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Emerald and Ebony: My Drawing Process

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Hello, and welcome to my second Instructable! I will be showing you how I drew this picture, which I have entitled Emerald and Ebony. This mostly just shows my drawing process, though I hope it can help teach people, as well. 

I used GIMP, or rather, GIMP Paint Studio. GIMP can be downloaded for free from here. The GIMP Paint Studio plugin can be downloaded here. The same principles I use can be applied to other programs--the reason I use GIMP is because it's free. :) 
 
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Step 1: Sketching it out

The first thing I did was open up GIMP and create a new image. I set the size to 1600 x 1200 pixels, and the resolution to 300 ppi. I then created a new layer and labeled it "Sketch." 

I checked "Opacity" and "Size" under "Pressure" in the Paintbrush settings, and, using the default Round brush, I started sketching out my picture. The sketch doesn't have to be perfect, but I played around for a while until I was happy with it. 

Once I finished the sketch, I selected the background layer and added a simple green gradient. 

Step 2: Outlining

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The next thing I did was outline my drawing. I lowered the opacity on the Sketch layer to 40%, then created a new layer for the outline. Look through the images for further instruction. :)

Step 3: Coloring, Part 1--Face

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I made a new layer for the color and put it under the lineart layer. I used the soft brush labeled "A-12C round brush" in GPS. After putting down some colors, I used the Smudge tool to blend them together. I debated about making the witch's skin entirely green, but in the end I settled for green around the eyes and cheeks. 

Step 4: Coloring, Part 2--Hair

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I used the same techniques for the hair. Rather than shades of gray, I used shades of grayish-green that gave the hair a green tint to it. 
HollyMann1 year ago
You're amazing! Creating that with Gimp is incredible...nothing wrong with Gimp..just assumed Photoshop!!! Good job!
Embercat (author)  HollyMann1 year ago
Thanks so much! :D Heh, I wish it were Photoshop! Until I save up some more money, though, Gimp it is.
I know "Free" software is tough to beat but Sketchbook Pro is free to try and cheap to buy. I'm having fun with it.
If you as me, You ought to have a copy coming soon anyway.
Embercat (author)  John Induna AD1 year ago
Thanks for letting me know! I've only tried Sketchbook once (I downloaded the free trial), but I didn't have the patience to spend time figuring it out. If I happen to win a copy, though, I'll definitely put more effort into it! :)
Congratulations, Hope you will be using SketchBook Pro now.
LBridgeINK1 year ago
Congratulations ! awesome piece
HollyMann1 year ago
Congratulations on winning!!!!!!!! that's awesome!
azharz1 year ago
Wow! What a kitty and a witch.
Embercat (author)  azharz1 year ago
Thanks so much!
You're welcome
atomic221 year ago
Very nice ible and pic.
Are you using a WACOM tablet or just the mouse?
Embercat (author)  atomic221 year ago
Thank you! I have a small Intuos 3 Wacom tablet. There are some people who can draw well with a mouse... I am definitely not one of them! :)
Nice work,
Keep drawing!
Embercat (author)  John Induna AD1 year ago
Thank you! I love drawing, so I plan on keeping it up for many years to come. :)
This is great! The cat is so cute!
Embercat (author)  PotatoCoffee1 year ago
:D Thank you!
ravenking1 year ago
I like your witch and kitty! :)
Embercat (author)  ravenking1 year ago
Thank you, ravenking! Thanks for following me, as well. :D
ChrysN1 year ago
Great picture! The kitty is really cute.
Embercat (author)  ChrysN1 year ago
Thank you! I love drawing cats. :)
You should enter this into the halloween drawing contest! Its really good!
Embercat (author)  jackjackboom1 year ago
Thank you! :D Yep, I entered it into the drawing contest. Feel free to vote for me! :)
Nice instructions. Oh but you should also make a little movie demo to complement your written demo. You can use this if you want. I find it does a real nice job and best of all its free. http://camstudio.org/
Embercat (author)  Treasure Tabby1 year ago
Thank you! I considered making a video, but I wasn't really sure how, so thanks for the link! I'll have to check it out.
azharz1 year ago
Wow! What a kitty and a witch.
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