Drawing under watercolor

Before starting, a small introduction: the lesson was created with a shortage of free time, so the simplest work is to show the principle of creating such a drawing. Also, since I don’t have any experience of writing such lessons, please forgive all possible inaccuracies and incorrectness in advance.

Also, the lesson will be as short as possible and designed for people who initially have some artistic taste, flair, knowledge of the anatomy of the body and some experience in drawing and in Adobe Photoshop.
You can study the pre-watercolor works by Cate_Parr, an understanding of the classical watercolor technique will only help us.

The picture was created in Adobe Photoshop CS3

Materials for the lesson:


So, we create a new document in FSH, (I have it 2480×3508 px, 300 pixels / inch. Although this is not so important), the background is white.

1) The plot of the picture we have already conceived, proceed to a preliminary outline, I will not explain all the stages of construction, it is in the textbooks.

2) We clean out our sketch of everything superfluous, I still walked slightly eraser, in order to remove too bright places.

3) Create a transparent layer under our cleaned draft (let’s call it “main”).

On this layer we will have the drawing itself, its foundation, the way we want it to be finally. But we will execute it only in black.

The brush is the simplest:

You are now required simple, bold lines, facial contour, the main features of the face, a sketch of hair. Here you need all your experience and flair. Smears should go soft and confident. If it turned out broken, it does not matter, cancel, and again in this place!

Let’s paint over the areas we need, outline the places where the main shadows should go (better to paint in the direction of the main lines), if there are any gaps, it doesn’t matter.

So, the drawing is almost ready. Duplicate the layer so many times that the transparency remains only in some places, but mainly so that it is a dense black color. We unite all duplicates in one.

4) Next, you can create another transparent layer, let’s call it primary2, put it under the main one, reduce the transparency of the brush to 20% and in some places impose additional shadows, preferably without tearing the brush so that the transparency is as possible everywhere on the same level.

We clean where it is needed (it’s important that you are not afraid of any irregularities or shortcomings, ideality is contraindicated here).

5) Turn on “keep pixel transparency” on both layers.

After that, fill both layers with white.
Take a brush of this type:

I have it in the standard set by default, and set it up
Transparency 20-25%, choose the layer “main”, and here everything depends on your imagination.

I like this stage the most!
Boldly and sweepingly, superimposing the colors on each other and constantly changing the color of the brush (beware of dirt, it is better to cancel and try to change the color) paint our stencil. Too saturated colors are better not to take.

Naturally closer to the lips more red, closer to the eyes darker, but there may be options.
It is possible to try other brushes, for example, I constantly changed the adjacent numbers Nos. 19, 27, 39, with the same settings.

With the transparency of the brush, you can also play, then adding it, then diminishing it. As you please!

On the layer “main 2” we do the same, the transparency of the brush is 80-90%

Next we need a brush of this type, it is also in the default set

With the settings do not steam, transparency 50%.
First, without disabling, and then disabling the constraints on the layer, we add in some places the effect of a spreading watercolor.
Next, we will slightly adjust the transparency of the “sketch” layer, make it visible, but unobtrusive.
Well, everything is ready!

Enlarge image.

P.S. You can additionally use the watercolor filter, setting the parameters of a small degree, and paper texture, but this is already an amateur.

My similar works: Watercolor (Watercolor), Watercolor 2 (Watercolor 2). I hope the lesson was useful and clear to you, creative success!

Lesson author: e.volos

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