Revisiting old works
Hey there everyone.
I managed to get a hold of a Wacom tablet for xmas (and being so expensive it's the only thing I got. Hahaha). Excessively long tracing hours and arthritis are a thing of the past now! To practice using this thing I'm revisiting some old works to see how I can make them better...or at least make them more to my liking.
The picture below shows an image I started in the summer of last year (left) and my process of reworking it (right). It's not done yet but I wanted some opinions. Constructive critiques welcome...I am my own worst critic after all.
All things said and done, I like the older one better, it's just much stronger with the colours/shading and black outline, if you want to improve with a tablet draw freehand on PS, just keep drawing till you reach the level you're at with a pencil and paper, I remember when I started using a tablet, my skill went back at least 5 years for a couple of days lol
also you need to watch the light source, it's all over the place in those pics, keep drawing and you'll get better though nice work, tablets are serious things, don't be discouraged when using one it takes a bit to get used too.
I did the outline drawing in Illustrator because it's far easier to correct my lines that way. I'm a little skeptical about using PS to do this. Perhaps I'm just still stuck in my "mouse drawing" way of thinking. I'll give the outline drawing in PS a try though. I guess doing things the harder way is the best way to improve.
I discarded the black outline mainly just to try a different approach. I'm not sure what effect I'm trying to go for at the moment...something softer I'm sure. If it doesn't look right when I finish it up, I'll probably bring back the black outline.
You're right with the light source. My teachers have always scolded me on this issue and god knows why I can't kick this bad habit. Maybe I need to go back to setting up stills with light sources again....how embarrassing. Hahaha
Thanks for your help Elcura
just think about the light source before you start shading, always start easy - from the left or right, take into account folds in clothes and so on, real life of course help, so don't forget those
outlining on PS is easy, remember to set the shape dynamics to pen pressure in the brush tab (also if you're just sketching turn on opacity and set it to pen pressure as well) takes practice but it's very worth it
Well things have been going a bit slow lately since I've been busy. I tried to give more thought to the shadows and the folds of her dress here. Am I at least heading in the right direction? Hahaha.
I'm also thinking of some compositions to do so the image doesn't look so dull...
Yay! My attempt at building composition! My second worst enemy aside from shadowing. Not sure where Iím going with this. Maybe Iíll end up changing my mind and scrapping it. Iím hopeless sometimes.