Flip­ping and check­ing

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I cre­ate a short­cut in Pho­to­shop so I can quickly flip my im­age. This en­ables me to see how my anatomy is de­vel­op­ing, or any pro­por­tion er­rors that I need to cor­rect. I also place a Color layer above my art filled with white; when ac­tive the art be­comes black and white. I check it ev­ery now and then to keep track of my val­ues while I’m colour­ing and paint­ing.

Cre­at­ing brushes while paint­ing

I keep a white can­vas handy for try­ing out cus­tom brushes. Once I’ve cre­ated a brush I ad­just its prop­er­ties in the Nat­u­ral Brush Me­dia win­dow. In this in­stance I paint squares that I later ma­nip­u­late with the Warp tool to make them fit on the belt. I pre­fer to find a so­lu­tion to tex­ture or ma­te­rial re­quire­ments with brushes, rather then us­ing pho­tos.

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