ALRIGHT SO to answer your questions, I’ve decided a brief tutorial on how I go about doing the art thing is in order. so here, let us begin:
let us begin with a basic sketch. I do all my sketching in Paint Tool SAI (and on days when i’m feeling particularly masochistic, I sketch in Photoshop.) Nothing fancy, just quick fluid strokes with the tablet pen to establish form and movement.
here’s the setup:
thank you tumblr for re-sizing this, as i knew you would.
I almost exclusively use the marker tool to sketch. it is not imperative that you use it, it is just what i’ve grown comfortable with. in conjecture with the eraser tool, I flesh out the areas of the sketch that will give me the most trouble when inking time comes along (I tend to always make sure my undersketch is as close to the finished image as i can get it WITHOUT going completely anal about it. I just want to make sure all the pieces are in the right place. it avoids headaches later down the road).
PART 3: the finished sketch
the face. he has one now. and also a cane. for being badass and
smacking your hoes back in line.
I’ve colored the undersketch with a red so as not to confuse it with the black of the lines. (to do this i just check the Preserve Opacity box on the right, under the Paints Effects drop down menu.)
From there I use the Pen Tool to do all the lines. ALL THE LINES.
(I also use the pen tool to help fill in flat colors. that and the handy-dandy Fill Tool)
PART 5: Finished Lines + Color
This is basically what all my finished pieces look like before i add flat colors, and
this is what they look like with flat colors. (ok, not COMPLETELY FLAT. I used the Oil Water Tool to add very simple light and shadow to Loki’s skin.)
but man it looks kinda blah right now. Easy fix?
COLOR THE LINE ART! the way to do this is the same way I colored the underscketch. check the Preserve Opacity box under the Paints Effects drop down menu, pick a color and PAINT!
ok, at this point, I move the image into photoshop. (paintoolSAI saves all images BY DEFAULT as .SAI images. As you go to save your work, make sure to save it as a .PSD file so photoshop can recognize your image.)
PART 6: Photoshopzzzzzzzz
I use Photoshop CS3, and I don’t really use it for the physical drawing aspect of my work, mainly for color editing, textures, layer adjustments and effects, resizing for prints and also for saving files in different ways. (i can only make gifs in photoshop, not sure how to make them in SAI, if you can. You just have more File —> Save options in this sucker). this is my basic set up for CS3 and for this image in particular I didn’t do much else other than a very slight color adjustment and an added shadow.
Here, have a gratuitous close up of his face to see how shitty these lines actually are.
Once I’m satisfied with the image’s look, i flatten the layers, resize for the intrawebs, save, and post.
HAZAH! THE FINISHED PIECE!
yup i think that’s it. hope that was helpful??
(AND MAN THANK YOU I’M GLAD YOU LIKE MY SILLY ARTSTUFF!!!! AND NO WORRIES ABOUT THE PRINTS!! YOU CAN BUY THOSE AT ANYTIME!!! <3)