i have another ask for feathers/wings so i’ll just use this ask to focus on fur, if that’s alright u3u
DASH STRETCHER I’M SRY LOL;;;……. but i hope that’s helpful enough for u *3*
1. When I am starting the sketches and other preliminary drawings for an illustration, i gather/use a ton of reference, especially when I am trying to capture a particular culture or place. These references go into the specific flora or fauna I include, clothing, etc. I use my own photo reference (usually me or my girlfriend) for tough poses and usually hone in on hands and feet since those always seem to be problematic. Photo references might be used again when I am applying colors to the finished drawings.
2. Here is a summary of the process I use to color my linework in photoshop.
•Scan in grayscale, crop, levels adjustment, clean up. I make the drawing look as good as it can in black and white before proceeding to the next step.
•Separate the drawing from the page so that I am only left with black pixels on a transparent background. Here’s how this is done:
1. Go to channels, press load channel as selection (a dotted circle icon located at the bottom of the panel)
2. Go to the select menu, choose inverse
3. Make a new layer above your original layer
4. Go to the edit menu, select fill, change the use drop-down to black, hit ok
5. Now delete the original layer, or fill it with a solid color
•Now that you’ve separated the linework, change the filetype to RGB. You can now change the color of the linework by using a hue/saturation adjustment and selecting colorize. Be sure to increase the lightness, otherwise your pixels will not be able to change color since they are black.
•After you’ve changed the color of the lines, make a new layer underneath this line layer. This is where you can start to put in flats and paint color shifts, etc.
•Don’t forget that you can add additional colors to the linework layer by creating clipping masks (essentially layers that are clipped to the pixels of the lower layer) by making a new layer, holding option/alt, and clicking between the two layers. Anywhere you color in this layer will change the color of the linework.
The process works in a similar way when working in multiple layers. Hopefully this helps!
Them’s Fightin’ Words!
- Blow (“landed a blow on”, “dealt a powerful blow”)
- Box (“boxed his ears”)
- Haymaker (used, “swung a haymaker”/”hit someone with a haymaker”)
- Paste (slang, “I pasted her” means “I hit her hard.”)
- Rabbit punch
- Uppercut (usually, “landed an uppercut”)
- Boot (“Booted his ribs”)
- Donkey kick
I also did a page on words you can use in a sword fight. Many of them will be useful to a generic fighting scene as well.