Sketch out and set up on its own layer, lowering the opacity to get it a level that doesn't impact the painting levels.
I set up the layer above the sketch as the details layer, above that I set up a layer just for the glasses as I'm feeling at this point I may have made them too exaggerated. Below the Sketch layer I set up the layer for the main skin tone. Just below that I set up a layer for the background colour for which I use a light blue.
Top layer - Glasses
2nd layer - facial details
3rd layer - initial sketch (will be discarded)
4th layer - skin tone (to allow sketch to show through above)
5th layer - background colour
The majority of the work is done on the details layer, building up skin tones. I hardly ever use swatches once a painting has been started. I may use the swatches initially to lay down colour but after that I primarily use the colour window and use the eyedropper tool grabbing colour that I have already laid down in the painting. I zoom in often to work on details and usually have the navigator window open to allow me to have a thumbnail view of the painting in progress. I also like the navigator tool for quickly zooming in on the working and reference images.
Though mot shown here, I decide the glasses are too big to allow an acceptable likeness so I adjust them smaller. Takes a bit of wrangling but I'm happy with the change.
One thing I am learning is that don't be afraid of mistakes and don't be afraid to change something. If you're not quite sure, save your file and "save as" a different file. Then you can compare which is a great tool when you are just learning... and I'm always learning.
After I'm happy with the look of the painting, I add another layer on top and fill that with a grey colour, add noise from the filter menu and adjust the opacity down to add a grainy feel to the painting. Add another layer above that for my signature (I don't want the grainy layer to affect the signature)
Again for your perusal, the finished painting. I hope you liked it. Feel free to comment with a critique or question.
Since I am now a full time cartoonist/caricature artist, I should really start to post more on social media and my blog. It's like going to the gym, we always make excuses for not doing it but know what the benefits can be if done properly.
I have a sign taped to my wall above the computer that I'm writing this at that says... Tuesday is Sketch of the week day... so today's sketch is of a good Canadian kid.
January 10th, 2017
Digital drawing, created in Autodesk Sketchbook, drawn on my studio Cintiq21ux (still running after 6 years).
Hope you enjoy this drawing... back to working on commissions.
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Templates with your Company's Logo and/or Call to Action will appear on each drawing.
Custom background(s) can be created for each event such as this one below.
Here are more examples of drawings created while at trade shows. It works, believe me! I dare you to find another way to bring people to your booth at the same cost Caricatoons charges. If you have anymore questions you can visit www.caricatoons.ca and click on "live events". I would love to hear from you.
Step one: I review the email and/or phone conversations with the client to try and develop an idea of how the drawing will take shape. Sometimes I know exactly how the drawing will go due to a detailed interaction with a client that knows what they want. Sometimes I'm given a list of ideas for the drawing but no clear expectations. I always start the drawing with an idea of where I'm gonna go but allow myself to be flexible with changing that plan.
In this case I was given a small list of ideas but enough to get going on. He played lacrosse, hockey, soccer and he likes to wear shorts and sandals. He has a dog too that everyone at the firehall sees often, so I'm to incorporate the dog somehow. I envisioned in my mind how I wanted to see him and his dog in the drawing but really hadn't settled on a background other than, it's the fire department and the city is Vancouver. So I start drawing with no clear idea of what the final product will look like.
Step Two: Gather the reference photos together and create a rough sketch
Step Three: Once I am happy with the rough sketch, I'll reduce the transparency of that layer, add a layer on top and start the "inking" process
Step Four: Create layers underneath the line drawing and build up the colours of the face. Once that is done, I'll combine all the layers to create one layer for his head.
Step Five: On another layer I rough sketch out a body, following some of the info from the client, shorts, sandals and a lacrosse stick.
Step Six: Ink and colour the body and combine together on one layer.
Step Seven: Hide the layer containing the body. Then import the picture of his dog and create a rough sketch, ink it and colour it. Here is where I decided to incorporate the soccer ball.
Step Eight: Combine the man and his dog together and come up with a background. I decided that he had just driven an old firetruck up onto a hydrant with the city in the background. Not a huge idea but I think it looks good.
Step Nine: Send a low resolution water-marked image of the drawing to the client for perusal. This is where 90% of clients finally start getting creative, sometimes too much but I walk them through the process. I allow a bit of revisions within my price that I originally quoted but major re-draws or constant changing this and that requires additional payment. In this case the changes/request were relatively minor. The clients(s) decided that the shirt should be a firemans shirt with captains bars, that I needed to add a hockey stick somewhere in there and there needed to ne a bumpersticker with the name Norman on there. This guys name wasn't Norman but they said he would " get it".
Here is the final, approved drawing.
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I have templates in my computer for the glasses that I currently use for painting caricature cartoons on. I pull up the appropriate template and design my cartoon in Autodesk Sketchbook on my Cintiq Companion.
After I am happy with the design and/or the client has approved, I then start the process of cleaning the wine glass off with soap and water, then dry it and clean it again with rubbing alcohol.
Once the glass is clean, I measure out the area I want the drawing to be placed on and check to ensure the template that I have printed out is to the proper size.
I then, as a guide, place the template inside the wine glass. I use a cloth to push the paper up against the curvature of the glass.
The next step is, using the template as a guide and using the appropriate paints for multi surface, block in the colours required for the painting.
I find that multiple coats are required to make the colours opaque and smooth. Some colours go on easier than others but I find if I add a tiny bit of white to each colour, it makes it easier to apply. I can always add the full colour in after.
Once I am happy with the blocking in, I use my magnifying light and start to add the details.
After all the details are done, I go over the painting and scrape off any excess paint with an exacto knife. I also inspect the painting for any required touch ups.
The next step is to pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees F and put the cup in for 30 minutes. After the time is done allow the glass to cool off in the oven before handling. This step cures the painting and allows glass to be washed without losing the artwork.
That's it. Here is the finished painted wineglass with the happy client... in this case my Mom lol.
Here are some other examples of wine and beer glasses.
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