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« on: July 29, 2005, 01:31:27 am »
I need help. I need a full tutorial with pictures, about how to go from a drawn messy picture to an inked fully colored and textured picture.

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« Reply #1 on: July 29, 2005, 02:15:25 am »
I'm assuming you want just general techniques.

I'll see if I can't draw you something up, since I'm going to be trying to get done all the art stuff I have to get done tomorrow morning, and I'll have a lot to work with.
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« Reply #2 on: July 29, 2005, 06:20:01 am »
Which medium are you asking for? I mostly ink when I'm finishing with coloured pencils, sometimes with crayon. It sounds like you're asking about digital media.
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« Reply #3 on: July 29, 2005, 06:20:24 am »
Yuck. Sorry, double post.



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« Reply #4 on: July 29, 2005, 04:49:44 pm »
I was looking through Ulario's site today, and saw that she had a how to book for sale that she made.  I'd like to get it eventually. '<img'>  Anyway, it goes over everything from anatomy to texturing.

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« Reply #5 on: August 02, 2005, 02:29:09 am »
Well, I spent a nice long evening drawing, so here's my attempt at a basic tutorial.  Mind you, this is how *I* go about drawing, and there are lots of other techniques out there.  Experiment and find what works for you.
Note:  Pencil lines appear black here because I tweaked them when scanning.  Draw lightly!

Step One:  Idea
First off, obviously, you want to figure out what you're going to draw.  My worst work often comes from drawing when I don't know what I want to draw.  These are the "doodles" I keep hidden away mostly.

Step Two:  Thumbnails
This is something I picked up in my High School classes.  Before drawing anything, get a scrap sheet of paper and draw small layout-like sketches of your idea.  
Here are some examples:



Thumbnails don't have to be perfect.  Generally, mine are "quick and dirty" and mostly just so I can get an idea of the general layout of an image before I start work on it.


Step Three:  Basic Sketch
At this stage you should be ready to start your drawing.  Using your thumbnails as reference, begin to sketch out your drawing *very lightly*.  The lighter you draw, the better.  Most of these lines will probably get erased, and lighter lines are easier to erase.

This is a basic sketch of my latest Unicorn drawing, where she is sitting on a piece of driftwood with a bunch of stormclouds in the distance.  I'm going to color this with Photoshop, so it won't get inked.



As you can see, everything is fairly general.  This is mostly because it's just the starting sketch.  It's also why I haven't sketched the clothes yet.  It's better to draw out the whole form of a character before you add clothes, so that you get the underlying anatomy correct.  Very important for drawing characters in dresses, as this will help you keep them in proportion, and also help with how the dress lays.

For me, I always start out drawing my characters as though they were clear.  I also draw in sections, as though I was drawing an artist's dummy.  It is a common technique that I find greatly improves my drawings anatomically.

Once the basics are down, go back in and slightly darken the lines you want to keep.  

Step Four:  'Final' Sketch
Now you can start to add details, and then once you have everything how you want it, darken the lines you want to keep and start to clean up the image, erasing the lines that you don't need anymore.



As you can see, most of the starting lines on my Unicorn's body were erased and replaced by her clothes.  



Step Five:  Ink
 ':blush:'   Forgot to scan an inked sketch before they all got colored...
Anyway, after you've got your pencil lines clean, you can do one of two things:
Scan it into a computer and color from the pencil, which I'm doing with my Unicorn.
Or ink and color on the paper.
If you ink it, chose a nice black ink pen, preferably non-ballpoint and one that you know doesn't "bleed" or become fuzzy on the paper you're using.  
My favorite pens are called "Zig pens", but they can be rather expensive.  Right now I have a set of Uniball "vision" pens that are working quite nicely.
Draw over your pencil with the ink pen, and wait a few minutes (5 to be safe) before erasing the pencil.
Go back over your lines after you erase, as they've probably faded slightly.  Be careful not to ink too heavily, or the ink will bleed.

Step Six:  Color
I'm not going to go into how to color on Photoshop, since there are a million of them out there on the net.

Coloring is generally the easiest part.  Using markers, colored pencils, or whatever you want, add color to your lineart.  Don't forget to add shadows and highlights.

Sign your art, as well.  A signature should be small, but not too hard to find.  I always sign on the bottom right corner, but you can sign wherever you want.  Try to sign your art the same way all the time, so that people will learn to recognize your signature.  
I use a "TR" symbol, which is a twist on my initials.  


Once you're done, post your image as you like, and find a safe place to store it.
Art portfolios are good, but a regular binder with some folders and some page protectors works just fine.  Keep artworks separated so that they don't ruin each other.  

Compare:
WhiteDingo in sketch:  Here
WhiteDingo finished:  Here



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« Reply #6 on: August 02, 2005, 03:06:47 am »
':cool:' great job! very good advice, and easy to follow steps.

find the way others work very interesting. a little exstra advice, use blue lead in a mechanical pencil. scanners have a hard time picking this up.
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« Reply #7 on: August 02, 2005, 01:55:23 pm »
Quote (lordstacker @ Aug. 02 2005, 2:06 am)
':cool:' great job! very good advice, and easy to follow steps.

find the way others work very interesting. a little exstra advice, use blue lead in a mechanical pencil. scanners have a hard time picking this up.

Yeah, what he said. And just adding to that, the blue lead generally used is called "non-repro blue pencil/lead".

Also, i'd like to add...I wish I had some e.e if only they gave away some art supplies in these furtopia contests.

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« Reply #8 on: August 02, 2005, 02:04:10 pm »
My book?  Well, it's seemed to help the furs that use it.

As for tutorial.  I wrote this thing up today to show potential clients the process that I use to create my pictures.  Though it's not technically a tutorial, it shows the method that I feel works best for me.  It may help, who knows.  **shrugs**



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« Reply #9 on: August 15, 2005, 06:01:27 pm »
My problem is the colors look plain, ugly, messy and they color over my lines. I dont know how to ink them on the computer.
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« Reply #10 on: August 22, 2005, 08:03:40 am »
Base Colouring
Well... given my previous horrible explanation - here's how I do it... how other people do it, I don't know because I haven't stolen their brains yet... I mean... never mind...

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The images go horizontally from top left to bottom right

1) The lineart...
Scan your image in at 300dpi or higher (whatever you feel like...)
Turn the Background into a layer and set it to 'Multiply'

Paint Shop Pro
 - right click on the 'Background' layer and select 'Promote Background to Layer'
 - change the merge properties from 'Normal' to 'Multiply' (either in the drop down box to the right of the layers window or by opening the layer properties (from the Layer menu or by right clicking on the layer))

Photoshop
 - select the 'Background'
 - duplicate the layer
 - delete the original layer (or keep just make it invisible)
 - select your duplicated layer and change the merge property (drop down box at the top of the layers window) from 'Normal' to 'Multiply'

Unless there you need to (for fancy effects or whatever) this layer pretty much stays on top


2) Outline - add a layer underneath your lineart

Paint Shop Pro - select the Brush and set the Hardness to 100
Photoshop - select the Pencil Tool (click and hold the Brush Tool button and a menu will drop down)

 - carefully go around border of whatever area you are colouring (you can go over the line... just don't go onto the other side...)
 - once you've enclosed the area, turn the lineart layer off (click the little eye) and select the Fill Tool (click and hold the Gradient Tool)
 - flood the area

It always helps to zoom in as close as you're comfortable with... (usually, I find this is when I can no longer distinguish the image... thus I can't tell where one area begins and ends)
And use a larger size in larger, less detailed areas so you can cover more ground quicker...


3) The second area
 - pick an area adjacent to the one you just did
 - add a new layer and outline it as before only don't bother with the area bordering the previous area (just make sure the area is still enclosed)

In Paint Shop Pro select the Fill tool and turn 'Sample Merged' on
In Photoshop select the Fill tool and turn 'Anti-aliased' off - leave 'Contiguous' and 'All Layers' on

If all is going according to plan, you should only fill the area you were supposed to


If you are working with two adjacent areas of the same colour but on different layers... just pick any old colours... it doesn't matter as you can change it later using the Fill tool (just remember to turn 'Sample Merged'/'All Layers' off)


Repeat ad nauseum (save and make a backup save every so often) and eventually you will have finished the base colouring...


So, does that sound all horribly complex and stuff? Probably... but it's easy once you get the hang of it... alternatively, just stare at the image - it's probably more useful than all that text anyway...
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« Reply #11 on: August 25, 2005, 05:24:43 pm »
wooooo so cool
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« Reply #12 on: August 25, 2005, 06:18:44 pm »
Quote (Ulario @ Aug. 02 2005, 2:04 pm)
My book?  Well, it's seemed to help the furs that use it.

As for tutorial.  I wrote this thing up today to show potential clients the process that I use to create my pictures.  Though it's not technically a tutorial, it shows the method that I feel works best for me.  It may help, who knows.  **shrugs**



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very nice indeed
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« Reply #13 on: August 25, 2005, 10:19:40 pm »
heres a very good tutorial by AL MACKEY
who does nice stuff on photoshop
it tells you from sketch to color, including cleanup and digital inking.

http://www.fur.com/~almackey/tutorial/
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