This post is a continuation of my first “Illustration Friday: Float” post from the other day. Here I will show the steps that I took to attempt the “textured” feel that you get from actually painting. I use a Wacom Graphire Tablet for drawing on my computer. I’ve used many of them and found the the $99 version was all that I needed.
The first thing I did was bring my rough sketch into photoshop and screen it back to about 25%. Then I created a new layer to trace it on. Using my “Line Brush” I redraw my drawing over my scan. When I do my lines, I have my brush set to 80% opacity with the blending option set to multiply. That way when I re-trace over lines, it darkens it in. I like the texture of my line brush, but not the fuzzy edges, so I go over most of the lines again with my “Round Wet Edge” brush.
Next, I use my “Large Texture Brush” and do additional shading and detailing on the image. Set the brush to Multiply and vary the opacity. I also usually do each of these steps on new layers with some of the layer blending set to Multiply.
Here is a detail of the drawing for a closer look at some of the textures.
Whew! This was a long post. I hope nobody fell asleep at their keyboards.