whimsical robots in Sketchbook Pro
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.