As promised, my peeps, a tutorial!
This is a technique I recently learned from my good friend Isaia (who should really get all the credits for this awesome trick! I’m just here to organise ín words and share with you all :)).
I am not sure what to call this technique, but he called it ‘Wet Effect’ so that is the label I am going to tag for it.
Note: we use the Sketch Club app to achieve this result. For other digital painting applications and programs, you need to look for similar tools to create the same effect.
Step 1: Form
The shape on which we are going to apply this effect is important, so take care when you draw the shadows and lights on the object. Shading accentuates the curves and dips and will help determine how we later apply the wet effect highlights.
Step 2: Colour
Further shading to mould the object can be achieved with colours. A little tip from me on skin shading: the edges of the face are always darker and the buldges like nose and cheeks, lightest. To achieve the glassy look on the eyes, I use gradient from light to dark then up the contrast (see left sketch). I then use overlay to bring out the shine on the skin. This makes the skin look more supple, but also works well as the base of the wet effect we will apply later.
Step 3: Wet Effect
The Sketch Club tool Isaia taught me to use is the vector tool, with gradient turned on, a 30-50% transparency and very light colour (ie. light blue or white). See the screen shot on the left to check other settings of the tool.
Using vector, I highlight the curvy areas of the face (ie. the cheeks, the nose, the chin, and the forehead) with a few thin layers of hue. As I go further out to the darker areas of the face, I use vector to make little squiggles like tiny worms.
I am sorry if I fail to explain this well. But fear not, Isaia’s little video is here to the rescue 🙂 He kindly recorded this technique with one of my sketches and you can hopefully see what I mean about thin layers and squiggles!
The last step is the final touches: transform the head, add the neck and hair, etc. Here, I wanted to draw a fairy having a bath, so I included sparkly fairy dust falling about her as well. 🙂
Thank you for your visit. I hope you find this useful. And a million thanks to Isaia for kindly showing me this wonderful trick and letting me share it with you all.
Have a great day!