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Some CG drawing tips.


I always thought that having a good graphics card and a good monitor would make my drawings worse. Why?


With the monitor - because if it changes the way things are displayed, you may not be able to see some of the things that will make your drawings uglier, and as such - you won't be able to correct those mistakes (because for you - they don't exist, as you can't see them). This usually happens when the monitor you work on displays black and dark grey colours very closely to reality. When that happens - it's hard for your eyes to see the difference between the specific shades and thus makes committing a mistake much easier. As an example - can you see a difference between the following pictures on your computer: EXAMPLE ?

This point still holds true - a well setted display helps you to see your work for what it really is. If your monitor is too good or badly adjusted, there's a chance your work will look well on your monitor, but badly on others'.


Secondly, the graphics card. I always believed that having a good graphics card works well for the games and videos (and 3D rendering, obviously). But I thought that it makes your drawings uglier in the same way that the monitor does. In other words, I believed that a video card makes your drawing pretty on your computer, but ugly on others', if they don't have a card as good as yours.

That, I now believe, is actually not true. The graphics card changes the very way you DRAW your work, making it better on the general level. It works a little like the stabilizer in some graphic programs. Simply put - the computer uses more power to make a line you draw on your tablet as close to what it would be if you were drawing on paper. In other words - it eliminates as much of the mistakes that usually go with using a tablet instead of a normal pen - as possible.

Ever wondered why some artist's works are so beautiful and yet look as if they've taken them so little time? Well, maybe they just have a better computer than you do, and can draw with it just like they do on paper - without having to use eraser every-second-1-milimeter-long-stroke to make it look showable. (Of course this has nothing to do with the actual skill - it just means how much less difficult it can be to draw on computer compared to the paper.)


To conclude - I believe having a strong computer with a good video card makes your life easier as a graphic designer, but you have to be careful with choosing a monitor, and make sure that you can see all the colour differences on it accurately.

PS. Also, getting a stronger computer works much better than changing your tablet. With the same tablet and a new faster computer you can really feel the difference. Unless your tablet is almost dying, I suggest you get a better computer instead.

(Why do those journals always end up so long when I have so little to say in them? OTL'')



(Tl;dr: Don't make a mistake like me and get yourself a good strong computer with a great video card and don't spend your life with an eraser as your second lineart brush!)

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prettysenshi2k6 Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2015
i love your work!!
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AuroraStardust13 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2015  Student General Artist
You are completely awesome!!!!
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Yurixy Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2014
Sent a note, hope you read! :)
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Yurixy Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2014
Beautiful works ^^
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Yurixy Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2014
Found you - Megu-Fan^^
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ScarletCortez Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2014  Hobbyist
Oh my god, you are just so awesome *_* 

Are you really human, your art is too fantastic!!!
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Megan-Uosiu Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2014
;_; Thank you...! I don't know what to say... Um.. I am human! O_O; I'm really old though - had a lot of time to practice... =u=;;; But I still have a lot to learn even now.
Thank you very much for your kind wordsss~!! <333 :hug:
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Phanatyy Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Your art is some of my favorite ever and I want you to know I enjoy every work of yours! (i think i found you via your Artemis Fowl stuff :heart::heart::heart: )
But anyway! I'm also curious what art program(s) you use? (I've been studying different styles, techniques, and program usage in artists I admire)
Thank you for your time <:] 
You're a big inspiration.
*nyooms away*
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Megan-Uosiu Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2014
This post literally brought me to the brink of tears (the good ones!). Thank you, it's so sweet of you to say something like that! O_Q I'm honoured! <//3
I use Photoshop and Paint Tool Sai for my works (though nowadays, I suppose that's pretty normal...). I do most of the painting in Sai, because it blends colours very nicely. ^^ And then all the edits and textures are made in Photoshop. I hope this helps?... If there's anything else I could be of help with, please ask without any restraints. OwO'

(And... Really, thank you for your comment! ;A; Lately, I feel so awful about my art... OTL''' But your words really inspired me to try even harder! Thank you! <333 :heart:)
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Phanatyy Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Not a problem, thank YOU!
*nodnod* I use Sai too, and lately I've been trying to experiment with different coloring and blending styles but I can't get my brushes to comply OTL

(Duuuuuuude never do that you're so freakin good aghjaebs :heart: :heart::heart: But I'm elated that my encouragement made you happy :D )
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