Things I have drawn lately for @Sketch_Dailies on twitter. Join the fun!
One of the many tasks I had to do for this game, was doing the key art for it. Im sure you have already seen this somewhere around the internet, your smartphone/tablet screen, or even here https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BVAHBBxCEAArVlT.jpg :D
I had to do this one faster than I would have liked it, but I think it ended up looking good enough. Hope you like it!
Q:Hello! Sorry to bother you, but I just wanted to ask you a question: Do your drawings start with sketches on paper with a pencil? Because that's what I do, and even after I clean up the lines and oilify everything, the texture of the pencil itself lends everything a grainy, messy quality that seems impossible to clean up - making my work look far worse on the computer than it does as a casual doodle. And when I try to draw purely with a tablet, it feels impossible to get any level of control.
No bother at all, no worries! ^^
For the last 2 years I have been drawing digitally, from sketch to final lines. Honestly, I prefer drawing on a sheet, I even think that I actually draw better on them, but I just don´t have enough room for a proper drawing board. Too bad.
Back on those years, I used to clean the lines with a very thin mecha pencil (0.5 if I´m not wrong). It has that graphite+paper texture, but I have always loved it! Its always nice to have a proper scanner too. That helps a LOT.
Drawing in tablet is tricky, but you get used to it. I´m currently drawing with a Wacom Cintiq, which I totally love, and it definitely does the job.
Hopefully this will help a bit!
1. Sketch: This one is not the first sketch I did, its a cleaned one. Once Im happy with the drawing I erase lines here and there to clean it a bit
2. Final Lines: I hate this step, since lines are almost invisible at the end of the piece, I don´t know why the hell I keep doing it. Yeah, Im that dumb. Anyway, as you can see, lines here are even less detailed than in the skecth , specially in the areas that I decide to define with colors (like in the folds of the elbow patch, the mask, belt and so on). I don´t intend to make them look cool or great, they are more a guide than anything else.
3. Flats: Not much to say. I try to be careful with the color filling, because line´s opacity is very low, and they take the colors of the layer below. I also hate this step.
4. Shades: Now we are talking! This is FUN! Several layers in multiply mode. Painted them with the regular soft and hard photoshop brushes
5. Lights: lots of layers in different blending modes: overlay (my fav), screen, hard light, etc.. Glowings here and there, and its done. I used the spatter brush, because it gives a nice texture to it
6. Merged layers: This is not a step itself, I just added it to show how the picture looks at this point
7. Textures: I usually don´t texturize my drawings at all. But this one asked for it, so I used different stock textures Ive found around the internet, with veeeery low opacitties, mixing several blending modes. I also added different tones in skin, bandages and leather. I worked this step with lots of different brushes, but again, I mainly used the Spatter brush.
8. Final: BG is pretty simple, it was done very fast. I just painted an overhead light with soft brushes, and used a random sewer pic with super low opacity and a big gaussian blur behind everything. I also did a few color balance tweaks to make Donatello blend with the BG and thats all!
Hope this helps a bit. Feel free to ask anything!