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This is a TIP GUIDE that I have been adding to since 2010 and is basically everything I think I have learned about drawing. It includes materials and tools I use, with illustrations. It is a Google Doc so it will change and grow over time, so be sure to bookmark the link [link]
According to the poll I created, you wanted to see the tutorial How to get the proportions right in a portrait? the most. I hope you find it helpful The knowledge that the tutorial contains is based on my own tips and a couple of general advice. Huge thanks, lloveandsqualor and MJMcCaul for helping me with this tutorial. My English isn't that good to write such a long text with no grammar, style nor vocabulary mistakes. Your help is much appreciated Therefore, I dedicate this tut to you!
This is a little tutorial (see explanations at the bottom of this description) for my latest traditional mixed media drawing "Loki" (Tom Hiddleston as Loki from the movie The Avengers). I photographed the steps 1-11 with my Canon EOS 600D (EOS Rebel T3i) without flash. I'm sorry for the bad quality, but the light conditions were not very good. Step 12 is the scan.
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Here are some more detailed step by step tutorials/descriptions for colored pencil and mixed media + the finished drawing:
Here is my summarized working process for this drawing: Sorry in advance for all the mistakes (It would have been much more easier to write this in German!).
First off here my equipment: - a printed reference picture (edited in photoshop, because screencaps are often too dark!) and laptop to zoom in (details!) - paper A4 (210x297mm, 190 g/m²) - Faber-Castell pencil H3 and HB or Faber-Castell grip 1345 HB 0.5 - Faber-Castell Perfection 7056 (eraser pencil), eraser, coloured pencil sharpener, set square or ruler - Copic Ciao markers - Faber-Castell Polychromos artists' colour pencils - uni-ball Signo pigment ink um-153 white
step 1: Grid method for major outlines: Draw a grid on the paper (H3 and don't press too much, because you have to remove it and don't want to get "grooves/furrows"!!!) and on the reference picture. Draw the important outlines with a graphite pencil HB. step 2: Erase the grid lines completely and the outlines so that you can barely see them. step 3: Draw all outlines and details properly (you can also "test" a few shadows in order to make sure that the face looks good). step 4: Erase everything a little bit (especially in bright areas!). step 5 - 7: Base colouring with markers. I also blended a few colours (works only with thick paper >180g/m², because otherwise it would bleed through and marker paper is not so good for colored pencil!), because I don't have so many Copics. Side note for step 7: There is already a little bit of colored pencil in the face to check the likeness again (eyes, nose, mouth) and too smoothen the skin texture. step 8: Addition of colored pencil layers to the background (black, different shades of blue, cold grey and white for the stars -> you can apply white colored pencil on a black or very dark marker layer!) + a few colourful highlights for his armour (blue and ochre) and grey. step 9: Near completion of his armor (black, different shades of blue and cold grey -> start with the colourful details, add dark shadows and/or dark details and blend everything with a lighter colour e.g. light grey or light blue in this case) + some more grey colored pencil layers for his helmet step 10: Final colouring of the helmet (a bit ochre, differeng shades of grey and blue). Adding of white highlights with a white gel pen. step 11: Define (/remove parts of) the white gel pen lines/dots with a white or dark colored pencil (depends on area). Colouring of the face. Side note: Is something wrong with face? => turn the reference and the drawing upside down, then it's easier to spot mistakes (sounds strange, but it helps a lot)! step 12: scan (edit the picture in Photoshop CS5: cut out the border, edit brightness/contrast and colour balance to resemble the original drawing)
More side notes: - Usually I start with the face, because when it's completely messed up I have to start again (this happened one time so far). But the picture is so dark, that I finished it at the end, because I often draw it too bright in the beginning so that I have to darken it in the end... - Almost every time I print the reference picture two times, because I don't like to look at a grid the whole time. - In this example the grid is "everywhere" in the beginning, but most of the time I draw the grid where I need it. You can use a whole grid for a very dark picture like this, but if you use a reference with many white or bright areas it's almost impossible to let the lines or some remains disappear. - You can also use the grid method without step 2 and just draw everything properly with the grid (I just use it for important outlines and then I try to draw everything else without grid). - This picture is very dark, so I used a marker base layer almost everywhere. Most of the time I just use it only for a few parts.