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This is a place where you can ask me questions about anything you'd like to know about me.
For example, my art equipment, my art techniques, my life, my interests, my opinions on something e.t.c.
I will answer anything as long as it's not offensive and it doesn't put me in an uncomfortable position!

For basic information about me, make sure to check my F.A.Q. and my Meet The Artist meme~!

Go ahead and leave a comment, asking me anything you'd like to know! Panda Emoji-07 (Snuggy) [V1] 
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Aronaci Featured By Owner Edited Nov 9, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
how can i not suck at everything i do?
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Stephie-Jo Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Eyyy~ Don't think like that! There must be something you're good at! <3
Also, I guess the best answer to this is, decide on one or two things that you'd like to be better at, focus only on them, study and practice and you'll get better! I'm saying this because it can be really chaotic and hard to improve if you work on a lot of things at once, so it's better if you focus on a few tasks. Your frustration is understandable, but try your best to be positive and believe in yourself and the fact that you can improve! ^^
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Aronaci Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
have any tips for shading? im really bad at it.
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Stephie-Jo Featured By Owner Edited Jun 9, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well, the shading process is a bit hard to explain in words especially since I am not very good at shading either and I mostly work by instinct. However I'll try to explain a few basic things that you should know when attempting to shade.

First of all, shading is an extremely important part of a drawing as it gives it depth and dimension and makes it look more realistic regardless of the style.

1. The most important part of shading is to think about where the light source is and how the light falls onto an object. For example, if the light source is on the right side of the object then the shadows are supposed to be on left side of the object.

2. Keep in mind that every object has a certain volume and shape. This means that the shading can't always be a smooth straight line, as the shape of the shadow should vary depending on the shape of the object it falls on and the shape of an object that is causing the shadows (like how a skirt would result in shadows on the legs). For example, for round objects the shading should be very smooth and slightly curved. However for bumpy/flowy surfaces, for example, clothes that have folds, the shading should have a lot of curves to match with the movement of the fabric.
Also, when shading hair, remember that it consists of separate strands. The hair shouldn't be shaded as a flat surface and it's shading should be more detailed to showcase the strands.
In order to understand this concept better it helps to draw out a basic/detailed shape of the hair strands, or the folds in the clothes.

3. Choose a colour that is a bit darker that the base colour (it doesn't have to be the same hue) and a brush that looks nice to you (it can be either hard=> cell shading, or soft=>blended shading, or a mix of both depending on your preference), and begin shading. You can also use an even darker colour and place it in the specific areas where the shadows fall heavier, to make them seem even darker and add more depth. 

It might help to observe and examine a few drawings from more experienced artists to see how they understand and capture light and shadows in their drawings.

I also found a few tutorials that you might find useful:

Mur's hair tutorial by MurMoruno   Hyan Style - Shading curly brown hair by Hyan-Doodles   Hair coloring tutorial by naomochi Cel Shading Tutorial by caydett    HOW TO SHADING THE LEGS by SWORDWALTZWORKS
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Aronaci Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ooh very helpful, thank you!
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Stephie-Jo Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome! <3
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AmarantaYuuki Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Do you ever do traditional art? Why/why not? What do you think of traditional art/artists?
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Stephie-Jo Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ohh~ A good question!
I like traditional art and I doodle once in a while, but I don't do it seriously anymore (I used to before I got my graphics tablet), mainly because I find it a bit harder to work with traditional materials and I prefer the "benefits" of digital art.
Traditional art can be a complicated and hard process. Digital art programs have so many more functions, tools and effects that you wouldn't be able to use in real life, so in a way they can make drawing easier. With traditional art, you can't fix any mistakes or make quick changes with the click of a button (ex. you can't flip the image or move/adjust parts of the drawing so that it looks better, or instantly change the colours). So understandably, traditional art needs a lot more effort and technique to achieve a good result. So, I really admire traditional artists! Panda Emoji-10 (Blush) [V1] 
I'm always very happy when I discover a beautiful traditional artwork. It has a "special" kind of feeling to it, you know? ^^
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AmarantaYuuki Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes XD
Thank you for the in depth answer lol! <3
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Stephie-Jo Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hehe~ Well, I am pretty deep. Ahahaha! <3
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Abbey-Rose4 Featured By Owner May 20, 2017  Hobbyist
Do you like Iron Maiden?
If not, which is your favorite band?
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Stephie-Jo Featured By Owner May 20, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I used to listen to Iron Maiden a lot in my high-school days, when I was going through my "rock phase"!
Nowadays, I don't really have one. XD
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Abbey-Rose4 Featured By Owner May 20, 2017  Hobbyist
Oh, I see! Just like one of my teachers!
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Rubombee Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2017   General Artist
In wich language do you think?
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Stephie-Jo Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
English mostly, Greek, only when I have to! (Thanks for the question! <3)
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Rubombee Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2017   General Artist
:-D
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Abbey-Rose4 Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2017  Hobbyist
Have you ever heard of the TV series called '2 broke girls'?
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Stephie-Jo Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I have heard of it, and I've even caught like, half an episode on TV, but I didn't really like it. XD
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Abbey-Rose4 Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2017  Hobbyist
I see. I started watching it currently. I must say I relate to Max a lot (the brunette)
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Stephie-Jo Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh, well, it's good to find shows that you can relate to! Bear Emoji-02 (Blush) [V1] 
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Abbey-Rose4 Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2017  Hobbyist
Indeed!
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HoshiChomp12 Featured By Owner Edited Feb 2, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I was just wondering, do you live/go to university in Greece? Or were you just born there? It's just cool to see where people are from y'know~ =)

Huggle! 
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Stephie-Jo Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ahh~ It's so nice that you're interested in that! Bunny Emoji-72 (Kawaii) [V4] 
Yes, I was born in Greece, just in a different part of the country, than where I've lived for most of my life. I currently live in Athens (the capital city of Greece). And yes, I also study in a Greek University in my city!

What about you?
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HoshiChomp12 Featured By Owner Edited Feb 2, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ah!~ That's so cool! I have never met anyone from Greece Kawaii Face: Smile 

I am from the United States personally. I live in a rather small town with lots of trees and water everywhere. It's really nice and quiet, but with just enough people to not be alone. another :laughing: revamp D:  I'm still going through high school too, but I'm homeschooled so I have lots of time to spend on making art and learning new languages.
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Stephie-Jo Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Can I just say how lucky you are? I personally think that having lived in a city for so long, I wouldn't be able to get used to the quiet life of the country side, but it's truly amazing that you get to be so close to nature and peacefulness!

Also, I think it's great that you're home-schooled. I've heard terrible things about high-schools in the US, so I'm glad that you don't have to deal with all that drama. Plus you get to have so much more time for important things like educating yourself about things you actually care about or things that might actually shape your future.  Bunny Emoji-72 (Kawaii) [V4] 
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HoshiChomp12 Featured By Owner Edited Feb 3, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah, for sure! You're right on all accounts. It's really nice to learn things now that will better my future. It's also great to have the support of my parents even though I'm not doing what they'd expect of me. dA and other forums have been an awesome way to meet friends with similar interests (like you), who I can exchange ideas with and just chat, too. Hanging out is fun to do from home sometimes, yknow? Technology is amazing that way. Haha emoticon 

Speaking of futures and interests, are you going to university for anything specific? 
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Stephie-Jo Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're right! I love making friends online, because it's much easier. I think that it's a little more difficult to find people that share your interests or goals in real life and are actually interested in being your friend. Especially when you don't get to meet new people very often (<- me). Bunny Emoji-73 (Wondering) [V4] 
Not to mention that having friends in real life comes with many extra responsibilities. They will demand that you spend time with them, hanging out, and you'll also have to spend money for/because of them often. I personally have neither time nor money to invest in more than a few genuine friendships. >///<

I am currently studying "social theology" which is a science that studies religion and its effects on human societies throughout history. The courses are all very interesting though quite difficult! Apart from the main courses that focus on religion, I also get to study courses on sociology, philosophy, psychology e.t.c., so I get to develop a multifaceted education. I do find the subject of my studies interesting, but I have to admit that this degree will act more as a security blanket, in case any of my other plans fail. Though, I don't think I'd mind becoming a "tour guide" for religious tourism (that's one of the directions I could take after earning my degree). Bunny Emoji-72 (Kawaii) [V4] 

What about you? Are you planning to go to university - if so, what would you like to study?- or are you preparing to take a different route?
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HoshiChomp12 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oooo!~ Social theology sounds interesting! Learning about other cultures and ways of life has always been very cool to me.  Although intriguing I could imagine the workload, too. Also, keeping friends IRL is hard. I dedicate a lot of time to the friends I have, but not so much to overwhelm me (or themBear Emoji-24 (Laughing) [V1]). I do have the time, of course, to do so, but it's still nice to be alone doing studies or doodling.

As for what I'm going to do with my life, I don't think I'll be going to any university. I find that here in the US a lot of my older friends go through college and never can do what they went to school for. Also, I'm much more of a people person (or so I've been told), so I'll probably work at the local candy shop or another small job. Hopefully, by then I'll also be better at art and be able to do commissions and such on the side. Another option is being a Sign Language interpreter. I am currently studying the language, and it's so exciting and surprisingly easy. It'd be nice to help the deaf community, or really any community in any way I can. *Free Icon/Emote* Totoro ( Heart) 

All in all, though, I'm not entirely sure what my future will be like, so I don't want to plan to much ahead. A future me may have our whole life planned out, but right now I'm okay with having a basic idea and letting the cards fall where they may. Kao Emoji-04 (Cute) [V1] 
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Stephie-Jo Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think that this goes for university students all around the world. There is a vast amount of students that get their degree and end up doing something completely different than what they studied and a a lot of times it's difficult to find a job despite having any kind of degree. I think you should do whatever makes you happy, because the truth is that you will perform best in the job that you like doing the most. And also, I love the idea of learning Sign Language! It's a very useful skill and it will definitely open up a lot of doors for you. Bunny Emoji-72 (Kawaii) [V4] 
Well, I agree, especially when you're young, it's fine to not know what you want to be or how you want your future to develop. Discovering these things take time, they're not decisions that you can make hastily. You need to get to experience life first. Bear Emoji-02 (Blush) [V1] 
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Abbey-Rose4 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2017  Hobbyist
Τι πρόγραμμα χρησιμοποιείς για τις ζωγραφιές σου;
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Stephie-Jo Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Λέγεται Clip Studio Paint και μου δώθηκε σαν πρόγραμμα μαζί με το Graphics Tablet που αγόρασα. It's not bad, I recommend it! Bear Emoji-01 (Good job) [V1] 
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Abbey-Rose4 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2017  Hobbyist
Oh, thank you!
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A-KumaKun Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I was wondering this for a long time, what's your technique for doing lineart? thank you :D
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Stephie-Jo Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hmm... A very interesting question! Sorry for the long answer but I'm going to break it down for you! Bunny Emoji-72 (Kawaii) [V4] 

Well, first of all, for me, in order to make the line-art as clean as possible I follow these 3 steps:
1. Rough Sketch: I make a messy rough sketch of what I want to draw with just the basic points.
2. Clean Sketch: I draw the same sketch all over again, this time in a much more neat and clean manner, including more details, with a slightly smaller brush size.
(you can of course combine step 1 and 2 to save time/effort)
3. Line-art: I line the drawing with the smallest brush size I can work with comfortably.

I believe that decreasing the brush size throughout these steps helps a lot with the end result, because it would very difficult to try to draw thin line-art in the case that you used much thicker lines for the rough sketch (which is what usually happens).

Extra Tip: From my experience, in most cases, thinner lining looks better. However, it can be difficult to suddenly switch to thinner lining than what you're used to, so if you want to accomplish that, I recommend my method of slowly and steadily reducing the brush size with each new drawing you work on, until you reach the desired setting.

As for the technique that I use for line-art, I don't know if it's a typical method, but I always line with very quick and sudden strokes. For me, who's still inexperienced, it may take more than a few strokes and hitting the "undo" button a few times, but in the end I always get the perfect line or curve that I was going for (honestly it can be very frustrating to watch! hehe!).

The brush that you use in the lining process is also important, depending on what you want to achieve. For example, at the moment, I prefer quite prominent lining with strong colour opacity (that helps because you can't see where each stroke begins/ends due to overlapping of colour). It's a little difficult to explain what kind of brush I use, but I can tell you that it's set at full hardness and opacity and also has thinner edges at the start and end of each stroke/line (That helps with connecting it very easily to the next stroke/line) and a stabilization setting too (so that the lines come out smooth).

Also, another tip that I think is very important, is using several layers to separate each part of the line-art (and also organize them neatly with names and in folders, so that you know exactly where everything is). So, make a separate layer for the face and another for the body, or go even further (which I recommend) and, say, make a separate layer for the hair outline and another for the hair details, e.t.c. That will help you a lot, because it you want to erase or move something specific, you won't have to mess with any other part of the line-art! Believe me, this tip has saved me so many times!! bear clap emoji 

I think that pretty much summarizes my lining process! I hope you've found it a helpful guide! If you want to know more specifics or anything like that, let me know! Panda Emoji (squee) 
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A-KumaKun Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
omg, thank you so much, was not expecting that! That was very helpful! Kao Emoji-08 (Kyaa Cute and Shy) [V1] 
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Stephie-Jo Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Haha! Thank you for asking! I'm glad that my tips can be useful! Emoji02 
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