Hi, PEN.ples. ^^
I am a painter, Gavriel.
I tried making a summary of my drawing process for Penple.
I use SketchBook app for drawing currently with Galaxy Note 2.
Today's subject is [From listening to La crimosa, a requiem by Mozart]. It is my original character.
Now let's get started. Just relax and take a look.
And follow. It is not difficult.
I usually sketch using black color, but, for today, I will try red color for your convenience.
The most important thing in human bodies is [naturalness].
‘Could the character move if it were a real human not a picture?’, ‘Am I not drawing a zombie with a head totally turned?’,
‘And consider which part has received strength, or which part flows downwards naturally’, etc.
And the next important thing is [volume and depth].
The head is not a circle but a sphere. The limbs and torso are not squares but cylinders.
That's the key.
In other words, everything exists not on a plane but in a space,
and they can be divided into those in the front and those in the back.
And always bear in mind that each of them certainly has a thickness,
which will help you improve the quality of your work.
I won't say "Study bodies." Because you are not going to become orthopedists now.
But, learn the proportions.
At least, the proportions of the head, the upper body and the lower body,
and the proportions of the length of arms and legs, and the facial proportion.
Whenever you are not sure, try searching before you start drawing, the repetition
of which would make you draw without references.
Start sketching based on the prepared composition.
I decide the positions of the shades and the directions while sketching.
The most important thing in coloring is [using layers].
Place the sketch layer(1) on the top, and the darkest layer(2) at the bottom, which makes coloring easy,
and do all the rest of the work between the two layers.
Ignore the layer marked "X", which is just for explanations.
Tips for selecting colors: Colors in the C direction are for skins,
and colors in the B direction are for reflections.
First decide the direction of the light(the white arrow) and color the skin using airbrush.
3, 4, 5: Add shades from the light colors to the dark colors like stacking layers.
6. Render reflections. It is the most important part in coloring for volume and depth.
7: Lastly, create highlights, and complement the volume on the whole.
After coloring, merge 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 layers.
It is to erase the extra lines outside the sketch lines all at once.
And for the head as well, create the light, the darkness, reflections, highlights, and the volumes by coloring.
And then, Remove the extra lines using the eraser.
If you do erasing now, it would make easier coloring the wings and trousers.
Now, it looks almost done.
Then, we will color the wings. Create a layer under the skin color, and color the wings.
It would make it possible to color the wings without intruding on the skin color.
In the same way, erase part of the wings to color the trousers.
As you can see, we use layers upwards for the skin but layers downwards for this time?
To put it simply, that's a division of parts.
Part1 for the skin (light, darkness, reflection, and highlight)
Part2 for the wings (light, darkness, reflection, and highlight),
Part3 for clothes (light, darkness, reflection, and highlight),
Part4 for the others (light, darkness, reflection, and highlight)
Within a part, stack layers upwards for coloring. For another part, insert layers downwards
not to intrude on the existing parts.
The next is how to clear the lines. This would be totally different from others.
Other artists usually do the clear line work over the rough sketches and then remove the rough.
But I draw bold lines on the rough layer and then remove the rough lines.
That's because I want more pen pressure on the SketchBook app which doesn't offer flexible pen pressure.
That is the distinctiveness of my work and what decides the quality of it.
I am finishing the wings.
This is the work after clearing the extra lines. Actually, I did it roughly.
And the right is the colored parts without the extra lines. The quality of it still looks low.
The lines + colors.
Add the background roughly.
And lastly, give some effects.
It is a work I uploaded on PEN.UP. I uploaded it for your reference.
Add colors on the top layer, and lower the transparency, and change the property of the layer into "Add."
Put a signature and it's done.
You have been very patient in reading a long explanation.
@Gavriel, Thank you sincerely for the good drawing tip.