Thursday, June 25, 2009
Hey guys and gals! So, lets continue with our mini-tutorial/process: After I've inked my drawing (which could also be done digitally) I scan him into Photoshop at 300 dpi/resolution for the purpose of having a quality image in case I'd like to print it. However, if you plan on publishing your art I'd recommend that you scan in your art at least 600 dpi/resolution! Moving on...once in photoshop I seperate the line art from the white background; this can be done in a number of ways, but what I use mostly is the wand tool. Select the white background, then go to your Select menu and choose Similar, then choose Inverse. This will have only your black line art selected now. Next, hit Command + Shift + J (or if you're on a PC its, Control + Shift + J) - now your line art is on a separate layer above the white background. You may have some line art or a kind of gray "ghost" image left behind on the white BG...simply select all on your white BG layer and delete; so that you have pure white. Next, create a new layer in between your Line art layer and your white BG layer; this will be your COLOR layer. You'll use this layer to lay your flat colors. One reason I do NOT put colors on the same layer as the line art is to maintain the integrity/quality of the lines. Another reason is so that I can colorize the line art if needed much easier when on a separate layer; and on a printing note - If your colors are on the same layer as your line art, then they only go to the inner edge of your line as opposed to actually being halfway UNDER the line on a layer below. The reason for this is when your art gets sent of to the printers (most printers use CMYK color process; different color plates) So if for some reason those plates were to shift ever so slightly in any direction (which does happen from time to time) there will be a ugly looking white or whatever color is underneath showing through the edges of your diligently laid colors, now all ruined. So, use the pencil tool or the lasso tool and make you selections underneath the line art and fill in the colors half way under the edge your line art. You won't be sorry if you do. For the above image I've already put down the flat colors I need; I start with very dark flats because I work from dark to light as I layer on my midtones and highlights. That will be the next step...stay tuned!
Friday, June 12, 2009
So, I thought I'd show you guys a tiny peek into my process...(more tutorials/process stuff coming soon). After I'm done pencilling the character (this can also be applied to drawing comic book pages) I'll ink the pencil drawing RIGHT ON THE ORIGINAL!!! AAAAAAAAAH! I know this can be kinda intimidating for some of you out there. If you're worried about ruining the original pencils or want to keep them - here's an option for you: Slap a new sheet of paper on top of the original pencils and use a lightbox to ink OVER the original. But I usually like to ink over my original pencils (it gives it more character) plus I"ll usually scan in the pencils at a higher resolution for keepsake. NEXT, I'm always searching for the next best inking tool out there... everytime I'm at an art supply store. What I've been using lately (and really enjoy) are the Faber-Castell PITT artist pens; small, medium, brush pen, HOWEVER! If you like to use "brush pens" I've found one thats WAY BETTER than the faber-castell brush pen. I'm sure you've noticed that the point on the brush gets dull over time (very much like a sharpie tip). Fear NOT! There is a better solution: Pentel Color Brush Pen(black #101)! This baby actually behaves like a REAL BRUSH! and keeps its point! It takes a little practice at first especially if you don't normally use a brush to ink, but once you get that hang of it - you can really move fast! With the above drawing I used a combo of the Pentel Brush pen and Faber-Castell Pitt pen (small) for fine lines. Well, hope I didn't bore anybody with this little insight. Next: On to Photoshop for COLOR!!!
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Hulk SMASH!! Or just stand there... I guess the Marvel comic character that I always love to draw is the Incredible Hulk! I love the simplicity of his design and the mass of it! I really enjoy the classic Jekyll & Hyde feel to the character as well...never gets old. For those of you who are "process- junkies" I usually use prismacolor/COL-ERASE pencils; this one is carmine red. They really flow smoothly on paper for me and don't slow me down. The other cool thing about them is that they don't smear like soft lead pencils do. Long live pencil and paper!
Monday, June 8, 2009
Friday, June 5, 2009
Here's to taking the first idea that comes to mind and just running with it on paper! Sometimes it works and other times it doesn't and that's okay because you can learn from it and get better! This is just my personal opinion: Everybody deals with "creative blocks"/"writers block"/etc... whatever you wanna call it. But honestly, I think what most people call "writers block" is just a lack of confidence and/or experimentation - to take those little ideas (that at first seem so stupid or cliche') and working them out ON the paper and see where it takes you...try to infuse something personal into it. You've heard the phrase that every story/plot has already been done...so what, but what has NOT been done is that same plot with a FRESH/PERSONALLY INFORMED point of view. Nobody, can live your life except you, SO, nobody is gonna have your point of view. The trick (really no trick, just practice) is to execute that idea in such a unique way that it becomes something people call "new". Long live pencil and paper!
Thursday, June 4, 2009
Here's some different dirty laundry for a change. Meet Bloux (bloo), he's our family fish (beta - if you wanna get technical). I found him munching on something today cause he still had a piece sticking out of his mouth...don't know what he's munching on...I don't think I wanna know. I thought I'd sketch this guy for a nice change of pace...I'll be honest, animals are NOT my strength. I can draw human/anthropomorphic characters, but animals can be a bit of a challenge to me sometimes = which means (wait for it).... I NEED to draw/observe MORE ANIMALS! That's right folks! Everybody needs to work on their craft in someway REGULARLY! The best way to be a well rounded artist/animator is to eat lots of snacks late at night before you get to bed! J/K! Get it? "well rounded" Tee Hee! (I know that was stupid) Moving on... Draw things/places/people that you haven't drawn before. And DON'T just draw watch you see...take some time to REALLY OBSERVE your subject and its personality! Even places have a personality or mood...try to observe that and infuse that into your drawing! Long live pencil and paper!
Monday, June 1, 2009
More dirty laundry! Yippeeee!
Well, I kept noodling with this one until I got to a place I could call finished. I goofed up a few areas, but decided to just keep moving forward so that I could actually finish it. Sometimes, you never really finish a drawing/sketch or even a portfolio piece...you just have to get to a point that you can call "done". REMEMBER: PERFECTION IS YOUR ENEMY! Perfection will keep you from ever getting anywhere or ever finishing anything! All that is required of you is YOUR BEST and that is something completely different. "Your Best" will constantly be changing as you grow and learn more. So next time your working on a project and you've got a looming deadline (which doesn't give you any room to breath) REMEMBER, just do your Best where you are at now and learn from it and keep getting better! But that will ONLY happen with your pencil ON THE PAPER REGULARLY! Have fun! Long live pencil and paper!