- Hello everyone, I thought of the need to post this little tutorial. This piece is inspired by a street in Gapan City, Nueva Ecija, Philippines. I'm frequently seen here since our church is somewhere around here.
When I was going home on a fine Sunday afternoon I took this picture just for fun. Upon looking at the picture I said to myself "why not paint a piece of art inspired by this picture".
- I'm going to show not only the final piece, but I'll show how I made this. I said "I'll show how I made this", I didn't say I'll show you how to paint. There are a million ways to paint and I'm not an expert in all methods. Every artist has his/her own way of doing things, I'll just show you my way of doing things.
The tools I used are
desktop PC( I don't have a MAC, I'm so cheap);
Wacom Bamboo( not a cintiq, I'm Mr. Cheapo );
2b lead pencil;
kneaded eraser( it's used for.. well erasing);
bristol board( where do you think I will use the pencil for? );
Adobe Photoshop CS3( I can't buy CS6 I'm so cheap);
Paint Tool Sai( this is what I use to paint)
First off, let's look at the picture. Study the perspective and shadows. They're actually more important than the colors you will apply later.
From the picture, I drew the lineart uing good ol' perspective techniques. Nowadays I normally use 3d software to create buildings. For this piece however I decided to use traditional techniques for the lineart. They're still fun to do, besides traditional techniques are the foundation of digital techniques. I use the blue pencil to sketch the construction lines. The blue pencil must be light enough so it's easy to erase later on in Photoshop. I finish up the linework with a lead pencil. You can ink this if you like.
- I scan the image in a scanner( that's why they're called scanners, they are used for scanning, I just found about this yesterday ). The scanner settings are 300 dpi and should be in color mode.
I open the image in Photoshop and go to <image>-<adjustments>-<hue/saturation> or you can press Ctrl+U if you like using keyboards. The Hue/saturation window will open. I click on the <edit> menu and from <master> I switch to <cyan> and adjust the saturation slider to -100. I switch from <cyan> to <blue> and adjust the saturation down to -100. This will get rid of all the blue pencil lines. Now all we have is clean lineart. You can tweak the lineart with levels or brightness/contrast. Save the art and we go to the next step.
- I open the file in Paint Tool Sai. Photoshop painters will be disappointed now that they know that this is not a Photoshop painting tutorial. But you can improvise on photoshop since the most important part of this process is not the painting part but drawing the perspective. If you get your perspective right the final piece will still look good even with the crappy coloring.
Below is the brush I used. Just follow the settings and we're good to go. There are times that I adjust the texture menu from <no textures> to <paper> and <canvas>.
- Now let's enjoy the video showing my painting process. Before that, I open the original picture in Photoshop and convert it to grayscale. This will be my referrence for the values. Second to perspective are the values/grayscale. If you get your perspective right along with the right values your art will still turn out great even with the crappy coloring.
The video is captured with Camstudio, edited in Windows Movie Maker, and music by Hillsong.
- Here's the final piece, I decided to sell it at my Redbubble store.