Working over the lines

I’ve been regressing to my childhood, colouring in my “Butterfly Rider” drawing.  You can see the line version of it here. Here is a version with colour added in Photoshop:

Here is a close-up:

And just for fun, here is what it looks like without the line 🙂

It’s been a long time since I’ve worked digitally, so I’ve been feeling my way slowly with this.  This is the technique I’ve been using:

  • Scan in the line work
  • Use levels to heighten the contrast, not too much.
  • Create a new layer under it.
  • Set the linework layer to “multiply” so that the white areas become invisible.
  • Lock the linework layer, and work only on the layers beneath.

Other things which worked for me –

  • Use a very soft, transparent brush.
  • Start with big washes of colour and carve the details back into the washes with a smaller brush.
  • Use the keyboard shortcuts “[” and ” ]” to alter brush size as I work.

And the most important one: Do less than I think I should.

2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Trackback: Butterfly Rider at night « Masha
  2. pavinee
    Dec 15, 2010 @ 15:30:01

    The without the lines looks interesting!

    I rarely paint in Photoshop. I’m more familiar with Illustrator.
    Thanks for your tips, I will try with my hand drawn drawing next time. Should be a good experiment 🙂

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