Giving away 10,000 dollars every month!

Submit your
"TIPS of the Month"
and earn a reward!

Post your tutorial on our theme of the month and share your art knowledge with Clip Studio Paint users all over the world! Each month, we’ll select the best tutorials for the month's themes!
Up to 10 Video Awards selected each month for a US$900 Prize!

This month’s themes

Entry period

May 2–31, 10:00 JST/01:00 UTC

Theme 1

Types of eyes #EyeDesign

Not only a design feature, the character’s eyes can create personality and expressiveness! Show us how you draw eyes using Clip Studio Paint.

Theme 2

Gradient maps #Gradientmaps

Show us how you use gradient maps, a useful tool for finishing and editing artwork. This can include methods such as using them to create color variations of the same artwork easily, or to unify the colors of a finished artwork.

Theme 3

Creating profile icons #Pficon

What kind of image do you use for your social media profile icons? Show us how to draw recognizable, eye-catching illustrations in small circles and squares using the functions of Clip Studio Paint.

See this month’s entries

Total rewards worth US$10,000 each month!

Each month, we’ll select the best tutorials from chosen themes on Clip Studio Tips across a range of genres, giving out up to US$10,000 worth of rewards! Why not create your own tutorial to share your tips and teach other creators about Clip Studio Paint?

We will announce the winners on the tenth of the following month.

Video Award: US$900 per person (up to 10 people)
Gold Award: US$700 per person (up to 4 people)
Silver Award: US$300 per person (up to 10 people)
Bronze award: 3,000 GOLD per person (up to 30 people)

  • Notes:
  • - TIPS posted with a YouTube video will be eligible for the Video Award as well as the Gold, Silver, and Bronze awards.
  • - Winnings will be transferred to a PayPal or bank account. Transfer fees will be paid by Celsys, but fees for obtaining the winning sum will be paid by the winner.

How to enter your tutorial

  • To enter this contest, simply post your tutorial to Clip Studio Tips with the tag MonthlyTIPS202205 and one theme tag (EyeDesign, Gradientmaps, or Pficon).
  • Please register your profile picture for your Clip Studio account and one or more links to your social media accounts or website. Please keep in mind that you will not be eligible for prizes if you fail to register. You can edit your Clip Studio account information here: Clip Studio Profile
  • When posting with a YouTube video, include the hashtag (#ClipStudioTips2022) and the Clip Studio TIPS URL ( in the YouTube video’s information section. Please ensure that embedded YouTube videos are set to "Public." Videos set to "Unlisted" are not eligible.
    Also, please be sure to select the "Video TIPS" option in the Process section when publishing your TIPS article.
  • Tutorials that do not follow the posting guidelines (such as tutorials containing copyrighted content or characters) cannot be considered for awards. Publish early to increase your view count and likes. We advise you to publish your entries as soon as possible, as the number of views and likes will influence selection.
See this month’s entries

Entry requirements

  • To be eligible, please create an illustrated tutorial along one of the monthly themes in Clip Studio Paint.
  • Tutorials that are newly posted during the submission period will be eligible. Tips that have already been posted cannot be accepted for the monthly contest.
  • You may post your tutorial in any of the following languages:
    English, French, Spanish, German, Japanese, Korean, Traditional Chinese
  • The minimum word count is 200 words. (Minimum 200 words in English, French, Spanish, and German; 500 characters in Japanese and Korean; 400 characters in Traditional Chinese)
  • Please include at least 2 screenshots or images, progress shots, or screen captures so that your tutorial is easy for beginners to understand. (Please refrain from adding text to your images, as it will not be translated.) You can also use videos or gifs.
  • The first image appearing in your tutorial becomes the default thumbnail. We recommend choosing something appealing that will catch the viewer’s eye.
  • If you participate with a Youtube video, please present the theme you chose at the beginning of the video.
    Videos are recommended to be 5 minutes or more. Add narration, background music, and subtitles to make the content easier to understand. For background music and images used in videos, please check the YouTube regulations and adjust them accordingly. In the TIPS article, include the image that will be used as a thumbnail at the top of the text, text and images explaining the content of the video (at least 200 words, not including author profile text) and the Youtube video URL.
    - Example of TIPS with video
  • Please only include images that you own. Tutorials with copyrighted content cannot be posted to Clip Studio Tips. This includes images of manga, anime, and game characters as well as derivative works such as fanfiction and fanzines. This also includes stock photo images. For full guidelines on posting to Clip Studio Tips, please refer to the Tips help page and the Guidelines About Posting and Behavior.
  • You may use the Clip Studio Paint logo in images for articles posted on Clip Studio Tips. Please note that use of the logo will have no impact on the judging of Tips of the Month.
    When using the Clip Studio Paint logo, please note that:
    - You may not alter the logo in any way, including changing the aspect ratio or dimensions, altering the color or adding shadows, gradients, or patterns, or cropping, flipping, or inverting the logo.
    - The logo may not be used in a way that could cause your article to be mistaken for an official Clip Studio Paint article.
  • Winning Tips are announced in the middle of the month.
  • The images and content of winning Tips may be used by Celsys, Inc. and its affiliates to promote Clip Studio Paint.
  • We cannot comment on reasons for selecting the award winners.

Past Winning Entries


April 2022


  • 1. Light Expression & Techniques
  • 2. Using Reference Layers
  • 3. Lo-Fi Art

March 2022


  • 1. Drawing Flowers
  • 2. Handy Uses for the Fill Tool
  • 3. Brush Techniques for Concept Art

February 2022


  • 1. How to draw water
  • 2. Using screentones
  • 3. Animation for beginners

January 2022


  • 1. How to Draw Hair
  • 2. Using the Liquify Tool
  • 3. Combat Characters

December 2021


  • 1. Mouths, Lips, and Teeth
  • 2. Layering for Beginners
  • 3. Holiday Card Illustrations

November 2021


  • 1. How to draw Dragons
  • 2. Blurring with Filters and Tools
  • 3. Chalk and Pastel-style Art

October 2021


  • 1. How to Watercolor Digitally
  • 2. Finger painting with your smartphone
  • 3. Drawing Futuristic Cityscapes

September 2021


  • 1. WIP: Share your creative process!
  • 2. Using file objects like a pro!
  • 3. Techniques involving photos

August 2021


  • 1. Drawing All Sorts of Poses
  • 2. How to Draw Vehicles
  • 3. Pixel Art

July 2021


  • 1. How to Draw Jewelry & Accessories
  • 2. Creating with Figure Tools
  • 3. Using Photoshop Brushes

June 2021


  • 1. How to Draw Fantastic Creatures of the Dark
  • 2. Drawing Backgrounds using 3D Materials
  • 3. Interesting uses for Dual Brushes

May 2021


  • 1. How to Draw a Chibi
  • 2. Animating your Art
  • 3. Isometric Art Guides

April 2021


  • 1. How to Draw Landscapes
  • 2. Using Transform Functions
  • 3. Coloring Comics

March 2021


  • 1. Magic effects
  • 2. Optimal workspace
  • 3. Lineless art

February 2021


  • 1. How to paint skin
  • 2. Drawing backgrounds with perspective
  • 3. Fashion design

January 2021


  • 1. Your favorite brush ASSETS
  • 2. Animation using keyframes
  • 3. Cyberpunk

December 2020


  • 1. Webtoon Techniques
  • 2. Using Blending Modes
  • 3. Concept Art Composition & Creation

November 2020


  • 1. Comic sound effects
  • 2. Settings for printing in color
  • 3. Portraits

October 2020


  • 1. Tricks for Lineart and Inking
  • 2. Tips for the Smartphone and Tablet versions
  • 3. Gothic Design

September 2020


  • 1. How to draw delicious food
  • 2. Finishing techniques with correction layers
  • 3. Humanoid robot design

August 2020


  • 1. Auto Action Tips
  • 2. How to Draw the Sky
  • 3. Retro Design

July 2020


  • 1. Techniques for Using Rulers & Special Rulers
  • 2. Transparent Art
  • 3. Fantasy Races

June 2020


  • 1. Hand gestures
  • 2. Creating and using textured brushes
  • 3. Original animations with sound

May 2020


  • 1. Colorize: automatic coloring techniques
  • 2. How to draw work uniforms
  • 3. Creating art with Curve tools

April 2020


  • 1. Design with text
  • 2. Shading techniques
  • 3. Emoticons & Stamps

March 2020


  • 1. Webtoons
  • 2. Patterns & Motifs
  • 3. Monochrome Art

February 2020


  • 1. Speed painting
  • 2. How to use vector layers
  • 3. How to draw flowers and plants

January 2020


  • 1. Eyes
  • 2. Decoration brushes
  • 3. Looping animations

December 2019


  • 1. Space and Scifi
  • 2. Gradients
  • 3. Seasons Greetings

November 2019


  • 1. Cities, Towns, and Buildings
  • 2. Artistic Filter
  • 3. Animals

October 2019


  • 1. Hairstyles
  • 2. Masks
  • 3. Oil Painting

September 2019


  • 1. Monsters & Creatures
  • 2. Textures
  • 3. Printed goods

August 2019


  • 1. Perspective Rulers
  • 2. Pop Art
  • 3. Mechanical Design

July 2019


  • 1. Effect Techniques
  • 2. Costume Design for Fantasy Characters
  • 3. Digital Hand Lettering & Line Art

June 2019


  • 1. Colored pencil drawing
  • 2. Fantasy background
  • 3. Concept art with 3D figures

May 2019


  • 1. ConceptArt
  • 2. TraditionalStyle
  • 3. CommercialDesign
Total rewards worth 10,000 US Dollar! Post Clip Studio Paint tips on our themes of the month.