get­ting started with lay­ers

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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.

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Layer 1

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Layer 1

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