Moxie2d Shares the Ten Tips That Transformed His Paintings

December 13, 2020

If you like Ross Tran’s breeziness and visual effects, but find his over-the-top delivery a little overwhelming, Drawing With Moxie is for you.  In this video from earlier this year, he runs us through his top ten tips for every digital artist, using Photoshop CC on a Wacom Cintiq Pro 24 to demonstrate them all during a speedpaint of Pokemon’s Nessa.

Given the subject, his fixation for Ocarina of Time sound effects is a little odd.

Some are old saws you may have heard many times before but are still good to keep in mind while painting:  “Remember to flip your canvas horizontally while drawing.”

Others are surprisingly simple, but versatile, Photoshop hacks you might not have thought to use:  Like Taylor Oliveras in my last short, he makes excellent use of the lasso tool, using it to both block out areas for soft shading and carve hard shapes out of color fills.  “You can do basically anything with just a lasso tool and a soft brush.”

Yet others revolve around Photoshop tools artists often overlook:  He uses the dreaded dodge tool to create great specular highlights on jewelry and skin.  “It can be your best friend, but it is also a complete noob-slayer,” he aptly summarizes.  And his final tip involves a certain correction tool that’s many artists‘ favorite hack, but that just as many never use at all.  “If you’re delicate enough” with this tool, he shows us, “you can change expressions, move eyebrows around…” and use it to make quick corrections without redraws when you flip the canvas and inevitably notice something’s off.

(As a bonus, he also uses the transform tool to move limbs, a layer-based trick I’d never even thought of.)

Spiciest quote:  “Brushes don’t matter much … All you need is a hard round brush, a soft round brush, and something that’s fully opaque.”

About Moxie

Moxie PictureTom “Moxie2d” Skender is a freelance artist, graphic/toy designer, livestreamer, and of course, Youtuber, from Melbourne, Australia.  He made his name doing Super Smash Brothers fanart just a few years ago, and since then—teaching himself—he’s rocketed to pro status, improving his art tenfold along the way.  He specializes in anime art and does it flawlessly, so if you’re an otaku looking for an English-language Youtube teacher who knows the style inside and out, check out the rest of the channel.  He also streams every Saturday on Twitch.


Website | Twitter | Artstation | Patreon | Twitch

Related posts:

Shop the Wacom eStore*

When you shop on the Wacom eStore you get access to discounts, financing, extended warranties, and our industry-leading customer support team.

Connect with Wacom on Social

Who's your favorite Pokémon? 💦🍃🔥⚡⁣
Some nostalgic friends for #FridayFanart with amazing art by @philipsue_art. If beautiful landscapes, process videos, and art tips are your thing, Philip's page is the place to visit!⁣
#MadewithWacom #digitalart #animation #art #artprocess #fanart #pokemon #pikachu
5048 23
Digital kitchen time! 
Here's the last of @patrick_4d's digital burger tip series. We hope you tried making your own burger or at least went out and got one for sustenance 🍔🍔🍔
Thank you Patrick for making us the most delicious digital burger we could have wished for. 
543 16
This is a reminder for you to embrace your geek side! 🚀

For those who spend hours designing a new skin for their character, creating 3D models of their favourite video game or programming special effects for movies.
Your art makes us proud!

How are you going to celebrate? 👇

#GeekPrideDay #Geek #ArtistsLife
840 5
Tag your other half. ✨💕⁣
We had to share the love with @yuyo.psd's heartwarming illustration. 🫶⁣
If you like the flow and colors of Yuyo's design, make sure you check out their page for more colorful artwork! 💜⁣
#MadewithWacom #digitalart #illustration #art #graphicdesign
682 8
From concept to reality, @pixebo’s home office is brought to life to create a cozy place to sit down with their Wacom Cintiq and get to work! ✨✍️

#WacomWorkspace #digitalart #homeoffice #deskgoals #wfh
1706 13
Discover the technology behind #CintiqPro24 🚀⁣
The #WacomProPen2 provides state-of-the-art creative pen technology, meaning every stroke, every move of your hand is followed with unerring accuracy. 💫⁣
Want to discover how it feels to draw with it? Check the link in bio!⁣
#Cintiqpro24 #CreativeProfessionals #CintiqPro
703 14
Colorful creative portrait by artist @valerie.loves.colors to start off your week. 🌈☀️🍃⁣
Valerie finds that people and colors give her the most inspiration. She points out that everyone is unique and vibrant in their own way, much like the color spectrum! 🎨⁣
#MadewithWacom #abstractart #digitalart #art #portrait #illustration
470 6
The importance of taking breaks ❤️

We’ve seen absolutely identified with the words of @ms.shortyj 💫 Taking care of yourself will help you grow as an artist.

Stopping is not quitting, is just taking a pause of the path to get another perspective 😉

What other things help you when you feel this way? Share it in the comments!

#Artistslife #MentalHealthAwarenessMonth
1278 18
If you could design your dream workspace, how would it look like? 🚀⁣
Tell us in the comments what are your must-haves! 👇⁣
#WacomWorkspace #ArtistWorkspace
630 14
Don't mind us, we're out here dreaming of @patrick_4d's Wacom burger this weekend. Check out these juicy tips he shares to help you create the best looking digital burger ever! #wacomwantsaburger 
Are you participating in our burger challenge? Visit the link in our bio for more details and a chance to win some cool Wacom prizes.
732 11
Serene moment in time. 😌🌊 Slice of life shot and retouched by photographer @ashrafularefin. ⁣
#MadewithWacom #photography #streetphotography #OldDhaka
534 5