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So This is something I have been more than a little apprehensive about starting but as times are tough and more than ever I'm finding less and less time to do the kind of art that I want to do I'm hopeful a patreon account will be a stepping stone to start doing something serious with my art and ideas. So that said, if you'd like to give me some support that would be fantastic! 

Regardless I've got a few pictures that have been half done for months, once I finish some commissions I'll be able to finish those. And ofcourse I'll still put up everything par the norm.

So here it is: www.patreon.com/themichaelmacr…

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TheMichaelMacRae Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
A bamboo fun was the first tablet I bought. It was alright but it also misbehaved... A LOT. So I dumped the sleazy hag and made a move on a hot new intros 3 which was the newest at the time. It was much better. The bamboo is just too small, and if you have one of the recently released ones I think they all have a weird faux paper texture to them which I find to be as appealing as nails on a chalk board. I suggest either finding a used (or new) intuos 4, five or whatever, with a bigger surface area, you'll be much happier, they're quite nice and perfect for painting, as good as using a cintiq imo... but they aren't as good for doing line art specifically, for that the cintiq is immeasurably valuable. BUT it's not necessary I did without it for like 5 years. 

Some painting tips though: Try not to rely on the airbrush method of painting i.e.: 1 - 10% flow and a soft edged brush, a lot of newbies use the airbrush because it's easier to blend colours... don't be like them... I started myself off using a technique like this guy: cellar-fcp.deviantart.com/art/…  I've been following him for years even though he's barely put anything out in over a century. He uses a low opacity, hard, round brush and just paints with many many brush strokes. He builds up colours and shades and whatnot by overlapping brush strokes. No soft brushes, no airbrushing (*gag*) and it helps you learn how to better choose colours and shades. 

His sense of color is much more refined that it looks outright. For instance look at the dove in that picture. A dove is white obviously, but he adds snippets of saturated color along the edges, not enough that it stands out as an oddly coloured dove if you look at it at a glance. but it's enough that it gives it depth. Also look at the bricks on the wall to the left, if you blur your vision and look at it (un focussing your eyes helps to blend all the colours and shades together so you can better judge what the over all color is) you notice it's kind of a grey color. BUT IT"S NOT!! Don't be fooled. Try not to paint the color you think something is (in this case: grey) rather, paint all the colours inside of it that ADD up to its over all color. Those bricks are made out of de-saturated greens, browns and blues. Don't be afraid to put a de-saturated color next to a saturated color or a dark saturated color next to a light de-saturated color. I notice a  lot of newer artists seem to be afraid to go too dark or too light, too saturated or too de-saturated... Experiment with the extremes, it will help you understand how to implement the elements of color saturation with light and dark.


In general, I find, areas that are in shade are more saturated, areas in light are more de saturated. 

Another tip. Know how the human eye sees shape/value/hue.  

Put the most emphasis on tone, (light and dark) make sure there is lots of contrast in your picture. Without contrast, the entire picture will blur into one ugly blob no matter how detailed it is. Separate your picture into three tones: WHITE, GREY and BLack. Imagine a light/dark scale that goes from 1 (white) to 11(black) --- 1-3 is white 5-7 is grey and 9-11 is black. Notice how I left out 4 and 8? This is the key to making your picture have contrast. Just straight up DUMP those two shades, you don't need em.


Thus, let's say your main character in a  composition is going to be the lightest element of your picture, and the background is going to be grey and black. NEVER (except in maybe really small elements) have elements in your background come close to the same lightness as the elements that make up your main character. 

What I'm getting at is say you want to shade your main character, you can only use shades that fall within the 1-3 tonal value. If you start to use shades outside of that, you risk your main character blurring into the background and the entire picture could lose focus. Ofcourse there are always exceptions to the rules, but in general for starting out, I'd say try to stick to this rule of separating the elements of your picture into very distinctive tonal values. 

themichaelmacrae.deviantart.co… this picture is kindof an example of what I'm getting at. Notice how she doesn't have any lighter colours on her that are lighter than any colours in the background? With snowy environments this is really easy to pull off because the background is basically just white with snippets of grey in it. But it still demonstrates what I was talking about.


SO yeah, if you want you can send me some pictures you finish and I can show you how to improve!
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asphagnum Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2015
Good to see you're here. Again.
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yoggurt Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
You are back! Yay!
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purpleflith Featured By Owner Edited Jan 30, 2015
I want to preface my comment by saying I don't go on Deviantart that often. Usually once to 3 times a year. Most art that I see, I don't find spectacularly pleasing or interesting.

I felt this way for a long time, I gave up on art. Left to to its own wits. Deviantart Became big, the small art community grew commercial, bland and boring. To get on the front page it was who you knew, not how good or creative your art actually was.

There once was a time where artists worked on getting better, taking friendly advice from other artists. It wasn't a community really, we were friends, maybe even family. Everyone had a common goal. A string mentality of becoming the best artist we could be. Together. 

Art from just 7 years ago was magical. Digital art was new and exciting and difficult. People had goals, and artists developed their skills quickly. They became better than they ever were before. Creative ideas were thrown around and commissions rolled in. Artists starting making money. And they were pleased that they could turn a hobby into a dollar.

But something changed. The comradery stopped. The hot flames of so much expansion in the art world burned out. The once powerful flames of friendship, love, and understanding all but burnt out. All that was left was the burning embers of the ultra competitive. A few hobbyists stayed around. Even then, most of them turned into a commercial machine; they had their minds twisted with demographics and became meta. They became shell of the former artists they once were. They no loner were the creative artists that created art because, they wanted it to simply exist. Having a vision of what was in their own minds; to share with their work with the world.

The only thing left was a concentrated shit pile, with a few embers of heat.

The once bright beautiful flame of art is all but gone, people moved on. Went on to do the next big flame. As other flames lit up the dark in the distance. There still remained the ember of Deviantarts fire. Mostly black, deep filth, filled the ruin of the once magnificent flame. You must navigate the filth pile carefully. If you stay to long the filth gets into your lungs, slowly eats away at your brain. Hope was almost gone.

But was always hope. A desire that maybe people could participate in something greater than themselves. Being human turns you into a hopeful creature. 

Here is where you come in. I was navigating this shit pile, with no expectations. Maybe. Just maybe, I could find that spark, that heat of passion. ART. 

Your art represents the best of artists. Art of 7 years ago. The good art. Your color understanding, your perceptive, even the energy in the pictures themselves is magnificent.

Often when I saw your pictures they left me with more questions than answers. One of your pictures gave me an idea to write a story. Hour and hours of thoughts, An adventure of ideas based on what? A drawing? No. Art. Intriguing, wonderful, art. In my humble opinion, damn near perfect. Thank you, you made my day.

Had to edit my horrible grammar. X)
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LeRohesier Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You really have a style that I like. I currently written a script for a Macabre comic book project set in the lovecraft universe.
My storytelling skills are okay but my D-Painting skills are still far from my objective.

I would really like to be as good as you to put my project to life or have you as part of it.

I especially like "The Mansion" style.

You can message me if you are curious about the project.
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Liv-Anna Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2014
Your gallery is awesome! And I love your Dev ID! Love 
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UltraEs-Pii Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Someday, I hope I can get to your level.
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MissGrib Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2014   Digital Artist
Outstanding gallery !!!... just love your works, all very deep and clever, congrats :clap:
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Lord-LestatDlaCuadra Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2014  Professional Photographer
hiya! :D
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