Tutorial Tuesdays

One of my goals for this year was to improve my art.  And there are multiple ways that I plan to do this.  I’ve been doing the occasional little doodle tutorial from Pinterest on my new tablet in order to get used to the movements and things needed.  I figured that making this an official thing would help with developing the habit.

So I present Tutorials Tuesday.   I know myself better than to assume I’ll do it every Tuesday, or even that I’ll restrict it to Tuesdays.  But it gives me a header for the page in my Notebook.  I’m not going to do a blog post for each one either.  I’ll group them, so there’s only blog post every so often.

The first ones I’ve done this year were Pokemon.  I’m not entirely sure why.  I like Pokemon, and these little tutorials are adorable.  I collected them from Pinterest, and I tried to do a reverse image search to locate the source but I failed.  There is a watermark on there, but I can’t translate it.

First up was Charmander.

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One of the things that I like about the program I use on my tablet – Ibis Paint X – is that you can get videos of what you’ve done. In this one you can see my process – including the long section where I struggle to figure out the magic wand and clipping mask tools.

You can also see that I tend not to use the whole page. I don’t know why that is. Even if I set a smaller page I still zoom in before I start to sketch. I am weird.

But I’m happy with Charmander.


Next up was Squirtle.

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I used the whole page this time, as well as more digital tools – like copy and pasting, and resizing sections.


I’m not going to do a video for each one. It’d take up too much of my blog’s media storage space for one thing. Plus, you’d get bored. I might include a video if it’s important, but we’ll see as time goes on I guess.

A couple of weeks later I continued the adorable derpy Pokemon series with Bulbasaur…

…and Pikachu.

There were two more Pokemon tutorials that I’d downloaded.  I did a slightly wobbly version of Jigglypuff.

Then I got this far into Eevee…

…when I realised that I wasn’t happy.

I’ve done a lot of art on my tablet that I’m really happy with.  But for some reason, following these little tutorials result in these very mediocre dodgy looking Pokemon.  I mean, they’re cute.  But they kinda look like the messed up versions you get on non-licensed “Pokemon” products.

So I decided to have a go at doing Eevee without the tutorial.


I saved the video for this one so you can see my process.

And yes, I refined it a lot.  A LOT.  But I’m really happy with how much better it looks.

So what does this mean for Tutorial Tuesdays?  Well, there are still a huge bunch of them that I want to try.  Some are more complicated than these Pokemon ones, some are for different mediums, some are just random tutorials.

I’m gonna keep working through them, maybe not all on the tablet though.


Author: Colette Horsburgh

A 30-something creator/baker/writer/artist/crafter living with several (but not enough) scatty animals.

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