In this lesson, using the tablet, we will create a funny cartoon monster.
His name is Si Cepot. It is part of the Sudanese culture and will be made in the appropriate style. A sarong is tied on his chest, and Sudanese sarongs are usually decorated with square patterns.
Step 1: Sketch
Our first step is to create a lightweight sketch. Prepare paper and pencils, as the traditional method is always faster and more convenient. Even though graphic tablets are a terrific invention, they will never replace plain pencil and paper, I think so. We start with a rough outline outline. For thin lines, use a pencil HB (hard-soft).
Add more details using a 2B pencil (double soft).
We scan our sketch in very high resolution and open it in Photoshop. Click Command / Ctrl + L to open the dialog box. Levels (Levels) and increase the contrast of the pattern.
Activate Brush tool (Brush) (B) and open the brushes panel (F5). Decrease Spacing (Interval) and activate Shape dynamic (Dynamics of form). Control (Control) set on Pen pressure (Pen pressure) so that the pressure of the brush depends on the pressure of the pen, with which we will draw on the tablet.
Create a new layer. We give a sketch in order and stroke the outline with a brush.
Below you can see the effect of changing the line thickness, which we got due to the activation Shape dynamic (Dynamics of form).
Step 6: Sarong
To ensure that all layers are in order, it is desirable to group them. On the layers panel, create a new group and call it “sarong”. Starting from this step, draw each element on a new layer and place it in the appropriate group. For example, separately for the head, clothing, skin, etc.
Take Magic wand tool (Magic Wand) (W) and click on the white area inside the sarong. If extra areas have emerged, then there are gaps in the contour of the sarong, from which you first need to get rid of. If you cannot select the entire element at a time, hold down Shift and click on unmarked areas.
Now we need to expand the selection to avoid gaps. Move on Select – Modify – Expand (Allocation – Modification – Expand). Enter a value of 1 px. Set the foreground color to #daccba.
Create a new layer and place it under the contour. Activate Paint bucket tool (Fill) (G) and click inside the selection to fill it with color.
Activate Brush tool (Brush) (B). On the panel brushes reduce Hardness (Stiffness) and Size jitter (Oscillation size) to 0%.
Draw a shadow in darker color. Do not worry if the result is too rough.
Apply Filter – Blur – Gaussian Blur (Filter – Blur – Gaussian Blur) to blur the shadow.
Remove the extra shadow.
Repeat the process to add more shadows.
Now, to create a pattern on the sarong, draw the transverse stripes.
Now draw soft highlights.
Using brush (B) black with maximum rigidity (100%), paint over the sarong to create a more saturated shadow. Decrease Opacity (Opacity) layer up to 10%.
Draw a shadow under the head.
We continue to add details, especially shadows and highlights. Shadow tool is perfect Burn tool (Dimmer) (O), and for highlights – Dodge tool (Clarifier) (O).
When finished, we can merge all the layers together. To do this, right-click on the group and select Merge group (Merge group). Photoshop runs faster with fewer layers.
Step 20: Bandana
Create a new layer under the contour and select the color # 885f37. To get clear and neat edges, paint over the bandana with a brush (B) with maximum rigidity.
Lighter color draw pattern.
Add a shadow and reduce its opacity.
Add a softer shade using a brush (B) with a hardness of 0%.
Step 24: Sarong
In this step, we will start working on a sarong that is tied to a monster on the hips. Create a new layer under the contour. We use the same technique as with the first sarong. Create a selection and fill it with color.
We draw stripes.
Create a selection with Magic wand tool (Magic wand) (W). Invert it (Command / Ctrl + Shift + I) and delete the extra details of the pattern.
We draw highlights and shadows.
Here is the current result.
Step 28: Leather
We use Magic wand tool (Magic wand) (W) to highlight the body. Fill the selection with the base skin color.
In darker colors draw shadows. To get a realistic result, add more colors.
Below you can see in detail the shadows on the monster’s forearm.
We continue to draw shadows on other parts of the body.
If there is a shadow, it should glare. In this picture, the light source is at the top right of the character. We draw soft highlights on the skin using brush (B) with a stiffness of 0%.
Let’s draw clearer highlights in order to give realism. Create a round selection and draw inside with a soft brush (B). Reduce the opacity of the layer and remove part of the flare that extends beyond the arm
Using this technique, we continue to add more highlights.
Step 34: Texture on the skin
Now we need to add texture to the monster’s skin. Activate Brush tool (Brush) (B) and open the brushes panel (F5). Increase Spacing (Interval) and make sure that Shape dynamic (Dynamics of the form) is active.
Draw chaotic points on the skin. Decrease Opacity (Opacity) brushes to get a translucent texture.
Add more points to other parts of the body.
Here is the current result.
Step 37: Face
Select the face with Magic wand tool (Magic wand) (W). Click Command / Ctrl + H to hide the selection outline. It is still here, we just do not see it. So it will be more convenient to draw.
We paint highlights on the outer edge of the head, and a shadow in the center.
Select the vest and pants. Fill them with brown.
On separate layers draw shadows and highlights. Remember to reduce the opacity of the shadow layer.
We color bracelets, sandals and ornaments on clothes. Create a new layer on which we draw the shadows and highlights. Soft brush (B) add a slight glow on the bracelets.
Step 42: Teeth
Create a new layer and color the teeth.
Step 43: Eyes
Fill the eyes with color, then add shadows and highlights.
Small brush (B) draw the glitter in the corner of the eye.
We finished drawing a monster.
Hide the background by clicking on the eye icon next to its name. Create a new layer and place it at the very top of the layers panel.
Hit Command / Ctrl + Shift + Alt + E to merge all visible pixels on a separate layer. After that we make the background visible again.
Double click on the merged layer and apply Stroke (Stroke).
As a result, a wide stroke appeared around the character.
For the background we create a light blue rectangle.