Today, we will get drawing tips from @BacGyver.
Do you have a pet yourself?
This will be a good drawing tip for those PENPLEs who have pets.
Today’s drawing tip is “Drawing a Siberian Husky”.
We will use SketchBook for the drawing app.
Shall we start?
TUTORIAL by @BacGyver
Draw a siberian husky
I am @BacGyver.
I am very grateful to introduce my drawing style with the pens that I like to use through the PENUP Drawing Tip session.
Recently, I fell in love with the pen drawing.
I usually like detailed expressions with white pen on black background.
It is indeed difficult process to express the dark and light, texture and the dimensions only with the lines, but the satisfaction is huge when you complete the drawing.
In today’s drawing tip, I came up with a more concise drawing that is easier for the PENPLEs to follow instead of doing a very detailed drawing.
Everyone tends to think very hard before they start drawing.
what kind concept the drawing would be, what subject I would use, what model I would draw, what the composition and allocation would be and what the expression style would be.
In particular, I had to think hard what subject would be appropriate to make a drawing tip out of pen style drawing.
After long contemplation, I selected the subject that is easy to express with pen: that is, hairy animal.
Among them, I chose to use “pet” for the subject as they are very familiar and loved around.
The model is Siberian Husky, a breed type that I like.
You could also use the model that I selected or your pet dogs or pet cats that you like for the model as you follow along the tutorial.
I like the style of expressing the shade and light and texture with the white pen on black background.
This is an expressions style similar to the scratch method.
Adding a new color with pen to the completed black sketch is a characteristic of my own method, in which a new style drawing could be added.
In order to draw with white pen on black background, set the “background layer” as black.
Next, you need to select a pen; since there would be much hair description, select a pen that has sharp ends.
You may choose to use a fountain pen, inking pen, tattoo inker or a similar brush.
I chose tattoo inker.
The overall composition would be a Siberian Husky sitting lazily on a couch.
First sketch the outlines of the couch on the first layer.
Next, add another layer on top of it to outline the dog.
Separating the couch and dog layers would be convenient in many ways for later steps like changing the allocation or coloring.
Siberian Husky usually looks keen, but in order to emphasize the cuteness in dog, I drew dropping ears.
Likewise, instead of drawing exactly same image, you may change the shape or composition as appropriately in accordance with your feelings and mood; this would end up in a better drawing.
Add another layer beneath the dog outline layer.
Refer to the rough sketch and the model (photo) to draw the stretched-up hair one by one.
You need to lower the transparency level of the rough sketch layer so that your details would not get distracted.
You can choose from various options to showcase the lighter part, the middle-light part and the dark part of the hair.
①Controlling the brush thickness: The thicker the brush, the lighter the expression. The thinner the brush, the darker color it shows.
②Using the pen pressure: As you press down the brush harder, the lines will get thicker, which will give you lighter color.
③Using the transparency level: If you set the opacity level to 100%, you will get lighter hair; as you lower the level, the hair will get darker.
④Using the repetition in lines: The color will get lighter as you color it repeatedly.
You can use a combination of the four above.
The hardest part, but the most important part is the face.
You need to look at the direction of the hair; most of the animals’ hair is to outwards with the nose at the middle.
If you move the brush along with the movement of the hair, you can do a natural expression.
Also, the thickness, length and curliness of the hair differ according to the parts.
So, you just need to refer to the model to do stroke with proper methods.
Once the face details are done, hide the rough sketch layer for a minute.
How is it? Doesn’t it look realistic?
Refer to the original source and the rough sketch to complete the rest of the body parts.
You can get more precise view if you unclick the outlines.
Next, hide all the layers related to the dog.
Just let the rough design layer of the couch appear.
Add another layer beneath the couch layer, and use either fountain pen or tattoo inker to repeatedly strike vertical and horizontal lines repeatedly to express the light & shade and the texture of the couch.
It would give more dimensions when your lines coincide with the curves and the directions of the surface of the couch.
It would be easier for you to get the horizontal and vertical lines when you imagine that the couch surface is covered with the warp and weft fabric.
A tip to strike lines easily: Divide the couch into several chunks and draw each of the chunk on different layers.
Easily do free strokes so that they can get out of the outlines.
Then use the eraser tool to erase the lines that smudged out of the outlines to get clean drawing.
Once you merge the chunks of the couch that have been completed, you will get the details of the couch done.
For the shadow beneath the couch, you may use the vertical and horizontal lines in consideration of the light direction.
Then, your couch sketch will be completed.
Unhide all dog and couch layers.
You will see the dog and couch overlapping each other.
There are two ways to remove the overlapping lines.
①Erasing the overlapping lines on couch layer with an eraser tool
②Add a new layer beneath the dog layer. Fill it with black and erase the outer part of the dog outline with an eraser tool. This way. you will have a separate background layer for the dog layer.
I chose the latter way because this will make it more convenient for coloring or layer controlling.
The dog size and location looked quite weird, so I changed the dog layer a bit.
When you press transform button on tools menu, you can easily tune out the selected layer’s size and location with two fingers.
Now, one line drawing is finished.
But, we have one more joyful step to drawing – it is coloring the black/white drawing to do one more drawing of a totally new style
One tricky part in drawing is the color going over the lines.
Of course, you may just go ahead and erase the part outside the lines, but this is quite burdensome.
In sketchbook, there is a layer lock-up function, so you don’t need to worry a thing.
Just lock the layer that you want to color and color the layer.
In the layer concerned, only the part that has been drawn will be colored.
This way, you can easily and conveniently color without having to worry about the color going out of the lines.
First, let us color the couch.
Select the couch layer and press the layer lock button.
Select the proper brush (airbrush for instance) and the color you like to do coloring.
It is so easy because the color doesn’t go off the outlines.
You can make the drawing look more realistic if you add colors to the highlight and the shadow by either lowering or enhancing the density of the first selected color.
Now, we should color Siberian Husky.
It looks like Siberian Husky is all black and white except for the blue eyes, so there is less room for coloring.
Still, I colored the darker part of the white hair with light grey tone.
I also added darker grey tone to the black hair (the dog’s black background layer).
Don’t forget to lock the layer before coloring.
There are usually no perfect white or black color in the visible things in real life.
So, if you give more touches with greyish tones, you will get more natural look out of the drawing.
In the black color drawing, it is okay to leave the background black.
But, in the color drawing, leaving the background dark makes it look stuffy.
So, I added very dim lights.
First of all, add a new layer beneath all layers.
Select the air brush to make the size big enough.
Adjust the transparency level to below 30% and draw in several circles of proper size.
Select “Dotted 3” brush, and adjust the size around 100.
Then, lower the transparency level to below 30% and dot several lines around the drawing.
If you put several dim lights on the background, you will get an effect where the object gets more focus like the out focus function in a camera.
If the saturation or density is too high, adjust the transparency level of the layer appropriately until you get the level of lightness you want comes out.
Then, review overall combination of the background and the objects.
Next, I will change the couch color to the mid tone of the green color palette.
When you want to change the color of the layer you want, you need to add a layer on top of that later concerned.
Next, change the new layer’s property to “overlay” and color it with the airbrush in preferred color. Then, you will get various colors.
This is the completed drawing.
In the next drawing tip, I will share tips on how to draw a pen style landscape in which architecture is included.
How was it?
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