Featuring a total prize pool of US$10,000!

Wanted: your Tips of the Month!

Share your very own creativity tips and tricks with the community as a text tutorial or video guide.
Helpful Tips win generous prizes!

Up to 10 YouTube video Tips will be selected to win the US$900 Video Award!

This month’s themes

Entry period

February 1 ~ 28, 10:00 JST/01:00 UTC

Theme 1

How to draw trees and forests

#TreesAndForests

From dense woodlands to solitary trees, we are looking for tips on drawing and painting trees and forests in various settings that are often used as backgrounds.

Theme 2

Vector Layers for beginners

#BeginnerVectorLayers

For this theme, imagine you are introducing tips for vector layers to someone who has never used them or doesn't yet know their usefulness. What would make them want to try them out? Examples include line shape, line size, and vector eraser.

Theme 3

Fairytale-like illustrations

#FairytaleIllustrations

Would you like to create fantastic, cute illustrations like those in fairytales? Use Clip Studio Paint to let your imagination go wild and draw fairytale scenes and characters from fairytales you loved as a child.

Note: Only works with your original characters can be accepted. We cannot accept works with existing IP characters to Clip Studio Tips.

Featuring a total prize pool of US$10,000!

Video Award

US$900 per winnerMax. 10 winners

Gold Award

US$700 per winnerMax. 4 winners

Silver Award

US$300 per winnerMax. 10 winners

Bronze Award

3,000 GOLD per winnerMax. 30 winners

Each month we’ll select the best tips on the month’s themes and give out prizes from the fabulous US$10,000 prize pool!
Winners will be posted to the announcement page approximately ten days into the following month.

  • Tips with embedded YouTube videos will be eligible for Gold, Silver, and Bronze Awards.
  • Cash prizes will be sent to the winners’ PayPal or bank accounts. Transfer fees will be paid by Celsys, but any fees incurred in withdrawing the prize from the winners’ account will be borne by the recipient.
  • The maximum number of winners is the total across entries in all languages: English, French, Spanish, German, Japanese, Korean, and Chinese.

How to Enter

1

Tag the contest to enter!

Add the contest tag and relevant theme tag to your entry to put it in the running for this month’s Tips of the Month contest!

2

Edit your Clip Studio Account profile

Add a profile picture and at least one link to a website or social media profile to your account. Accounts that do not fulfill these requirements will not be eligible for prizes. Edit your Clip Studio Account here:

3

Post with a YouTube video

Add the #ClipStudioTips2023 tag and a link to Clip Studio Tips (https://tips.clip-studio.com/) in your YouTube video description.
Also, make sure that the visibility of your video is set to “Public” when you publish it. “Unlisted” videos are not eligible for prizes.

Tips of the Month tag

Theme Tag

Submit See this month’s entries

Entry requirements

  • Explain how to use Clip Studio Paint using your own words and examples in line with one of the themes of the month.
  • You must fulfill all of the requirements detailed under “How to Enter.”
  • New Tips posted during the entry period are eligible. Tips that were originally posted before the entry period begins are not eligible.
  • Tips must be written in one of the following languages.
    English, French, Spanish, German, Japanese, Korean, or Chinese (Traditional)
  • Entries in English, French, Spanish, or German must be a minimum of 200 words long.
  • So that beginners can easily follow along, be sure to include screenshots of Clip Studio Paint as necessary.
    Make sure to include at least two screenshots, images, or videos to your guide.
  • Celsys and its affiliates reserve the right to make use of images and text content of prize-winning Tips to promote Clip Studio Paint.
  • Winners will be announced the month following the month entered.
  • Please note that we are unable to provide comment on why certain entries are/were not awarded.
  • You may use the Clip Studio Paint logo in images for articles posted on Clip Studio Tips.
    Please note that use of the logo (or lack thereof) will have no impact on Tips of the Month judging.
    When using the Clip Studio Paint logo, please:
    • do 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.
    • do not use the logo in a way that could cause your article to be mistaken for an official Clip Studio Paint article.

Tips for creating good Tips!

  • Publish early to maximize your view count and likes. Make sure you publish your entry as soon as possible because view counts and the number of likes are considered when selecting winners.
  • The first image in your article will be used as the article’s thumbnail image. Choose something that stands out - something that will catch the viewer’s eye! (YouTube videos cannot be used as thumbnail images. Please upload one separately.)
  • In-image text does not contribute to your word count.
  • Please only include images that you own. Tutorials with copyrighted content are not eligible.
    Copyrighted material cannot be posted to Tips. This includes images of manga, anime, game characters, and derivative works such as fanfiction and fanzines.
    This also includes stock photo images. Take a look at the Clip Studio Tips Help page and Posting and Behavioral Guidelines before you post your Tip.
  • For Tips with embedded YouTube videos:
    • If you participate with a Youtube video, please present the theme you chose at the beginning of the video.
    • Videos should be at least five minutes long. Add narration, background music, and subtitles to your video to make them more engaging.
    • For background music and images used in videos, make sure you check YouTube’s rules first on what you can and cannot use.
    • When posting as part of an article, be sure to go to Category > Process and check the “Video TIPS” box.

Past Winning Entries

44th

December 2022

Theme

  • 1. Techniques for finishing works with blending modes
  • 2. Festive feasts
43rd

November 2022

Theme

  • 1. Brush and Pen Customization 101
  • 2. Flat design Illustration
42nd

October 2022

Theme

  • 1. Cute creatures
  • 2. Handy 3D Primitive Hacks
  • 3. Backgrounds to boost your characters
41st

September 2022

Theme

  • 1. Drawing characters by generation
  • 2. Recommended functions for the coloring process
  • 3. Designing a cozy room
40th

August 2022

Theme

  • 1. How to draw the weather
  • 2. Beginner tips for using drawing figures
  • 3. Animation
39th

July 2022

Theme

  • 1. Drawing clothing textures
  • 2. Time saving productivity hacks
  • 3. How to draw sea creatures
38th

June 2022

Theme

  • 1. How to draw legs and feet
  • 2. Coloring techniques using color palettes
  • 3. Drawing Ruins
37th

May 2022

Theme

  • 1. Types of eyes
  • 2. Gradient map
  • 3. Creating profile icons
36th

April 2022

Theme

  • 1. Light Expression & Techniques
  • 2. Using Reference Layers
  • 3. Lo-Fi Art
35th

March 2022

Theme

  • 1. Drawing Flowers
  • 2. Handy Uses for the Fill Tool
  • 3. Brush Techniques for Concept Art
34th

February 2022

Theme

  • 1. How to draw water
  • 2. Using screentones
  • 3. Animation for beginners
33rd

January 2022

Theme

  • 1. How to Draw Hair
  • 2. Using the Liquify Tool
  • 3. Combat Characters
32nd

December 2021

Theme

  • 1. Mouths, Lips, and Teeth
  • 2. Layering for Beginners
  • 3. Holiday Card Illustrations
31st

November 2021

Theme

  • 1. How to draw Dragons
  • 2. Blurring with Filters and Tools
  • 3. Chalk and Pastel-style Art
30th

October 2021

Theme

  • 1. How to Watercolor Digitally
  • 2. Finger painting with your smartphone
  • 3. Drawing Futuristic Cityscapes
29th

September 2021

Theme

  • 1. WIP: Share your creative process!
  • 2. Using file objects like a pro!
  • 3. Techniques involving photos
28th

August 2021

Theme

  • 1. Drawing All Sorts of Poses
  • 2. How to Draw Vehicles
  • 3. Pixel Art
27th

July 2021

Theme

  • 1. How to Draw Jewelry & Accessories
  • 2. Creating with Figure Tools
  • 3. Using Photoshop Brushes
26th

June 2021

Theme

  • 1. How to Draw Fantastic Creatures of the Dark
  • 2. Drawing Backgrounds using 3D Materials
  • 3. Interesting uses for Dual Brushes
25th

May 2021

Theme

  • 1. How to Draw a Chibi
  • 2. Animating your Art
  • 3. Isometric Art Guides
24th

April 2021

Theme

  • 1. How to Draw Landscapes
  • 2. Using Transform Functions
  • 3. Coloring Comics
23rd

March 2021

Theme

  • 1. Magic effects
  • Optimal workspace
  • 3. Lineless art
22nd

February 2021

Theme

  • 1. How to paint skin
  • 2. Drawing backgrounds with perspective
  • 3. Fashion design
21st

January 2021

Theme

  • 1. Your favorite brush ASSETS
  • 2. Animation using keyframes
  • 3. Cyberpunk
20th

December 2020

Theme

  • 1. Webtoon Techniques
  • 2. Using Blending Modes
  • 3. Concept Art Composition & Creation
19th

November 2020

Theme

  • 1. Comic sound effects
  • 2. Settings for printing in color
  • 3. Portraits
18th

October 2020

Theme

  • 1. Tricks for Lineart and Inking
  • 2. Tips for the Smartphone and Tablet versions
  • 3. Gothic Design
17th

September 2020

Theme

  • 1. How to draw delicious food
  • 2. Finishing techniques with correction layers
  • 3. Humanoid robot design
16th

August 2020

Theme

  • 1. Auto Action Tips
  • 2. How to Draw the Sky
  • 3. Retro Design
15th

July 2020

Theme

  • 1. Techniques for Using Rulers & Special Rulers
  • 2. Transparent Art
  • 3. Fantasy Races
14th

June 2020

Theme

  • 1. Hand gestures
  • 2. Creating and using textured brushes
  • 3. Original animations with sound
13th

May 2020

Theme

  • 1. Colorize: automatic coloring techniques
  • 2. How to draw work uniforms
  • 3. Creating art with Curve tools
12th

April 2020

Theme

  • 1. Design with text
  • 2. Shading techniques
  • 3. Emoticons & Stamps
11th

March 2020

Theme

  • 1. Webtoon
  • 2. Patterns & Motifs
  • 3. Monochrome Art
10th

February 2020

Theme

  • 1. Speed painting
  • 2. How to use vector layers
  • 3. How to draw flowers and plants
9th

January 2020

Theme

  • 1. Eyes
  • 2. Decoration brushes
  • 3. Looping animations
8th

December 2019

Theme

  • 1. Space and Scifi
  • 2. Gradients
  • 3. Seasons Greetings
7th

November 2019

Theme

  • 1. Cities, Towns, and Buildings
  • 2. Artistic Filter
  • 3. Animals
6th

October 2019

Theme

  • 1. Hairstyles
  • 2. Masks
  • 3. Oil Painting
5th

September 2019

Theme

  • 1. Monsters & Creatures
  • 2. Textures
  • 3. Printed goods
4th

August 2019

Theme

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

July 2019

Theme

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

June 2019

Theme

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

May 2019

Theme

  • 1. ConceptArt
  • 2. TraditionalStyle
  • 3. CommercialDesign
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