Do­ing the mon­ster mash

Car­toon­ist Brett Par­son cre­ates a dis­tinc­tive mon­ster us­ing the drawing strengths of Sketch­Book Pro and the colour­ing fea­tures of Pho­to­shop

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Brett Par­son cre­ates a mon­ster, us­ing Sketch­Book Pro and Pho­to­shop.

Who doesn’t love mon­sters? Es­pe­cially sleazy, cigarsmok­ing, beer-guz­zling biker mon­sters! The good folks at Imag­ineFX have kindly asked me to walk you through my process of cre­at­ing such a beast.

In this work­shop, I’ll show you how I sketch up a rough de­sign and add some dig­i­tal inks on sep­a­rate lay­ers in Sketch­Book Pro. This is a drawing pro­gram I can’t rec­om­mend enough! It truly helps bridge the gap be­tween tra­di­tional and dig­i­tal drawing. Then you’ll see how I begin colour­ing an im­age in Pho­to­shop us­ing dif­fer­ent lay­ers and be­hav­iour set­tings. Then I move on to the dig­i­tal equiv­a­lent of adding tra­di­tional cel shad­ing and air­brush shad­ing, high­lights and glow ef­fects. You’ll also learn a few tricks I tend to use when fin­ish­ing a piece, such as ap­ply­ing a vi­gnette, colour cor­rec­tion, and adding pa­per or grunge tex­tures to the fi­nal art­work.

It’ll help to have a ba­sic knowl­edge of Sketch­Book Pro and Pho­to­shop. You’ll also want to be fairly com­fort­able with line drawing, and have a de­cent sense of light and shadow. How­ever, th­ese steps can be ap­plied to all lev­els of skill. Whether cre­at­ing pin-up art and char­ac­ter de­sign or posters and comic book pages, it all comes back to the ba­sic tech­niques I’m go­ing to share with you. So pull up a stool, crank up the tunes, put on your mad sci­en­tist gog­gles, and let’s get crazy!

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