Here is a quick break down of how I’m doing a WIP. Well, not really a WIP, but something that I’m practicing with. And it’s not exactly cartoony.
Start with a subject. I don’t have a scanner right now, so I grabbed the otyugh from the Monster Manual.
Set it to Multiply and order it to the top.
Paint a real quick-n-sleazy background.
Pick a few colours. In this case, brown, dark red, red, and black.
Block the brown in with a brush set to 100%.
Bring the brush down to 50% and block the rest in.
Nothing terribly fancy.
Brush still at 50%, add some darker shadows and junk.
Added the teeth on a separate layer.
Bring the brush down to 30% and paint some more.
Now, for some reason, I decided to add a few other things. Did this with the brush at 100%.
That’s it so far.
For some details, like teeny-tiny barely visible wrinkles in the skin, I’ll probably add another layer set to overlay and paint on that.
Other things I do:
- use [ and ] to change brush size
- use Alt to get the EyeDropper for quickly sampling colours from the canvas
- have a layer with just colours to act as a mixing palette
- if I use the Smudge tool, I make sure Spacing is off
- turn the line layer on and off as needed
- bring Opacity of line layer way down
Yeah, breaking up the major parts into layers like what 2byts did is a good idea. It’s a little more work at the beginning, but it just might save your posterior down the line.