Oh! woww um .. I don’t think I’m very certified to give drawing tips, because pretty much everything I do is experimentation. But well I want to help, so let’s see … I suppose a quick progress picture would be most straightforward.
Do be aware that his could get a bit tedious, especially on bigger canvases (the haru picture was actually 1780px wide, which isn’t too much but still, I’m a loser with huge patience). There are probably better ways to do this, but I haven’t found any that works especially well for me. (a scatter brush option like in ps would be a blessing sent from heaven.)
This is my brush setting on SAI:
(By the way, it is also my favourite, my bae brush of all brushes, that I use for most drawings). Coincidentally, if you flick with the right amount of pressure on it, it will look sort of like a petal.
On step two, what I meant with “erase with brush” is using the brush above together with the transparency thing located below the foreground colour selector. The brush has some nice effects when you erase with it.
Okay some tips:
- Draw the petals in a constant angle, but press “delete” on your keyboard from time to time. It’ll rotate the canvas, and thus change the angle of your brush strokes. (In that way, you can make variation without crying out of frustration.)
- The fringe effect should be on the Layer panel. Look for Paints Effect, then Effect, then Fringe. It should be directly over layer mode.
- If you don’t have PS, the filter menu in SAI offers decent stuff. If you have PS, I recommend you to just fiddle around with the adjustment panel for a bit. Don’t stop until you feel that it looks okay. For this, I used Colour Balance, Hue/Saturation, Curves, Brightness/Contrast and Vibrance (in case you’re curious).
- Hm, yeah don’t be afraid to make mistakes. Every petal doesn’t have to be perfect.
Phew, that’s it. Sorry it’s sort of lengthy. But I hope you understood and that it was helpful.