Take a se­lec­tive ap­proach

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The Pen tool is a pre­cise way for me to make se­lec­tions of my work. I break my art­work up into sec­tions so I can tackle it in pieces. There are dif­fer­ent ways you can or­gan­ise your se­lec­tions, but I like to keep mine as vec­tor masks so I have the op­tion of ad­just­ing them later. I or­gan­ise these in a sep­a­rate folder so I can easily click and se­lect them when I need to.

Lay down flat tones

I’m now ready to lay down my flat tones. I keep this layer un­der­neath my line work and the lines layer at the top of my can­vas and set to Mul­ti­ply. Rather than start im­me­di­ately with colour, I be­gin by us­ing dif­fer­ent shades of grey. Start­ing my art­work like this gives me the abil­ity to fo­cus on my light­ing and shad­ows be­fore com­mit­ting to colour.

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