Tone doc­u­ment and rough sketch

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I fill a doc­u­ment with a mid-tone grey, which en­ables me to judge my val­ues (light and dark) more ac­cu­rately. I cre­ate a new layer above the grey back­ground and la­bel it Rough Draw­ing. At this stage I draw loosely. Keep­ing it rough speeds things up and means I can try out new ideas with­out any re­stric­tions. I ex­plore proportions and spac­ing of fea­tures.

Christ­mas 2014

Re­fine the sketch

I re­duce the Opac­ity of the rough to about 30 per cent and cre­ate a new layer la­belled Re­fined Draw­ing. Now I find the de­tails of the de­sign – wrin­kles or nose de­tails, for ex­am­ple – that need defin­ing. This stage is key, be­cause the draw­ing will serve as the blue­print for the rest of the ren­der­ing process. Good drafts­man­ship is the first step to great paint­ings!

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