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Book cover makeover! BEFORE: My sketch has been on my friend's postmodern CYOA eBook (available here a.co/c1i1eOW ) for years. But since I've learned about eyecatching book cover design, I wanted a do-over. AFTER: A mashup of CC-0 photos, a little Krita magic, and surprisingly little futzing in Inkscape for the text!

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All you artists studying backgrounds next year, let's get a hashtag going because I *really* need to get on that train.

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Made huge thing of meatloaf last night.
Am enjoying fried 'loaf sandwiches today.
:9

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⭐ EMERGENCY COMMISSIONS ⭐

Hey everyone,
I'm opening up emergency commissions because I really, really need help. Between being put on more expensive medication and very slow job search, I'm in an extremely tight spot this month. "Struggling to pay my rent" kind of tight.

The base pricing sheet is below, but I can work to accommodate any budget. Contact: dona.vajgand@gmail.com

You can also help by buying me a ko-fi: ko-fi.com/donavajgand
Every supporter gets my Photoshop brush set. I'll do a sketch for 3+ coffees, just tell me what you want in the description.

Boosts help immensely!

Thank you!

mastodon.art/media/guUUtK_V1gD

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@AesAthena Saw you were looking for tips on painting fur!

Painting every single hair will only drive you up the wall. The real trick is to let your brushes and other tools do the work for you!

After laying down flat colors, I like to use a big, wide brush and roughly blend the colors. Follow the shape of the fur, but don't sweat making it perfect at this stage.

Gradually add some texture. Pick brushes that have a bristle-y, furlike shape and let them work for you.

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Anyone got a tutorial/essay/writeup/tips for making digital art look less... gluey/plasticy/smeary? I want to make this cat's stripes look furry textured without having to paint in every...single...hair.
My values look good, though!

Thanks to my mockups, I finally felt confident enough to launch into painting A GINGERSNAP CAT CHRISTMAS' cover.
Here's a crop, AKA LOOKITDISLI'LGUYHE'SSOCUTEAWWW! (He looks amazing in greyscale, so glad for Krita's LUT voodoo!)

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Good thing, too, because my PhoSho CS2 is getting more rickety every time I open it. Sometimes it tells me it's unable to CLOSE because of an error! Thank goodness for open source.

I learned a lot today mocking up book cover text in INKSCAPE. Maybe I don't hate it after all!

In Krita I am the Queen of Transparency Masks!
In Inkscape I am queen of nothing.

Book cover makeover! BEFORE: My sketch has been on my friend's postmodern CYOA eBook (available here a.co/c1i1eOW ) for years. But since I've learned about eyecatching book cover design, I wanted a do-over. AFTER: A mashup of CC-0 photos, a little Krita magic, and surprisingly little futzing in Inkscape for the text!

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Hey, any artists out there who have commissions open who are good at graphic design and drawing cute ducks?
I’m looking to commission a business card and I’m having trouble finding artists with open commissions

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Some thumbs used for the last piece

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Little joshua tree study in watercolor/gouache. Referenced from Archive Rentals photos. Watercolor and gouache forces me to be patient and think in layers, which is really helpful!

G-rated longpost bookcover WIP for a friend Show more

Want a cute, Hallmark Channel-esque read for Valentine's Day? Grab my ebook LOVE POTION COMMOTION, starring two wisecrackin' French bulldogs! Lots of talking dogs!
Excerpt here: pixelvaniapublishing.com/book/
Buyable here: books2read.com/frenchies1
Or at Gumroad: gumroad.co/frenchies1
Or at Amazon!