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Things We Saw Today: Artist Uses ‘Among Us’ For Amazing Tutorial on How to Draw Water

Every artist has a certain technique within their favorite medium that they struggle with. For a ceramicist, it may be throwing on a wheel as opposed to hand-building. For a fiber artist, it could be knitting verse crocheting or using a loom versus cross-stitching. But thankfully, in addition to years of practice, there are often little shortcuts of sorts provided by peers and online tutorials that can change our world with a simple “trick.” A non-binary Tawainese artist who goes by the online moniker of Evenly Evi decided to bless us illustrators (especially the digital ones) with this genius way of drawing water using the viral survival game Among Us.

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In a follow-up tweet, Evi noted that this was based on a pre-existing tutorial they saw a while back and now use as a part of their practice. The original used circles and ovals instead of Among Us characters. I kinda expected that, but nonetheless, this was a creative twist. I’ve tried a few different shapes to varying success when making organic parts of the environment, like water, but this silly little crewman might just do the trick. This looks like it would work on most major digital illustration programs, too, considering the multiply option, duplicating laters, and gradients are standard features.

For those that struggle to draw backgrounds (it’s me, I’m those people) this method could be a new way of adding texture or a bit of character building. They are really good at backgrounds, as you’ll see below, but here’s some of this water in action from a 2021 illustration. If you found this as useful as I did or know you will consider using this for MerMay (a.k.a. the 31 days of May where people draw merms of all sorts), consider donating a tip to their Kofi.

(via Twitter, featured image: innersloth)

Here are some other bits of news out there:

  • Rings of Power brings (unmasked) Māori representation to the Tolkien world, which, like the original films, is shot in New Zealand. (via NBC)
  • Ezra Miller pleads “not guilty” in a burglary case that could result in them being in prison for up to 26 years. (via Deadline)
  • Many people working in the Shein clothing factories earn $500 a month, work 18-hour days, and get a single day off a month. (via iNews UK)
  • Apex Legends introduces a second transgender character, Tressa, ahead of the upcoming season. (via Respawn Entertainment)
  • The legendary, multi-talented Sheryl Lee Ralph receives national honors in her mother’s home of Jamaica. (via Jamaica Observer)

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(she/her) Award-winning artist and writer with professional experience and education in graphic design, art history, and museum studies. She began her career in journalism in October 2017 when she joined her student newspaper as the Online Editor. This resident of the yeeHaw land spends most of her time drawing, reading and playing the same handful of video games—even as the playtime on Steam reaches the quadruple digits. Currently playing: Baldur's Gate 3 & Oxygen Not Included.