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Sketching tutorial by KoiDrake Sketching tutorial by KoiDrake
A tutorial of sorts, although these are all probably stuff everyone knows :I

This is pretty much how most of my sketches are done for now, and the beginning steps I generally and currently take on the complicated drawings, after I made all of this I always blend all the steps in one layer and start patiently detailing the whole thing, which includes adding other colors to the mix or correcting any mistake I always make.

A few optional steps that I could take to keep going with these, but weren’t necessary in this paticular case, would be to add a layer to add some stronger light spots (useful for metal and making some shiny skin bits, among other things) which can be done my making with a layer set on luminosity (the closest on PS would probably be color dodge) with 50% transparency; and then coloring the lineart, which is done by creating a new layer above the lineart layer and then make a clipping mask (like what I explain on the 4th step).

STILL, I would recommend that you take a look at others tutorials until you find a workflow you feel comfortable with. HOPE THIS HELPS!
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Apples-Malus Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Except from the hair, it seems that it would be easier to add shadows instead of light, why would adding the light be a better option?
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KoiDrake Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I find it much easier to add the lights actually, but that doesn't mean my process is better than the other. Actually, neither things you mention are either bad or good, just do whatever you feel comfortable with.

The tutorial still works anyway, just that instead of filling the shading layer with a dark color, you fill it with white and add the shadows on the locked layer.
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Apples-Malus Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Im not saying I wouldn´t try it, I was just asking if you had a specific reason for doing lights instead of shades
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KoiDrake Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The answer is that I feel more comfortable doing it that way, but it doesn't mean it's the best way :D. Only think I can said is that you should take tutorials as basic guides of how each artist draw, and try to adapt those thing to your own workflow and style.
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Apples-Malus Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Yeah sure, im not unaware of how to shade, however something like this might improve might workflow. I recall using a technique similar to this once, except that I wasn´t sure exactly what I was doing.
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baddleebadd Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013   General Artist
Whoa this is pretty rad, big guy.
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WideMouthInk Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013
I usually make the shading with colors. Both with celshaded and the more gradient types. Although, I also just shade first instead of what seems to be the usual 'shade layer and then erase/paint in the lighting" method.

I wonder why I have yet to utilize the wand selection correctly/inventively like in step two more often. Instead of doing the stupid thing and selecting the bits and pieces IN the character line art.

So is this the method you use for most of your work? Or do you try out different things every now and then?
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KoiDrake Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
What do you mean with " shading with colors"?

This is more a way to speed things up, get a quick sketch done in no time (this is how I make those manikins nowadays, before that I spent too much time on the coloring part for no reason) or get a decent base quick so I can spend more time on the detailing process, which is what I enjoy the most.

As for the last questions, this method is the one I generally use nowadays, but not the only one. This is the process that's the easiest to explain though, since it feels more like a technical process rather than a "how to draw" kind of thing.
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WideMouthInk Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013
Just as it sounds like, Using other colors in a darker tone for shading instead of the usual black and gray. [example: Base color is blue, so I pick a slightly darker purple and so on as the shading degrades) I mostly do this without setting the layer to multiply. And sometimes I do.

I do the reverse for lightning [example: Blue is base, go with a lighter blue green and so on]

I mostly use multiply for quick pics. But I like doing this method cause it does make the pics look nice and colorful.

Though I should give the shade layer and "light painting" a chance some time.
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KoiDrake Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh yeah. Well, that's pretty much what I do at times too, although when it comes to sketching, that can sometimes take some time to get done, especially when you're still trying out color palletes (this way you can still fix colors without worrying about the shading layer) and try other shading tones, since always using a darker tone of what you have doesn't always work, it depends on the environment the character is immersed into, and it helps to play around those at times to try different "moods" too.

And while this is what I do for complicated drawings, the thing is that this results in just a "base", and it doesn't give any general idea of what the final drawing will turn out, I always end up adding some other tones on the drawing (like green tones on some parts, less saturation on thigns I don't want to bring attention too, adding more saturated color inbetween the light and shade tones on the skin, among other things)

I have a gif of the cow girl I made some time ago showing how this steps work, although in this case I wasn't using any weird light source or anything complicated here, so all I had to do is clean up the base sketch. [link]
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