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CG tutorial for mouse + tablet by poli-chan CG tutorial for mouse + tablet by poli-chan
edit 4/26/08: holy pig. never have I even dreamed of getting a Daily Dev... thankyouthankyouthankyou so much for this honor ;__;

If you have questions, please ask. I'll do my best to answer them. (:

If you want to try this and need a sketch (...too lazy to draw your own? XD), you can use one of mine;
cow, angel, ...

If you just want to try to CG, you can use one of my linearts:
(will update as soon as I finish one)


Regarding the PEN TOOL - err.. it's kinda hard to explain XD; ..which is why I didn't really explain it. It's like the bezier tool in oekakis or MS Paint -- in a way.
Click once at the starting point of your line, and click and drag in the direction of the line (at the spot you want your line to end). Play with the dragging until you like how the line looks (don't let go of the mouse button!)~ and then do the right click > stroke path thing. Look at this if you can't visualize it...XD [link]

LAYERS - if you're confused about what I meant with the layers, take a look here --> [link] That's the layers palette for the image in the tutorial.
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Daily Deviation

Given 2008-04-26
No tablet, no problem. CG tutorial for mouse + tablet by *poli-chan details helpful techniques that everyone can use with a mouse. ( Featured by LawrenceDeDark )
PeppermintSoda Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
I DID try creating smooth lines with the Pen tool, but I ended up spending one to two hours doing it, and my parents were telling me to turn off the computer. I wanted to find a quicker way to create smoother lines, but I think I had no avail.

I wish I had a drawing tablet… maybe I'll ask my parents when I turn 16… T-T
leonoriel Featured By Owner May 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I love you... I love you! I have been looking for one these for centuries now and here it was! *-* Thank you master! My ugly lineart days are over thanks to you! Thank you!!!!!
xXxTsunaideXxX Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I used your angel sketch thing, I hope you don't mind that I edited it a lot and changed what things were at some places. If you don't like that I did that, I will take it down right away.
Anyways, link is here: [link]
Swiftlaker Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2011
Wers the tutorial lol? :p
Seth-D-Forbes Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2011  Student General Artist
Click the download button
LilAngelPup Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2010  Student General Artist
I hate computers -.- I suck at this :S so confusing XD awesome tutorial though
iLyrica-sama Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2010  Student General Artist
Where do I find the "Colorize" option? o.o
Corrosionbear Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2010
I colored your Cow sketch. I hope you don't mind x3. You can see it here: [link]
Thank you for the tutorial, It helped me a quite a bit x3
xieon1 Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2010
Great tutorial. I can barely sketch so lineart seems a far off step :) Anyways in [link] I referenced your character from the tutorial. I of course credited you, but if theres a problem I will remove it.
Israel50 Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2010  Student Digital Artist
Nice tutorial. It's pretty close to how i color but there were some really useful tips in here. Thanks a lot, I'll probly try it on my next drawing that i color :3
kyuzoaoi Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2010  Student Artist
It would be of good use for use.
supahhh Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2010
Thank you!! <333
THis really helps ^_^
Congrats on your Daily Deviation! (even though this two years late x) )
Bran-new-Lovesong Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2010
thanks it helps
laura-foo Featured By Owner May 29, 2010
You've got skill! :iconanimefaceplz:
happy-giggles Featured By Owner May 28, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
la la la la la la la la la la la la la la la la la la la la la la la la la la la la la la la la la la la la la la la la la la la la la la la la la la la la la la la la la la la la la la la la la la la la la la la la
Exploding-Penguins Featured By Owner May 17, 2010
Awesome tutorial, thanks!
icaropio Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2010
Oww soo cool! Thanx so much! That was really helpfull!!
Rubi-Wonderland Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2010
thanks! It realy helps me!
flashart-zad Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2010
Wow, this will help me a lot. Nice.
sasuke7777 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2009
I really have sucked when it comes to shading and adding the different shades of colors. I hope maybe this will help me out. Your final result looks great.
McArson Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
good lord that fucking shoulder what
KusuNeko Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2009
this was very helpful and it deserved a daily dev.
good job!!
death-by-spoon Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2009
Thanks so much for this!!!
4catsatonoluv Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2009
I don't quite understand step 6! i have photoshop CS2 and I don't know if there are some other buttons to click or what but I don't understand what you meean by "coloring outside the lines".
every thing other than that has been a breeze!
xherodbskx Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2009
omg thank you for this tutorial
LOL i just bought a tablet
and i dont know the hell what to do with it
haha thanks again!
AlexAkio Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2009
wow this really Going to help me xD Thank Youu =o
OriensRex Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
I've been looking for a way to taper the lines forever. I can't believe that it never occurred to me to use the eraser tool. Thank-you, this was awesome!
myshachu Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ah, this is so helpful. I'm in the middle of coloring my first piece and it's been easy to follow the instructions so far.:)
blondangel1 Featured By Owner May 1, 2009  Student
thank u so much! :love:
Sylentstar Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2009   Digital Artist
how do you know where exactly to shade? I have looked at a few of these tutorials, and I cant seem to get this whole CG/anime style of shading down. I understand how you do it, but I am confused as to how you determine where the shadows and highlights go. Can you explain it to me? =) I would greatly appreciate it
Powerblade Featured By Owner May 4, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
I can give you the answer to that question, too. Basically, before you start shading, you imagine a light source, for example a lightbulb, the sun, etc.
Following the light, you accordingly shade where the shadow falls (or highlights for that matter). It's not that hard, just takes some imagination :3
Sylentstar Featured By Owner May 4, 2009   Digital Artist
gotcha! :D thanks!
Powerblade Featured By Owner May 4, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
You're very welcome :]
FaustoMancio Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2009
uh, its not for begginers like me :( i cant follow this tutorial
Calkubo Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2009
God, I just learned about Ctr + Click, Ctr + G, Ctr + U... and a ton others. No wonder it took me hours to color something and it didn't look that well.

Was there a Photoshop tutorial you read to learn about this, took a class or something?
animeissocool Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2009   Photographer
Please I beg u tell me which photoshop this is! I'm going crazy, I can't tell which one u are using! I want it for my b-day but I can't tell which one!
PrincessKanyo Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2009  Student Artist
OOOH this is great , so i can learn how to do something like this when i get my own tablet , thank you , this is going in my Fav's
PrincessKanyo Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2009  Student Artist
now that i finally have a tablet im going to do it ,thank you once again!
p-o-c-k-e-t Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
thank you for making this ^^ this style is perfect for the project I'm working on~
0--Sakura--Dita--0 Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2009
Great tutorial :clap:
Now if only I have a photoshop in my computer... :ohnoes:
Raidiance Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2009  Student Digital Artist
Ouu I love it <3 But when I colour the inked layer, I always have these ugly little black & grey squares , kind of like a crappy outline XD Is there any way of getting rid of those?
Kauthar-Sharbini Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2009
thanx u ^__^
Dayami-chan Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
omGOSH! this totally helped soo much! thanks a lot!1 :heart:and happy valentines day too!:hug:
l00vebug52 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2009
thank you this is extremely helpful
i colored the little cow boy (or girl XD) using the tecniques you used and it came out wonderfully
thank you again :D
BLUE-ECHO-23 Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2009
you a wonderful teacher thankyou this help alot again thankyou
ArtPi3ce Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2009
Love your tutorial! Please make more!
demeteraurion Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2009  Student Interface Designer
is doing the lineart on a sketch easier with the pen tool rather than using the tablet?

i just got a tablet today o.o
KSG-XII Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
thank you very much!!!!!!!!!!!!!
linzymarie Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow this was great!! i used your cow lineart and followed the steps
i would show you but i have no idea how to use links on this sight
sakura2dog Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2008
Tutorial is very very very very helpful.
This is not the fault of anyone who has created one before,
I HATE PHOTOSHOP - im so jealous. Everyone can make such
pretty pics with it and I still can't do it T-T. I always use paint
(which is so simple its a disgrace the creators ever made it).
Anyway - awesome job on the tutorial
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