ABOUT TATI MOONS
My name’s Tatiana but I go by Tati MoonS 💔 I’m a Spanish digital artist and the owner of this shop.
I paint since I was a child, but I created my first digital illustration in June 2016. I didn’t paint much back then because digital was hard for me, I could make one drawing every two months, if so. I kept practicing and I eventually got better. In late 2017 I opened an IG account and started to grow, making possible a living from art, so fucking thank you all for the people who contributed because even a follow made a difference. ❤️
SELF-TAUGHT? DID YOU GO TO ART SCHOOL?
Yes I’m self taught! By that I mean it was me the one who looked up for my resources. I’m learning everything from Youtube videos, tutorials to time lapses, and watching other artists’ artworks, trying to learn how they paint.
MEDIUMS I USE
I got a Wacom Intuos Art (small size). Note that it has no screen so it’s hard to get used to it, or at least it was for me, but it’s the cheapest Wacom.
For software I use Paint Tool Sai 2. Brushes are the default ones! The details on my paintings are made by hand with the default airbrush.
DO YOU USE REFERENCES?
All. the. time. ! I use them so I can make my paintings as accurate as I can to fit my original idea. Using references have helped me a lot in general to understand anatomy.
To make my reference work for me, I used to do side-by-side paintings (reference on the right, my painting on the left) or use small grids so I made sure my painting had no errors and looked like my ref. I feel like that took me away a lot of freedom so now I don’t usually do that anymore, I just get the pose, lighting, shadows or whatever I’m looking for in the ref. But I really recommend the technique if you’re struggling with proportions or similar!
MY PAINTING PROCESS
I sketch with a pen on a notebook whenever I have a new idea. If I like it, then I would take my tablet and start sketching digitally. I just block my idea very roughly and start coloring and shading right after I have something visible. I do not follow any particular order tbh, I just go with the flow if that makes any sense.
It’s hard to explain my process so here I attach a .gif (sorry for the quality tho) of a step-by-step images extracted from one of my Patreon rewards (they got all the 73 HD process images. Patreon is closed). Hope I can bring videos soon! I have sometimes visible layers over the good ones and stuff but I hope this is as clear as possible!