Monday, October 5, 2015

Adding First Layer of Color to Under Drawing in Photoshop Painting

Alice in Wonderland Graphic Novel Page with First layer of Color
For those who have been reading my blog this is Part 2, of the post entitled How to Create an Under Drawing . Follow the link to see the post How to Create an Under Drawing Using Photoshop.

For those of you who may be familiar with traditional oil painting, you know the importance of laying down your first layer of paint. In Photoshop you can do the same thing; however, while laying down your first layer of paint in oil painting is generally just a light wash of a single dark color, in Photoshop I suggest laying out all of the colors that you are going to use for the final piece in detail as seen in the image above. 

After you have created your under drawing simply create a new layer above the under drawing and set the blending mode to Overlay. This will allow you to paint over your lines in the under drawing while maintaining some of the values and line work in your original under drawing. 

The purpose of laying out the colors in this fashion are two-fold:

1) In this stage you get to plan out which colors you are going to use, and see what looks good by blocking in colors. If you don't like the color, it's easy to just repaint over the color because you haven't invested much time into extremely detailed painting. 

2) As in traditional oil painting, it is wise to lay down a base color so that in the final piece no white "canvas" is showing through in the final piece. The same is true in digital painting. Laying down the color also saves you time in the long run because you don't need to paint every pixel of the piece if you already have color filling in all of the spaces. 

To be clear, in this stage of the painting you work generally filling in the biggest shapes rapidly with large brush sizes. Later when you are working on the details you can worry about getting everything perfect. 

After you complete this step the next and final step is to add in all of the fine details with smaller finer brushes.

Thank you for reading, please like this post and leave comments and questions for other artists.