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So, welcome once again to another tutorial from me. Before I start, I would like to point out, this tutorial is for tablet users only. Everything found here has been from personal experiences.In this little tutorial, I’ll show you my process of a very simple comic book character coloring in Adobe Photoshop CS3. I had decided I just wanted to draw a comicbook frame or a comicbook page and since comicbooks are one of my favourite painting subjects, I decided to paint a carton boy character.
Preview of Final Results
• Photoshop CS3
• Wacom Intuos2 6×8 Graphics Tablet
Note: I’m using Adobe Photoshop, if you wish… you can use any other programs, like Corel PhotoPaint or similar.
I want you to know something about the beginning of this tutorial..A few days ago when was admiring sketches and artworks on deviantART.com I saw a cute cartoon character sketch and I like it. So I decide to use that character idea on one of my paintings and this tutorial. I write a private message to that gallery owner and I asked the permission about his sketch. And… So, we did come to an agreement! Here, this is TheMV ‘s sketches. (Credits to TheMV and this is his deviantART gallery link http://themv.deviantart.com/gallery/) And I bet the one who knows not much about drawing (like anatomy, perspective etc.) can manage drawing some quick sketches like his.
And however, my tutorial won’t show you how to draw this sketch..but will teach you how to paint the SKETCH OF A COOL CHARACTER! 😀 Now below painting is totally based the original sketch by TheMV and it looks nice….the sketch..hmmm I just trying to see what will come out from this…. I often draw or paint a lot of sketches to represent a concept but then I realized that I was just using one sketch (Anyway you always have to draw a few sketches to decide which one is the best. TheMV ‘s sketchwork is the main idea but we are not using that one for this 2d painting tutorial.
Here, this is my character sketch for this tutorial. First I make a character sketch. I use a dark brown because it stands out..but you can use whatever you want ofcourse Well, as you see these lines don’t need to be perfect. This is just a rough sketch. Now feel free to use reference sketchwork if you don’t feel comfortable with your sketches. I bet the one who knows not much about drawing (like anatomy, perspective etc.) can manage drawing some quick sketches like mine. I made some color sketch to capture the idea of what she would look like. I worked on the character’s face first. Make a new layer and name it with your character name.
And his name is Benjamin. This frame story is about Benjamin, he is in his room in front of the window and he is thinking about going out and play Footbool with his friends. Benjamin loves to play footbool. Now you get the short story and you get the sketch and you can begin to coloring your comicbook frame. Okay people… here we go. The very first step of this tutorial is to draw the base sketches for the main idea. When drawing comic books, it’s a good idea to draw everything in pencil before finalizing it in pen.
With this work, I understood clearly the image that I wanted to create, as well as the mood of the piece – thinking, a picture with some unknown history behind it. A quick and important reminding:. What does your story tell about?..Before drawing the sketches..figure out the story, this is very important..You bet, it will let you to obtain more time! Now I decided to draw a different character for my tutorial . Here you see my character drawing. ), I am looking to TheMV ‘s sketchwork also. So here is the sketch of Benjamin. I draw this quickly on my Wacom Tablet. When skething, don’t do so on the background layer. Create a new one above the background so it will be easiser to manipulate. Never draw or paint onto a white layer…make sure it is transperent.. isn’t he cute
Step 1: First of all, Let us open a new document (900 width and 860 height or there abouts… and 72 dpi) Now draw a preliminary sketch. (Ctrl+N or File > New). A navigation bar or a page layout is best viewed without scrolling, so choose dimensions for those files that will fit within a typical browser window. For now… it is 72 dpi, but after changing the resolution to 300 dpi (without re-sampling image) you will be able to print it on an A3 format with a pretty good quality. I decided to draw a different character for my tutorial .
Step2: Create a new layer. Name the new layer as “Benjamin Sketch“… Now you may draw your sketch. It does have not to be perfect, you will go over it later. Choose the paint brush tool… Right click on your canvas and select the hard round brush and push the size up to about 200px, as shown below….Begin with sketching the outline with hard round brush. No need to make it look so detailed. Just draw enough to create the general shape.