Digital Inking and Coloring
thumbnail to final pencils
Next step is to work it out larger. Sheet of 80g/m2 photocopy A4 (8.5''x11'') paper usually works good for me. For easier upsizing you can draw a grid over the thumbnail sketch (it's not cheating.). As you can see I had put up a vertical line and some horizontal ones to get the proportions rights. Made some changes to the posture and design along.
in progress. Remember to have various line widths to emphasise the volume.
This can be added later while inking, but it's good to get a habit of
doing that when penciling. Thicker lines in the front, thinner in the
back. Atmospheric perspective on work. Also, don't be afraid to make mistakes
(but don't go mad and scribble randomly either :). Working clean is very
good but if you work without a lightbox, tracing the the new steps on
new sheets, or inking manually and erasing the pencil underneath- things
can get messy. Photoshop can clean most of the smudges and lighter lines
with some fiddling on the Image > Adjustments > Levels ( Ctrl+L
). For other artifacts we use the eraser.
pencils. Now, we have two options:
process so far took somewhere around an hour. Lots of erasing took its
This is what the final pencils look fullsized:
After some two-three hours of inking joys the piece looked like this:
Next I added a shadow (be sure to make it dark enough where the object touches the ground or it'll look like it's floating) and some light definition on the robot body. Big soft brushes used for both.
Now all that is left is to render the form due to defined lightsource. Not that it's an easy task sometimes. I used hard edged brushes, working in this size what you see as fullsize (accidentally saved the downscaled version over the original- don't let it happen to ya). Lots of colorpicking and warm colors added.
Tip: Keep a finger near the alt key at all times to colorpick
Here's some steps during the rendering process:
Photoshop tweaks and some details added after my friends commented:
few steps aren't really informative, I'm aware of that, but some other
time I may be competent to explain everything I did. Why did I put the
red blobs here, blue ones there? Why do the highlights look the way they
look? Playing up the materials, texture. Most of that comes with experience
and observation. Paint from life and keep looking at things. See how the
light changes. Then you can apply it to your pics just like I did here.
Still more to learn, of course. It's a life long pursuit. Anyway, I'm
ramblin already :) Hope this 'tutorial' was fun and i'd be really glad
if you learned something. Any comments, crits, praise, marriage proposals,
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I've been looking everywhere for that type of thing and couldn't find.
Thanks! My appreciations.
OMG THAT ROBOT RULEZ!!!Omg i am jealous on ur drawing skills :)
(confused? don't be or must be!(hmm, or maybe you can do dat, but just ain't tell us?)
p.s. samo ti završi za onaj natjeèaj
But one more, great job!
But one more, great job!