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Howdy folks! Lets call this one 'The Longest Blog I'll Ever Write', on the physcial-real-time-drawing part of my process at least. What I detail here is how I create at least half of my art output right now and how I create half of said art. The rest will come later, or has already come in bits and pieces before.
1. The Rough Sketch:
This is in the old sketchbook and done quickly. Sometimes the idea changes along the way, like in this case I took out a cauldron to clear up some room.
2. The More Fleshed Out Sketch:
This one is done in my sketchbook at the size of the finished piece. I'll try to work out where all the info will be and any borders if I'm using them. The more complicated the design the more this has to be tight and closer to the finished product.
3: The Digital Sketch:
I'll scan the fleshed out sketch and pick it apart in Photoshop and add text to determine where everything will go on the finished piece. This takes some time but if all goes well will save me TONS of time later if the pieces don't fit and I have to redraw them or redo parts in Photoshop. Plus this way ensures alot of the planning and heavy lifting of fonts and placement is done, the fun part of drawing and adding colors comes next and in most cases it's all gravy from here on...
4: Printing Out a Version at Final Size, Taping it Together, Tracing it Onto Drawing Paper:
This is where I prepare the poster to be drawn. I usually print out the pieces of the drawing seperately at the final poster size. Printing them out separately allows me to move them around later and resize them incase my layout changes or I need to use the piece somewhere else. After I print it out on a few letter sized sheets of paper I tape the paper together and turn it over and cover the backside with pencil or charcoal. I then flip it back over to where my image is face up at me and the pencil covered side is facing down on the final drawing surface. I then lightly trace the images onto the drawing paper well enough to see what Im doing later and discard the pencil covered printout.
Now I'll pencil the images. This involves sticking to the overall idea and shape of the sketch but adding more detail and nuances.
6: Inking, First Pass:
I'll usually ink the pencils with a Micron pen once before erasing the pencil lines. This helps creating the thinnest lines of the forms and making sure I stay on target with them before adding thickness. I don't usually scan the first inking pass but did this time to show.
7: Inking, Second Pass:
After the pencils are gone and the true ink line is apparent I'll go back with a thicker pen or brush pen and add thickness to the lines. I don't know what jackpot I hit this time because the linework and weights were more expressive than usual for me. I was pretty stoked by the outcome.
8: Placing Inked Parts on Sketch:
After scanning the inked images I'll lay them out on the final sketch for placement and begin to create a black and white version of the art. Pretty soon all of the pieces of the artwork will be the final outline versions in black and white form.
9: Fill Layers and Masks:
I'll now convertall of the line art to Fill Layers using masks and then begin adding in preliminary color choices.
10: Photoshop Hours:
After all of this handwork and placement comes Photoshop time...... Which I'll cover in a later blog! Yay!
Thanks for reading ya'll!