I have included a work in process so you can see how I took the initial drawing done with a Tombow pencil on paper and then using the new natural media brushes in Photoshop CS5 painted the piece.
I will continue to feature bits a pieces from the book up until the week of the conference - so please keep checking back for more!
One of the poses that I posted a few weeks ago seemed to get a lot of good comments on this blog and friends etc. So I decided to take that pose, blow it up and drawn it with 2B and 4B Tombow pencils on paper. I like the look of real pencil and prefer to work with those initially before using Photoshop to color the work.
I only recently got Photoshop CS5 and really wanted to test out the natural media brushes, so with the drawing scanned in, I made a brush that had a long bristly feel to it and painted the harshest shadows first. This layer is applied as a multiply in Photoshop.
I then painted the light with white on a neutral grey tone. This was done to build up the volume within the drawing. This layer is applied as a overlay in Photoshop. What I am looking for at this stage is a sculpted look to the piece but to still have some stylisation to it.
I then painted the colours on a layer below. This time I made a brush in Photoshop that had more of a watercolor feel to it.
Finally, I added some background texture and the piece is done!