Before I went to college, the only digital art I produced were little scribbles I made with my mouse in Microsoft Paint. Then, in my second semester, I took a little class called “Introduction to Computer Imaging” where I was first introduced to Photoshop. One of the first things I learned in that class was how to scan and color a drawing. I was absolutely fascinated with the idea of being able to put my drawing on its own layer and be able to color it without worrying about ruining it.
My drawings are still an integral part of my digital paintings. Whether it is a clean ink line or a rough sketch, it can be an important tool and a deciding factor in the overall look of your painting. Here’s some tips on how to prepare and use your drawing when painting in Photoshop.
As an extra bonus, I’ve made a video of this illustration. It’s on a new website I made where I will be posting more stuff like this in the future. There’s not much there yet, but be sure to bookmark it for the future.
I usually don’t use “tricks”, such as filters and effects, when I’m painting in Photoshop. If I do, it’s only for a subtle texture, a quick drop shadow, etc. – but nothing major. However, when painting this cake for my “Cake Eater” illustration, I purposely used a few layer effects to make my job a bit easier.
I was browsing the net and discovered that my grim reaper character that I posted to Mojizu was selected for their “Moji War” competition. Mojizu is a website that is dedicated to character design. If you’ve never seen it, be sure to give it a visit.
Voting Day has come and gone, but if you feel so inclined, stop by and vote for Mr. Grim here.
And while you’re there, vote for MikeLaughead’s too.
I have been working digitally a lot lately. One exception is this piece. I decided to paint it because it needed to be BIG, and my computer just couldn’t handle it as nicely as I wanted. It was a nice excuse to break out the paint, anyway.
Here is some detail shots that highlight my traditional process.