heyy, long time no draw/talk!! I’m officially on break for a week before I go back up for school so I’m back in socal and to my surprise…my family got a puppy!
She’s a chihuahua mix with something else and really, really sweet! We’re having some difficulty in choosing a name…anyone have any suggestions? Also, any suggestions on potty training…;-;???
I’ll be answering a question about a coloring process below, so if you’re interested, read on!
Also, here’s a WIP of the next pic!
Aw, thanks guys for your super kind messages! Always makes me really happy to get messages, so don’t be shy!
In terms of a tutorial, I left a general description of my process in my last post, hopefully that helps? I’m sorry if it’s not descriptive enough! I don’t have a set process yet, so I usually do something different each time haha. I’ll try and be a bit more descriptive in terms of my coloring process using my last Mami picture.
- Depending on whether I think I’ll be using a background or not, I’ll either leave the background blank or just slap on a random color on a layer. I do this so that I can actually see what I’ll be putting of it because sometimes I’ll be drawing someone who may have white clothing, like Mami!
- After I set up a colored bg, I’ll start by choosing the skin tone, if I’m drawing a person. As you can see, I totally got Mami’s skin color wrong, but fear not!! If you’re using SAI, or I assume PS, it’s really easy to fix that later on using opacity lock on the existing layer and switching it up! After the skin tone selection, I’ll try to get a general understanding of what base colors I’ll be using for the other layers.
- Once I have my base colors down, I’ll start with drawing out the head. I do this so that I know where I should be continuing the rest of the drawing. I basically just draw a circle..HAHAHA nothing exciting! After that, I’ll start branching out into the other layers like the neck, clothing, legs, etc. If you’re like me, you’ll use a bunch of different layers! It’s helpful to name them unless you can immediately identify what’s what by the icon haha
- After I’ve set down my base colors and individual layers, I’ll start “shading” them individually. I put shading in quotes because I don’t really think I do any shading…AHAH I just use the marker tool and kind of rub everything and hope, “dear god I hope this works!!” I’ll put the shading layer in a clipping mask though above the selection that I want. (i.e shading on a skirt layer will be placed on top of the layer in a clipping mask.) I used to just use the opacity lock, but I found that once I messed up, I’d have to start all over again! It just saves me a bit of time to put it in a separate clipping mask (:
- After I have the body down, I’ll start by adding the extras. The extras are just miscellaneous details that pertain to what I’m drawing. In Mami’s case, it was Charlotte! I do the same process with this as I did with the beginning layers. (base color, shading, details.)
- I didn’t take a screen shot of this, but if I feel like it, I’ll slap on a texture and call it a night!
Hopefully this long worded description gives you an idea of what I do!