OMIOGSH so many people asked for hair BUT HAIR IS ONE OF THE PARTS WHERE U CAN RELLY JUST DO ANYTHING U WNAT so yeahhh JUST REMBER to try and use quick gestures to capture the flow of hair!!
hectoncollider said: 2 questions, first how much reference do you use in your illustrations? and secondly how do you color your linework layer I assume perhaps a lighten layer overtop of the black and white? love your work by the way.
1. When I am starting the sketches and other preliminary drawings for an illustration, i gather/use a ton of reference, especially when I am trying to capture a particular culture or place. These references go into the specific flora or fauna I include, clothing, etc. I use my own photo reference (usually me or my girlfriend) for tough poses and usually hone in on hands and feet since those always seem to be problematic. Photo references might be used again when I am applying colors to the finished drawings.
2. Here is a summary of the process I use to color my linework in photoshop.
•Scan in grayscale, crop, levels adjustment, clean up. I make the drawing look as good as it can in black and white before proceeding to the next step.
•Separate the drawing from the page so that I am only left with black pixels on a transparent background. Here’s how this is done:
1. Go to channels, press load channel as selection (a dotted circle icon located at the bottom of the panel)
2. Go to the select menu, choose inverse
3. Make a new layer above your original layer
4. Go to the edit menu, select fill, change the use drop-down to black, hit ok
5. Now delete the original layer, or fill it with a solid color
•Now that you’ve separated the linework, change the filetype to RGB. You can now change the color of the linework by using a hue/saturation adjustment and selecting colorize. Be sure to increase the lightness, otherwise your pixels will not be able to change color since they are black.
•After you’ve changed the color of the lines, make a new layer underneath this line layer. This is where you can start to put in flats and paint color shifts, etc.
•Don’t forget that you can add additional colors to the linework layer by creating clipping masks (essentially layers that are clipped to the pixels of the lower layer) by making a new layer, holding option/alt, and clicking between the two layers. Anywhere you color in this layer will change the color of the linework.
The process works in a similar way when working in multiple layers. Hopefully this helps!