I wanted to create an iconic portrait of one of the most memorable characters from Batman's rouge gallery: Two-Face. Here I will show you the steps that I took to create this image of Harvey Dent and his better half.
Here, I start with a very loose sketch or a thumbnail drawing. Depending on the complexity of the illustration I may draw many thumbs before moving forward with the illustration. I do all of my pencils and inks in Manga Studio and I typically use the textured pen tool for my roughs.
Bringing Things Into Focus
My next step is using the pencil tool to refine the drawing. At this point I'm still not concerning myself too much with the details, I like to leave a little bit of breathing room for when I move on to inks.
It's way more than just tracing
Inking is my favorite part of the whole process. It's important to remember that inking isn't simply just going back over your pencil lines. As I work I apply more pressure to the pen in some areas to give my lines some variation. Thickening the lines under the chin, hairline, lapels, and brows, adds weight to the character and makes it feel more tangible. Manga Studio is the best program for inking that I've come across. I typically use the G-pen at it's default setting.
Flats for Days
Once I'm all done inking I save a copy of my drawing as a psd. file and open it up in Photoshop. Manga Studio works well for coloring too and it has some great halftone tools but I've been using Photoshop to color my work for over fifteen years, so I default to what I know best. I lay in all of my flat colors before I shade or add textures to anything. Sometimes when I feel like mixing up my color palate a bit I head on over to Color Scheme Designer, it's a really great design resource that I just discovered a few months ago.
Bringing It All Into Focus
Once my flats are laid in and all of the edges are cleaned up I add in shadows. Remember that shadows have color too there not just gray washes layered on top of the color. I like to use dusty purple and blue hues for my shadows making sure to set the shadow layer to "multiply" and adjusting the opacity. After I finished applying the shadows and highlights, I brought the piece back into Manga Studio to add some last minute details. I used the colored pencil tool to add a soft white outline around the face and used a darker color pencil to soften up the jawline a bit. Adding textures to an illustration can also be very helpful in altering the pristine look that can sometimes happen when coloring on the computer and can aid in unifying the overall illustration.
I hope that my first tutorial on Moviepilot was a helpful one. I look forward to posting more of my work and more process breakdowns in the future. See you all again soon.
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