I also made a picture of my tablet with completed drawing in sketchbook and picture of my saved work as I progressed.
As I did whole work on my tablet I couldn't grab a screenshot showing tools I used for particular steps. I added pictures :)
Step 1: Let's Start!
Edit: i got an idea that I can take a picture! So here it is :)
Step 2: Now... Sketch!
You can do your sketch better than I did :)
So... put on your sketch water, moon, raft and pirate of course! You can add more to that.
Step 3: Water, Oh Yeah!
It has to be dark blue as it's night. Work a bit on shadows for waves and move forwad to the next step.
Step 4: Moon, Stars... It's Getting More Romantic?
This part I did while traveling by train so the stars are not necessarily dots as expected.... But I kept it on separate layer so I could fix it later. You can do the same with any part of drawing.
For the moon you can use circular guidelines - absolutely amazing tool! I just wonder if it would work with stars, too? Feel free and try it.
Step 5: Adding a Raft
Keep the raft on separate layer as you'll need it at the very end of your work and for immersing, too.
Step 6: Painting Some Items on Raft
Try to paint every new item on a new layer. When you're done with it you can merge the layer down or leave it on separate layer. This approach is handy as you can remove whole layer when you're very unhappy with your work.
Step 7: Time to Sail!
This step is also using eraser for immersing your raft. Put your raft layer into about 50% transparency for that task. Try how much transparency works for you:. the goal is to see water below raft to be able to erase pieces of raft cauciously. So when you see water look how waves are shaped and remove boundaries of raft - start with top of the wave, then move transparency back to normal and see the effect. Play around as long as you like :)
At this step I fixed my stars :) To make them look like mine use pencil tool and paint little transparent dots (I used 3 different colors: white, yellow and red)
Step 8: Pirate!
There are some unquestionable pirate-attributes that you should consider for your character:
- wooden leg
- eye cover
- sometimes hook instead of one hand
- ughly smile with missing teeths :)
When you're done you can merge your layer down to the raft.
Step 9: Final Step - Ghooost
To do so make sure that you merge all your items related to raft and pirate into one layer. However keep it separated from background (water and sky)!
When all your raft&pirate stuff is on one layer change this layer blending mode to either "Screen" or "Add" - both works well. I picked "Add" for mine. Looks nice, huh?
If some parts of it looks to bright or too little transparend you can fix that by erasing them with eraser (put your eraser to be about 90-95% transparent to get lighter effect)
You're done! I hope you had fun :)