Making of the Photographer
by Raul Ovejero, UK

Hello CGArena readers, Here´s a little tutorial on how I did  one of my latest drawings on Photoshop, The Photographer, a war journalist picture in a cartoony look intending to be evocative and just a bit sad. What began as a character concept came up to be a whole story I needed to tell, and here’s how I went for it! Enjoy...

The most scary thing in the world for an artist is a blank sheet (digital or not) you need to fill with whatever is in your imagination. Some artists like to fill it with a color, some with some random shapes... the way I begin my character pictures is by using some gradients to fill the space, but leaving some garish point that could be useful later on as a filling ligth to define the shape of our “hero”, a light from some source placed in his back.

In this case, as shown above, the grey line and square in perspective mark where my character is going to be standing and where his “mass centre” is to be in along a vertical line, useful to balance his weight later on. The square outside lines give a hint, too, about which my perspective was going to be and where my focal points were to be more or less in the space.

This slight idea of perspective was going to be useful later on to work on the surrounding environment, but even when I was just going for a character concept, this helped me to draw accurately in the space all the luggages and stuff he’s carrying along.

Now, the sketching of the character, done first with a hard edge brush as shown, with its opacity set to 75-80%, and later filling the body areas with some more hard edged brushes, changing their opacity depending on their default values. The filling of the space between body lines was important to begin to block the volumes and colours- in this case just a scale of greys-, and the light.

 It’s very important to flip horizontaly what one’s drawing every now and then, because there could be mistakes one could overlook otherwise. In this case, there were lots of errors in the perspective and symmetry... sees how the character in the right is slightly dumpier and how the smile’s fixed. Now his face was quite more balanced without giving up a natural lack of symmetry.


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