10 Digital Art MISTAKES You Are Making! 💀


– [Aaron] Hello there and
thanks for joining me. I’m digital artist Aaron Rutten, and these are ten of the
worst digital art mistakes. These are in no particular order. Let’s start with the first one, which is incorrect tablet use. You want your tablet to be
parallel to your screen. And you want to be right
in front of you tablet and right in front of your screen. If you have a sliding
drawer for your keyboard, that’s a good place to put your tablet because that will be right in your lap, right in front of you. You don’t want to be off the the side, or have the tablet off to the side. And you don’t want to have
the tablet turned at an angle. That will make it a lot harder to get the hand-eye coordination down. And it will make drawing more difficult and less accurate. So just make sure that your tablet, your screen, and your eye
level are all parallel to each other. The second mistake on my list happens when you don’t
shift the hue of your color when you’re shading. So what I mean by shifting the hue is, you have your hue ring here. And right now, I’m on an orange hue. And if I wanted to shade this circle, and make it into a sphere, or make it three-dimensional, what I would want to do is decrease and increase the value. And put a shadow on one side, and a highlight on the other. However, this tends to look kind of flat. If I duplicate this layer, and I try a different method of shading, this time I’m going to shift the hue. So I have my base color here, which is this orange hue. And I’m going to make it
darker like I did last time. But then I’m going to
shift the hue a little bit towards red. Then I’m going to put in my shadow. I’m going to sample my base color again. And then I’m going to select a highlight that is a little bit more yellow and a bit brighter and I’ll put that in. And now I get a much more natural result when I’m shading. Generally speaking, I’m shifting my highlights
towards a warmer hue and I’m shifting my shadows
towards a cooler hue. Mistake number three on my list is not adding enough contrast
or enough range of values to your artwork, which will make it appear kind of flat or kind of dull. And you can see that in this apple here, it looks really flat. So we can see that we can
add quite a bit more contrast to this piece. I’m going to darken some of the side here. This is adding a little bit of contrast. And I could of course do that
with a lighter color as well. We can do a quick before and after. And we can see the affect
that it had on the apple. We added a lot more contrast, which helps it look more realistic. Mistake number four on my list is not looking enough at your artwork to see mistakes. These are little mistakes
like accidental marks, strange edges, repetitive patterns from brush strokes, banding from color gradients
or transitions in color, or even just proportions
being off somewhere. So this piece looks pretty
good from a distance, but it’s a pretty large
piece, so I can zoom into it, and I can kind of scan around
and look for some areas like, oh, what do we have here? Here’s some weird little line. We can see it very clearly
when we’re looking at it 100% but if we were painting this much smaller, and we never really
zoomed in on that area, we might not notice that, and then when we go to print it later, all of a sudden, we might notice that there’s this weird mistake. So there’s a number of
ways to fix mistakes. If this were on a layer
you could simply erase it. Or if it’s too late, and you’ve already flattened
all your layers down, you can do something like paint over it. Or just blend it. I can use the Diffuse Blur blender. And just blend it away. Or I can just use a brush, and hold Alt to sample my color near it. And just paint it away like so. No while we’re on the topic of zooming in and adding and removing detail, that brings us to mistake number five, which is adding too much detail. You know, you could really go in here, and zoom in really close,
and you could add in all kinds of little cracks and crevices or you could, you know, for instance, write a serial number on here. If this is some kind
of robot or something. But then, when you go to print this out, or you view it from far away, suddenly, all that detail is lost. That serial number that
I wrote on the robot looks more like a weird eyebrow now. And that little mark that
I made on the metal texture doesn’t even show up. So you want to look at things close, and you want to look at things far away, but overall, you want to
kind of weight your judgment towards how it looks far away because most of the
time that’s where people are going to be viewing it. Mistake number six is saving
your artwork as a JPEG. If we go to file, save, or save as. We have lots of options
for saving our file. And one of the more commonly known formats is JPEG. But that’s really not
the best format to use, nor is it the only format to use. In fact, it’s probably one of
the worst formats you can use. So why is JPEG so bad? JPEG is bad because it’s
going to compress your image using “lossy compression”. And when we go to save as JPEG, we can see these quality options which represent the amount of compression. So if I zoom into an area
of detail in my painting, and we set this to fair, and we reduce the quality, you can really quickly
see what’s happening. You may see images on the internet that look really blocky like this. And that’s because they’ve
been overly compressed. You know you could set
this quality higher. And even if you set it to excellent, and you set it to 100%, it’s still going to compress your image. And compression is basically
throwing away information to make the file smaller. So unless you have to save as a JPEG, do not use JPEG. If you do have to save it as a JPEG, make sure to save a copy of your artwork. Don’t save your original as a JPEG. So rather than use JPEG, I’m going to go to Save As, and I’m going to choose PNG. Or “ping”. Now if we go to Save. It doesn’t really ask us anything. It’s just going to save
it as that PNG format. If you’re using something like Photoshop, you might get a few more options. The difference between PNG and JPEG is that PNG is a “lossless
compression” format. Meaning that it’s not going
to throw away any information or really harm the image
in any way by saving it. And PNG is a web-compatible
format in most cases. So a lot of the time, anywhere that will accept a JPEG will also accept a PNG. It’s also worth mentioning that your color stays a little more accurate
when you save as PNG versus JPEG. JPEG can sometimes change the color when you’re saving. Mistake number seven
also relates to saving, and that is not saving often enough. And not saving iterations. So I hear a lot of artists talk about how they’re working on
something for a half hour or an hour or longer. And then something happens, like their computer crashes, or maybe their software crashes. And then all of a sudden they
have lost that information. And that isn’t very uncommon. Sometimes things crash. Or things happen, so
it’s good to save often. I save constantly and I
use the keyboard shortcut that way it’s really quick and easy. You can see I also have
shortcut buttons up here. When I’m saving, I
prefer to choose save as. And save iterations. As I’m working I’ll have
painting number one, then maybe later when I save again, I’ll save it as painting number two. And then painting number three. And painting number four. That way I have all of those older copies I can go back to, and if something bad
happens when I’m working, I don’t have to start over
from the very beginning. I can just go back to an older version. Mistake number eight
deals with resolution. I’m going to go ahead and
create a new image here, and I want this image to
be 14 inches by 11 inches if I were to print it. Resolution is going to control the amount of detail in that image. A standard resolution for printing is 300. The standard for the web
is 72 pixels per inch. So since I’m going to be printing this, and this is going to
be a piece of artwork, I want to use a higher
resolution like 300. That way if I go in here, and I start painting,
doodling, scribbling, I have lots and lots of detail. I can zoom in really close to this. And these lines are nice and smooth. If I create a duplicate of this canvas, and I only make the resolution 72, but I still keep the dimensions the same. 14 by 11. And I use that same brush, when I zoom in now, there’s going to be a lot
of little jagged pixels you can really see these
here when I zoom in. That’s because they’re
isn’t as much detail or as much resolution. Mistake number nine is a very common one. And that is destructive editing. What if you have something where you don’t know what
size you want it to be, and you need to kind of experiment
and make it maybe bigger or smaller and go back and forth? What you would want to do is
use something like Photoshop to turn that layer in a Smart Object. So I’m going to right click on that layer and choose Convert To Smart Object. And what that’s going to
do is that’s going to lock in the original resolution. So even if I scale it down, really tiny, and then scale it back up again, as long as I don’t go
bigger than the original, it’s still going to look really good. So I’m going to call that layer “smart”. Let’s make a duplicate of that layer. Let’s call this “dumb”. And we’ll make this not a Smart Layer. So to do that, I’m just
going to Rasterize it, turn it back into a regular layer. And on that “dumb layer”, if you will, I’m going to scale that down really small. And I’m going to commit to that change. And I’m going to transform
it and scale it up again. Now you can see what happened here. You can’t even see what it is because I made it so
small that it was only just a few pixels, and then when I tried to blow it up again, that information was thrown away. So the computer just had to try to guess where the detail was and it
didn’t do a very good job. If you don’t have Smart
Layers in your application, you could also just
right click on the layer and duplicate it. Hide one of your duplicates
to keep it as your original. And then you can experiment with a copy. And then that way if you
make it bigger and smaller, and bigger and smaller,
and it gets degraded, that’s okay because that’s just a copy. You can get your size
and position correct. And then you can reveal
your original layer, take it over there. Move it, scale it down, then
it will look nice and clean. If we look at these side by side, you can see the difference that it makes. On is still nice and sharp, the other one’s all blocky
because we transformed it too much. So when you’re throwing away information or permanently altering your image, that’s called destructive editing. You want to try to use
non-destructive editing, which means you’re not going
to throw away any information or risk messing anything up. Another example of destructive
versus non-destructive editing is using the eraser. The eraser is destructive. If I erase this person’s arms. And then let say I do something like, I make a few more marks with the eraser. And then I exceed the number
of undos I have available. If for some reason I wanted to go back and bring the arms back
and I try to use undos, I can only go back so far. So now those arms are gone and I’d be forced to have to redraw them. Now that’s not so bad if you’re dealing with a stick figure. But there’s a smarter way
to non-destructively erase, and that is to add a Layer Mask. So I’ll click on Create New Layer Mask. I’ll select black. And I’m going to select
the Airbrush this time. And if you paint within a Layer Mask, basically what you’re
doing is you’re concealing those pixels. So you’re not really erasing them. They’re going away, but they’re
just becoming invisible. They’re not really getting removed. So I have masked away
or concealed some areas of his arms. But what if I decided I
wanted to bring them back? Rather than re-draw them, I’ll select white and
I’ll paint on my mask. And I can reveal or
bring those areas back. So that’s a non-destructive
way of erasing. Another example of destructive
versus non-destructive editing happens when
you’re creating effects. So for example, I can go ahead and go to Effects>Tonal control>Adjust colors. And I can shift the hue
and make this planet a completely different color. However, this is a destructive edit. Meaning that if I keep changing the color. It might be really
difficult to get it back to it’s original color. Or if I apply too many color changes, it might start to kind of subtract details from the overall color in the piece. So a better way to do this
is to duplicate that layer. I’m going to “Select All” with Ctrl+A. And then copy and paste. And I have a duplicate here. And I can apply that same
effect to the duplicate. So I’ve changed the color. But I still have my original. Besides making it easier and
less risky to experiment, you can also take advantage of things like the different blend modes
if you wanted to blend things together to experiment
with different effects. And finally, mistake
number ten on our list is not using layers. Believe it or not, a lot of digital artists don’t use layers. And that’s easy to
understand because if you’re used to working with traditional media, you have to start from the background and work your way forward. Because you can’t move layers around. So if I was painting, I’d have to put in my
leaves and stem first. Then I’d have to put in my petals. Like so. And then I’d have to put in my center on top of that. And then if I decided that
I wanted a background, I’d have to very carefully go and paint around all of the edges. It might have made sense to
put in my background first I guess. But, I was just doodling, and I didn’t know that
I wanted a background, and now that I do, I would just spend a lot
of time very carefully correcting mistakes. And even if I’m very careful, I’ll still have to go
and add in more pink here to fix my mistakes and so on. And it’s a really difficult way to work. Because if I decided I
don’t want my background to be blue, I want it to be red, then I have to go and I have select red. I have to paint over that blue again. And I have to spend more time. Now that’s just how you have
to do it when you’re working with traditional media. But if you’re working digitally, you don’t have to do it that way. You can use layers. Layers are your friend. So for example, I have my center on a layer. I have my petals on a layer. I have my stem on a layer. And I have my background on a layer. So if I wanted to go in
and paint in a background, I can choose blue, I can
paint behind those layers. And if I don’t that layer to be blue, I want it to be green, I can select green and I
can quickly fill that layer with green. Or I could fill it with red. If I want it to be red. And I can quickly change it. If I decide I don’t want a background. I can either hide that layer. Or I can delete that layer. It also helps me to move things around. If I want to reposition
my whole flower here, I can reposition it. If I want to transform the petals, make them bigger, I can
transform the petals. If I want to change the color of the stem, I can change the color of the stem. So layers are your friend. You want to make sure
you always use layers. And use as many layers as you need to. So there you go, those are ten of the worst
digital art mistakes. If you found this information helpful, take a quick second to like this video. And if you’re new to my channel, I’d love to have you subscribe. I have a lot more digital art tutorials for artists like you. Thanks for watching and
I’ll see you next time.

100 comments

  • Aaron Rutten

    Admit it. Were you guilty of any of these? If so, you should subscribe to my art channel for free #DigitalArtSmart tutorials: https://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=anatomyofrockthe

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  • Daniel Taylor

    tip #1: Get a pen display

    I very much prefer pen displays to tablets. Drawing on something but having the marks appear somewhere else is just something that my brain can't comprehend apparently. I got a pen display – problem solved. It's just like normal drawing then, my art improved dramatically.

    The list was filled out a bit with some things that are just general art tips, though… shifting the hue is something that traditional artists do all the time, mostly because you have to use a different color when using certain kinds of media like pastel. You can't just grind some charcoal into pastel and just hope it looks OK. I mean, you can, but… with some colors it's going to come out looking like garbage. Though, I suppose it can be tough limiting art advice specifically to digital media.

    I think the real question about layers is can one have too many layers? 🤔

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  • Recyclable Glass

    Me, a mobile user, using IbisPaintX: stonks

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  • Sushii Gacha

    #7 literally just happened to me 😔

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  • Gamers

    Thanks about the tip on shading it's my biggest hang-up. I draw a lot of comic book characters so I can manage just about anything but puting shadows on armor characters is a bit of a problem.

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  • C

    More videos like this please 🙂

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  • Marbo Beatz

    awesome bro. I usually don't listen all the way through. very simple very easy to follow and listen. Subbed

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  • Z T

    Yo what if my tablet isn't tilted but shifted to the right for my hand?

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  • Ananya Shetty

    Woah. I will use png anymore! Thank you!!! Also that shading yup is a huge help! I always wondered why my shading was so dull

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  • Mia

    I worked on a digital art peice for 2 hours, and i wanted to continiue tommorrow so i saved the drawing. As a JPEG!! So the next day i went back to my drawing, but all the layers had become 1 layer… it might not sound that bad, but remember that it was still unfinished.. so i started all over..

    Yes, i cried

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  • Emmett McClain

    The clickbait title tho.

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  • Roplizuxe

    I kinda wasted my whole time (not being rude!) just seeing this vid even though I’ve never made these mistakes…. at least i know what not to do at least!

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  • Aquartzy

    Next time if there are two options and u don't know what they do, the least you can do is Google the difference that way you'll avoid making the same mistake like saving it to jpeg

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  • Blackmist #defenitio of art

    What if you draw on your phone?

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  • 饺子

    im not agree with the first one

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  • Adrienne Dupree

    What art program do you draw from?

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  • Niculae Livia Cristina

    I'm working in Photoshop CS4, if I didn't finished my artwork I save it as psd. And when is finished I save it as jpeg. You wrong here about saving it as "png".
    What? I keep my tablet how I want and feel comfortable! I hold it on my legs.
    Till now I keep making layers on my photos with my artworks and I'm very good with that honestly to be.

    What I saw is only for PaintSai users. NOT Photoshop users.

    Depends to every artist's style how is making the process in a digital artwork.

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  • iiTurtleStars x

    Im getting my first tablet for my birthday! My birthday is in September. I also heard that you can also use vector layers which are I think the same as smart layers. I will definitely use these tips when I start my first digital art piece! Thank you again, my colors look really good when switching the hue which is something I've been doing for almost a year after watching this. Thanks! uwu

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  • henrik khachatoorian

    Hi, I have a serious problem with using digital graphic tablets. How to choose the suitable stroke thickness when you are working freehand to have the desired thickness in the final output? During working you have to zoom in and out so the stroke thickness we see depends on the zoom level and the display resolution and document resolution.

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  • PoulpeGirl

    Very good video! Clean, clear, really good!

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  • -Xsarai _master

    Well im use my phone,not tablet.cause i dont have one :')

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  • Al EC

    I was guilty of initially never using layers for my character artwork. Until I realized how VERY useful they are for virtually everything you can do digitally with art (including coloring and shading).

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  • deertea

    I have a display tablet it’s next to the computer is that ok? It seems ok

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  • Jedidiah Ange-Emmanuel Kouakou

    I'LL ERASE YOU!!! non-destructively

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  • Drunken Pirate

    If you can and have the stuff for it: build your own workspace. Take your time at adjusting height and size of your table. i did it, made to tables and i love to work on those tables. My arm doesnt hurt so quick anymore when using the mouse. We had a huge machine at the school that would cut vector forms into wood. If you can find one, easy game ey but still some hand work needed!

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  • DapperJazz

    Bro, these are so helpful, thank you—

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  • KammDUS

    Yo: Oh, un video de dibujo.

    Video: Ha!, the title is spanish but I'm in english.

    Yo: >:[

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  • Chouderr 108

    These are some pretty good tips for beginners although I did know pretty much all of the i definitely would have found this video useful when I first started

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  • adhie putrok

    10. "believe it or not", – yes i do. because i did it 🙁 i'm too traditional..

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  • Eeveemation Studios

    About shifting hues, I have a very cartoon style, and to shade (if i shade the piece at all) I just use a grey colour, lower the opacity and shade wherever I wanted to. Is that a mistake, or a stylistic choice?

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  • Missari

    10:22 you monster

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  • Liz S

    Damn dude, you must have a lot of files….

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  • Niko

    One way you’re using your tablet wrong is cause you don’t play osu!.

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  • Nicolas David

    The use of the word "resolution" for describing the pixel density over a distance, instead of "definition", has always bugged me. Resolution is for the size in pixels, and definition, for the pixel density over a given real world length.

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  • Verailia •3•

    10 seconds in…
    Bold of you to assume that I use a tablet to draw.

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  • NHAsirduck

    number 10 is too real

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  • Shibe

    I made many of these mistakes, but I've learned from them over time before watching this video. Although, I'll admit that I didnt know about shifting the hue when shading. This video was very informative. Thank you!

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  • JelloJello

    Can’t make mistakes on digital art if u don’t draw digitally.

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  • أسد الصحراء

    الترجمة العربية اين ؟؟

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  • nothing bad ever happens to the kennedys

    Who in the world doesn't use layers?

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  • THE NOOB

    which sofware is this

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  • Carolyn la loca

    Ammm… Soy la única que ve el nombre del canal en español?

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  • Krishnanshu Dey

    Can I know the software name that I can download in my pc

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  • Midnight x Tears

    I shade really weirdly but when I show my friends about my shading they were amazed-

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  • Stark Syndrome

    they way he shaded and highlighted that sphere on 1:15 so simply and turned out perfect makes me want to quit already

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  • Mini tomate

    The 7th tip to video editors is applied this rule extremely. Every 2 or 3 changes I have to save if I don't want to crash randomly and wipe out hours and hours of work unsaved.
    And that's why now I now have a tick pressing CTRL+S

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  • Bella Rós

    Eyyyy, I have the same tablet as u

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  • MajWay

    damnit who keeps translating the titles I hate it

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  • Lindsey Edens

    I'm day 1 new and was turning my tablet like a piece of paper

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  • Ricardo Maciel

    AWESOME video, thanks!
    Layers are your friends!

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  • BevvyIsTheBest

    I thought u said thanks for drawing me at the start lol

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  • Bagus Aji Pamungkas

    Agree to all of your tips, except for the first one, I really can't put my tablet on my front when drawing. Putting it on my side is the best.

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  • Quazar _omega

    "Photoshop is like… onions!"

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  • Raspberryicetea

    yall ever just get called out by your youtube recommendations

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  • Jay W

    Only thing I constantly forget about is changing my hue 😑 I ALWAYS FORGET.

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  • AndyPlays - Initial D,Dbz,Roblox and more!

    HAH Y'all use stylus's and I don't AND I STILL MAKE A BAD DRAWING!

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  • Najemniczkas

    Trust me, you don't want to have your tablet angled differently.
    For about 2-3 years I had to use tablet at a different angle than my screen, cuz my mom made some stupid changes to the room ending up with no room or possibility to have screen in front of you but angled instead (small desk, no room on the desk etc). It is possible to use your tablet that way, you can get used to it, but it's soooo much better when you have both lined up in front of you.

    Also, if you have the possibility of choosing the resolution of your screen, always go for Full HD. Man, drawing on Full HD screen is so much better 😭

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  • Yani

    More like common sense

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  • SaltStop

    I’ve done more than half of these what the actual heck
    1,2,3,4,7 and 9

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  • Dooxy Cat

    I make none of these mistakes, I think this video is to late for me lol

    Should have watch it when I was a beginner, that would had save a lot of my time xD

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  • Whiterra Fog

    I literally watched this for the first time and I wasn't doing any of these things

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  • Just memes

    Start: Incorect use of tablet

    Me: Doesen't even have a tablet

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  • Vigor The Sloth

    #7 PREACH

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  • Monster Master

    1:41 don’t you mean, “shifting my highlights towards a cooler hue” and “shifting my shadows to a warmer hue? Since red is warmer and yellow is ‘cooler’.

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  • Kira Sign Comics

    I am working on a playlist collecting the videos what helped me when i started animation and digital art. I hope u dont mind if i add this video to the playlist

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  • Seif Karim

    This video called me untalented in 10 ways

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  • Susan M

    Where were you when I started drawing? I already know most of these mistakes…although, I learned them the hard way.

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  • T-417

    Who the hell makes the first mistake? I have never NOT had my tablet lined up with the screen. seems like common sense to me

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  • Alishba Nasir

    Bold of you to assume I do digital art

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  • Alishba Nasir

    I never knew the difference between jpeg and png…until today…

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  • grow beatz

    Nice advice 👍💯

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  • mysha Florentino

    i actually use Krita

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  • J.R .P

    Is it just me that places the tablet beside the pc instead of infront? I personally think it's easier to control that way.

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  • s0sh

    I remember when I didn’t use layers ever. It was hell.

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  • tayru00

    8:48 – 9:05
    For some reason, I weezed.

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  • La Blue Eyes

    when youre doing all of these correctly you feel like a pro 😢

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  • Jocelyn C.

    holy crap! this helped me so much! Thank you!

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  • El_Corno FF

    What about CTRL+Z ?

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  • Yliane

    From now on I'll save my pics as PNG. Thanks for the tip! 🙂

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  • Doughy the edible Cube

    Dunno, I think that first Ball looked more realistic than the second..

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  • Djoko Triono

    shifting to cooler n warmer color for shading is new to me. thx

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  • Newbonzy

    #11 is making your file too big by going too high res or having too many layers.

    Just saying, my computer hates me.

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  • Tom Goldsmith

    You've really helped me out! I'm a bit of a novice and I needed this. 10 /10. U might have even helped me out career wise with this 😎 👍 concise rather than making it like rocket science.

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  • Ezwyn

    THERE'S NEVER TOO MUCH DETAIL MAN

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  • Hiro Hummel

    wHaT dO yOu mEaN tHe aPpLe iS fLaT? ?

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  • ErnestoCCB

    Cool, i don't make any of the 10 mistakes listed. Now i just need to learn how to draw

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  • flat_foot

    how is red a cooler hue?

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  • little fucking disaster

    The 7th one though…my computer crashes 24/7 and because of that I have a habit of saving my drawings VERY often 😂 and by very often I mean if I save my picture,look at it,and add a little stroke,I WILL save it again,lol

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  • TIGER LILLY

    Huh. I actually was doing my tablet right. I thought I was weird for having it on the side. xD And you just taught me how to color in two steps. thanks!

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  • Ruby Hill

    Thank you so much this is so helpful!

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  • S. Arun

    CTRL – Z

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  • Kelsey Rawcliffe

    Today I learned that my absolute fetish for rasterizing things has been ruining the resolution of everything. THANK YOU you saved my life

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  • Filemaker Pro

    Not learning the ins and outs of designing for 300dpi CMYK print output, which should solve most of these possible problems.

    And not taking any traditional studio classes to learn the rest of these issues

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  • KLF Anderson

    Thank you for this! … I was given a gift of a Photoshop 101 class by my wonderful co-grandma and wondered what an old hippie artist could possibly do with such learning. Well, a decade later, I'm still at it and having a blast creating digital art! While a lot has been learned the hard way (including more than one of the mistakes you mentioned), you've brought up some really good "rules of thumb" I hadn't heard, yet, and explained them so well that I'm going to start incorporating them into my work right away… Well done, Aaron!

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  • VeexeE Draws

    resume: use layers, use a lot of layers, don't don't use layers, use layers for everything, use layers to experiment things

    and change the hue to shade

    and save everything tho

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  • Grease

    the app im using has the layers as a paid feature

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  • M K

    So helpful thankyou!

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  • Kota Faolan

    Heya… Thanks for this! As an aspiring digital artist, I can't tell you how much videos like this is appreciated!

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  • The Obsesed Anime Freaks

    probably said already but compression is not just throwing information out. it's far more complicated then that, there is lossless, which generally uses simple repeating bit algorithms or other smarter algorithms to compress data without losing any information, a lossless image format, like PNG, will allow you to retrieve 100% of that image data back from that compression. Lossy compression like JPG, uses algorithems are are more akin to approximate matches. in fact that is how JPG works, it scans the image and approximates elements of the image based on standard shapes, then uses that information to rebuild the image after the compression. with JPG you will never get the full image back, and you ALWAYS get artifacts. JPG is actually designed for Photographs and not drawings or other elements. it doesn't support transparency nor embedded color profiles. if you are drawing, ALWAYS export as a PNG or a similar purposed format. TIff is for printing, PNG is for internet, JPG is for photographs you post to facebook and twitter.

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  • Hanselxyb

    Lol…I forget to use layers all the time…cos i get carried away with my awesome art work.

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