Join Date: Sep 2010
Originally Posted by Fat PurpleMush
You cease to amaze me Nasty, the best part about your art is that there are so many different styles! I don't know which one to expect when I check your thread for new art. And is there anything I can call you besides Nasty? It sounds nasty :p
Hehe, Nasty is fine, I'm pretty used to being called it.
And thanks a bunch!
Oh, and since I've gotten a few questions or comments regarding how I do things, here's a poor man's tutorial that I threw together for you guys. Hope you find it helpful/informing.
Step 1: Base Sketch
Step 2: Sketch
Step 3: Lineart
Alright, now we get down to the nitty-gritty. In my personal opinion, lineart is the absolute most important step in making a picture. The lineart is the total base of the picture, and the glue that holds it together. No amount of coloring can save bad lineart...so you have to get it right! I ink in straight 0/0/0 black, with the default 1px brush. There aren't any fancy tricks to straight, consistent lines here, just practice and a steady hand. I find that the pen tool generally looks pretty cheap, so doing it by hand is the best, in my opinion. Anyways, I've put my sketch at a low opacity to do my lineart. All of the lineart should be on only 1 layer, and no coloring should be on this layer at all.
Step 4: Base Colors
Step 5: Shadows and highlights
Shadows should be on a new layer, separate from the base layer! This step can be a little tricky, because it's hard to imagine where light is coming from sometimes. If it helps, draw a little lightbulb where you want your light to emanate from, it sometimes helps me know where shadows will rest if you think about it like that. To get a shadow color, just take your base color and move each RGB slider down a few. I blur the edges of my shadows on places where I think it's appropriate, fur, cloth, things like that. Crimgan's body is made of scales, so I leave a hard edged shadow. Now for highlights. If there are a lot of them, or you don't want to mess up your shadow layer, make a new one. In this picture, I went ahead and just made them on the same layer as my shadows. Highlights are a little different, and I almost always blur them, no matter what surface. Really bold highlights tend to detract from a picture more than add to it; you can even choose to omit highlights completely. I add little white specs after that, to make the surface seem shiny. Generally, you don't want to do too much of this, or else whatever you're drawing starts to look like a rubbery material. I probably did a little too much in this picture, but oh well.
Step 6: Final touches
Phew! Hope it helped/shed a little light on how I do things!