getting started with layers
A. Blueprint sketch
I prefer to start by sketching loosely on layer one, scribbling out my blueprint to form my artwork. I experiment, enjoy making mistakes and trying to solve them. I don’t stress over perfect lines, but instead focus on the forms, shapes, gestures and composition. Once I finish the artwork, I merge all the layers and save the image.
B. Creating the line art
I reduce the Opacity of the sketch layer to about 50 per cent and create a new layer above this layer. This is the clean-up stage where I’ll carefully draw the clean lines over the rough sketch with a black pencil using a feathering technique. I’m careful to observe the blueprint below and concentrate on the thickness and value of my line art.
C. Colouring the artwork
Now that I have the clean line art, I turn off the rough sketch layer and create a new layer between the line art layer and the rough sketch layer. The new layer will be my colour layer, and I use the Round brush and the Airbrush to colour my artwork. Once I’ve finished my artwork, I merge all the layers together and save the image.