A couple of people have asked me lately how I do my pictures (literally only a couple but seeing as there’s only a handful of you people out there who ever see these it’s like most of you asking) so I am just going to go through it and hopefully it will be interesting.
Ok as you can see The first thing you do is a sketch, now don’t be afraid to use references I use them ALL THE TIME. Some people I think get a little proud, like they should produce an anatomically correct person on the first go straight from their imagination. It takes YEARS to be able to do that, and I mean decades of drawing from references so until then if you want a person to do a pose research what that pose looks like. A scientist can’t come up with a cure without doing the research first can he? Exactly. Anyway this is your very first stage just do a sketch it doesn’t have to be perfect! (Spot the 10 different flaws above if you don’t believe me) if you have trouble doing faces (I have trouble with profiles) here’s a little tip I learnt ‘draw it upside down’ sounds nuts but it really distances yourself from what your drawing and helps you see a nose as a variation of lines and not a nose. (did that make any sense?)
2. Take a photograph
VERY IMPORTANT! I find i can be drawing and I can’t see the flaws in it until I’m done because I am too close to it to see it objectively. So my solution is to take a photograph then I can see it how others will.
Ahh much better! Fixed all those pesky problems the first picture had and I am ready for the next stage
4. Inking and Rubbing
The easiest bit here just ink in and rubbing out all those pesky pencil lines.
5. Shading the Eyes
Heres my signature bit about the eyes so I do that here and any other bits that need colouring in
Just shading in the lats bits where the shadows fall on them.
Now I just scan straight into my computer my scanner isn’t brilliant and after I get my first client I am definitely going to be buying a new one (or food) after that I adjust the levels in Photoshop and use the sponge tool (for some reason my scanner tends to add a bit of red) and the burn tool to dark up areas.
8. Colour in
the I colour in add textures and I’m done! It seems like a long process but it isn’t really about 3 hours tops. So for the mildly curious here you are! (almost feel like going TA DA!!) i think I still got a bit of tweaking before I will get the perfect picture (hands are letting me down) but I will always keep trying