Join Daniel Lieske for an in-depth discussion in this video Creating a quick scribble, part of Creating a Digital Illustration with Photoshop CS5.
We finally want to put our newly created drawing tools to use. And we will start with some very rough scribbling. I want to plan ahead on the drawing that we are going to create. And by the way I often get asked how I create these perfectly straight lines in Photoshop. It would be cool if I could say that this is pure skill, but in fact it's the shift key.
If you hold down the Shift key. Every line you draw will be perfectly straight, either horizontally or vertically. For our drawing project, I have chosen a motif from my graphic novel, The Wormworld Saga, some of you might know this. Motive is the protagonist sitting on a park bench, waiting for his father to fetch him up. That's a trash bin beside the park bench and behind the park bench we have a large, old tree, with some leaves and foliage hanging down from the tree. And there's this Really a nice sketch, I think.
We have some pavement in front of the park bench, and as you can see I'm trying to pay some attention to the perspective lines in this drawing. We want to create a perspective drawing of the wall, perspective plays an important role in giving your seen depth and believability.
And here in the background, there will be some more trees, and maybe here's another tree trunk, and this tree trunk and that tree trunk are framing the whole scene a little bit. Yeah. Well this is really a very rough sketch. It doesn't have to be perfect.
At this point, it's more or less a collection of ideas for the scene. Things that we want to see inside the scene, and here we have a little path going through the park that obviously is seen here in the background of the scene. And this really is a very quick, very rough rendition of the scene that we are looking for. And I will stop it now at this point, or will I, sometimes when you're scribbling, you just cant stop.
You find, detail after detail that you want to add, and you just cant stop. I, will force me to stop now, and this is the scribble on which you will base our digital drawing. And now we will have a look into the Layers palette, and we will see that I have created this scribble on the background layer. And I did that on purpose because, It would have been much more convenient if I had scribbled on a separate layer.
But it is often the case that you have either forgotten that or maybe you have scanned in a pencil drawing for your first scribble. And I want to show you a quick technique, how to transport your drawing from the background layer into its own transparent layer. For that we will go into the channels. And buy holding down Ctrl, we will click into one of these channel icons here. And you will notice that by doing that, Photoshop selects, or creates a selection based on the value in this channel.
So, we now have our drawing selected, and, if we now go into the Layers palette and create a new layer, all we have to do is fill that selection with black, but before we can do that we have to invert it. Because, what we really did is not selecting the selection. We didn't select the black parts. We selected the white parts. The white of the paper. And in order to have the selection of the drawing itself, we have to go and select inverse. And now our selection is inverse to the actual drawing.
We will now use the Paint Bucket tool to fill the selection. I use these Ctrl+D shortcut to deselect and now we have our scribble on a separate layer and it is transparent. You now could put color under it or. Whatever you want to do with it. It's very practical to have your scribble on a separate layer with transparency, and the workflow we just saw is, to my knowledge at least, the most convenient to do it.
- Setting up the tools and documents
- Constructing the perspective
- Drawing the background
- Adding the character
- Cleaning up the drawing
- Coloring the drawing