Trying to grow my style from the past inktober/misunderstood monster prompt, I am going to do this months the same. I figured I would share my process as I go along. My process has grown over time by learning new techniques, testing them and if I like them stick with it.
I always start with a gray toned canvas. This helps when it comes to local color.
Step 1: Come up with an idea and start to scribble a bunch of different thumbnails till I find one I like. Here is the one that I liked the most.
Step 2: Start to clean up the scribbles still keeping it loose.
Step 3: Clean up the loose sketch and add details. In the past this would be my last step before moving into local color.
Steps 1 - 3 all used a sketch brush from Aaron Blaise. You can get it for free when you sign up for his newsletter. I think he still gives it out. I really love the texture and how it feels to sketch with.
Step 4: Ink the piece using my new favorite ink brush from Kyle Webster called Old Brush Ink from his inkbox set.
Step 5: Start to add layers under the ink layer to lay down my local color. I use a brush called DG_Main. Its from Dave Greco. It has a really nice chalk feel to it and I like how it blends colors. I use this brush for pretty much all the painting.
I still need to finish getting the local color in, then I drop a hue/saturation layer on top and drop the saturation to 0. This turns the piece to gray-scale and I can check my values to make sure everything reads correctly. If all good I start figure out where my light source is and start to add my shadows and highlights. I will share those steps when I get to them. Let me know if this is helpful at all.
Hey I like your character, I'm not sure if you want any thoughts I did a quick paintover that might help flatten the road a bit and give your picture depth. Just a thought. anyway great to see your process
@jason-bowen thanks for the paint over. I like the suggestion on it. I will make those tweaks.
I feel like that sometimes. I don’t do left turns. Get off my back people. I will go when I’m ready! Looks great/ I like the concept. Can’t wait to see her in color!
@chip-valecek cool looking forward to seeing it
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This is looking really great, Chip! Cool take on the prompt--I like your feisty character! I do wish everyone would just chill out, slow down and have a little patience
@whitney-simms I thought I was the only one who doesn’t do left turns. Me, you and UPS.
Looking great. Thanks for sharing your process. Love the character and the one in the side mirror is a nice touch.
Little background on this one, my oldest son gets his licences next week and that is him in the side mirror. Teen drivers are the worst LOL.
Continue of step 5 of the local color and tweaked suggestion from @Jason-Bowen:
Step 6 - color the ink darker then the rest of the local color:
Step 7 - add texture paper on top and set it to multiple.
Onto the shadows and highlights, one of my favorite steps.
Here is the final with the lights and shadows added. I will sit on this till after Thanksgiving to see if i need to make any last minute tweaks before I submit it. Any crits are welcome.
Since there are more days left, I decided to paint this again in my original style. I will post that one as well and see what everyone prefers. I am undecided on which style to go with. Stay tuned...
So funny! My only suggestion would be maybe you could add a layer of mist or haze (or smoke if she’s in California ) between her and the tree/grass layer behind and that would reduce the values slightly on the background and allow your foreground objects to pop more. This is great though – I love the humor in your work!
Here is my repainted piece and the one I submitted for the contest.