This is a quick sketch to test a popular paint app called Paint Tool Sai. This creature was drawn out of my imagination with no reference (which might be a bad thing). I’ve seen many artists praise SAI, so out of curiosity, I downloaded the trial version, and gave it a shot. At first I couldn’t get the program to read my tablet monitor! I had to mess with an misc.ini file to make the software even work. It was fine after that.
The software is pretty fast and fluid, supports masks and selection tools. Unfortunately it has no alphas, warp tool, brush smoothing, or Adjustment Layers. As for custom brushes, you have to make them manually and insert them into the directory. The watercolor and brush tools are identical to MS5’s brushes (I’m sure MS5 ripped Sai off and not the other way around) and are great for painting and blending. While I think SAI is a great painting app, MS5 has far more features so I will be sticking to that and Photoshop. Time spent: 30-40 mins? Looking at it now, I wish I would have added some red markings. Update: Added them