View Full Version : Drawing and Coloring Tutorial
10-20-2010, 09:14 AM
Okay, since I have a couple of fans, and got some nice compliments on my art, I'm gonna do a tutorial. Cause it's my tutorial, I'm gonna use one of my characters. XP
LIST OF TOOLS YOU'LL NEED:
1. A hard, flat surface to draw on (Such as a hardcover book).
2. White paper (Bristol paper is the best to work on. Yes, it's expensive, but it's worth it).
3. An HB graphite pencil (I am using a regular soft lead number two pencil so you may see the drawing process properly).
4. An black gel pen running low on ink.
5. A black gel pen with plenty of ink.
6. A pencil sharpener (A good one, not a cheap one!).
7. Color pencils (Prismacolors are the ones I work with. DO NOT USE CRAYOLA! They are worthless and do not possess the nice, waxy build-up the good pencils have).
8. A kneaded eraser.
COLORS YOU'LL NEED:
2. Dark Brown.
3. Raw Umber.
4. Burnt Ochre.
5. Dark Green.
6. Grass Green.
7. True Green.
8. Yellow Ochre.
9. Canary Yellow.
12. Warm Grey Very Light.
Okay! Let's get started!
Start off with a human-shaped head. PRESS VERY LIGHTLY OR THE UNWANTED PENCIL LINES WILL SHOW UP LATER! Draw the horizontal and vertical lines and draw a triangle for the nose. The eyes are typical almond-shaped ovals that sit not far above the nose.
Next, is the hair on her cheeks. It curves downward as it grows out. Do not make it even, make it untame and furry as so. The triangle at the top of the head is where her bangs are going to be growing out, so those are important lines. Make more triangles at the top of her head for the ears, her soft wolfie ears. Put in a line above each eye for her eyebrows and make a curved one for a smile. She's smiling at you. Yay!
Let's add some more details to her. Give her that mushroom shape for her nose. Draw in the pupil and the iris in each eye into your direction. Also put in the thick, pretty eyelashes. Add lines to her the spot where her ears fold. When doing her bangs and hair, do pretty much the same as the fur on her cheeks, make the hairs uneven and make them flowy.
10-20-2010, 09:15 AM
Use the pen that is running out of ink for this step. Start outlining her. When you're done with that, make sure the ink is dry before proceeding to the next step, otherwise there is a possibility of some smearing and you certainly don't want that!
Erase ALL of your pencil marks. All of them! Erase them good! You don't want any!
Now we're ready to color her in! Hooray!
Take your BURNT OCHRE and make soft, quick strokes into the direction of her hair. Only do this in the dark areas!
Now, take the DARK BROWN and make the same strokes in the darkest areas.
10-20-2010, 09:17 AM
Go over the entire bed of hair, coloring into the direction of where it's growing (Hey! A rhyme!) with the CANARY YELLOW, pressing hard, but not too hard. Then go over it AGAIN with your YELLOW!
Take the BURNT OCHRE again and make the same stokes in the dark areas.
Use your DARK BROWN and make short, hard horizontal lines inside the ears.
Go over the DARK BROWN with your RAW UMBER, using the same marks and go into the white in the middle of the ears just a little.
10-20-2010, 09:18 AM
Color in the remaining area of the ears heavily with BURNT OCHRE. Go over the mixture of DARK BROWN and RAW UMBER a bit.
Cover the BURNT OCHRE with a thick layer of your SAND color.
Go over the DARK BROWN and RAW UMBER with your BLACK. Make sure you put it on thick and give it a nice, rich color.
Use your DARK BROWN and color the edge of the ears. Soften your coloring with this pencil as you work your way into the white so you can blend.
10-20-2010, 09:20 AM
Again, go over the DARK BROWN with RAW UMBER and color in a little more of the ear, softening your coloring as you move into the white just as before.
Color in even more of the ear with BURNT OCHRE and go over the DARK BROWN and RAW UMBER.
Go in the rest of the ears with SAND. Color it in continuously against the BURNT OCHRE until it blends. It will require some hard coloring, BUT NOT TOO HARD!
Finally, go over the SAND with YELLOW OCHRE and you're done with the ears.
10-20-2010, 09:21 AM
Color in the muzzle with CREAM. Make sure you lay it down thick.
Go over the cream with SAND VERY, VERY LIGHTLY. Then color the shadowed areas with BURNT OCHRE, under the upper lip and chin.
Use RAW UMBER sparingly and add a few strokes just under the upper lip and under the chin. Blend the colors in with CREAM.
Color in the top of the iris with DARK GREEN.
10-20-2010, 09:24 AM
Go over the DARK GREEN with GRASS GREEN and color in more of the iris. Leave some white at the bottom of it.
Fill in the remaining white in the iris with TRUE GREEN and blend it in with the GRASS GREEN.
Then take your WARM GREY VERY LIGHT and shade in the shadowed areas of the whites.
Use the DARK BROWN and make short, thick lines on the forehead and the fur on her cheeks. The lines on forehead and cheeks go in different directions because of the way her fur is.
Yet again, you go over the DARK BROWN with the BLACK... JUST KIDDING!! You go over it with RAW UMBER! XD Also, use the RAW UMBER to shade in some dark areas, such as her forehead, the area around her eyes, and various spots on her face. Press harder for the darker areas.
10-20-2010, 09:26 AM
Fill in the rest of her face with BURNT OCHRE, going over the RAW UMBER on her face. DO NOT GO OVER THE STRIPES!
Color over the BURNT OCHRE heavily with SAND. Again, DO NOT TOUCH THE STRIPES!
Press hard with RAW UMBER on the darker areas.
Finishing with the RAW UMBER, use it to color the spots on her muzzle, then blend the outside of each spot with CREAM.
Now, we touch the stripes. Get your BLACK and make your short, thick lines into the direction where the fur goes. Lay them down nice and thick for that rich look, just like with the ears.
10-20-2010, 09:27 AM
Color in the majority of her canine nose with DARK BROWN. No need to get out the RAW UMBER. We're finished with it.
Color the highlighted area with BURNT OCHRE.
Go over the DARK BROWN with your BLACK. Then take your BURNT OCHRE again and blend the color with the BLACK.
All you need to do now, is outline her with the pen that is good on its ink and sign it!
Whew... if any of you try out this tutorial, I wanna see the results! I really do! Just post them here! Good luck! ^_^
10-20-2010, 09:35 AM
Wow! You even went into great detail for showing how to draw each part. This is really helpful.
Prismacolors do blend really well. I haven't had a chance to mess with them much. I remember the first time I tried using Prismacolor pencils. It was like an artist's dream come true. xD I was just like "I MUST get some of these!" I'm mostly a digital artist but as soon as I get some proper colouring pencils, I will try out your technique and show you!
10-20-2010, 09:42 AM
Excellent! Go, my minion! Draw traditional stuffs!
10-20-2010, 11:22 AM
Great thread LWP!
10-21-2010, 10:20 AM
Thanks, Dave! ^^
10-21-2010, 04:17 PM
Very cool. I really like the close up shots. The photos are sharp and professional as is the tutorial.
10-21-2010, 07:13 PM
Professional? I don't know about that. XD Thank you, I'm flattered. ^^
10-21-2010, 11:12 PM
Wow thanks for the tutorial great looking final piece:)
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