Creating a Clean Outline
4x5 (1st edition)
There are many
ways a clean outline can be derived using computer software, such
as Photoshop, or using real media, such as ink. Hopefully, this
tutorial will be useful for those who prefer ethier one.
If you prefer
not to use a digital tablet to draw with, you can find the alternate
version of the same tutorial here,
although I would suggest to read both.
Starting Out (Drawing with
toughest part of drawing a picture is deciding what exactly to draw...I
just start sketching (in Photoshop) until something vaguely resembles
a possible picture:
it incredibly ugly? Not too fear though, the initial sketch should
only be used as a template to get the general idea of the pose,
and to check proportions.
Next, I create
a new layer above the sketch, to refine the features. The underlying
layer should be of low opacity so you can see your new sketch easier.
I also like to change the color to blue for even more varience between
the two layers. While drawing the second sketch, it's a good idea
to flip the the sketch in the opposite direction once or twice;
it's much easier to to find something wrong. Don't worry about adding
too much detail:
I guess it's gettting there...I can't see anything blatantly wrong,
so I guess it's time to draw the finished outline. What I like to
do now is enlarge the second sketch substantally to around 3500 pixels.
The larger the outline, the better it looks when it's shrunken down
to a viewable size (600-800 pixels). I also changed the color of the
sketch to a light sky blue. I like to use a soft brush 5-9 pixels
in width with 100% opacity and 80% flow for final inking.
|Here's the finished
sketch. If you using Photoshop, you can simply delete the underlying
if the lines are wobbly at 3500 pixels,
when you shrink it, it becomes much smoother. Time to add color :3
|I then determined
where my light source should be, which was from "our" left,
and I also colored the outline:
I know the outling process is fairly tedious (for this picture, it
probably took longer than the entire coloring process), however it
pays off in the long run. I have drawn well over 200 finished pictures
in the past four years, but only a few from the first two years still
exist online. After examingly why I still (sort of) like the few remaining
older pictures I have left, I realized that the outlines had remained
strong, most from the result of cleaning them up a number of times
before adding color. Hopefully someone might find this useful ^_^;