line work matters!
I decided that this month’s muse would be my son. It’s funny, you would think I would spend more time drawing my loved ones, but for whatever reason, I don’t. Maybe its mental or maybe I don’t want to open the floodgates; after all, once you began drawing family they all think you should.
So I made Sure that I wanted to do this first. because honestly the more time passed, the more it was becoming an issue and bothering me. Friday I started the line work. Then erased. Then changed. Then erased. It had to look like him and have his shape, so after several hours I got the desired effect. As usual, I sketched a rough shape, then did the detail work at one brush size, then outlined the overall shapes in a larger one. Since I’m self taught, it took a few pictures to get this down pat. Now I always organize this way.
Once I had all the line work completed and organized, I used the selection tool and created layers for the jacket, sweater, t-shirt, jeans, skin and shoes. I colored each with a brush set for 0% hardness and 25% opacity. On the shirt and jeans, an additional blue was brushed in at 7% and 12%, respectively.
The background will be done last. Honestly I’ve had several ideas, but none of them have stood out. We’ll see. In the meantime I’ll keep working on this and others.