LITTLE MOON. (by Rachel-Marie Iwanyszyn)


A starry sky brush I made myself for a gift artwork
I wanted to save this brush somewhere so I would be able to go back to it
thought I might as well share it!

also you can find elemap and brushtex I used here


I’ve been getting a lot of asks lately about the brushes and textures I use in my work, so here’s a BIG FAT REFERENCE POST for those of you who were curious! Bear in mind that I’m really lazy and don’t know what half the settings do, so don’t be afraid to experiment to figure out what works best for you :>



I use the pencil tool with SAI’s native paper texture both for sketching and for applying opaque color with no blending. Lower opacities give it the feel of different pencil hardnesses, while full opacity makes it more like a palette knife, laying down hard-edged, heavy color for detail work or eventual blending with other brushes.

Ink Pen

Mostly made this because I’m lazy and I didn’t want to have to keep turning my textures off/opacity up when I wanted to ink something (even though I don’t do it very often), or lay down flat colors. I find the line quality to be much more crisp than Photoshop, and you can manually adjust in-program stabilization to help smooth out hand wobbles.

Round Brush

The plain ol’ brush tool acts as sort of an in-between for me in terms of brush flow. It’s heavier than my usual workhorse brush, for faster color application and rough blending, but not as heavy as the pencil tool, which has no blending at all. I like to use the canvas texture on this brush to help break up the unnatural smoothness that usually accompanies digital brushes, but it works just fine without.

Flat Brush

A brush tool set to flat bristle is by far my favorite to paint with. I don’t use any textures with it because I think the shape of the brush provides enough of that by itself. I use it for everything from rough washes to more refined shaping and polish. It’s just GREAT.


Best used for smooth blending, washes, gradients, and smoky atmospheric effects.


Basically a grittier version of the watercolor tool, because too much smoothness weird me out. Good for clouds and fog, as the name suggests, or just less boring gradient fills.


To further stave off the artificially smooth look of digital painting, I almost always overlay some sort of paper texture, and it’s almost always this one, which I scanned and edited myself. You’re all welcome to use it, no permission required!

Using overlays in SAI is just as easy as using them in Photoshop. Just paste the texture into its own layer above everything you want it to apply to, and change the layer mode to Overlay. That’s it!

Want a more prominent texture? Up the contrast. Something more subtle? Lower the contrast or reduce the layer opacity. You can also use a tinted overlay to adjust the overall palette and bring a little more color unity to an otherwise disparate piece! Just be aware that too much texture can hurt the readability of the work beneath it, so I’d err on the side of subtlety.

Hope that helps!




i love animal crossing because instead of being all mad when you haven’t been on in a while all they do is express concern and say how much they’ve missed you and its so sweet

my favourite villager moved out while I didn’t play. Without a warning.


Tuesday Tips SUPER WEEK - Hands

This is the first post about hands. Other posts about hands in the future will cover “hands in relationship to the body”, “different characters, different hands”, “expressive hands” and “hands touching things”. If you have suggestions for Tuesday Tips, write me a personal message.





a public service announcement


You will only end up with mud on your palette and tears on your face



I’ve seen many artists who felt awful for not being able to go to artschool. Please watch this, and get some other perspectives. It’s not as bad as you think.


This post is always being updated so check the link!

IF YOU AREN’T SURE IF SOME RESOURCES ARE FREE TO USE, ASK THE AUTHOR OR DON’T USE THEM (AND DON’T REPOST THEM). You don’t need to use everything you get a hand on, you can always use them for reference and inspiration.





There are probably many more but these are very popular, and therefore, you can easily find tutorials and materials/resources to work with them!

IG Maker & RPG MAKER - Focus of this post

RPG Toolkit - Free software for RPG games and others

Sim RPG Maker 95 - For Strategic/Tactical RPG creation

RPG Creator - Will soon include MMORPG creation

M.U.G.E.N. - Free 2D Fighting Game Creator!

Game Maker - Free (buy pro version) for all kind of games

Review of these programs for the super newbies

Overlook of these programs



Using resources + Crediting/Sourcing - how to avoid jail!

Selling your game - A bit outdated but good reference

Sites to upload & host heavy files - To share the game

Compressing game files - Do this BEFORE you use them

Splitting & Compressing - to share super heavy games

Hacha - Another free splitting program for heavy files

Releasing games without RTP - To make the game lighter



Where you can buy programs, inform yourself, ask questions, share ideas, find resources… a bit of everything!

Official RPG Maker site - FAQs, buy program, etc.

Official RPG Maker blog

Official RPG Maker Forums

RPG Maker VX Ace Wiki - Find masterlists and more

RPGMaker.net - Also for TKool, IG Maker, etc.!

RPGMaker Things - Tumblr blog by Sleep

RPGMaker XP Resources - Tumblr Blog

Flaming Teddy Productions
- Tumblr Blog

HBGames.org - Forums for games creation

Creation Asylum - Forums for game creation

CLOSET Ace - Japanese - TKool & RPG Maker resources

RPG Palace - For everything RPGM (forums, resources…)

RPG Maker Revolution - Forums for everything RPGM

RPGMaker VXAce Community Forums - More of the same

Ocean’s Dream - Development blog, pixel tutorials, etc.

Division Heaven - Free resources blog



Remember that the very basics of the program (what are the layers, how to go around resources management, etc.) is available in the HELP section of the program itself! Read the instructions manual first of all! There are also tons of Youtube videos visually explaining the basics!

Very basic first steps to any RPG Maker project!

GDU’s Tutorials - Froms scripting to pixel art & more

VX Ace Tutorials Masterlist

More RPG Maker VX Ace Tutorials

RPG Maker XP Tutorials Masterlist

More XP Tutorials - Also find VX and Ace’s on the side!

What’s this Parallax Mapping thing I hear so much of?

Scripts basics you must know before asking

Mark’s Pixel Art Basic Tutorials - for absolute newbies



Please do remember that XP, VX and VX Ace use different programing languages. You need to use specific scripts for each specific program! Also, different scripts may overlayer others, or not be enterely compatible. ALSO: always read the scripter’s rules for usage, ask for permission, credit and source, etc. Refer to this guide for fair use of resources!

Scripts basics you must know before asking + Scripts

RPG Maker VX Ace Scripts Masterlist (RGSS3)

RPG Maker VX Scripts Masterlist (RGSS2)

RPG Maker XP Scripts Masterlist (RGSS1)

GDU’s List of Scripts - For XP, VX and VXAce

Yanfly Channel - compatibles with Yami & Kread-Ex’s

Grimoire Castle - Kread-Ex’s scripts and more

Khas - Open for commissions too!

Victor’s Scripts - Side battle view and tons more!

Atelier RGSS - A variety of unique scripts from creating a music or picture gallery to pick & throw items and more!

Fomar0153’s Scripts - Free for commercial use

VitorJ’s Scripts - Free to use + requests

DiamondandPlatinum3 - VX and VXAce scripter

Galv’s Scripts - More VXAce scripts

Bubble BLog - More VX Ace (contact for commerical use)

Hime Works - More VXAce scripts

Soulpour’s RPG Maker VX Ace Scripts - Yeah

RPG Palace - For everything RPGM (forums, resources…)

RPG Maker Revolution - Forums for everything RPGM

RPGMaker VXAce Community Forums - More of the same



(UNDER CONSTRUCTION) Let me know if you are active and want to be included in this list!

Yami / Kread-Ex / Fomar0153 / Khas /

Pixelation - Share art, discuss, hire artists and coders, etc.



(UNDER CONSTRUCTION) Let me know if you are active and want to be included in this list!

Pixelation - Share art, discuss, hire artists and coders, etc.

CarmenMCS ( Tumblr / DA ) - Sprites, illustrations, etc.



These are little tools and programs that will allow you to create characters putting together different pre-made body parts and clothes in a editor!

XP to VX Converter for characters sprites

Game Character Hub - Fusions, recolours & more

Loose Leaf - a sprites generator for XP style characters

Famicon’s VX/Ace sprites generator - Female characs

Famicon’s VX/Ace csprites generator - Male characs

Junkhunt Character chip Generator - VX/Ace Style



A separated list for graphics resources that resemble RPG Maker default graphics. Please do remember that most resources aren’t simply free. Always read the artist’s rules for usage, ask for permission, credit and source when using their resources, etc. Refer to this guide for fair use of resources!

Granny’s Lists - Masterpost of RPGM graphic resources

Characters Templates (under construction)

Tilesets Templates (under construction)

Pixel Art World - Many XP style graphics

Sithjester’s RMXP Resources - XP style

First Seed Materials - Taller VXAce art style and more

Lunarea’s - Resources Blog

Ayene-chan’s graphics - the artist’s Deviantart site

RPG Maker artists - group on Deviantart

Kaito’s resources - Charas, modern & japanese scenery…

CarmenMCS’s Pixel Art - Icons, sprites, parallax add-ons…

Hetalia characters and costumes - VX/Ace style

Hetalia Videogames - Hetalia fangames creation group


Please do remember that most resources aren’t simply free. Always read the artist’s rules for usage, ask for permission, credit and source when using their resources, etc. Refer to this guide for fair use of resources!
Pixel Joint .com
- It’s like the Deviantart of Pixel art!

Mark’s Pixel Art Basic Tutorials - for absolute newbies

Oceans Dream - Pixel Art tutorials and more

Game Art - Deviantart group (graphics, sound, etc)

Open Game Art .org - Free sprites, music, textures…

The Spriters Resource - all those classic games graphics!

Sprite Database - More of the same

Retrogamer Zone - More of the same

The Videogames Atlas - Very useful for reference!

Megaman Series Resources - Sprites, Models, Sounds…



Whether you know little about music or a lot, these are very useful resources to create your own music, sheets, remixes, etc.

TJFree.com’s list of free Music Composition Software

And list of Free Music & Audio Software

NoteFlight - ONLINE & Free composition & notation

MuseScore - Free (Midi) composition & notation software

MusInk - Free (Midi) composition & notation software

Finale NotePad - Free composition & notation software

Virtual Music Composer (3.0) - Remix, compose, etc.

MagiX Music Maker  - (Commercial) composition, beatbox..

Music Creator Touch - (Commercial) composition, beatbox



There are a thousand sites with copyrighted and free music, and they aren’t difficult to find so this is just a list of some remarkable ones. Please do remember that most resources aren’t simply free: always read the artist’s rules for usage, ask for permission, credit and source when using their resources, etc. Refer to this guide for fair use of resources!

*** IMPORTANT: Copyrighted music from anime, video games, movies, etc. can only be used for free non-commercial fan creations, private projects, and such… and only to some extend. Some companies are ok with it as long as you don’t make money out of it, and some aren’t. Take a look at this link to learn more about it.

Granny’s Lists - Includes Music and Sound effects section

VGMdb - Catalogue of videogames & anime OSTs

Videogame Music - Listen to & Download games OSTs

Galbadia Hotel - Videogame & anime music and SHEETS

BlueLaguna - Source for RPG media (songs, videos…)

Music & Game - Download game OSTs

DownloadOST.com - Like it sounds

AnimeOST.com - Like it sounds

Free Anime Music.com - Like it sounds

Jasmine Cooper’s Music - Free to use music for games

The Music Case - Royalty free music & stock music

Purple Planet - Royalty Free music

Vimeo Music Store - Everything (commercial, free, etc.)

Sound Cloud - Everything again

Incompetech - Royalty Free Music (but you can donate!)

Instrumentals Free.com - Like it sounds!

ccMixer - In concrete, Dig.ccMixter free for commercial use

Tam Music Factory - Royalty Free music (please don’t use if you don’t understand the terms & conditions of usage!)

Music Material - Plz don’t use if you don’t understand

Freesound.org - Music and Sounds for free



Please do remember that most resources aren’t simply free: always read the artist’s rules for usage, ask for permission, credit and source when using their resources, etc. Refer to this guide for fair use of resources!

Freesound.org - Music and Sounds for free

Audio Jungle.net - Free & non-free resources

Sound Bible - Royalty Free sounds

Soundjay - Royalty Free sounds

Hetalia Voices and Sounds ripped - Credits: Kiaolao The Dubber (Luca)



Some other tools, websites and the such that I think can help with the development and exposition of your game.

Donjon RPG Tools - Maps generator, items, XP calculator..

Debut Video Capture - Video screen recording & more to make LPs, show your game on youtube as a video, etc.

Ripping sprites from retro consoles

Ripping sprites

Ripping Playstation Sprites with ePSXe and PSX-Vram



Resources for Game making Masterlist

Suikoden Masterpost - Genso Suikoden videogames graphics, music, official art, extra material such as novels and mangas, RPG Maker Fangames, etc.

Dynasty Warriors Masterpost - Shin Sangoku Musou

  · 10 typical perspective errors


Drawing perspective is considered one of the hardest things in art, except the mistakes usually done are pretty much always the same and can be avoided with a little care.

1. Lines not reaching the vanishing point


Well this is pretty simple to avoid but it’s the most common mistake. It’s probably due to either carelessness or really not having understood the basic of perspective. I encourage you to go back and find some basic tutorial for this.

Anyway, be ALWAYS careful about where to ‘send’ your lines, they NEED to go towards the correct vanishing point or it will just look awkward. Double check if necessary.

And always, ALWAYS use a ruler.

If your style requires lines that are a bit less geometrical (as mine do, I have a style of inking that’s sketchy so ‘perfect’ lines drawn with a ruler usually don’t fit well in the picture) use a ruler anyway for the pencils and then ink later by freehand. At least you’ll have correct guidelines underneath.


For traditional drawing be sure you have a ruler and be sure to use it for each one of your lines.

Modern drawing software will help you a lot with this if you draw directly on computer: painting software such as Clip Studio Paint or Manga Studio 4EX or 5 have perspective tools that will automatically snap your lines towards the vanishing point.


it’s quite a long tutorial, you’ll find the rest under the Read More or you can download the pdf file here

Read More


My reaction to murahimu official illustration. 【X】