Some people asked for a tutorial or a video tutorial but I am not a video person and for me tutorials never where so effin helpful. Most stuff I found out by accident/testing and.... doing it.
If you are frustrated because you never achieve the results shown in a tutorial: Don't worry... me either. I can't even repaint one of my own panels properly... it always looks different.
I will not explain how Photoshop works. If you have no clue, please sign up for a PS course or ask a friend to give you a crash course.
I work with an old Intuos 4 tablet and a grip pen. Always. See here: [link]
1. The brush: I uploaded it once, the file is expired and I won't reupload. It's a simple brush that fades out and reacts on pressure. It's nothing fancy. There are tons available already by other users. The mixing is done by picking color, stroke, picking color result, stroke, repeat action.
2. I sketch on paper and I'll slap everybody how wants to know which paper exactly because it REALLY doesn't matter if you work on cheap copy paper or hilariously expensive canson to get your sketch done. I work with a cheap extra drawing table and a light table. For more information see here: [link]
3. still does my flats (mostly). It's simply breaking down the image on different layers in all basic colors.
I use a lot of layers and still keep them. Most people work on 1 layer- I don't. If you work better with 1 layer- do it... as long as it serves the result there should be no rule for it.
I keep the sketch layer in multiply mode activated at that stage. I hide the sketch when I have some details like the eyes already painted.
4. That's how it looks without outlines... simple but already somehow "close to what I have in mind".
If you have any questions: shoot. Please read ALL comments and replies already posted to avoid double questions.
You should be able to find an incomplete toll list here: [link]
and again.... those are mine and if you have something that works better for you: stick to it!
*feels awkward because the break down of working steps looks hilariously stupid.... orz*
I honestly have a problem when I read somebody feels bad just because somebody stranger works differently. Please always keep in mind that you can test these working methods till hell freezes over but pick out what makes YOU comfortable. There is no point in working with a process that's a pain in the booty and makes you unhappy. Never.
Most publishers I work with are crying happy tears if they get layers- you have no idea how much pain it is for the internal graphic guys to create fair and marketing material if they have to cut out something again. It's like image surgery and takes ages (and the internals hate it... I for sure did when I worked in an agency).
How nice that you made it clear, This is very important to me 'cause I'm a graphic designer and believe me I know how stressfull is cut a merge image. My principal tool is illustrator and in this program I go crazy with the layers I like to use it but referring to digital painting on photshop (In which I’m still practicing) I think there are better work in one layer I don’t know maybe the colors blend much better in that way or something! hahaha
Thanks a lot for your profesional advice, you really help me a lot.
I wish you the best!
TT __ TT I would love to be able to draw like you.... (P.S. I love snowmen on tiles of Carcassonne!!!!)
beautiful even in the making of it ^^
keep up the great work~~
(meist auch einfach nur damit ich mir ein bisschen was abgucken kann XP ich geb's ja zu)