If not, you have to do the old fashion way of saving your picture as a .psd file in SAI then opening it in Photoshop and save it as a .PNG there to achieve the transparent background.
THIS SOUNDS REALLY MEAN BUT PLEASE KNOW I'M NOT TECH SUPPORT!! If your pen pressure doesn't work, you can't do this or that because you're lacking a program, or something isn't updated I'm not going to help you. Don't ask me questions that can easily be answered by my tutorial or google please! I'm really impatient when it comes to people asking questions to things that are answered or lazy people that want to be hand-fed after I explained things to them. I put in a lot of effort in making a tutorial and to have that shoved aside just to be asked to put in more effort to explain things to you I've already explained is really disrespectful and irritating.
But if you are honestly confused by something in this tutorial that you can't figure out after putting in the effort to backtrack, repeat steps, and examine then please ask! I'm friendly in that regards but I'm really tired of people who want to be handheld so I won't respond to you if the answer is reasonably visible. (wow nia you're such a good, nice, patient person.)
Anyway! I got inspired by a note I got basically asking how I do my art editing! In the spirit of the holidays (and my free time) I decided to do an updated tutorial on my Photoshop editing! Hm, looking back I realize I was quite vulgar and rude in my past tutorials when explaining things. LOL oops. Well, this is all very SFW!! not a single cuss~ Leave a comment below if you want to see another type of tutorial and I will consider it~ Thank you very much for your support and I hope everyone has a fantastic holidays!
Tablet: Wacom Bamboo Fun CTE-450
Art Program: Easy Paint Tool SAI
Editing Program: Photoshop CS4 (but any version past 7 will be suited for this specific tutorial!)
Looking around Deviantart, I noticed that there weren't very many good, detailed guides on drawing characters with digitigrade legs, like those featured on my Keidran and Basitin races. Digitigrade, for those unaware, is a term for an animal that walks on their digits (toes) rather that flat-footed, as we humans do. This style of character design can be difficult for someone unused to this type of anatomical structure. Now, I am not claiming to be any sort of expert. But I have been drawing these guys for more than ten years now, and I often get asked how I draw certain things. So this is not necessarily a "how to draw" tutorial" as it is a "how I draw" tutorial, if you get my meaning.
I hope this information can prove useful for those of you who are aspiring artists, or at least interesting to those who wish to learn more about how I go about my drawing process. So without further adieu, please allow Flora to demonstrate for you how it works! Enjoy!
CONTINUATION OF LEG FOAMING (without stilts): DA: FA: [link]
I mean not to offend anyone when I say that most of the fursuit digigrade legs I have seen are not very realistic/well done. I know I'm not one to talk, being as I'm not really a fursuit maker, but I am an artist that works with design heavily, and I enjoy designing things to look as realistic as possible around the human body.
Here we have a study I did on proportions and design of: 1. A true animal (canid) leg 2. A Human leg. 3. Fursuit digilegs using foam/padding 4. Fursuit digilegs using stilts And to finnish, I have a tip for the actual foaming process (which is unfortunately, where I find most mess up).
First off, animal legs, apart from some muscle deviation, follow the bones, so in other words what I like to call the "Parallel Line Rule". If you see right, under "Good", it shows what the padding should basically look like on a human leg trying to look digitigrade.
Obviously, the problem in human legs is that our shin bone is too long in comparison to our thigh and foot. Padded legs just create the illusion, around the actual human leg, of a bent knee and standing on your toes. This is the most well-known version of a fursuit digileg. The length and bend of each section of the illusioned leg all depend on your actual leg's bends and width. I find that most people to not add enough to create the gentle slopes of what a real animal leg looks like. Most I find, leave out the shin bone almost all together, which is a big mistake. More padding needs to be added to the butt so it's parallel with the front of the thigh that's coming out to create the knee joint. The butt padding should come down right to the back of your knee, for as to allow propper movement. The slope of the shin piece can be adjusted depending on mainly where your knee is and how long it needs to be in order to look atleast somewhat in proportion with the heel to toe piece (foot).
Stilts are becoming widely popular, mainly because of their effect, I even find stilts very interesting. And here, you can add length to the foot (the stilt) so that the proportion difference caused by your shin is not so great. However, there is nothing you can do about the length of your thigh in comparison to them, also, most aren't padded enough. Not to say you need to go crazy with the foam.. but if you're making a werewolf, werewolves are rippling with muscle, and if you look at a real animal's leg, the thigh is pretty much huge (wide) in comparison to the shin and foot.
Under padding in both cases can make either seem under-done and rather crappy in terms of realism. If it doesn't look natural, it doesn't look good, I don't care how toony your character is supposed to be, you aren't walking around with an outline. Realism must come into play somewhere.
Making fursuit digilegs is all about manipulating whatever medium you use around your leg to create the best illusion.
In conclusion: Padding is everything! Underpadding in both cases can make either look bad. Stilts create an interesting effect, and are fun, but because you're using your actual leg joints for the digileg, there really isn't anyway for you to manipulate the joints in the illusioned digileg, therefore it can come out unproportionate and very skimpy looking. I personally preffer the digitigrade legs that utilize the foam padding, just because it creates a better overall effect, I believe, and it is alot easier to manipulate the illusioned joints. However, it does require more padding covering your legs, therefor making it more hot, and expensive to make.
(However, stilts will always look better under-padded than straight-leg digilegs that are under-padded).