of my machine, too. I tested it on multiple computers with the same effect.

    Too, all new devices by Wacom currently have a paper-like surface which, to the bare hand, seems very realistic. The problem is, it's more like sandpaper to the fragile plastic nibs on the pen. This means that they wear incredibly fast, and necessitate overpriced nib replacements. If you want to talk about the best option, then, it would be an Intuos3 9x12 or 6x8.

    I've owned the 12x19 Intuos3, in case you mention size. It's too large for practical use unless you're a professional with a dedicated workspace. It's also impractical in that it requires very large sweeping motions, which can cause shoulder strain, and requires a skilled artist to master. I liked it, but in the end practicality won out.

    My recommendation: get a Bamboo Fun. It's working area is plenty for someone whose recently started with digital art (and even those who are more experienced), and it's incredibly well-priced. It will be a great step-up from your current tablet, and you can even probably find one in your local Electronics store.

    In the end, the tablet is just a tool. A skilled artist can get a cheap ballpoint pen and make amazing works; so why do you need the top-of-the-line digital device? People who buy the most expensive tool are usually just trying to fill in a large skill gap where practice and hard work should go instead. It doesn't work, either. Most times, the improvement in their art is almost indiscernible. Get a tablet that doesn't bug out on you. That's actually a hindrance. But any more than that is overkill until your skills grow.
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    posted a message on Mango's Art (for lack of a better term)
    Thanks people! I appreciate the kind words.
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    posted a message on Mango's Art (for lack of a better term)
    I use Photoshop CS4 for the art, as well. And a Wacom Bamboo Fun.

    Oh, and before you elitists out there comment on the simplicity or size of the Bamboo Fun, bear in mind that I have owned and used every size of Wacom from 4x6 to 12x19. The Intuos3 12x19 was too large for storage, the Intuos4 9x12 was perfect, but had quality control issues, and the Bamboo is decent but perhaps a tad small. Anything below the surface area of the Bamboo Fun is just too small for my tastes.
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    posted a message on Mango's Art (for lack of a better term)
    Thanks, folks!
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    posted a message on Mango's Art (for lack of a better term)
    Thanks for the feedback.

    Leo: I use Photoshop CS4.
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    posted a message on [1.8 Compatible][16x][v3.9.1] Jp, Creative/Simple pack! Pack!! over +250 downloads [BIG UPDATE BABY!]
    Please update your post to include screenshots. It's required.
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    posted a message on A little custom texture pack I made
    You will not be able to release it as long as the terrain is from a texture pack you haven't created (unless you obtain permission).
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    posted a message on [32x] [WIP] Bastion (Discontinued)
    Color me interested. Bastion's art style is tremendous.
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    posted a message on Mango's Art (for lack of a better term)
    I like to art. Here's my stuff (in order of newness, newest first)!











    I also make the banners/title cards for these forums.






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    posted a message on ColeCraft (1.7.3 Compadible)
    Please add screenshots, as the rules posted at the top of this subsection demand.
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    posted a message on * Need Help with Something? I'm here for you! *
    This is a Q&A thread, not a tutorial. Thread closed.
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    posted a message on Good texture packs?
    Quote from Xamio

    Look on the forums before posting! And this post is in the wrong forums!

    This is in the correct section.
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