In some forum, i sometimes find people who said you can’t really start drawing digital art without first owning the pentab. Or having pentab automatically makes your art better. Which is of course hardly true.
After all, people like Kantoku is avid mouse user too. And his drawing looks amazing. So here, i’m. Showing how to make something mostly only a mouse.
I doubt this tutorial would have any use to most people here. But there’s a chance it would help someone who can’t afford (the one that not so cheap) pentab but still want to start the jump to digital media.
The reason why most people want to buy a pentab is to make a good line (the people around me at least. But even you can afford one, learning to mastering it still take quite a long time. While waiting to be able to buy/master your device try this stopgap solution.
Do it manually, scans it, and than trace it back in digital.
Yep, it’s not a rocket science thing. It’s that simple.
If you wanted to use this method, “Bezier Curve tool” is your best friend. Trace the line using it, and erase all the excess or unnecessary lines using the same tool in “Eraser Mode”. It would help you make an easy line and make the line doesn’t looks too rigid.
- Manual Sketch
- Tracing the manual sketch using line tool
- Clean the lines. Use the same brush you used to create the line. In my case, i used the G-pen.
Most of the time we spent on drawing is, usually in the coloring process. And doing a coloring use a mouse is doable, honestly it’s very troublesome. Our palm movement is simply not precise enough.
In order to solve this problem, we need to use our other best friend. The selection tool. The “Bezier Curve Selection Tool” to be exact.
Using this tool, trace the outer part of the line of your work to select the area you want to work with. After that, just color it normally. But please don’t use “Fill Tool” aka the bucket. Because sometimes it wouldn’t able to color every nook and cranny of your line work.
Side notes, please separate basic color and shading layer. It would be easier to recover if somehow you messed up.
- Basic color
After the basic color, it’s time for you to add shading. For me personally, I usually used 3-4 shading layer. Each layers of shading serve to highlight the light source, separate each different elements of the drawing, and then to make it looks like having a volume.
- Shading 1
soft gradient on hair, dress, and socks
- Shading 2
hard shading under the stuffed rabbit, crease on her clothes, hair, and chin
- Shading 3
Soft shading using gradient with a clear border on Hair, wrist, skirt part. . .
In this part you just need to effect from the environment to the drawing you make. In this instance, i brushed her hair and clothes with “Airbrush” with light color to show that a light is hitting her head and her side.
I also put some color using “Airbrush Linear Noisy” to the stuffed rabbit to show that its fur colors are uneven from a long use.
You can add background to it too. . . but because i suck at it. I’ll leave that topic.
So here the end result . . .
Once again, i doubt this would help anyone in this community. But just in case there’s someone who needed it, feel free to ask anything.
You are welcome, . . . unknown person.