I love this thread and am very impressed with all what you can do!
I have popped in the thread over the past year a few times and just noticed today a ton of pictures are missing from a few of replies unfortunately.
Well, I used to draw back in the day and put away my pencils, inks and paints when I was around 20 when I realized I didn't have what it took to make it in the comic book world and I just went about my life.
I always got the itch to try again, but never was inspired to try again.
As some of you have seen, I got a little creative using my photos of my figures to make some digital artwork in THIS THREAD
, but recently I saw a post about an artist's work over on RS name Alistair Eales who was watercoloring vintage figures. He did commissions too.
So I commissioned a Leia Bespin (go figure) from him and he sent along a scan of the final work and man, I was inspired to try drawing again. (I'll show off Alistair's piece when it arrives in a separate thread).
This time around, I decided to ditch the traditional pencil and pen approach and go all digital.
I picked up a Wacom CTH-480 (chearper on Amazon) small tablet for under $100 to see if it would work well, fired up Photoshop, spent over 8 hours these past few days and well, it is MUCH different than pencil on paper!
Its not any better, not really worse, but much different. It is jumpy every now and then (or perhaps that is just my nerves
) but overall the more I try things, the more I am liking it! Doing things all digital with the use of unlimited layers does have some major advantages however as I will show a bit of below.
I still need to wrap my head around the different brushes and get used to a 4" x 6" working area whlie looking at a 24" monitor and then how best to deal with zooming in and out and get the right "feel" of the inking and painting aspect of things.
And then there is the pressure settings, opacity and so much more. I thought I 'knew' Photoshop, but Photographic tools in Photoshop are not the same as drawing and painting!!!!
So here is my first attempt at a Leia Bespin pic from her 31B back (man, there is crap detail in those pics - very dark and contrasty in places and flat in others - I would kill for a good scan of the camera ready art used for it!!!!!!!!!!!!!)
I am showing the steps I did just to document my fist digital piece (which isn't done, but it's done enough to get feedback and suggestions and well, I am happy about the progress
Please be kind..............Pre-sketch with a quasi-grid to help match proportions
sketch layer over top pre-sketch
removed pre-sketch layer
added slight "enhancement" layer to be done later
first decent inking layer over sketch
inking only - body will be added at a later point
some experiments with brushes and pressure to add detail in hair - this will be re-done (that's the beauty of layers in digital!)
add a quick bit of hair color
some eye and lip color
added an OK flesh tone
a tad bit of shadow and highlights
same as above but the extra hair detail removed (starting point for new hair detail layer)
all inking removed to show color only (not bad as a standalone?)
Experimental brush #2
Experimental brush #3
Experimental brush #4
Those experimental brushes obviously were just tests to see a bunch of things, but there were important in the learning process so why not show the bad or odd along with the good!
So there you have it.... my favorite as it stands now is this one with the extra detail removed but I will add in some more, just not as much next go around:
I know even the best piece is still not great, but I am very pleased with my first try after 20 years sketch-less and a foray into a new medium at the same time.
I hope to improve as I practice more. Well, I hope.
Is anyone else into digital art with a tablet or digitizer with Photoshop or other imaging app?
Anyone have any digital tips? (plugins, cool add on brushes, how to achieve some traditional paper type effects????)
Anyway........ thanks for looking!
If anyone wants to see the full size I was working with, here is a flickr set of the above.
Apparently Alistair already posted the painting he did for me on his blog. Blog Post Here