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    Grant Gould: Step Two

    STEP TWO: After finishing up the pencil sketch, I hold my drawing up backward to a bright light or window. Seeing the artwork in reverse really points out any obvious flaws my mind didn’t catch while drawing it, and it’s proved to be a very useful trick with making final adjustments before inking. Once the sketch looks good to me, I ink the image and fill in the areas that I want black. (I usually color those areas with Sharpies and then adjust the contrast later in Photoshop so that the marker lines aren’t visible.)

    Sometimes, when I know I’ll be coloring an image, I don’t spend as much time inking because I know that I’ll be able to enhance everything digitally, so I try not to worry too much about depth at this stage. It’s more about bold framing. I use some marker lines to exaggerate forward characters and treat some of it loosely, as I would a sketch. At this point, almost anything I screw up can be fixed in Photoshop, so that takes a lot of the stress off inking. For example, Apollo’s eye was a little off, so I went into Photoshop, used the selection tool to grab his pupil and move it around. Simple as that. Of course, anyone buying the original artwork may be in for a surprise when they see that Apollo’s a little bit cross-eyed.

    Posted by Tim Leong on March 28th, 2005 filed in Story Archive |

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