The Process

So, forever and a day ago I tried to take screencaps of the stages of a drawing as I was making it. I forgot to grab the very beginning, so it’s a flawed run down. But for those interested it’s still a loose idea of how I go from nothing to something.

In the first step, I always work out the loose positioning of the body. I almost always do this in a vague color, and each character has their own special color I use for their WIP lines. Cain’s is light blue, even for this picture which was for a military AU. After the body lines I’ll start sketching everything in different colors to tell it apart, usually on various layers as needed. Small details will also go in here, like the heart bubble and blood.

In the first step, I always work out the loose positioning of the body. I almost always do this in a vague color, and each character has their own special color I use for their WIP lines. Cain’s is light blue, even for this picture which was for a military AU. After the body lines I’ll start sketching everything in different colors to tell it apart, usually on various layers as needed. Small details will also go in here, like the heart bubble and blood.

Next up- bruises. I mean, the other details, but mostly bruises. I have to make special layers for them for how I do them, and I actually really like the process. For this I wanted a hand and cigarette in the foreground (it’s meant to be an interrogation- hence Cain’s jackass smile). More blood, some barbed wire, and bruises got added in here as I got a better handle on what I wanted the damage to be. Once I have all the details mocked up that I want to include, then I move on to a new layer and the next stage.

Next up- bruises. I mean, the other details, but mostly bruises. I have to make special layers for them for how I do them, and I actually really like the process. For this I wanted a hand and cigarette in the foreground (it’s meant to be an interrogation- hence Cain’s jackass smile). More blood, some barbed wire, and bruises got added in here as I got a better handle on what I wanted the damage to be. Once I have all the details mocked up that I want to include, then I move on to a new layer and the next stage.

Lines! Official lines! Sometimes I’ll turn all my colored WIP lines to black, if they came out really smooth. Usually that’s not the case though, so I go over the outline in black very carefully. As I properly line everything I either delete or lower the transparency for the WIP lines, so the actual image can stand out more. As the final step on this I will flick the WIP layers on and off to ensure I didn’t forget anything, and delete them as I double-check they’ve been lined properly in black.

Lines! Official lines! Sometimes I’ll turn all my colored WIP lines to black, if they came out really smooth. Usually that’s not the case though, so I go over the outline in black very carefully. As I properly line everything I either delete or lower the transparency for the WIP lines, so the actual image can stand out more. As the final step on this I will flick the WIP layers on and off to ensure I didn’t forget anything, and delete them as I double-check they’ve been lined properly in black.

And, the final product. I blurred the smoke rather than hard lining it as a layer on top, and everything else was the usual methods. Bruises are different colors blurred and smudged until I’m happy with them. The rest gets colored in under the black lines. I’ve never found coloring to be my forte, and this one was a rushed job compared to most. Still, I liked how it came out in the end. I think the sloppy rough look fits this, moreso than most things.

And, the final product. I blurred the smoke rather than hard lining it as a layer on top, and everything else was the usual methods. Bruises are different colors blurred and smudged until I’m happy with them. The rest gets colored in under the black lines. I’ve never found coloring to be my forte, and this one was a rushed job compared to most. Still, I liked how it came out in the end. I think the sloppy rough look fits this, moreso than most things.