Tips and Tricks
This page is home to some tips and resources for artists who want some advice! There is no wrong way to make art, but these are just some pointers from the Art Fight team!
On this page:
Tips for drawing on computers, tablets, phones, or on paper
Free art software for computers, tablets and phones + free 3D software
How to set up an ideal character page
Drawing on a laptop or desktop computer
Drawing tabletsArtists who draw via their computer usually use a drawing tablet. A drawing tablet is a flat digital device with a pen. Some tablets have screens that allow you to draw directly with the pen on the tablet, while other tablets are a flat extension (see the image below for a comparison). Some artists use their computer mouse to draw.
Free art software for computers
When drawing on a computer, it is beneficial to have an art program that has tools to help you draw, like a variety of brushes. Here are some free art programs:
(Artfight is not affiliated with any of the programs listed.)
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KritaKrita is a free open source painting program. It has layers, pen pressure, a variety of brushes and useful tools like stabilizer and text. You can animate with Krita.
FireAlpacaA free painting program for both Windows and Mac. It has a simple interface and can run on older computers. Layers, brushes and pen pressure are also present. It also offers animation and 3D perspective.
MediBang PaintA free painting program for Windows/Mac with a simple interface and features like layers, brushes and pen pressure.
MyPaintA free open source drawing program with a simple interface. It has layers, pen pressure and a selection of brushes. It may lack some features like a lasso tool, because it is still in development.
SketchBookA free drawing program for Windows/Mac. It has layers, pen pressure and brushes. You can also make simple animations.
PixilartA free art program for pixel art that is browser based. No need to download it. It has layers and a variety of useful tools. You can also animate your pixel art.
MS PaintThis is the standard drawing program that comes with Windows computers. It's quick to run and allows for pixel art. It has limited tools, however, and does not support pen pressure. No layers. Can't save pngs as transparent.
Drawing on a tablet or phone device (ipad, android, etc)
PensTo be able to draw efficiently on a mobile or tablet device, it can be good to get a pen that is compatible with the device, especially if the device has pen pressure. You can also draw with your finger, but this method will likely not give varied line thickness.
Free art software for tablets or phones(Artfight is not affiliated with any of the programs listed.)
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ibis Paint XA free drawing app for apple and android. Has layers, a wide selection of brushes and other handy tools. The app has some ads.
SketchBookA free drawing app for apple, android and windows devices. Has layers, brushes and other handy tools. This app version does not let you animate, however.
MediBang PaintA free drawing app for apple and android. Has layers, brushes and other handy tools. The app has some ads.
FlipaclipA free animation app for apple and android. Has layers and an easy interface, but limited brushes. The app has some ads.
Pixel StudioA free pixel art app for apple and android. Has layers and the ability to animate. The app has some ads.
DotpictA free pixel art app for apple and android. Has layers and can record a timelapse. The app has some ads.
8bit PainterA free and simple pixel art app for apple and android. Does not have layers. The app has some ads.
Pixel BrushA free pixel art app for android. Has layers and the ability to animate.
PixilartA free and simple pixel art app for apple and android. Does not have layers.
Tips for traditional art
ToolsYou don't need fancy tools to make good art! You can make amazing things happen with just some printer paper and a grey pencil!
Taking pictures of your work- Make sure you hold the camera directly above your piece
- Use natural light if you have it, though avoid harsh, direct sunlight (cloudy days can be great for photographing traditional artwork!)
- If you are able to, it is advised to edit the photo a little so the colors look the way you want. If you took the picture with your phone, you can usually edit it via the gallery function.
Free 3D art software (on computer)(Artfight is not affiliated with any of the programs listed.)
BlenderA free open source 3D modeling program. Offers modeling, sculpting, rendering, rigging, animation and more. Can be downloaded on Windows, Mac and Linux.
ZBrushCoreMiniA free 3D sculpting program. This is a simpler version than the paid one, but it lets you use the most popular sculpt tools. Can be downloaded on both Windows and Mac.
Paint 3DA very simple free 3D program that lets you put together 3D shapes, as well as draw on the shapes. It comes with Windows as a default.
Other resourcesThese sites provide free photography resources:
(Artfight is not affiliated with Pexels or Unsplash.)
PexelsA site that delivers completely free to use photography. You are also allowed to edit the photos. Even though the site says credit is not necessary, Art Fight asks that you do so anyway so we know that you did not steal the image.
UnsplashA site that also delivers completely free to use photography. You are allowed to edit these photos. As for credit, the same rule as above apply.
If you spot any misinformation or want us to add a program that is free (and of a usable quality), contact staff to let us know. ♥
How to set up an ideal character page
Character referencePresenting your character design does not need to involve a complicated reference sheet. A single fullbody image showing off the character design can be enough for people to know what to draw. Make sure at least one image has flat colors that are not too blended so they are easy to color-pick for digital artists. Or alternatively have color samples beside the character reference.
Character descriptionTo make it easier for your attacker to pose or place the character, it's nice to add some information about the character. Having a long bio full of paragraphs telling their story can be cool, but please keep in mind that the attacker likely doesn't have the time to read it all in detail. You should of course do what fits you best, but here are some suggestions:
Summary of their concept or story: Keeping this short and sweet is beneficial for artists who want to get a quick idea, or generally those who struggle with focusing on large amounts of text. ♥
Likes and dislikes: What does your character like and dislike? It could be foods, items, concepts, seasons, places, etc
Interests or hobbies: This helps artists who want to add props or dynamic poses!
Places they like to hang out: This is very helpful for artists who want to do backgrounds!
(Image: "Oh I will draw them with an ice cream because it says they like it")
Character permissionsHaving your permissions short and organised in a list format can be ideal, as others may only be reading over them quickly. Here are some typical topics to put on your Do's and Don'ts lists!
- Outfit changes
- Drawing your characters with other characters
- Maturity topics like gore, nudity, sexual themes, etc (Please note that NSFW is not allowed on site as per our maturity guidelines and rules. And that sexually themed works are not allowed to be sent to minors.)