Sketch to Photoshop. A beginners guide to illustrating characters in Photoshop | Karen Erasmus | Skillshare

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Sketch to Photoshop. A beginners guide to illustrating characters in Photoshop

teacher avatar Karen Erasmus, Illustrator and Designer

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10 Lessons (21m)
    • 1. Skillshare intro

    • 2. Sketch to Photshop project intro

    • 3. Inspiration

    • 4. Drawing exercises

    • 5. Sketch

    • 6. Moving Into Photoshop

    • 7. Colours

    • 8. Brushes

    • 9. Rendering

    • 10. Conclusion

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About This Class

Have you ever wanted to illustrate characters for children's books? Perhaps you already draw and would love to know how to transform your drawings into digital paintings in Photoshop? I want to share my simplified process for painting in Photoshop and keeping your illustrations consistent.  

In this class, you'll learn how to draw a children's book character and follow simple step-by-step instructions to paint your character beautifully in Photoshop. You'll learn how to organize your space, brushes, and colours so that they are customized for you. You'll be able to return to the brushes and colours to develop your character even further later on.

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1. Skillshare intro: my name's Carter asked me What was my class? Sketch? Departed shop Children's book illustrator And I love creating characters, particularly Children. I'm going to share with you my process for developing characters through finding inspiration, sketching some exercises through to finally rendering in photo shop. I've been illustrating Children's books for around 10 years. A personal My work was done in watercolor as I really enjoyed the life, but the medium gave to my boring. I didn't realize that using digital work could be the best style and also maintain that hand drawn, I went to a workshop and discovered that it's more than possible. In fact, as photo shop and coral painter and procreate progress third a further, it's more and more versatile, and you can create all sorts of different effects to grab a sketchbook compensable, and I'll join you in class 2. Sketch to Photshop project intro: for your class project, you'll be creating a Children's book illustration rendered in voter shop This class Is there anybody who would like to slap drawing for Children's books for if you'd like to learn how to use photo shop illustration, some knowledge of photo shop will be useful. But I'm going to guide you through it, step by step so that the process is easier in between. Each class will probably want to practice for I'll be using a wakame on Mac with both shocked that the principles of layers and organizing your brushes and palettes coming, use appropriate on my iPad or even called drawer, my favorite part of starting Children's book. It's having taxes on. Imagine what I think they would look like. I want share Indian kind of processes that I go through to create characters. I'm concentrating on Children's stories, but you might like creates by the end of the class. I'm hoping that you have sketching and morning practice really first chance we're going to look at where we confined inspirations. Bring it together to start thinking about our character Stephen Class 3. Inspiration: So let's have a look at inspiration. We don't have memories of characters from picture books or animation that we really loved. Among my favorites are Movements or Monsters, Inc for Quentin Blake's beautiful ministrations that brought the character of world down to life. All these beautiful characters illustrations started with rough sketches, and it's lovely to look at other people's work. But it's important not to copy or try to make our own drawings look exactly like other people. What the more you drove more, you discover your right. So why do we stop creating unique? I like silicon to my own memories. Inspiration. I grew up in the countryside in the UK with my sisters. I remember my youngest sister had a friend, but he's come a little bit wild but cheeky laughter, not scruffy, and she always has to come through the hedge and over the wall rather than through the gate . We're not trying to create an exact copy off the character vegetables, because it's just a childhood memory. After all this class exercise, I just want to try and remember somebody and took a few ideas or words to describe just six or seven words endure actually live on. Maybe add a few little scribbles if we want to, so that the next class we're gonna dio exercises just to free up the style on get scribbling on paper. Now, if you want to just practice drawing or you want to follow along with what I'm doing, then just skip to the class the title sketch and you can follow along with me. But if you want to do the excited joining in the next class 4. Drawing exercises: It's a grab a pencil and a few pieces of paper. I'm gonna do some exercise. So this is the monster Scribble muscles can be any shape or side you want to start off with . Maybe it's a couple of circles. You can draw as many eyes as you like. You can put the answer makes where you might even make it nice and scribbling down here really to loosen up drawing. And then you might want to get the next one on overlooking head triangle Body, tonight's big feet. Or maybe just one eye. You're gonna have some web hands if you like, And then for the next one, we're gonna give them some wings. Gonna make shape within three. A city beat amount the script. Really okay For the next exercise, we're going to have a look at how you can draw AIDS. You could use the guidelines in the class resources or distraught three simple circles all the same side. Then you draw a guideline for your eyes on the 1st 1 across the middle, off the circle for the 2nd 1 that lover than the middle. And for the third run a bit higher than the middle. This exercise basically shows you the principle that younger people have smaller features that placed a little bit lower on their face on older people tend to have larger seats, is placed a little higher on the day, follow along with my drawings or play around with the exercise for yourself. The last exercise is all about expressions. The eyebrows on the mouth show the most expression. When you're drawing a faith. This is just a really quick exercise to play around with how you can make your faces look different. Sometimes characters emerge from this exercise to destroy all nine squares with nine circles inside. Follow along with what I'm doing here, or you can use the class resources and filling your grid and see what you can come up with . We're gonna start getting on with your parents. 5. Sketch: in the class resources I've added from templates for you to use. So if you want to use those, that's fine. Just give you a rough outline of bird proportions off the face. First of all, I just want to draw for five circles on a page and think about different ways or creating the hair on the eyes on the notice until you find your sketch that you feel comfortable with you. Particularly like this. In the next exercise, we're going to be drawing the whole body. I have included in the class resources template for boring proportions of tithe, okay, roaring, established character that we're happy with. We're gonna move that into clothes shop in the next class, helps with your sketches to get 6. Moving Into Photoshop: I thought this is moving into practice when you have a sketch that you have to win. I use an iPhone to take photos of it, and I able to my Mac and we're gonna open up photo shop, Make a new file a forest good size for printing canoes that were getting simply locate your photo and drag and drop into your new file. Now let's look at the better layer on brushes and colors visible. Go to the window tab. Tick those open up a window default setting on each layer is normal. Some of the layers will watch change that. So I usually produced the capacity in my bottom layer. Just sat down to 20 because they want the night to be visible but not so visible. But with our like you're gonna make five layers. Top player. World navel line. I like to reduce the lines down to 70% capacity because it gives them the pencil line more of a realistic look on page. The next load I'll be labelled shadows. This one needs to be reduced down to 30%. The shadows layer also needs to be in multiply, and that means that you can see through the layer into the other layers, which is hanging would be shadows appear. Then you're gonna have straight layers for the next ones. We're not going to change any of the capacity or the multiplying. You just have hair color, skin color. He shot color, color, color. Let's keep it nice and simple. You don't need to complicate it in these basic citing. You have more like layers, and if you like, you can group your layers. So now we're all set up. Let's look at creating a color palette for you in that. 7. Colours: Welcome to the next class. This is about color palettes and how to create your kind of color panels in front of show. So the color panel in photo shop is organized integrates. There's a very wide range of default color palette, but I like to make my own for each project you can see here, but I have a number of different planets. Pallets are organized into groups and then groups into brutes. It's up to you how you want it to be. We need three simple groups. Really. The hat skin on the color for the club you can actualize easy the group tack. Okay, the first thing you want to do is I've been up in voter shop you a four file just for this color palettes project. But in Pinterest, I downloaded a number of photos that I'm going to use for collecting. I have a collection of photos you can drag and drop them into your 1/4 vile double click on the cross on picture to place when you collected all voters together. You want to go into the color tab on kick on swatches minimum different grapes off watches on. You want to be creating your angry so kick down at the bottom off that panel where you can see the file farm name your group of colors. Next, we're going to add a few groups to that may. Include Are you gonna make three groups skin color, hair color on insurance cover? Gonna be using the eyedropper on the shortcut for that on the keyboard is just the letter, I think picks up the colors in the pictures and create swatches for them, which you find your first color. Become a plus button and that will place your color into the group that you want it to be if it hasn't been placed into the group that you want it to be, just hope arrives on top of the color swatch when you can move it around with hand. If there are any salads that you particularly like to change, maybe making life or darker double click on them and the color panel will come up, do you continue to come around? I'm then related, and if you find when you're done that you've got colors in your groups that you're really not talking with, it's just a cover over them until the blue square around them and go down to the dust bin at the bottom of the panel to delete them. The next class is going to be on sorting out your brushes. It's a very similar principle. Sorting out your colors. We'll see you in class. 8. Brushes: come to nick class. This was going to be on brushes, organizing your brushes, sorting them into groups. Start by opening up the layers panel and will create a new layer just labeled practice. We'll delete this later. This is for you to scribble about on and work out your brushes. Let's have a look at the brushes panel in my brushes panel. I've got a file labeled all brushes, which is where all the brushes are. There's quite a lot of them. So what we're going to need to do is pull those brushes out that we want to use just for this project. So I'm gonna press this issue, file at the bottom and create a new group, and I like to name my projects after the characters. So I'm gonna call this Donna's Brushes. Then we're going to news this group right to the top so that we can organize our brushes. Usually there's a good selection of brushes supplied by go to shop, as do felt brushes, but it's useful to know that if you right, click anywhere on the brushes panel, go down to get more brushes that will send you to Adobe and you can get the Kyle brushes, which are supplied free, or you can go online and Google groups brushes. I paid a small amount for this huge collection of brushes, so we're just going to go down to the dry media brushes that I have here because I just want to point something out. There's only symbol next to each brush. It's either a brush or a razor or a blender and maybe others but those of one side spotted . So I'll demonstrate here where each is and does. Obviously the brush is a brush. There are all sorts of different races. As you explore, you'll find them. I really like this one because it's got a kind of rough edge to it. And as I'm looking for a pencil pastoral look, I don't want a hard edge a razor when I'm rubbing things in the last one. Here is a blender, which isn't a paintbrush or in a razor. It does what it says it blends to college together. It's around to create a pencil line that looks authentic on my drawing are looking dry media brushes. I use the Carl Ultimate hard pencil, and I'm just pressing to land plus here to zoom in on my work. This is a bit small, my life. So I'm going to go into brush. Nothing. I'm just going to adjust side. Then I'm gonna press the plus button. This duplicates the brush and I'm allowed to name it here, So I'm just going to name it my pencil. Then if I go back into brushes, you can see that it's there in that group. But it's in the wrong group at the moment, So I'm gonna pick it up and I'm going to put it in my group right at the top. Donna's brushes. Next, I'm going to find pastoral that I like clinic off and in a razor on the blender. And then So the only four brushes that I'm going to keep in mind and the next class going start drawing should be straightforward, even tough 9. Rendering: Okay, let's get on with illustrating or rendering our character. The lovely thing about learning to draw digitally is that anything you do really doesn't matter. You can take a step back. You can raise it, you can delete a layer. It's OK. You can take a rest, come back to it and it's all still set up for you, Ready to go to play around with it and have fun. Enjoy yourself. So when I start going over the top of a sketch that already exists, I try to keep my mark making history as possible and not copy exactly what it's underneath . When I make mistakes, I'm not happy with the quality of the line I use, Command said on to take a step back. Or I might means the race It all. You see that I've changed my mind about the position of the arms and added a little problem in this drawing. When you tackle the skin color, don't be afraid to play around with the swatches and the colors that you've already chosen because they might not here right when you put together. I've also added a layer. When I did the skin on the face on the Deuce Leah Pass iti to create the blushed cheeks. Before I started painting the tee shirt, I decided I wanted to mark out or select the area that I was going to paint. So I used the magnetic lawsuit all, which is up at the top left corner, with the other less suitable. If you write to kick on there, you'll see the magnetic one. It's a really useful tool because it recognizes the lines that you have drawn, and you can select an area exactly and then fill it in with these. But having done that, when I did the trousers, I decided I didn't want such a smooth outline on trousers. So I decided to use the mosque. The masks are in the layer panel. It's the league dot near the layers, and if you click on that, you'll see that it adds a little something next to your screen next to your layer. It's basically a layer of the top, but when you paint in it with using black or white, you can mask the edges without actually losing your pain. And finally, the end. Adding the shadows is my favorite bit because it really adds depth to the character. And when you turn up the sketch that she is 10. Conclusion: so I had to go to the project. Did you follow along with me, or did you create your own character? I would really love to see the results to your project in class gallery, whether or not your experience with using protein shop. I have that my sister for simplifying that just to keep Russia has insisted you in some way in being successful in your digital painting shop. Come very overwhelming program and I find that some find for each individual projects really assisting on really helped, particularly helps when you are illustrating Children's books are so important to maintain consistency through your parents is so what do your parents? You could explore expression or different movements, Maybe drop same parents. They're using different paper or different colors. I certainly took this character and doing all sorts of ways. One of my coffin. I'll let you know