Jhoneil's Quick Tutorial
First off, I do the initial sketch on the computer (I don't like to do it on paper and scan later) and I do have a Wacom tablet attached to my computer to make drawing more natural. It takes some getting use to but it is worth having.
|When I'm satisfied with the character's pose and positioning I add another layer in Photoshop and refine the details a bit and add elements that I think might be cool for the character.|
|You may also notice that there is a circle on the character's left side, next to her head - that is roughly where my main light source is. Also, take note that everything is in grayscale - it's better to do it this way so I can see the shading and hi-lights better and not worry about colors too much.|
|On the 4th frame, you can see that the figure is more refined and I added more details to it. At this point, I am just about ready to color the character. Before I do that though, I work on the background. This one has a very simple background so it's easy. On some projects, I start with the background first. The main thing is to have an image in your head of what the final piece will look like. Making thumbnail sketches helps.|
|Anyway, when I'm done with the background, I combine the figure and the background together. I go back to my figure and add a color layer to it and and start working the color in. This is a fun time but make sure not to make the colors too bright or everything will look cartoony.. unless that is what you are after.|
|I add a few more layers of texture overlays, lighting, color adjustments, and fuss with details until I'm satisfied.|
some experimentation, I found out that the less you blend and not make everything
look so smooth that you get a painterly effect in Photoshop. I also use
the paintbrush with wet edges a lot. If I'm using the airbrush, I mostly
have the brush hardness set to 0. I'm a big fan of painters like Hopper
and Sargent so I try to bring in their style to my work a little:) I'm not
a big fan of airbrush work.