Saturday, April 28, 2012

Poster Design : Step by Step

So here's a super quick step by step explaining the creative process behind this drawing:

 First of all you create your thumbnail. In this case I wanted to tell a narrative so make sure you really think about the placement of characters. We read from left to right, soI first needed to have the customer and then the customer service agent. The granny is facing to the right to direct the viewer to that direction, the kid was in the middle where the eye can rest a bit and then you see the customer service rep. To be honest you should do at least 7 thumbnails before you move on, obviously I only did one. That's because I was in a hurry to get this done.

Step 2:
Now you blow up that thumbnail and sketch over it. This is where you should really take your time to think about all details, I didn't think about the background behind the door here, which caused me some issues later on. Don't be lazy and get everything laid out properly here, make as many changes as needed before you head into the inking phase.

Step 3:
 Inking the shit out of everything! Haha, I usually still tend to fix a lot of stuff in this stage, so if you're not confident add another step (2.5) to go over your rough pencils and draw all your detail. As I mentioned last time, continually flip the canvas to avoid embarrassing mistakes. I'll actually post my pencil and inking settings next time, if anybody is interested.

Step 4:
Obviously this is where colouring starts, for this drawing I did something new. I just took a brush and splattered colours on top of the page. Usually I start by filling the flats, but this time I just wanted to jot down colors that would go well together. I actually paid attention to making the two front characters the focus by making their colors vibrant and warm, where the customer service rep is, there's lots of green and blues (cool colours)because we want to viewer to see him last. I didn't take any step by step screenshots this time, but I might for the next drawing I do.

Friday, April 27, 2012

Sketching in Photoshop: step by step

For those of you who wonder how I create my sketches, I am doing a step by step (kind of). This is the final ink:

So how do I start? I just visualised a pose in my head and then acted it out. Trying to "feel" the pose I was doing. Since I don't have a mirror or don't use reference, I'm just trying to think about where my feet are in relation to my hips and what the general movement is.

As you can see underneath, the line of action that follows through from the leg, to spine to head is clear.
When I now compare it to the final image, I clearly lost that which is why the final result looks a bit dull.
In the next phase I flesh out the body a bit more, drawing in some muscle groups. Looking back at things, this is where I messed up. I lost the fluidity of the original sketch.
See I didn't post this to show you all how good I am, no..I make a ton of mistakes. And I think it's much more useful to learn from these mistakes, so I'm sharing them with you all :)
So in the next stage I then draw the clothes and prepare for the inking stage. While I am drawing I flip the canvas horizontally so I can spot glaring mistakes.
And then the final ink. That's how I work nowadays. Sometimes I skip the pre-inking stage and go straight to ink, but that's always a risky don't do it! :)

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Sketching away part 6

Daily Sketch #5

Some people ask me if I draw characters I know, but mostly I don't. I just draw random characters. Whatever comes up really. I do usually draw better if I draw a character I know because then I can just focus on the pose. But again this is all just for fun! Here's todays' sketch..I didn't have anything in mind, but it reminds me of Jeane Grey...

Friday, April 20, 2012

Sketching away

There's something cool about doing a sketch every day..there's aswell something depressing about it though. It seems like every day I drew less good :( Haha. Anyway todays' drawing all for you!

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

SLAM : Skin sketch

Trying to combine drawing and working again..,the last two months I've really just been working and in my spare time either watch something on Netflix or play a game. But I've got to find a good balance between both. Art is something I need as much as food. So tonight I drew "Skin" from my new comic/animated project. I changed the color palet a slight bit, and drew the hair in an S shape as suggested by my animator buddy Simon (from BIG Illustrations).

Monday, April 16, 2012