whim­si­cal ro­bots in Sketchbook Pro

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1 Work sym­met­ri­cally

Start off by block­ing out a rough sil­hou­ette us­ing SketchBook Pro sym­me­try func­tion (press Y). This tool en­ables you to draw half the char­ac­ter and it up­dates in real time on the mir­rored side, which I find es­sen­tial for rapid thumb­nail­ing. Once you’re happy with the shape, lock the layer.

2 Break up the de­sign

Choose a main colour to start block­ing out the me­tal cas­ing for the ro­bot. I cre­ate my own colour pal­ette within SketchBook Pro, to speed up this step. I add some lights to rep­re­sent the face, mak­ing the char­ac­ter more re­lat­able. A sec­ondary colour breaks up the de­sign.

3 De­tail­ing and light­ing

To fin­ish things off I be­gin adding some asym­me­try to the de­sign. Once the ex­tra de­tails are in place, I cre­ate a new layer set to Mul­ti­ply for the shad­ows at 30 per cent Opac­ity. I paint a rim light and a tex­ture, both set to Over­lay ef­fect. Then I colour grade the fi­nal im­age in Pho­to­shop.

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