Friday, March 18, 2016

Line Art Tutorial: New Dawn Illustartion

It's been a long time since I've done one of these posts, but I know how you all love to see this stuff. So here I am giving you another look at how I creature my magic. First, I would like to give a shout out to the author that commissioned this piece, Ellie Hart. Follow the link to her Facebook page and make sure to grab her book New Dawn, when its released.

Now on to the FUN!
Note: I work a little all over the place, putting my process down doesn't always translate well but I'll try my best. Also please do not copy this image or use without permission. This tutorial is best used by people that have a good understand a Photoshop. If you're a beginner, sorry this might be hard to follow.

Inking Tutorial #2

1. No big surprise here, I start with a sketch. Because my tablet and photoshop acts up ALL the time, I usually do my sketches the old fashion way. Pencil and paper, plus it just fun.

For the rest of this process I will be using my outdated unreliable Photoshop CS3.

 2. I know the photos are a little hard to make out so I'll make sure to cover everything on the written part. Once my sketch is uploaded into Photoshop the first thing I do is setup my file. The sketch is on a work-surface of 1000X1000 pixels. The sketch is on the bottom layer, the second layer is a solid white with 50% opacity, and the third is where our line-art will go. I change my brushes to square brushes size 2 pixels (square brushes are included in Photoshop), for the hair I set the following for the brush. Under Windows>Brushes>Shape Dynamics, change the control to Fade and the Minimum Diameter to 30% or so. Play around with it, see what you come up with.

3. Make sure you're on the top layer where the line-art will go and your color is set to black. (Very important. I often forget its on white then wonder why I can't see anything.) 
For the outlining process I use my pen tool...I love my pen tool. If you don't love your pen tool use it till you do. It is a big time saver and makes inking a lot easier.
Since we are going to be using a fade for the hair make sure to be aware of where the fade will start and end. You want to put the first anchor down where the heaviest point of your line will be, then end it at the lightest. I like to end the path at a point in the spike of the hair. 
Just be careful when going from end to point not to connect the two lines unless you mean to. I often leave them open ended so it fades into a point.

 4. Once you have all the lines set up with your pen tool, right click and select stroke path. This will bring up the box in the picture. 
You want to make sure brush is selected and that Simulate Pressure is checked. Then hit OK.
Note: Again make sure you have black as your foreground color and your on the top layer where you want your line-art.

5. This is what you should end up with. Its an interesting effect and works really good for the messy hair look. Especially if there are short spiky ends.

6. Before we start on the rest of the picture time to change up the brushed. Keep all the settings but change the control under Shape Dynamics from Fade to Pen Pressure. Done.

7. Now repeat the outline with the pen tool on the face. Make sure when you right click and click Stroke Path, that the Pen Simulation is checked.
Tip: I like to do each portion of the outline on a different layer: Hair, skin, shirt, ect. Once everything is outlined you can merge all the layers of the outline. Doing this allows you to change or adjust lines in different areas without worrying about messing up other portions.

8. Here you see what it looks like with the face and hand outlined. By clicking off the sketch layer I can get a better idea of what the lines look like. Notice there are a view areas that are lighter that I actually want to darken.

9. The areas where I want to adjust the line/mark it darker/thicker are areas where the skin creases or is in shadow. The line would naturally be thicker in those areas because...shadows.

10. Also I didn't like where the jaw line as sitting. To make a quick adjustment for that use the Lasso tool and select around the line. Then use Free Transform to move, shorten, or lengthen the line. Shortcut is Ctrl+T.

11. Soooo much better!
12. Now onto areas where the lines are considerably thicker. For these lines, like the crack of the mouth, the outline of the eyes, you are still going to use the pen tool. This time instead of leaving the path open ended, you want to close the path. This means outlining the area then right clicking, instead of selecting stroke path you want to fill path.

13. Now repeat those last few steps to complete the line art. Not looking too bad, but some adjustments are needed.
14. There are areas, like the face, that need to be darkened. You can do this by outlining the line with a shorter path using your pen tool using the same settings. This will darken the line, or when stroking the path you can unselect the Simulate Pressure. But that runs the risk of making the line look off. In the end just play with it and see what happens. Find the way you like to work and go with it.

15. In the end just play around with the pen tool and the different settings. There are tons of looks you can end up with. Also, don't freak out about following my steps to the T. Work however you want, whatever feels comfortable and works for you.
Here is the finished lineart. Not some changes that were adjusted from the sketch. There is nothing wrong with making adjustments as you go.

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