Step 2: Values
When the sketch was approved, it was time to move onto one of my favorite parts of the process: shape building, brush work, and adding values to the piece. At this point in the process, I'm working at full resolution (typically 300dpi) so I can control where each and every pixel is placed.
Normally I use a wacom cintiq in Photoshop for this process and the subsequent steps to bring the piece to color, but that was not an option this time around. I was having some computer issues which rendered my cintiq inoperable which meant I had to come up with a makeshift solution, and fast! I ended up grabbing an iPad app called AstroPad
which seriously saved my bacon (in case you don't know, Astropad basically turns your iPad into a tablet you can draw on with your desktop computer). I used the iPad Pro + Pencil and Astropad to allow me to finish my piece in Photoshop.