Hello! In this tutorial, I will show you the whole process of creating a digital drawing, from a simple sketch to a fully finished final result using only Adobe Photoshop CS5 (all the described manipulations can be performed in other versions of the editor).
The techniques that I will use to create this illustration are very simple and, I hope, it will help you understand the whole process of work. I would like to thank Joel Sartore for the beautiful photo of the monkey.
It all starts with a simple sketch. I prepared my palette of brushes by choosing a simple hard round brush, which is included in the standard Photoshop set.
In the settings of the brush, activate the option Shape dynamics (Dynamics of form). In the right part in paragraph Control (Control) change the value from Off to Disable Pen pressure (Pen pressure). Then activate Transfer (Transfer) and in the right part in paragraph Control (Control) change the value from Off to Disable Pen pressure (Pen pressure).
Giving the edges of the brush a blur will allow you to achieve the feeling of working with a real brush. Now, the harder you press down with the pen, the darker the stroke will be, and vice versa. I left the opacity and brush pressure at 100% and started with a simple basic shape outline to define the outlines of the object.
After that, proceed to the application of shaded areas. I used crossed lines and a few simple strokes where I felt the need to highlight the direction of the light source.
Go to the application of color. Lock the layer with the final draft, create a new layer for the background and place it under the sketch. Then fill the background layer in green (R – 47, G – 65, B – 55). Set the layer blending mode to Overlay (Overlap) and reduce the opacity to 50%.
Then create a new layer, this time above the sketch, slightly change the parameters of the brush. I turned off Shape dynamics (Dynamics of the form) and reduced the opacity to 80% (the pressure remained unchanged).
Then we increase the size of the brush to about 70-80 pixels and begin to paint in black. Create separate groups of wool using the same method as for the sketch. After that we add a new layer and began to paint highlights in blue (R – 137, G – 155, B – 179). In the process of work, I always turn the illustration horizontally (sometimes vertically) to make sure that the proportions and light / shadows are correct.
When finished with the base color application, combine the two layers together. Then create a new layer and draw gradient samples on it for warm skin tones. Using these colors, we finish drawing the area of the nose, mouth, and around the eyes.
After adding the basic color shades, go to the details. The eye area was filled with black as the base. I created white highlights and reflections in dark gray to make them attractive.
Wool still needs work. Reduce the brush size to almost 4.5 pixels (in accordance with the resolution of the illustration) and begin to draw individual hairs of blue and black colors (just so that the illustration is not monotonous).
And finally, we make adjustments to the exposure and gamma. Image – Adjustments – Exposure (Image – Correction – Impact) to add contrast and brightness to the illustration.
Then duplicate the drawing, discolor it. Image – Adjustments – Desaturate (Image – Correction – Discolor) and apply the filter Filter – Other – High Pass (Filter – Other – Color Contrast). Parameter Amount (Quantity) I set to 2. Then change the blending mode of the bleached duplicate to Overlay (Overlap).