Now back to our plan of 'unified story' for Raindropmemory I mention about in the 1st part of 'Raindrop's Notes'
Brainstorming is good process, but in order to understand our character better, there is no way better than prototype it.
Before we begin, let's strolling around a bit.
A few days ago I bring out my 'archive chest', the box that contain all of my works (that have physical copy)so far. The last time I organize my work into this chest is several months ago, but when I'm organize new work today, I'm surprise that there is not much work to keep like before, maybe it's because I move more and more into digital art?
Speaking of organizing, physical copy is much, much simple to do, because there is no folder, no lists of various files, just a paper, with artworks on it. So it visible to the naked eye right away, unlike folder in computer, which have only name (and have to click it open to see the content)
I use binder clip to keep works in their repective category.
Some works whih have several sheet of paper, like commission works, need to wrap and separate them with small sheet of paper and paper clip.
This good old tongue-in-a-cheek technique is super simple and effetive for paper organizing...It's there since a born of paper, but I just put in into use.
While I sort through my works, I found watercolor work I've done for certain magazine. It look neat and detailed.
My reaction is like, 'wow, I haven't paint detailed and polished art like this for a long time, since I move to digital art' My current skill in digital painting is still far from my traditional one.
I remember the day when I paint these illustrations with watercolor, I feel so calm and collected, and have a very good focus. Distraction means nothing to me, because I'm in the flow of focus.
I think the 'flow' I got while working on them is because I'm familiar to traditional work more than digital( - for now), so I can relax while working on it. And when you are subconsciously relaxed, everything you do is A LOT better than when you 'try hard'.
Though I'm sure that I can achieve this very same 'flow' effect when I have more experiences and skills in digital art, maybe 5-10 years from now.
Now back to our character development.
I use the blue pencil to do the rough sketch, and black pencil for the real outline. The blue pencil line can be remove easily with
Photoshop (I will explained later)
This blue/red pencil sketch technique is commonly used in Manga industry.
So here is the first sketch of characters. Right now the girl on the leftmost is the one that stay true to what I think the most, the others are still not quite the images in my mind, so I have to redesign them later.
As you can see there are both black and blue pencil line. Let's remove the blue pencil line! (next photo)
Note that I found this trick somewhere on the internet long time ago, (and obviously I'm not the one who invent it and I would like to thanks anyone who invent this technique - it's just simply awesome)
Fire up your Photoshop and navigate to 'Channel' tab.
Now select the 'Blue' channel, this will remove anything with blue color. As you can see above, the blue line is magically gone.
We need to convert this image to grayscale in order to retain our current edit. Go to Image ---> Mode ----> Grayscale
Now your document will turn into grayscale mode.
In order to be able to color the image again, we need to convert it again to RGB(or any CMYK, if you plan to print it)
Go to Image--->Mode--->RGB Color
Now just clean the sketch with Brightness/Contrast as usual. I always check the 'Use Legacy' box whenever I cleaning the sketch. And...done!
Drawing after cleaning up.
Now it's time to paint.
As usual, adjust color with Color Balance(Ctrl+B) and Selective Color (Image-->Adjustment--->Selective Color)
I can't decribe exactly how to archieve this color tone,
all I can say is : it's personal, it's diffrent for you and me, and you have to try it yourself, expereince how it work.
You only need just 2-3 option and they all easy to use.
'Color Balance (Crtl+B)
Selective Color (Image-->Adjustment--->Selective Color)
and also some adjustment in 'Brightness/Contrast'
and that's all for today.
Thank you for reading!
Next time on Raindrop's Notes #03 : Make Way~!