Where/how did you get x merch made, what is a good supplier for x thing, etc. ?
Sorry! I don't answer this question directly. This tumblr, however, is a great resource for getting started with merch making!
When did you start drawing?
As soon as I could hold a crayon! I started using a drawing tablet at 10, and trying to take it seriously at 13! I was lucky to have lots of support like that.
What do you use for art?
- Wacom Cintiq 4K 27"
- Photoshop CC
For design or vector related work, I combine these with Illustrator and InDesign.
What are your PC specs?
"The Massive Lad"
Motherboard: Gigabyte X570 AORUS MASTER ATX AM4
CPU: 16-Core AMD Ryzen 9 3950x
64 GB DDR4 RAM
GPU: Nvidia RTX 3090
CPU cooler: Noctua NH-D15s
What brushes do you use?
A variety of Kyle's brushes but with my own tweaked settings, as well as a lot of other ones I've picked up over the years. They're Photoshop only.
I want to start doing art! What do I do?
Draw what you love and keep a sketchbook! But also, think about what it is that you love. Look at artists you admire's work, and study it. Practice makes progress, improvement is not a race! Everyone goes at their own pace and has their own artistic voice. The world needs your voice just as much as everyone else's!
I want to start doing digital art! What tablet do you recommend?
You really don't need any of the stuff I have to start drawing digitally! I'd look into:
- A simple, small drawing tablet, like this one and a laptop or desktop computer
- Or, an iPad Air or Pro with an Apple Pencil
This is plenty to get started, or work with without spending too much! I've personally only used Wacom tablets, and the iPad Pro/Pencil, so I can only recommend those. (Although, Huion and XP-Pen are also brands people seem to like!)
What programs do you recommend using?
For Desktop users: Photoshop, Clip Studio Paint (which goes on sale a few times a year) and Paint Tool SAI! Can't go wrong with any of them, but try out the trials to see what suits your tastes.
For iPad users: I couldn't recommend Procreate enough! It's really great!
How did you get a color wheel like SAI in Photoshop?
It's an extension called MagicPicker! I use it in "Pro mode" so I don't see extra stuff on its UI. It costs just a few dollars, I highly recommend it.
What size canvas do you draw on?
Depends! If I'm working on a big print, 11.25" x 17.25" ! (For image bleed space) Smaller prints or doodles are 5.25" x 7.25". Nowadays, I work at 600 dpi, unless it's not something that's made to be printed, then I work at 300.