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Posted by MalkierKing at Oct 4, 2005 9:47:19 PM
My Attempt at Piratey Drawing.


This is loosely based on Llama's Familiar Poker Wallpaper. Llama is a far better artist than me, so go buy his stuff. I just loved this piece and felt like drawing it myself. All rights belong to Llama.

Done in HB #2 on 11x8.5, medium tooth, acid free paper.

Please critique heavily! I do not have a scanner, so I took a photo of the drawing. I know this is highly unprofessional, but it's my only choice 'till I buy a scanner. I want to learn how to color images in Photoshop. If anyone could teach me, it would be great!

Thanks mates,
Chiron
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Posted by d4rk0n3 at Oct 5, 2005 7:50:18 AM
Re: My Attempt at Piratey Drawing.
First, you want to get your sketch rendered into a cleaner and more realistic sketching environment for photoshop, there are many ways to accomplish this, however by viewing your sketch and going by the defining of the lines, the best method would be using photoshop to "redraw" the sketch.

1. Open your png in photoshop.
2. Create a new layer. (Layer->New)
3. Select the polygonal lasso tool (Right click lasso and select)
4. Trace out sections and lines in the new layer tracing the
sketch lines. You need to make sure the lines meet/end
at same place (Hit Enter to have photoshop complete lines
when necessary.
Zooming is best for this around 300-400%.
(Ctrl + "+" to zoom)
5. Using the stroke tool (Edit->Stroke), stroke the highlighted
selection using the method that would best represent
the sketched lines (Center/Outside/Inside) and the number
of pixels that would best represent the line as well.

Once you have used photoshop to "resketch" your drawing
you can then move on to detailing and coloring.

As a demonstration, using your sketch, here is how the end
result turned out:




The final "resketch" is here:
http://heroinmonkey.com/pp/MalkierKing/MalkierKing_octomonkey.png

Mess around with your picture and get used to photoshop
and tools.

Posted by DragonRage at Oct 5, 2005 7:52:33 AM
Re: My Attempt at Piratey Drawing.
D4rk, you disappoint me.

You made a post without throwing in an irrational conspiracy theory about how everyone is out to screw you out of something.

Phade,
=P
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Posted by Piratepeace1 at Oct 5, 2005 7:53:54 AM
Re: My Attempt at Piratey Drawing.
You dont get a free trial of photoshop do you?

EDIT: sorry, you do, i have it, forget i even asked.
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Posted by MalkierKing at Oct 5, 2005 11:24:37 AM
Re: My Attempt at Piratey Drawing.
D4rk, you're awesome. I'll be sure to try that right now.

By the way, I'd say about 2 or 3 pixels is fine for the stroke, but what would you suggest, inside/center/outside?
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Posted by d4rk0n3 at Oct 5, 2005 12:30:15 PM
Re: My Attempt at Piratey Drawing.
 
D4rk, you're awesome. I'll be sure to try that right now.

By the way, I'd say about 2 or 3 pixels is fine for the stroke, but what would you suggest, inside/center/outside?



Using the polygon tool, depending on shape selected, I
kept everything at 2 pixels just for uniformity purposes.

If the highlighted area (the part that looks like marching ants)
surrounds the stroke I went with inside, and if the stroke
encompassed or was surrounding the highlighted area, I
always went with outside, very rarely do I use the center
stroke for this type of redrawing.

Once you have your outline done, the best way to colorize
would be first to use the channels..or basically do everything
in flat colors to start. Then apply your gradients and shading
using layer settings and airbrushing.

Just make sure your mode is set to RGB.

Posted by HuskyTed at Oct 5, 2005 7:44:33 PM
Re: My Attempt at Piratey Drawing.
Drawing with the lasso tool? That's dangerous buisness.

If you want a uniform line, use the pen tool - free bezier curves for everyone. (and you stroke them in the same way)

When making line-art, I'd just use the paintbrush tool. Make the document REALLY big so you can zoom in and get it even. (you can always resize down)But I normally just make solid masses and let photoshop's layer-effects do the line work for me.

I'm flattered that you were inspired by my piece. Keep up the good work!
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Posted by d4rk0n3 at Oct 6, 2005 4:54:18 AM
Re: My Attempt at Piratey Drawing.
 
Drawing with the lasso tool? That's dangerous buisness.

If you want a uniform line, use the pen tool - free bezier curves for everyone. (and you stroke them in the same way)



Lasso tool is just less complicated to get initial outline without
having to explain shape masking and anchor points which could
get really confusing to those unfamiliar with photoshop and
layers.

Pen tool is awesome for exact replica drawing, but at times
can be overtedious, the main thing here was to get a quick
replica to go into shading techniques.

A good tutorial for using pen tool, and as a set up for
gradient/alpha rendering is here:

http://www.heathrowe.com/tuts/vector.asp


After playing around with the coloring a bit here is what I
was able to come up with:



Full Size:
http://heroinmonkey.com/pp/MalkierKing/MalkierKing_colorized.png


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