Hi there, just wanted to say that i just found AskMoria, and reached to page 31 in an afternoon, then i realized i had forgotten to eat. Im pretty slow watching one piece and just finished thriller bark, started searching for Moria drawings, and first found your DeviantArt, and a week after that, i find your Tumblr without knowing it was yours. I really love your drawings, cant stop looking at them, wonder if you ever did a tutorial on how to color. Got no Tumblr, my DA is Pimander1446. Yay
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((OOC: Thank you!  I’ve been doing this blog for almost two years now, so there’s quite a backlog of posts to dig through if you want to look at everything!

I’ve never done a tutorial on how to colour as I’m terrible at explaining things, but I can try to relate a few of the basics.  I use Sai for most of my art, as I’ve mentioned before; it’s a small program with loads of brush customization and a few features that Photoshop is desperately lacking, like the ability to select based on the transparency inside of lineart.

To offer an explanation of the basics of how I colour a picture, well…. I’ll put this under a cut to keep from cluttering your dashboards.

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Kishishishi!!  Ahh, that was hell.  It seems funny now because that damn Doflamingo also got sick, but I really thought I was going to die!

(H): Well, you see, the marios that I help to create don’t truly possess the minds of the individuals that once occupied their bodies!  Naturally, one of the ultimate goals of my research into reviving the dead is to develop a means of attaining immortality, but if I died now, it would simply be a waste of one of the world’s great geniuses!  Fosfosfosfos!

….idiot.

Your art is absolutely fabulous and you capture Moriah's personality so well ^_^

((OOC:  Thank you!  I’ve put more effort into the artwork I do for this blog over time, and I try to keep my enjoyment of it fresh by trying new things every now and then.

I decided to go ahead with this initially because I wanted to draw Moria and felt that his personality was well-defined enough in canon that I could answer questions while taking his personality into consideration.))

I’m an adult, I can do what I want!  If I wanna have toys everywhere, that’s none of your business!
Now get out of my sight, I’ve got an important tea party to attend.

I’m an adult, I can do what I want!  If I wanna have toys everywhere, that’s none of your business!

Now get out of my sight, I’ve got an important tea party to attend.

((OOC:  Sister wanted me to draw him smiling.  I think it was a mistake.))

((OOC:  Sister wanted me to draw him smiling.  I think it was a mistake.))

((OOC:  The program I use the most when doing artwork is Paint Tool Sai, as its brushes are a lot better (in my experience) for lineart than Photoshop.  I use the pen tool for most of my artwork, usually with the below settings and a Stabilizer level of 6.

That said, Sai does have its own version of vector pathways, which, while less functional in a lot of ways than Photoshop’s, is also very nice for simple things (like straight lines) and for creating lineart that you can tweak.

The above line was drawn on a vector linework layer; each curve has been translated by the program into points on a vector-based line when it was created.

As such, it can be manipulated indefinitely like any vector-based line, and things like colour, pressure on each point of the line, etc. can be changed to your liking.  This makes it nice to use when I’m drawing long curved lines, like the hem of a coat or Moria’s enormous stomach.

Of course, to make sure that I can get the nicest, cleanest lines possible, I always sketch out whatever I’m drawing and tweak the sketch until I’m satisfied with the way it looks.  

I’m kind of terrible at making strong lines (I’m too tentative!), which is why my pictures usually have so much gooshy shading to add depth.))

1) Having to work for someone else stinks, especially when they’re a bunch of stuck-up losers with too much money and power, but I was happy to have a few years where I didn’t have to worry about the damn World Government causing any trouble for me.  Kishishishi!!!

2) Since you’re kind of stupid, I’ll explain the second one as simply as possible!  The only people who want to have anything to do with pirates are other pirates, and when you’re a pirate whose job it is to beat up or kill other pirates, you don’t get too many pirates coming after you looking for a date.