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01 March 2008 @ 03:33 pm
Calgary Expo Pin-Up Tutorial - Part 1  
Here's the first part of my tutorial walking through the process for this illustration.

I hope you find it useful.

Aeireaeire on March 1st, 2008 09:08 pm (UTC)
Hm. Your method of getting a transparency and mine are two very different things - I'm going to have to try your version and see how well it works.

What do you ink with? I have this huge problem where my lines always come out much, much thicker than I'd like them to look, and I can never seem to end up with a clean line.
zubkavichzubkavich on March 2nd, 2008 04:44 am (UTC)
I cheat. I don't ink at all. I tend to make a huge mess when I try to work with ink. This uses tight pencil lines (2H-3H) darkened up in Photoshop with the Image> Adjustments> Levels controls.

If I want an ultra-ink look and have copious amounts of time I'll sometimes digitally ink a piece.
Ray Fawkesghoizdoz on March 2nd, 2008 12:21 am (UTC)
This is gold. GOLD.
empresswuempresswu on March 2nd, 2008 02:32 am (UTC)
Holy shit man, this is awesome!!!!
_dante_sparda_: DMC2 - Dante_dante_sparda_ on March 2nd, 2008 04:12 pm (UTC)

*promptly bookmarks and passes along to other artistically inclined friends*
(Anonymous) on March 5th, 2008 02:01 pm (UTC)
transparency. . .
Instead of making the line art transparent why not just set the line art layer to multiply? Multiply overprints on top of anything under it. The white won't show and the black line will. You could also probably skip the steps of cleaning up the blue lines. You'll get the same effect with half the work.
zubkavichzubkavich on March 5th, 2008 02:18 pm (UTC)
Re: transparency. . .
A Multiply layer always gets darker, so you can't easily colour the lines light colours without it always looking darker. With the lines as a Normal layer on transparency with the 'lock trasparency' mode on I can have any line colour I want, reproducing that soft line look like they use in most animated features.

If you just want a black/dark ink line, a Multiply layer is fast and works fine. This method gives you more choices when you get to the colouring stage. You'll see why it's specifically useful in Part 3 of the tutorial.
(Anonymous) on March 5th, 2008 03:12 pm (UTC)
Re: transparency. . .
How about if you select the B+W drawing, make a new layer with a layer mask on, alt-click the mask (windows) and paste the drawing in.

Then simply invert so you have the lines as the white masked areas and fill or paint into the layer in any colour you want.

Hey presto, lines of any colour you need!
zubkavichzubkavich on March 5th, 2008 03:33 pm (UTC)
Re: transparency. . .
That would work as well. In Photoshop there's multiple pathways to the same answer. It's always nice finding new ways to do things, even when the result is similar.

I've actually created an Action set to go through the steps and put my line art on a transparency (and you could easily do the same with your method as well) so that it's a one-click solution.
zubkavichzubkavich on March 5th, 2008 03:40 pm (UTC)
Re: transparency. . .
Although, thinking about it a bit more, your method will almost certainly have a larger file size since there's an additional line art layer and layer mask involved, while mine is just a single layer with 'lock transparency' clicked on.
(Anonymous) on March 5th, 2008 08:56 pm (UTC)
Re: transparency. . .
a different anonymous, but there's nothing stopping you from using the previous anonymous' method and then doing, apply-mask, lock transparency.

or even just doing ctrl+a, ctrl+c q ctrl+v q new-layer shift+f5(black) lock transparency (pretty much the same as the mask method). The advantage with this style of line transparency is that you end up with a uniform black line with varying transparency whereas with the "deleting white" methods you end up with line that moves to grey at the same time it moves to transparent.
zubkavichzubkavich on March 5th, 2008 09:11 pm (UTC)
Re: transparency. . .
Agreed. Making an Action out of it would save a lot of hassle as well.
lesarexu on July 10th, 2008 11:15 pm (UTC)
Since you have a layer mask, you don't even have to worry about painting outside the lines. The end result is not going to be a perfect match color-wise, but that's okay.
Another one of the birdsacardart on March 5th, 2008 04:56 pm (UTC)
I found a link to your blog on drawn this morning, hope you don't mind my adding you :)
zubkavichzubkavich on March 5th, 2008 09:11 pm (UTC)
Not at all. Welcome aboard.
mrgtog on March 30th, 2008 06:49 am (UTC)
comic art bristol board
I love your tutorial. Thank you so much for posting it. I am in the process of studying it as i am just now going from roughs to final line art for illustrating a picture book done in comic book style. could you please tell me more about this paper? Can you buy it in canada? Is it called "comic art bristol board" in the store?
zubkavichzubkavich on March 30th, 2008 09:38 pm (UTC)
Re: comic art bristol board
Some art stores sell 'comic page art paper' but any bristol board cut to the size you need will do. Try different papers and see which finish (smooth or textured) fits your project and art style.
misssavitri on August 14th, 2008 01:19 pm (UTC)
This tutorial is great :D
(Anonymous) on August 18th, 2008 06:22 am (UTC)
I'm new here, just wanted to say hello and introduce myself.