Hello! My name is Skarpantre (not my actual name) and Imake comedy videos using art as visuals.
They usually contain drawings and animations. 2D and 3D.
I know what you're thinking! Skarpantre?
What a weird name...
ut just like every other artist, my art skill...
Wasn't like this when I started.
Here, let me show you one of my first videos
So my second one
And now my latest
Can you guess how much time passed between the two?
5 years? 10 years?
or... or maybe even
Aww stop it! UwU
Only 2 years! Using free software only.
Yes. Even for this background!
How did I do that?
And how could you do the same?
Well, stay tuned! Because this is the story of my art journey.
And art tips that I wish I knew earlier.
If you're a beginner artist or someone who wants to learn digital art sometime-
This video is for you because I'll be covering a lot of things.
If you don't want to hear the entire story,
Skip there when I start the art tips!
So let's begin, shall we?
There was this dark tunnel... And light at the end!
Then a doctor appeared!
No that's too far! Kindergarten!
Ever since my parents introduced me to crayons
I've been drawing so much... like... like.
My parents got rid of them because they took up too much space
But even as a kid, I agreed.
I wish I could show you any of these drawings but
maybe it's for the best because they looked something like this.
Moving on. Primary and middle school.
I wasn't great at art. I was just okay.
In most of my classes there was just a single art kid
and then the rest of the class who didn't really draw at all.
So I was there!
But I wasn't drawing much anyway.
Mostly just caricatures of the teachers I didn't like.
If you didn't do that, you had no childhood amirite?
only 90s kids remember. I'm joking.
I wasn't sketching back then, nor I was any good
but I really liked thoose 3D shapes we learned from maths.
I found it funny how many kids couldn't see that they are meant to be 3D
So I drew some shapes and the kids were like
Now can you draw me?
And since this was math class
I drew stuff like theese using the lines of the booket.
This one was more like pixelart, but this one was more 3 dimensional
If you have a few pages of a math booklet, you should totally try this :D
But moving on
High school... IS COOL YEAH!
Now this is where it gets interesting
It was a few years after Facebook got popular.
I know, remember Facebook?
It's the site that made you start using twitter, because your parents kept tagging you in the most awkward family photoes
and think every boy, girl or anime icon you talk to is your crush.
I was in an art group on that site for all kinds of art:
drawing, painting, digital art, even tattoos and sculpting
People posted some incredible stuff there, even those hyperrealistic ones where
it was sometimes really hard to decide if it's a picture or a painting.
Everything was welcome there!
except thoose weird deviantart sonic and shrek fetish drwaings.
So it was quite a big group!
But then I saw something a lot.
When someone posted mediocre art,
Which was waaay above my level at the time.
Well... they got rekt!
Valid criticism is great because they know what they should focus on to improve
if it's delievered in a respectful way
but half the time they got more than one comments like
"ew why are you even in the group"
"maybe art isn't for you"
"you such *ou suck *you suck"
"delete facebook from your computer" or "just quit"
Seeing that just made me not really want to get into art at all.
And I didn't.
because I knew my current skill wasn't nearly as good as those who got those comments
Now I grew a thicker skin, but for beginner artists that can easily make someone quit
or not start at all, like me.
Give criticism to anyone
but In my opinion you should encourage beginners and give them tips to do better
instead of trying to convince them that you're better than them and they will never be as good as you.
You suck at drawing!
Can I do anything about it?
Well I can give you one tip.
Don't call yourself an artist
until you can paint the Mona Lisa with closed eyes, only from memory.
Oh, and don't even think of digital painting
Ha ha ha
Digital art isn't real art
Back in my days I had 7 jobs and raised 5 kids by your age.
You lazy millenials.
Why doesn't anyone want to be my friend?
But when I was 15 or 16
That's ..when my art phase happened.
It's not a phase mom.
I watched a lot of tutorials on youtube, mostly from this guy called Markcrilley
Shoutout to you if you watched his videos too!
Watching thoose videos made me think drawing is actually way easier than I thought
because he makes it look easy.
But it's not!
I bought a Drawing tips book, got myself all the different pencils I needed
Aaaaaaand I skipped practicing the basic shapes and anatomy and shading and stuff
Because how boring they are?!
So I just ended up drawing things only from refrences.
I wasn't tracing, but
I couldn't come up with my own ideas.
plus I couldn't even draw anything correctly without looking at refrences.
I'm not saying refrences are bad
Even the best artists use refrences!
feel free to correct me, but I don't know any artists who cand draw a motherboard with all it's tiny components
Only from memory.
Art is all about inspection
And you cannot draw something if you don't know how does it look like.
But I just couldn't draw anything on my own!
I was basically just tracing... without tracing...
If that makes sense
So after a few weeks, I quit
I was just a phase mom... Moving on!
In that school we had a lot of freetime because we didn't get homework
Like... at all!
Okay... we had like 10 time a year, but.
I KNOW RIGHT?! That was awesome!
I kinda started feeling bad about gaming and stuff
because I wanted to do something meaningful in my freetime
So I was looking for a hobby
I'm not saying gaming can't get you anywhere, like...
I'm not sure if you know Ninja
Or Esports in general.
Ikr, esports? like...
nerds play videogames?! Who's interested in watching that?!
I just wanna watch REAL sport tournaments!
I can hit snooze 1 more time... it's not even 6:00
So I tried a few hobbies that aren't expensive or I already have the equipment for them
and guess what. I gave up on them
but do you know what's in common with hobbies?
You always have to start learning the very basics
and practice them until you get used to them.
Because if you aren't good at the basics,
Then you will have to come back to learn them again!
Because you might be doing something completely wrong
Since you skipped the tutorial stage.
Also that you don't need the most expensive gear to start
and to get skilled at them!
Photography is an example if you don't know the basics
like angles, the lighting and ratios
it doesn't matter how much your camera costs,
you won't make better pictures
It's also very true for drawing.
THIS is all you really need to start and it is enough to become a master!
Also time... a lot of time
Another very important thing to keep in mind-
You don't naturally be good at anything for the first try.
Your first digital drawing?
It will be bad! Just like everyone else's was.
Sure some people might be talented, but-
Talent can be taken as a multiplier
But... anything multiplied by zero
Is still zero
So you can only get good at something
if you practice it enough!
Take it like a skill level as in Skyrim. You get Experience Points anytime you do it!
But back to the story
I was interested in 3 things:
Computers, comedy and art
It was a long time since I drew anything on paper
and I didn't know anything about digital art
or even that drawing tablets exist.
With all that experience and knowlede. I started my channel!
And this is basically where I started digital art
I was using a mouse
And since I knew from school that Gimp was a free drawing software, I used that.
Without knowing how to use it.
Now. Drawing with a mouse is a terrible idea for 2 reasons.
1. It sucks to draw with.
your lines are going to be very wavy and inconsistent
except if you use a vectorgraphic drawing software like Inkscape where you basically just edit your lines
It's very time consuming and it's more like editing than drawing really.
It's unergonomic and unhealthy for your hands if you draw a lot.
So if you're drawing with a mouse a lot-
You can get carpal tunnels way easier than if you were drawing with a tablet
Kids! If you want to convince your parents to buy you a drawing tablet
Now you know what to say.
At first I didn't care about the quality of my art in my videos,
my main goal was to make them funny and to tell jokes visually.
But after quite a few videos I realised that I just can't get better at drawing.
My lines are still choppy, and anytime I watched a tutorial
they just draw a single line and it's like.. perfection.
And even their coloring is better for some reason... why is mine worse?
Okay, now grab your sticky notes because I'm going to start giving art tips!
One major mistake I think every beginner does first, is this.
I just used the paint bucket to color
But there's a problem!
There are white or transparent pixels left there and it looks very ugly.
Now. How could I fix that?
Well. Draw lineart on one layer and then make another layer under it,
then use the paintbucket
And now you can just draw over the edges to fill thoose gaps without ruining the lineart.
Also some programs like FireAlpaca has this expand feature that basically expands your paint bucket reach by 1 to 3 pixels
So that is done!
Use a lot of layers, but don't get lost and ESPECIALLY watch out not to draw on the wrong layer.
But my lines were still terrible.
At this point I really wanted to get a drawing tablet, but
they are so expensive.
So after getting my first paycheck I bought this Wacom Intuos Draw Small.
While it was shipping, I was worried that it might be too small.
And I wouldn't be able to draw with it normally.
But the medium one was way too expensive.
Like over half my monthly paycheck expensive.
So yeah. I got the tablet and look at it!
It's not yellowish-white
or void-black or sparkly-grey
like most computer gadgets used to be but it's colorful yay.
I'm GONNA DO THIS. I'll finally be an artist now.
But my lines didn't get that much better.
This is the first video I made with my tablet.
You can tell the lines are better but they aren't very good.
I was thinking-
Still, why is that when TheOdd1sOut and every artist I see drawing draws a single line and it's so smooth and perfect.
Why are my lines not like theirs? What am I doing wrong?
Is it that I have the small tablet?
Probably, because my lines with a normal pencil are smooth.
Why did I even buy this.
Then I heard that you should draw lines quickly
so I tried.
It didn't solve my problem, but it's a great tip and it is true.
to draw straight lines instead of wavy lines, you have to draw quickly
and smash 'Ctrl+Z' until you draw the line you wanted
Then YouTube randomly recommended me videos by LeslieLu Marie
where she was using this pretty cool drawing software called FireAlpaca
So I tried it and I loved it!
Because my art got suddenly better?!
mostly because of one feature.
Gimp probably has this too, maybe I just didn't know about it.
I'm sure most drawing softwares do aswell have the stabilizer -or correction- feature!
It basically just draws the line slightly behind your cursor so it can make it smoother
Depending on how strong your setting is.
But it doesn't work well with a mouse so you need a tablet to use it (It actually works now!!)
So use it!
That's how we went from this to this!
It's way simpler than I thought!
After that I got very motivated so I just kept drawing more.
I got a few tips from other artists and I still watched a lot of tutorials.
But by the way
It is the same tablet I'm using up to this day
See? You don't need a fancy display tablet to get good at it.
Sure it must make it easier and better, but if you can't draw with something like this,
then you won't suddenly be a better artist with this.
After that I had a very hard time finding my own artstyle
because I've seen artists with all their cool and unique styles
while I was just drawing lines and coloring them.
But that's what a style is!
It's the way you draw, it's something that you'll grow into,
like a signature.
On the way I tried new things
New brushes, new software for my videos
Currently I'm using Audacity, Levelator, HitFilm Express, Blender, FireAlpaca and sometimes Gimp
but I should be using Krita because of how powerful it is.
These are all free to use and powerful software so I can absolutely recommend trying them!
After drawing a lot (~1 year), my nib got worn out so I had to replace it
I'm just saying this because a lot of people doesn't know that your tablet
probably came with 3 replacable nibs and a nib puller.
So there you go, don't waste them because nibs are quite expensive actually!
Okay.. not TOO expensive, but
after you see the price tag on that 5 tiny bit of plastic...
A single nib can last up to one year actually
Just don't press too hard on your tablet and try not to scribble too much
I ran into a lot of tablet driver issues which are very common.
I haven't heard of anyone who didn't have tablet driver issues of some kind.
For me it's like
while I'm drawing, sometimes I notice that the stabilizer stopped working.
But Kristi has a great video on how to fix many driver problems
If nothing works, restart your PC AFTER you saved everything
It's very important.
If still nothing, then delete and reinstall the driver.
And VERY important!
if you buy a new tablet, be sure to delete every previous tablet driver before you install the new one.
Or it just won't work. (Until you delete the previous ones and then install the new tablet's driver ofc, it won't destroy your new tablet if you don't do it like this)
So yeah! Once I got good enough at drawing,
A great artist
seriously, check out her art, it's unbeliveable.
She told me that my drawings are good enough, I should move on to color theory to get good at coloring
because it is very important
And she was right, it's super important to know how to color
That video (Link below) taught me not to use oversaturated colors for everything
But mostly for the important things in a drawing because they catch your attention!
Saturation is easy to understand
if you look at this color selection window, This is line the hue selection
After we picked a hue,
in this window if you pick a color you want, you can increase brightness by going up
and you can increase the saturation if you go to the right
so saturation is basically how strong a color is.
If I only use saturated colors for a scene then look how crowded and weird it looks like.
So I started using this range of colors a lot
which I rarely touched before
Also I learned NOT to shade with black or white.
Except if you're going for a very specific style,
but most of the time, shading with black and white is just ugly.
But instead shade with a brighter or darker version of another color.
Like, if you look at white things
-No, not me..- Like snow!
you might think shadows can only be gray, but
Look at how blue those shadows are!
So here I'm just using a clipping layer with a very dark blue on this white here.
I lower the opacity so it isn't that dark
And look at how more natural that looks like over this one with jusut a grey shading
It's also very true for plants.
They are green.
but actually they have way more yellow in them than you'd think first
And it isn't just true for realism,
It's also true for cartoony styles, like...
I painted this grass behind me with a little bit of yellow so it looks... better
All of this did improve my art a lot
but I still felt like I'm just mediocre.
By the way you probably noticed that I'm really into drawing vehicles like cars and starships
the way I draw my vehicles is almost like 3D modelling, but drawn in 2D.
The best tip I can give for that is practice drawing cubes, rectangles and basic shapes from all angles.
And NOT only like this.
This is fine too but this is an ortographic view of a cube.
Here all of the sides look equal
But this is not how a cube looks like.
The best way to understand this is to look at a cube.
Here in Blender I'm switching between ortographic and perspectivic view.
If we take a screenshot of the perspectivic view and trace over the lines of the cube.
See the difference?
It's even more obivious on the larger scale You can definately see that this is how it'd look like in real life.
And this... doesn't really look alright
CALL THE DOCTOR
In order to draw objects accurately,
learn how to use vanishing points and perspective grids
Always start with something somple first.
if you start out with something super complicated for the first time, you'll realise that you can't do it.
And it's not because you're bad at it,
it's just that you didn't progress enough to get to that level.
Just like you can't fly a plane with a driving licence even if you're a good driver.
Shortly after that we get to this drawing.
Which is actually made about half a year earlier than this video you're watching
Lately I got the hang of using 3D for my videos
I learned CAD at my IT school
I'm pretty sure that helped me a lot with understanding the 3D environment and modelling.
Even though CAD software and Blender are soooo different.
I realised how all of this really needs a certain kind of mentality of not giving up and constantly trying to improve
You should really be proud of what you draw
but also look at it from the eye of a critic
so you can notice what you could spend more time on to get better at.
If you don't quite feel like that is you,
You can grow into it if you really want to
Like I did, I was such a quitter at anything I did
Is it the perspective? Is it the colors?
The ratios? I didn't practice characters or vehicles enough?
These are questions even the best artists ask to themselves.
And if you make mistakes or fail
Who cares? You can try again as many times as you want
Art is a never ending study of observing everything around you to see the details and experimenting with new things.
The next time you go out for a walk,
Take a closer look at the cracks of a stone!
So the next time you draw stone, you'll have a better understanding of it!
No one said it's going to be easy
But that is what makes it special if you don't give up.
So step out of your comfort zone, study everything and draw them!
If you enjoyed this video, please give it a like
And subscribe for more comedy videos if you enjoy my weird humor and accent!
I have a playlist of tutorials I collected
you can find it in the description if you're interested
but you have a lot of resources to study from anyway, there's the internet now
you don't have to buy books and visit masters to learn from them.
If I said something wrong let me know and I'll add them to the pinned comment.
So check it out.
Thank you so much to ReedFlower, she helped me a lot with this script and without her critic, this video would've been a diseaster.
Her videos are fantastic, so check out her channel if you haven't already!
Sorry I couldn't make a papercraft series for this video
but I just really wanted to get it out because it's been too long since I uploaded.
Except for the boxhead of Pinely!
I know many of you are here from his video so thank you so much!
His videos aren't family friendly but if you don't mind that, his videos are amazing
It's like comedy but with characters and skits!
It's a crime he only has 17.000* subs
Thank you so much for watching and have an easy day!