Creating the alien sketch
I draw my initial sketch with pencil and paper, scan it into Painter and continue to refine the drawing using a custom brush (Dons Brush) and the Eraser tool. Dons Brush is a simple and fast brush that I use extensively. I use the Mirror Painting feature to refine the alien’s head, and draw objects with bilateral symmetry. I can move the mirror axis anywhere around the canvas and even change its angle. It’s a great time-saving tool, and well worth becoming acquainted with.