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Got a couple of asks about the pen I was using for these drawings, so here are the pens I’ve used recently. I’ve been really taken with the uni-ball vision series because I like the feel of ballpoint pens, and so far all pens I’ve used have had pretty consistent flow. The coloured inks are still vibrant when I water them down with my pentel aquash brush pen (on the left), and when they’re dry, they’re waterproof, so I can put down other wet media without worrying about disturbing my lines.

(my current favourite is the third from the left, the blue vision fine, which feels SUPER BUTTERY and looks really nice on a smooth cartridge paper. YEAH)

caslikesfreckles-archive said: wAIT WHAT DO YOU MEAN ONLY A FEW MORE DAYS




mercyanide said: Hi! I was wondering what pens you used?


From left to right:

  • 1. uniball vision micro, blue ink
  • 2. pilot Vpen medium
  • 3. uniball deluxe micro, red ink
  • 4. uniball deluxe fine
  • 5. faber-castell brush pen
  • 6. copic multiliner SP small brush
  • 7. pentel aquash medium
  • 8-13. pencils, 2H-2B
  • 14. intuos4 tablet pen (with small tablet)
  • 15. intuos3 tablet pen (with medium tablet)

As for which pens I used on which drawings, you’ll have to figure it out yourself.

Anonymous said: what exactly is pigment city?

It’s a webcomic, drawn by me, written by Flark.

Anonymous said: Heya Vivi. Listen, as an anon, I was curious to know where you got your copy of photoshop cs6? People have been telling me they've torrented it and I've been looking for cs6 for the longest time and I can't seem to find a free download or torrent of it. Please forgive me. I'm in need of a huge upgrade for creative reasons. :c

Sorry kid, my copy of CS6 is 100% legit. I believe I have the Adobe design and web premium package, with a student discount (I think it’s 60%?). It was a hella expensive birthday present (and I realize I’m extremely lucky to have a family that can afford it) which I plan to stick with it for a very long time, because Adobe is switching over to a subscription plan ($50/month for the suite, but it’s an annual commitment, so it’d be more accurate to say $600/year, or $360/year for students/teachers, or $240/year for photoshop only).

So if you’re not up to having Adobe attempt to suck you dry, other decent painting/drawing programs I’ve tried and can vouch for include:

  • Autodesk Sketchbok Pro ($60)
  • Manga Studio ($80)
  • Paint Tool Sai (5250 JPY, approx $60)
  • GIMP (free)
  • Opencanvas (version 1.1 is free, version 2 onwards is about $60)
I believe Sketchbook Pro has a 15-day trial, Sai has a 31-day trial, and Photoshop has a 30-day trial before you have to pay to continue using all features. Also, as far as I know Manga Studio doesn’t have a trial, I could be wrong - but I have a legit copy and god damn do its brushes feel good.
there’s also:
  • Firealpaca (free)
  • Mischief ($130)
  • Corel Painter 12 ($300, Painter Lite is $70, and a package with Painter Lite and a Wacom Bamboo Splash tablet is $100)

I feel it’s also worth mention that sometimes tablet packages will come with (slightly outdated) software (and sometimes software will be packaged with older tablets). I swear when I got my intuos3 a good 8 years ago it came with some old version of photoshop, and I know when you buy a Wacom tablet now there are some basic drawing programs that you can download through the Wacom site. It’s worth searching the internet for that information if you’re thinking of upgrading your tablet anyway.

I hope I helped! If anyone can chime in with more software options for this anon I can always edit them in.
Oh, also I feel that I should add that, uh, about pirating photoshop. Pirating any version of photoshop will often include downloading the regular version, installing it, and then breaking both the serial number (so you can ‘verify’ the software without having a legitimate number) and the internet updating system (which prevents the software from regularly checking the internet for downloads, which in turn can detect that there’s something amiss about your copy). So stick ‘crack’ or ‘cracked’ to the end of your search and you should be able to come up with something BOY I SURE HOPE I DON’T GET IN TROUBLE FOR POSTING THIS

silentlyschwinging said: How long have you been drawing? And if you don't mind telling me how old are you know? >< BTW I REALLLY LOVE YOUR ART ITS SO FREE AND CRISP AND AWESOME

Currently I am 21, and while my mother claims I’ve been talented at scribbling since I was a little tyke I’d say I only started seriously drawing when I was around 13, which is when I started to take lessons and tried to approach drawing technically.

also THANK

mysterioushack said: brush settings?

Say ‘please.’

SERIOUS EDIT: I maintain that my brush settings are nothing special, and that the best thing you can do is to open up your brush settings and to start tinkering with the variables checkboxes to learn what they all do.


if only my bro minty were here so I wouldn’t feel so ganged up on also yeah I’m going to stick the thing up on googledocs or something give me a minute


Anonymous said: So judging by the last thing you posted on your deviantart, is it safe to assume that you're pretty much just active on this Tumblr?

Yep! I work tumblr-only these days. I got really put off of deviantart mostly because every time I’d post fanart there it would almost immediately start being reposted to tumblr and reddit, sometimes with credit, sometimes without. Not that reposting doesn’t also happen when I post tumblr-only, but it felt more discouraging somehow when I couldn’t track all the instances of my art floating around the internet. Which is weird, because by all accounts deviantart is a far more appropriate means for posting art. Common tumblr artist grievances like edited photosets or deleted captions/comments are impossible, and it’s far easier to organize a gallery. I guess I just don’t like putting effort into more than one platform at a time?

poupon said: i was trying to think of something really awkward to ask you but i cannot think of anything. please proceed to answer as if i had asked a really alienating question, if you'd be so kind.

This question is so awkward and inappropriate that I am not even going to address it directly, as the intent was clearly to trap me in some sort of answer that will make me look like a jerk. Instead I am going to post it unanswered and let you think about your actions and feel appropriately ashamed