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