Hue shifting tutorial

You’ve linearted your piece, you’ve laid down the base colors, and now you want to figure out how those colors change when they’re in shadow. What do you do? Most people’s first intuition is to just turn down the brightness of the color. We’ll use the skin color here as our example and lay down…

Clipping layers tutorial

If there’s one tool that I think every new digital artist should know, it’s how to use clipping layers. Clipping layers are what separates the savages from the civilized artists. In this tutorial I hope to teach you all about them. Usually when you start out drawing digitally you try to do everything in one…

Vector lineart tutorial

Vector layers are one of the coolest features in Clip Studio and they’re a godsend for doing lineart. They allow you to circumvent a lot of the annoyances with traditional raster lineart, and have a bunch of neat little options that improve your workflow. This article goes in depth into how it works and why…

Tip for drawing curved tubes

If you’ve ever tried to lineart a tube, a rope, or something of that sort where it’s a curved tube volume, you might’ve discovered how hard that is to do accurately by hand. As humans we just have trouble eyeballing this kind of stuff with precision. Thankfully, you don’t need to eyeball it. This is…

Line thickness tip

Have you ever struggled with line thickness and these annoying, thin lines? By default, pen pressure translates linearly to brush size. Meaning, a stroke of 1% pen pressure becomes a line of 1% brush size, 50% pen pressure becomes 50% brush size, etc. And this is where the problem comes from. Those stringy lines appear…

Kuro’s top beginner advice

Over the years streaming my drawing on the internet there’s been a number of questions I’ve gotten repeatedly from aspiring viewers in regards to advice for beginners. This is something that I actually feel very strongly about, and in this post I will talk about what I think are some of the biggest and most…