How I Draw (Sometimes)…

Instead of simply posting a finish drawing, I decided to break it down in an informal “step-by-step” and how we got to the finish line, dudes and dudettes. I drew this Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles sketch using a Wacom Tablet and Photoshop. I worked on it the past two weeks, about maybe 40ish minutes per session.

I usually make a “sketchbook” file at the beginning of the week I use to doodle in my downtime. That’s usually where most of my stickers come from. Sometimes I work longer on drawings. Like this one for instance.

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Step 1: I start with a quick sketch. When I like poses, I sketch/position/shadow them to “lock” it in.
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Step 2. Inks. My favorite step. Finalizing those lines and giving them weight. Basically creating a “coloring book” look because…
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Step 3. Flat colors. Just lay down color. See what works. See what doesn’t. 
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Step 4. Highlights/detail.  See where you want your light source and what looks best. Grime up the image with lines, scratches etc. That’s my second favorite step. 
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Step 5. Finalize your composition. Bada-bing Bada-boom

And that was last week’s drawing. I’m not over-the-moon about it, but I just thought it would be neat to see the process since it has a little bit of everything. I’m also teaching a Photoshop class at work and feel teacherly. That’s what I got this week. Cowabunga, guys.

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Sketch Dump: The Shape

TheShapeSketch
Time Spent: About 3 hours

Once again I’m moving forward with ballpoint sketches with a “monster” theme (although with this addition we may just have to call it “horror”) and here’s The Shape aka Michael Myers. This classic slasher needs no introduction. I was going to work on a Dracula piece (debating about doing Lee or Lugosi) but ended up with Myers simply because I wanted to fill in a lot of shadow. With drawing, much like horror, it’s about what you don’t see that can get the point across in an even better way.

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Sketch Dump: The Creature

Gillman
Time Spent: About 3.5 hours

Continuing some ballpoint sketches with a monster theme (doesn’t every aspect of my entire life have a monster theme?) I conjured up the Gillman from The Creature From The Black Lagoon. Doesn’t quite have that natural look like my Frankie drawing, mostly because the Creech is just so unnatural looking. But for my first drawing of 2020, I am pleased. We only go up from here, folks! Happy New Year!

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