Join Daniel Lieske for an in-depth discussion in this video Drawing the park bench and trashcan, part of Creating a Digital Illustration with Photoshop CS5.
The first element that I want to draw in more detail is the park bench and the surrounding area. Now, what I do first is that I take the pavement that I had crated in the preceding step and merge it with the Sketch layer. For that you just can press Ctrl+E this merges down the activated layer down to the layer beneath, and very conveniently it keeps the name in the layer beneath. That's very handy in this case, and now I decrease the opacity of my Sketch layer, and I will also decrease the opacity of the Perspective layers. Because I don't need them so much anymore because I have performed all the perspective drawing in the sketch.
And now above the Sketch layer I will create a new layer and I will call it Drawing. And now we will start to draw our park bench and the surrounding object. I'm using the fat Sketch pencil here since we have chosen a much higher resolution for our final document than the previous scribble page.
The size of this fet Sketch pencil isn't so fat anymore so that we can actually use it to create some detail. We will use our fine drawing pen, too, but for now it's the fat sketch pencil. That's our tool of choice. I just want to give the contours here of the park bench more contrast.
And the fat pencil is exactly the right tool to do that. And not only that. This tool is also very handy to create a bit of shading because of the custom brush tip and texture that we're using on this pencil brush. This all looks very organic, just as if I would be crosshatching with a real pencil.
Look at that. Now, I'm taking the fine drawing pen, and do some more detailing. I further raise the contrast on the contours of the park bench. And this is approximately the effect you would get in real life when you would use a very pointy pencil to refine the outlines in your sketch. Can also use this very fine drawing pen to create some wood texture on the bench. Our character will be sitting on this bench later, when we draw him. So this bench will be in focus, and therefore it needs some nice little detail, with texture again.
However we don't want to be too accurate here. After all the, the whole thing should look handmade. It should look like a drawing made by a human being. Digital tools are Often set to be too clean. Not artistic enough, and a lot of people, even today, think that drawing and painting on a computer means pushing buttons, and just waiting for the end result being computed. That of course is not at all the case, and with this digital drawing that were doing here.
We want to make the point that athough I'm working digitally, what I'm doing in fact is drawing. Old style drawing. You can hear the tip of my Wacom pen scratching over the tablet's surface. It's nothing different from using a real pencil, except that you keep your hands clean, and you don't have to draw on a piece of dead tree.
Now the trash bin. And I'm now switching between the two drawing tools that we had created before. And these two tools. A big tool for some rough sketching, and a very fine tip But doing the detail work, these tools will be enough for you to create your drawings.
You won't need anything else. It's better to limit your palette of tools anyway, because if you have too many options, you will confuse yourself. When I started out with digital art, I had a massive amount of different brushed in my palette. And I, I think I spent more time creating new brushes than I on creating new images, and this is okay for a certain amount of time. Because you have to explore, you have to discover the digital toolset. But when it comes to productivity, when it comes to bringing your imagination to life, you should concentrate on a very limited pallet of tools. And concentrate on your ideas instead.
We will now add some little details to the scene that make it more believable, more lively, like a crushed soda can, for example. And some tiny grass leaves between the pavement stones. Especially under the park bench where nobody's cleaning up at all. Little stones. That settled down there.
And we will use the fat sketch pencil to do some shading to the areas where the light can't reach That gives more dimension to the whole piece.
Always try to find ways to enhance the initial sketch Like some broken edges here and some intricate stone no wood texture over here. But I'm straying too far away from my park bench.
It should be the center of interest for this part and, well if we zoom out a bit we can see that we already have created a nice element here. That looks drawn, it looks like a pencil drawing. I really like the results so far. Maybe some finishing touches to some parts. Darkening here and there. And we might be ready to go onto the next part.
That's really looking nice.
- Setting up the tools and documents
- Constructing the perspective
- Drawing the background
- Adding the character
- Cleaning up the drawing
- Coloring the drawing