Here is the final result:
In this tutorial, the author uses two editors Photoshop and Illustrator.
However, this lesson can be performed using only Photoshop.
For starters, it doesn’t hurt to do a small black and white sketch by hand. Try to make the outer lines (facial contours, for example) thicker, and the inner lines thinner.
Now scan the sketch by setting the resolution to 300 DPI.
Open a new document in Illustrator, go to File > Place (file – place) and place the scanned image in the document.
Note translator: if you do not have a program Illustrator, it’s not scary. All subsequent steps can be performed in Photoshop using the tool Brush (brush). Just immediately place the finished scanned sketch in Photoshop and get started..
In both Photoshop and Illustrator, you need to activate the tool. Brush (brush). The task is to make the external contours of the sketch more distinct and draw such details as the eyes, mouth, ears and nose. Basically, you can add any details that you see fit (approx. translator: for example, I added a mustache and beard), most importantly, do not forget to adjust the size of the brush and do not rush: this is a very important part of the work. The brush is best to take a round and tough enough, but this author leaves at your discretion.
Now let’s make our image look like real graffiti.
If you work in Illustrator, create 5 brushes, one of which is white. Select the brush option with a soft ball at the end (something like a ballpoint pen).
If you work in Photoshop – take small, round and brushes with a hardness of about 75%, respectively, in black and white.
Now carefully draw the entire sketch, paying attention to even the smallest details.
After that, you can add details. Look, I added some rather rough lines on the face and body of our handsome, he emphasized his eyebrows and neck, also added a few spots on the tongue. I used white to create the effect of light and shade and give the image a richer look.
Note translator: in principle, you can not restrain your imagination, the funnier it turns out, the better. But please, without fanaticism. The image should not be “clogged“ details.
Now, if you worked in Illustrator, save the image and open it in Photoshop. If you are in Photoshop, just continue to work. Our task is to add colors and decorate our hero in every possible way.
So, we are all now working in Photoshop. First, we will define the basic colors. I want to make the outer contour dark brown and the color gamut inside the pattern to line up on mixing light brown and blue tones.
Press and hold Cmd/Ctrl. Click on the layer with the sketch and create a selection. Leaving the selection active, remove the sketch layer, create a new layer “Sketch”And fill it with any color you want.
Now select the primary color. For example, I will paint the face in a light brown color. To start, open a new layer under the layer “Sketch“. Activate the tool MagicWand (magic wand) and make a selection inside the face. Go to Select > Modify > Expand (Select – Modify – Expand) and increase the selection from 1 to 2 pixels.
We continue. Take a slightly darker color than the one you just used and add shadows. Activate Pentool (pen), create a selection and fill it with the color you chose.
Take a different color and fill them with certain areas of the image (you can determine for yourself exactly which areas you want to make in more saturated colors). Personally, I chose a blue color and painted their eyebrows, tongue and some areas on the poor fellow’s neck. Also, do not forget to add a little darker shade of blue to these areas
I also added some light blue tones in order to make the image more vivid and contrast. In general, improvise!
Just keep in mind the color balance: all colors should be well combined with each other and form a single whole.
Now let’s work on the background. So that it does not look too primitive, we will add a white-blue gradient to it. I used the same colors as in the work on the pattern itself. Activate the tool Gradient (gradient) and set the colors from blue to white. Fill the background layer.
Now merge all the layers together. To do this, make a PC and select the option MergeDown(merge layers). Click Cmd/Ctrl + Clickon the resulting layer and go to Select > Modify > Expand (select – modify-expand). Set the extension to 8 pixels. Open a new layer under the layer with our character and fill it with white color.
Take Pentool (pen) and draw a few lines and shapes like mine. Choose the color that you want (I have it zinc) and make a fill. You can add other effects in this way until you are satisfied with the result.
Well, our illustration in the style of Graffiti is ready. Of course, you can experiment with it without end, but I leave it to your discretion. Thank you and see you soon!
Author: Sarah Lyons
Transfer: Martha Dobrykina