I’m getting better at this 🙂 A new app, new techniques. I must share my learnings with you.
I’ll use the latest artwork I did for the Batman challenge over at Sketch Club. Well, it wasn’t really for that. I already started working on him a while back, originally Jamie from ‘The Man Who Swallowed The Sun‘. But I never quite finished him, didn’t like how he turned out. I started from scratch using the new app and recorded the steps so I can show you.
1) The sketch I drew from reference.
The good thing about Sketch Club is that the sketchy tool makes even the basic sketch look so… elegant. I’m quite proud with how this turned out and was tempted to continue drawing him in black and white, but I thought nah, better colour him in.
2) Shadows and Highlights
In Procreate, I do this bit last, but here, it’s actually easiest to tackle the shadows and highlights first. I learned this technique from one of the members there (Click here to see his step-by-step. This dude is amazing)
3) Colour him in
On a different layer, splash the colour on him. It should be easy once you have the shadows and highlights located. Start with one colour, say brown, and work up and down the light and dark shade to fill in the landscape. I use the blurry brush for this, with a little spacing and 100% opacity.
Go wild with it! Keep blending in colours, shades and highlights with the Smudge tool. I use various opacity levels and brush sizes, with mostly little spacing and flow percentages. I like the smooth look, so I aim for that nice blending of shades till I get the look I want. Sometimes I may smudge a little too much and cause the colours to go transparent. It’s okay, I just brush more colours with very low opacity level to touch these up. Anyway, here it is the… almost final look 🙂
5) Final Touches
Well, this was for a Batman competition and I got in so much trouble for leaving Batman in bed with Robin’s mask at hand :p So I proceeded to change the mask to fit what I intended earlier, for Jamie’s sake. This is supposed to be the scene after the Masquerade ball with Charmaine Dex. So here goes.
So there you go. I hope this helps you budding artists out there. I think I’m improving heaps since my first attempt at this and I am very happy with my progress 🙂 I hope one day I can draw from imagination rather than reference. I’m already seeing things in shades and brushes now!
Happy creating, peeps!