This is a proper mixed media piece. The lines were drawn in Inkscape and printed out on a piece of copy paper,
Then I coloured the piece with markers and went over the marker layer with coloured pencils. The next step was to scan the painting into photoshop, clean it up (there were some traces of marker paint outside the lines) and add a background.
The background was done with photoshop brushes, then. There is still a lot of room for further experiments with brushes – their forms, opacity and colours.
I’ve been watching Xia Taptara‘s tutorials on digital painting for some time now on YouTube. You really need to get some beverage and take some time, because they are not short. But it is worth it. I especially like the one below, because it contains a lot of information and makes me want to try out painting hair as soon as possible. Enjoy!
Isn’t he a beauty? Yes, I definitely think of this cat as a “he” – still quite young and very proud of himself.
In my last post I showed you the lineart done with Inkscape. This time I decided to colour the drawing in Photoshop, and I have to admit that I had the same fun with it as I’m having when I do the colouring with Artrage. One thing I find easier to do in Photoshop: to choose the proper colours.
I’d done a pencil sketch of that cat quite some time ago. Now I’m doing a lineart drawing with Inkscape based on that pencil drawing. It is mostly done, but there are still some places which have to be refined.
I really have to discipline myself – to take the necessary time and avoid sloppiness. After all the lineart drawing will be the basis for all following steps. But the strange thing is, just having it on the screen in Inkscape didn’t show me the flaws. Now, that the drawing is uploaded and I am writing these lines, I see them only too clearly. Well…
Yes, I used all three programs – Inkscape for the lineart (based on a pencil sketch), Artrage for the colouring and photoshop for the background. I painted on a green layer with a brush in the shape of leaves in various shades of green.
I also used the painting – without background – as design for my Zazzle products. One of them you can see here:
I finished this painting on the last weekend. It took some time until I called it “finished” and let it go.
I find it extremely difficult to stop working on a digital painting because it is so easy to make changes. But there is a real danger of overdoing it, of adding strokes which should not have been added.
I had never done landscape lineart with Inkscape before which I then coloured in Artrage. But I must say that I quite like this painting – the sky, the various shades of brown on the tree and the colours of the lake. It makes me want to repeat the process – of course with another subject.
This is a rather rough sketch done with a black ballpoint pen. It will serve as the basis for the next digital painting. It shows a tree without leaves on the right side, standing at the shore of the lake, with some hills /rocks / mountains added.
I will import the image into Inkscape and hope to get a decent line drawing which then will be the basis for the digital painting in Artrage. I will document the steps here on my blog.
Several steps were necessary for this digital painting:
- sketching with a traditional pencil
- inking the scanned sketch in Inkscape. I had to get familiar with Inkscape again which was not too difficult. However, I’ll definitely change the thickness of the strokes the next time. Mostly they are at 2px, which is way too thin,
- exporting the outlined sketch into artrage. When I did this I exported the whole image instead of selecting the head of the horse and exporting the selected part of the image.
- Because of that I wondered about the small size of the head in Artrage. I used the airbrush, the marker and the oil brush tool. The airbrush tool is nice for shading, but you have to be careful to have soft and hard edges on the painting. I finally used the eraser to clean up along the lines, but because I knew that I wouldn’t get any colour spots I exported the image into photoshop, put the painting on a dark background and thus was able to see all the tiny wee spots that were left.
I’d done this chap as a quick sketch on last Sunday and had intended to digitally colour him. But my colleagues decided to give me a voucher for an art store as birthday present, and I bought six Faber-Castell PITT Artist pens Big Brush. When I came home from work yesterday, I had to try them, so I coloured the chap, scanned the drawing into photoshop and enhanced it a bit.
I used the backside of an already printed copy paper and I was surprised that there was no bleeding. I have to try some sketch paper with the Artist Pen still. I am looking forward to that!