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Journal Entry: Thu Feb 16, 2012, 6:15 PM


Hi, and welcome to my FAQ
If you have any questions that were unanswered here, feel free to ask. Before you do though, please thoroughly read this FAQ before asking ^^
Thank you!
:star:= New Questions

General

Q. How old are you?
A. Secret!  

:star:Q. How long have you been drawing?
A. I've been drawing way before I could remember XD, but I've been serious for about two years now ^^

Q. Do you take requests?
A. No. I don't have time to draw unpaid requests.

Do you take commissions?
A. Yes :) If you are interested, the information can be found either on my profile page, or here-->glaciesclover.deviantart.com/j…

Q. Do you take art trades/collabs?
A. Yes, but only with friends.  

Q. Can we be friends?
A. I think that friendship is something that happens over time, not when someone asks ^^;

Q. Can you teach me?!!
A. No. Not only would it be difficult over the Internet, I also believe that you can teach drawing, but you cannot teach art, since art is something that is subjective and unique to each person's eye. I would just recommend practicing realism and quicksketching-- they are great for boosting your pace and accuracy.  

Q. Can you check out my drawings and give me tips?
A. I have tried doing that, but it's a little bit difficult to keep up with everyone ^^; However, I always tell everyone the same thing. Keep on practicing!



Drawing-- Traditional


Q. What kind of paper do you use?
A. It truly depends. I just use notebooks and paper around me. Most of the time, it's sketchbook paper around 65-80lbs. You can easily buy them at your local art stores. Sometimes, I just use regular printer paper :) 

//edit (10/22/2013) All of the traditional pieces that you can see in my gallery that are not watercolor are actually done on regular printer paper unless specifically stated otherwise! (The previous answer was rather outdated) xD 

Q. What kind of pencil/pencil lead do you use?
A. I use a .5 mechanical pencil, and the lead I use varies from H-F. Occasionally I will use a .3 mechanical pencil with varying lead as well.

Q. What kind of scanner do you have?
A. I have a Canon Pixma (A4) scanner, which is by all means a rather normal scanner in my opinion haha!

:star: Q. When I do pencil works, my lines come out too light when I scan it! How do you get your lines to be so clear/crisp?
A. Well, since I use the scanner (question above) it's not so much about relying on the scanner for my picture quality, rather than using Photoshop to restore the quality of the picture haha ^^

Q. What program do you use for your linearts?
A. Trick question, actually. I draw my linearts traditionally, and I use Copics Multiliner.

Q. Where do you get your supplies?
A. You can easily get them at local art stores, or the Internet. Everything is just a click away! ;D

Q. What part of the face do you start with when drawing (eyes, etc.)?
A.  I always start with the shape of the face (the sides)

:star:Q. How long does it take you to do a sketch?
A. It depends-- for a simple sketch, it takes around 10-15 minutes. For a more serious sketch (complex shading, etc.), it can take anywhere from 3-5 hours.

:star:Q. How do you keep your traditional art so clean?
A. There are multiple ways to do it, honestly. For example, you either make sure your hand doesn't touch the paper, put a tissue/clean piece of paper under your hand, or constantly wipe off some lead smudges. What I do is actually a mixture of all three haha.

Q. Do you plan out where you're going to shade?
A. When I'm doing the preliminary sketch, sometimes I'll lightly outline certain areas that I'll shade, but overall, I don't plan my shading haha;; It's rather spontaneous XD

:star:Q. Do you have a tutorial for shading?
A. I do in fact haha;glaciesclover.deviantart.com/a… I hope this can help!

Q. What kind of color pencils do you use? 
A. I actually just use a random mix of them-- some are Lyra, Crayola, and Prismacolor ^^ 

:star:For your colored pencil works, do you do an initial sketch in pencil? 
A. Currently, I do not. The initial sketch and all of the skeleton lines are actually done in colored pencils-- meaning that you can see all of the lines that I've used in the colored pencil works c: 


Drawing-- Digital

Q. What program do you use to color?
A. For digital art, I use Paint Tool SAI, and then Photoshop for tweaking colors, etc.

Q. How do you do you color your pics?!!!!
A. I would be rich if I got a dollar for each time I have repeated this answer, so here it is:

1. Open up the image in Paint tool SAI or Photoshop
2.  Create a new layer and set it to Overlay
3. Paint in the colors, or use the gradient tool in Photoshop


:star: Here's a tutorial by ~tachibana-su on how to add the gradients :'D
How to use Overlay-Linecolour by Tachibana-su

:star:Q. What tool do you use for the Overlay colors?
A. I use the brush and water tools on their default settings :)
You can also use the Gradient tool in Photoshop ^^

Q. Do you use a tablet? What kind?
A. I use a WACOM Bamboo fun <-- I misspoke haha I actually have a WACOM Bamboo Graphire orz (For some reason I thought it was a bamboo fun aa;;;

Q. Do you use custom brushes?
A. No. I just use the default brushes :3


Manga.

:star: Q. 'I am a writer, and I am looking for someone to draw my manga'
A. I have received this request quite a few times (and forgot to post this question lol) XDD
However, I cannot do large projects like that, especially since I plan on making my own manga. Thank you very much for your interest, though! :)

Q. So where can I read your manga/story?
A. I'm still currently working on the characters, story, and plot. I'm very happy that you guys are interested, and I hope to start on the chapters sometime soon in the future orz;
Until then, please be patient ;//v//;

Q. How do you come up with characters/stories?
A. This is a strange question XD I honestly don't know-- they just come into my mind, and I start drawing out my ideas :) When I'm developing a character, I always take their personality into consideration along with their outfits, choice of weapon, etc. As for stories, I have no idea ^^; ideas just come along, and I start weaving them together into a story.


Misc.

Q. Can I use your drawing for __________?
A. It really depends. Please ask me for permission ^^

:star:Q. Can I make a base using ___________ drawing?
A. No, please do not. If you truly like my art that much, I would rather you do a fanart instead ^^;

Q. Can I color your works?
A. Again, it depends. Feel free to help yourself to the linearts that I post for free coloring ^^ However, the sketches generally are not for coloring unless I mention it in the artists' comment.

Q. Can I create a story off of you drawing/characters?
A. I've actually been asked this a few times~ Of course! <3 I would absolutely love to read it <3 I will please ask though that you do not claim the characters as you own, and mention that the plot/storyline in the story is not related to the actual one. And be sure to link it back to me-- I would love to see it! ^^

Q. Can I make pairings/courtships using your characters?
A. At first, I actually didn't understand what this had meant ^^; But please do not-- I have given my OCs their own pairings ^^;;

Q. Can I draw a fanart of you character/picture?
A. Yes! :la: I would be so happy if you did ;u; <3<3<3 Please do not, however, make a carbon-copy of it ^^; I would really rather see your own creativity and imagination shine through! :)

:star:Q. Do you use references for your semi-realism drawings?
A. No, I do not, unless otherwise stated. When drawing people, sometimes I will reference the people around me for proportions and such, but facial features, eyes, etc. are all made through my imagination.

Q. Can I reference your drawings? (for a pose, etc.)
A. Sure! ^^ Please credit me in the description, though ^^;

:star:Q. Do you use figures to draw the body?
A. Sometimes I do, and sometimes I don't. I usually draw figures beforehand for fullbodies, but otherwise than that, I don't usually use them ^^

:star: Q. Do you use tutorials/reference books to learn your anatomy?
A. No, I do not, although I probably should haha XD
I merely do quicksketching and observe the people around me, as well as works from others. ^^

Aah, I know this is sooo lengthy... but I wanted to be thorough ^^;;;
Again, if you have any questions that I have not answered here, then feel free to ask, and I'll add it on here :)

:star: Thank you for reading!   :star:


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:iconjamdii:
JamDii Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2014  Student General Artist
What size of paper do you usually use?
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:iconglaciesclover:
glaciesClOvEr Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2015
That truly depends, as I've been changing it over the years, but my most common is A4 (8.5x11) inches ^^ 
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Book-Box Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2014  Student Digital Artist
It's nice to see another printer paper artist!
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glaciesClOvEr Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2014
haha printer paper often does the trick! 8) 
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NamanoYuri Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2014  Student Filmographer
<font><font>quand vous dessiner cous faite d'abord au crayon de papier et puis après vous passez au crayon mécanique ou vous faite directement avec le mécanique ?</font></font>
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glaciesClOvEr Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014
Je suis désolé pour ma réponse tardive...!
Ça dépend du dessin. Quelquefois, le dessin est complètement traditionnel; cependant, ce qui vous dites est vrai, aussi. Les matériels/matières du dessin sont toujours dans la description. Si vous la lisez, vous saurez ce que j'ai fait.
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ksutaguo Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Ok, my birthday is Mar 18th too HAHAHAHAHAHA

Thanks for the explanation! Happy Bulbasaur 
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:iconglaciesclover:
glaciesClOvEr Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2014
haha! That's very cool c: 
And no problem-- thank you for taking the time to read this! 
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:iconhirothekohai:
HiroTheKohai Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2014
well ... ._. this strangly made me complete ... good morning and have a nice day ( or night :3 ) 
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glaciesClOvEr Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2014
hahaha
I'm happy that you enjoyed it! ovo 
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Rhuni Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Whoa my birthday is Mar 18th too!
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glaciesClOvEr Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2014
Oh, how cool! ovo 
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Hisphonet Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
When doing drawings with colour pencil- do you start out with a pencil sketch? With some it doesn't look like it so i'm just wondering. xD
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glaciesClOvEr Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014
Actually I start the base sketch with color pencil, so with the color pencil pieces, you can actually see all of the base lines/skeleton of the work c: 
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Hisphonet Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh okay- thanks. c:
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Pandacorn6 Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
your art is so pretty!
what kind of colored pencils do you use?
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:iconglaciesclover:
glaciesClOvEr Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2013
thank you dear! 8) 
I actually use a mix of pencils I collected over the years, mostly Lyra, some Rose Arts and the occasional Prismacolor haha 
I don't really pay attention to the brands that I use when it comes to colored pencils at the moment, but I hope to collect some more Prismacolor since they seem nice :'D 
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Pandacorn6 Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i have a set of prismacolor, they bug me a bit because my dad decided to get hard led DX i dont tend to use them for shading, be careful which ones you buy if you do get more. 
and your welcome :3
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dawnelf Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
AHHH I LOVE YOUR ART STYLE SO MUCH ASDFGHJKL How do you make up costumes for your characters?
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glaciesClOvEr Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2013
Thank you so much! 8) 
Honestly, they just sort of come to me, and I start adding/adjusting the outfits as I build the character's personality and background ^^ 
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TheFancyTunaFish Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013  Student General Artist
;A; I'm gunna do a FAN ARTTTTTTTT!!!!
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glaciesClOvEr Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013
Oh gosh aaa I'm so excited now hahaha 
I look forward to seeing it! :hug: ;//v//;
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TheFancyTunaFish Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013  Student General Artist
^ v ^ Yeah, I hope you like it, it'll be up tomorrow!
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:iconenzouke:
enzouke Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013
Omg your b-day is one day before mine. * Q *
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:iconglaciesclover:
glaciesClOvEr Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2013
ahaha how cool! ^v^
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:iconenzouke:
enzouke Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2013
thanks! ;//;
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miiandering Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Student General Artist
Oh my goodness.
I think I have found my twin. Though you are way better than me in shading and with watercolors :iconlachoirplz:
I love your art and you're another artist that goes to prove that you don't necessarily have to have expensive tools to draw good art~
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:iconglaciesclover:
glaciesClOvEr Featured By Owner May 14, 2013
Oh...! I'm very happy that my art can give that impression c:
Thank you very much!
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miiandering Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Student General Artist
No problem :iconsupertighthugplz:
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:iconkatty--chan:
Katty--chan Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Okay.. I am getting a bit depressed T_T so I thought it would be best consulting a senpai like you;
I'm 14 and you can check out my drawings, considering my age, on that scale, how is my drawing/?? :)
Also, I know you won't tell us your age, so 1 question, are you older than me??

You draw wonders btw. Nothing like I have seen before :D
Whenever I see a huge portion to shade with pencil, I just can't be patient and color it anyhow, how do you deal with that? :D
Thanks senpai! I will try my best to understand what you have been teaching in the tutorials and all. I hope I can get almost as good as you someday :D
I'll keep practicing :D
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:iconglaciesclover:
glaciesClOvEr Featured By Owner May 14, 2013
First of all, thank you very much : ) I'm very happy that you enjoy my works ^^
I can't really judge your or your art based on your age. People and art are much more complex than that and looking through the narrow lens of age isn't going to help look more clearly at your art as a whole in this situation. I will say that I took a quick peek at your gallery and I think you're doing well when it comes to going outside of headshots and actually practicing drawing the full body. As I stated above in the FAQ though I truly recommend to everyone to continue drawing and try quicksketching from real life.
I'm glad to hear that you'll continue drawing, and I'm sure that with that attitude you will definitely improve ^^
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Katty--chan Featured By Owner May 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh :D It's an honour a great artist like yourself said that to me :) :)
I am glad you think I can do it, thanks for answering my question.
You draw incredible, thanks again, good bye, keep up the good work ^.^
BYe bye ^^
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noodle10622 Featured By Owner May 2, 2013
U have multiple colored drawings what do u use???
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glaciesClOvEr Featured By Owner May 2, 2013
The gradient sketches? The answer can actually be found here-- the gradients/colors are added digitally in Photoshop c: A tutorial is also linked above! ^^
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noodle10622 Featured By Owner May 2, 2013
Srry didnt see that XD
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Goka1999 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Ohayo~! :dummy: I have one question :dummy: Did you used any tutorials or books or something like this to learning human's anatomy?
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glaciesClOvEr Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013
Hello,

No, I do not use any tutorials or books to learn human anatomy.
I do quick sketches of people and simply observe the people around me and other art pieces. ^^
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Goka1999 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for quick reply :dummy:
So I must stop looking for tutorials :noes: Just sketching! :dummy:
And one question more, but I think it isn't to F.A.Q.; will it be okey if I'll draw you birthday gift? :dummy: (I don't know should I asking or not :noes:)
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glaciesClOvEr Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013
Aww, not a problem! :hug:
Yes, drawing is the answer! ahaha XDD Of course, tutorials can be useful, I'm not saying that you shouldn't check some out, especially if you find you learn best through tutorials and whatnot. XD
aah oh my gosh ;u; Of course! I-I would be so happy if you did ahaha XDD
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Goka1999 Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Some next questions! :dummy: (If I'll asking too much tell me ;u; )
1. Do you clean your art before scanning?
2. When you drawing faces, you start with eyes of face shape?
3. I forgot ;-;
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:iconglaciesclover:
glaciesClOvEr Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013
haha I don't mind XDD No worries~
1. Not really. I clean my art as I go, usually erasing some smeared places and such. I usually clean my work after scanning in Photoshop, when some eraser dust, etc. can get on it XD
2. I start with the face shape c:
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Goka1999 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Haha, I have next question *-*
4. For watercolor as lineart you use pencil, copic multiliner or someting else? :D
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glaciesClOvEr Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013
I use a .5 mechanical pencil~ ^^
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Goka1999 Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
In the same moment when I send post below, I remembered 3rd question xD So:
3. Do you do a sketch and then redraw it on lightbox on next piece of paper and then starting shading etc. or drawing everything at the same piece of paper?
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glaciesClOvEr Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013
3. It usually depends on what kind of piece it is. For nearly all of my works, I just draw the whole thing from start to finish on a single piece of paper.
However, for commissions, I draw the basic and rough sketch with pen on a separate piece of paper as a WIP and send that to the commissioner to be approved. Once it gets the 'ok' I redraw the commission onto another sheet of paper. I don't use a lightbox c:
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Goka1999 Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
XDD
Thanks for info :meow:
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Goka1999 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
But most are not usefull :noes: And books are (for me) terrible ;-; I have some, but I don't using them XD More I'm learning from internet o-O
So I'm starting working on it! :dummy:
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MyEternalNight Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013
Hi! :heart:
I was just wondering, what scanner do you use?
My scanner can't scan pencil very well, and I was thinking of looking for a new one
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glaciesClOvEr Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013
Hello, dear!
I use a Canon Pixma scanner (scans A4 size paper), which I honestly do not find an out-of-the-ordinary scanner haha XD
As most all scanners tend to do, it makes my pictures very light when I scan them, so it's all about restoring the quality of the lines with Photoshop c:
I'm sorry if that doesn't help that much though D: Good luck with finding a new scanner! ^^
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MyEternalNight Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013
thank you for the quick reply!
Maybe it might just be my scanner then :/
I guess it's time to explore and mess with it a bit haha
Thanks again!
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