Wheeee~ For me, the best part about drawing is right before I get to this stage. It’s after I’ve set my bocks of color, and actually make the picture appear the way that I want it to. The focus this time will be on the eyes, but let’s start a little before that.
Okay, after the last post, I looked at the lineart more and decided that it needed fixing. So after a few minutes of ctrl-t-ing, I changed the shape of the hips and the eyes. It’s at this stage that I realize just how much an image changes from paper to the computer…orz
I also added some lines to the drawing and erased some more lines. Since I don’t want the computer’s stroke to seem out of place, I changed the shape to fuzzy static and the texture to paper.
See the difference? If you’re using SAI like me, this option is your color and tool panel, right under density. The names are different in Photoshop, but it’s still there. Just go to your brushes and noise and texture.
The next part should be to fine line the drawing, and make it all clean and pretty looking. However, I feel lazy so I’ll just leave it as-is. I color in all the different parts with different layers and different colors, which is as straight forward as it gets. Then I click on “preserve opacity”, which means I can’t color in places that I haven’t colored already. This is my favorite function of all time because I don’t have to worry about coloring out of bounds and stuff like that. Again, this is there in PS too, but it’s called “lock transparent pixels”.
Next up is the coloring of the body. I take the shadow that I drew before, and reduce its opacity to get a basic idea of what I want for my shadows.
And I draw it. There really isn’t anything to explain here, just follow your gut and color away. Although you have to be careful with the skin. Even with the effect I’m going for, the skin on the face should never look blotchy, if it does, then smooth it out with an airbrush. Some shadow around the nose and mouth is allowed, but the bare minimum only.
Lastly, I vaguely draw out the background, and add some extra glitter to the eyes to make them pop more (this time, I used a screen layer again, but with a pink airbrush). I still don’t like the feeling that the green gives off, so I’ll probably try to fix that later. After this is when I begin to check things and adjust the overall tone (you might notice that I’ve cleaned some of the hairs on the face).
Well, that’s all for this post. The next one’s going to be tricky, because it involves finishing a drawing, which is something that I’ve never been too good at.