Showing posts from July, 2007
I tried to achieve this effect in Photoshop before by adding a gray layer set to multiply and then pulling out highlights with a white brush. And it works pretty good, except that the gray is kind of overpowering and dulls the drawing a bit. But it does wonders for value and highlights, a few example are Zombie Face, Azuka, Heroine Full and The Hope.
So, I've been thinking what else I could do. I thought maybe finding a nice neutral color that I could use as a mid-tone would be better than gray. But, I couldn't think of a color that would look right.
Then, it hit me! If I wanted to replicate the effect of using toned paper, I could just add toned paper to the drawing in Photoshop. So, I set out to find a good paper texture and then adjusted it to the right color and and played with levels until I was happy with the tone. After that it was just a simple task of pulling out the highlights with a white brush.
It's a pretty easy and quick process, and the result is pretty close to what I wanted. I'm still going to see what else I can do to tweak the technique, and find ways to improve the texture.
Next step: Getting actual scans of blank toned sketchbook pages.
Also, I know it would be a little easier to just draw in a toned sketchbook from now on. But I still have 3 regular sketchbooks left to fill up, and I'm not about to start on another one. Plus, I wanted to figure out something I can apply to all my drawing to take them another step further.
And this is just a very preliminary drawing for her character. I mean she looks nice and all. But, there's nothing really memorable about her, nothing sticks out and it's just kind of boring right now. I need to do some brainstorming and thumbnails to see what direction I can take her in.
The Pyramid Head was real tricky, he's given me a lot of trouble. If you want to know exactly how much trouble he's given me, let's just say I started him before the movie came out.
Now the only thing left to do is scan the endless sketchbook pages...