The real purpose of this is to practice hair. Even more so than hands or expressions, hair completely ruins an image if done incorrectly.
I can’t believe how many projects I have going now! It’s ridiculously draining, lol. No anime, no gaming, just art ALL THE TIME!!
Isn’t that awesome?
Of course not every piece has to be super realistic or complicated. Take this one. It’s a picture of a friend, done in Photoshop. I’d promised it to her a while ago. Felt nice to actually make it.
I suppose I could polish it a bit more, but the comic book feel would be lost.
I did have to make a few anatomy corrections; otherwise it looks like her. I was glad to do it because it was fun.
Now that the head is the right size, I can send it to her. She was pretty happy and I had a good time.
I wish everyday was that way.
I’m so excited! I had a little life crisis, but it’s no longer raining inside my house. The repairs took almost all of my holiday. Ih well…
This is Melissa Sarah Wee. She’s a bodybuilder, obviously, and a really sweet person. Since I’m doing #inktober and doing a drawing a day, I decided to post the steps of her drawing on her page. She is the subject after all…
….the response was overwhelming.
I’m getting a lot of requests for commissioned work. It’s weird to consider. Until a month ago, I was telling myself it would be another month before I was ready to do this much work. Now I’m churning out more than I have in years!
I’m sorry if this seems like bragging it’s just that I’m really starting to feel like an artist. Like I could conceivably be paid for it.
I guess the lesson is if you have a huge passion for something, do your best to not let it die. #lovetheprocess
Didn’t I promise you guys a greyscale image that I’d color by blending them in?
I can’t remember….
It doesn’t matter though, cause I’m doing it anyway! I begin by drawing my subject from a very bad phone shot. No, I won’t show it; I’m a videographer my rep would suffer! Besides, this is really just a sketch. Once it’s done I began by changing the color and opacity. I create a separate layer for all the line work needed. Always make sure you’re using hard edges at this stage.
Once you’re happy with your line art you can divide it up if you choose. I always put all the interior detail work on a separate layer, so that I can change it to go with my color fills. I’m pretty sure that’s not standard or anything, it’s just something I prefer.
Today I took a cloud brush and stamped in some green clouds. Why? Hell if I know! Just kidding. I actually have an idea kind of bouncing around in my skull. After that I create another layer and use the selection tool to outline the main layer of art. If it doesn’t come all the way into the line, choose [Select> Modify> Expand ] to increase your selection edge by increments of pixels. So much fun!
Once you’ve gotten a good setup, make sure you have the interior of your outline. It you see your selection ants on the border as well, press [Ctrl/Cmd +shift +I] to invert your selection. The next step is to pick a midrange color and using either your brush or paint bucket, fill the selection area. Pretty easy, right?
That’s it for now. I’m going to go drink and play while you practice. Just like a real teacher…