Every beginner is always looking for their style, and for a way to put that awesome image in your brain unto paper (or into Photoshop). It can be frustrating to imagine a beautiful art piece, and end up with.. well..
Thankfully, by learning from other artists it’s possible to improve our drawing skills and learn our own style (most likely, a mashup of all those other artists). So here I would like to share some different styles and techniques that I tried out.
First, I tried doing a couple of self portraits in well-known, existing cartoon styles. From left to right it’s Adventure Time, Bob’s Burgers, Futurama and Rick and Morty. My main struggle was getting the lines correct and I realize afterwards that I was doing the line art all wrong. I was drawing my lines slowly, and in close-up, rather than making fluid motions. Another challenge was coloring: with these pieces I learned to select an area and color fill. That may sound like basic to all of you, but what can I say? I’m pretty basic when it comes to PS. Such noob, much wow.
The next picture is my most recent, where I tried to make better line-art and where I learned how to color all the lines as well. I can tell I’m getting more comfortable working with Photoshop in this picture.
My favourite technique so far, however, is the work with blots of color and erase/tweak until shapes form. So, without lines at all. The following is my most recent work with that technique, in color.
However, I started with greyscale, as you can see in the following picture. I struggled to color in the greyscale, because I’m still struggling to understand values. It came out dirty and ugly, and so I prefer it in the original greyscale.
For some of the inspiration for these pieces, please look at Istebrak, Sinix Design, Audra Auclair, CaezHel and KNKL – my Youtube muses and teachers!
Tune in to see more developments. For questions on how I did things, or anything else, please comment 🙂