This is a small speed painting demo which took about an hour of coffee and cigarette fueled leg shaking to do. No reference material was used just good ol` imagination did the talking, still dosent explain why i ended up drawing a ginge, hulk-ish dude, hmmm...
Open Canvas is cool for sketching because of the rotation control (hold down left ALT and use the mouse or pen to spin that fucker around which ever way you likey). Do your line work on another layer and keep rendering to a minimum if you can because heavy hatching can become problematic later on down the track. Save it as a PSD file and open it up in PS.
Make another layer under the line work layer and start blocking in. Good time to use colour palettes if your got em. Natural way for me to block in colour is to lay down a flat mid tone first, then followed by slightly darker tone to lightly accentuate the deepest points, do what ever feels natural to you. Main point i want to highlight is don't be tight arsed about details at this stage you want to be quite loose, look at the image as a whole rather than focusing on an area.
Start to smooth out hard edges and rounding forms out. Much like step 2, keep an eye on the image as a whole; is the lighting working/convincing? keep your strokes quite loose but accurate. Move onto next step only when your forms and lighting are working.
Further rounding forms out and sharpening up details. Here its a good idea to paint on a new layer above previous colour layer (but below outline layer) so you can switch between painting and your blocked out forms as you`re painting. Your Painting should be starting to take shape here, be methodical here and keep comparing to previous layer ;is wat im doing improving upon blocked out forms or fucking them up?
Switch to outline layer, set your eraser flow very low and start to knock back unnecessary lines and construction, Personally i like leaving a bit of roughness in sketches because it adds a bit more flavour to the mix. If your doing crisp, clean cut artwork from here on you should add another layer above everything and paint much in the style of step 4, switching back and forth to keep everything in check.
Tweaking and finalizing of image; adjusting hues, curves, adding of filters and textures, etc.
Done and done!, hope this tutorial was helpful.
Robogabo your too kind dude, your latest stuff really kicks ass! AlexC thx mate, nah must be some other dude, i still living in NZ. Sanoma bah i pretty much fucked that painting up when i started,heh! hope new tutorial helps. Sybo hey dude, pretty sad i wont be finishing my 3rd year with you guys, i ended up landing a good paying concept artist job and since i was broke as hell i took it. All the best too you fullas now and in the future.
Last edited by Rusty; March 6th, 2008 at 04:52 PM.
Longtime since i've posted anything in here though i'm on this site constantly checking sh*t out when i should be working, heh! I've been busy these days but i still go life drawing once a week with a group of NZ'ders here on CA.org, here's a few pages. Also, there's some sketches from the M.B workshop that was held here last year and a small sketch Coro drew mixed in there if ya can spot them, churs for that dude
Sorry about the shitty quality of the pics, could'nt be f*cked scanning them all so i just blasted them all with my digital camera. The 2 mummie images are referenced everything else is from life, 4B pencil on a smooth grain A4 sketchbook i scored down in Wellington, silky smooth stuff, real sweet to draw on. All poses range from 1 min to 1 hour, most of them are 15 min sketches.