in this instructable, you are going to see the process of scetching, drawing and outlining this illustration. it is very imortant to read all the parts before starting to draw, even the optional ones so that you can decide what to do and you don't skip any step.
Step 1: Tools You'll Need
- first of all, a pencil, an eraser and a piece of paper ( preferably thick paper or sketchbook)
- paint brushes, a pallet, watercolors or copic markers (i didn't have copic markers, that's why i used watercolors but if you do have, it's better that you use them. Also, make sure you have very thin paint brushes)
- fineliners ( i found out later on that some fineliners don't paint on top of watercolors, which weas a real pain in the backside cause i had to use permanent markers that had a thicker tip, so don't go too ambitiously with details and check first that your fineliners write on top of watercolors)
Step 2: Deciding What to Do Based on Your Theme
firstly, make a list of objects that fit tyour theme. This will be usefull later
next, think of your main component. in my case, it is the bucket and the paint. you can choose to do whatever you want, dont be limited my the bucket. As long as the component interacts with the doodles, you are fine. then draw the component in many diffrent ways and choose the best, like i did. for eample, i cose to do the third one out of the three(pic). Don't forget to have reference photos of what you are doing and everytime you make a mistake just rely on them. lastly, think of the whole project and try to scetch itr roghly. It doesn't matter if it is bad. It can be as bad as you want since it is there just to give us an idea of the layout and to have something in mind
Step 3: Scetching the Background
In this part, you are going to use the list of things you have made before. Essentially, you just start with two or more objects and then you build around them. in the gaps you can add clouds, slime or explotions. I chose to do clouds but you can do many of them together. The sketches are crucial to giving you an idea of how it looks but the final result will be totally improved after you fineline it, because by finelining, you will be able to correct small mistakes.
if you don't do a main component(paint bucket) then this is going to be the main part and not the background. in this case you incorporate the characters with the objects in any shape you want(sphere) or maybe covering the whole page.
Step 4: Scetching Component (optional)
If you have chosen not to include a component to interact with the doodles, then you can skip this part.
if you chose to include it, then just draw it on top of the background. it can be anything you want, don't limit yourseft to the bucket. as long as it ts somethin g your characters can interact with, then you are fine. If you find yoursef to be hesitant during this stage just start to scetch something and as you go on it will get easier. Don't forget to have refrence photos of what you are drawing and hang onto them when you feel you made a mistake. If you want it to look realistic, then it's hepful to have a lot of contrast among the colors. The reason i chose to do a bucket as a main component is because i wanted to show that the paint spilled by the bucket gives colour to all of the other objects.
Step 5: Creating and Scetching the Characters
To begin with, you take another draft aper and draw roughly the laout of your drawing( background and component) Then, you experiment with expressions, shapes, tectures, characteristics and features in order to create your characters. If you don't have inspiration then you can search for doodles on google and inspiration will come on her own.(i recommend searching for vexx, he is the best!)
when you finish drawing the characters you go to your main paper and include them to the drawing.
if you do't have a main component, then theese characters can be incorporated with the objects so as to make the main part.
Step 6: First Outline(optional)
This part is very optional, since most of the outlines will be painted over but it really helped me understand the figure of the objects. If you have time and enough ink, then you can do it.
Step 7: Painting
In this part, your drawing gets essentially her soul, it becomes joyful and enjoyable. Be careful on that part but even if it looks a bit messy like mine, any imperfections will be prfected through outlining. Also, try to stick to your theme but also don't make it monotone, for example, exept of orange i used some blue, green, red, pink and brown. In addition, i painted a sunset on the background because it looked very blank.
Step 8: Final Outline
That is one of the most vital parts of the drawing.If you have followed the steps one by one then this is the part when all the colours pop up and the messy color jumble becomes a clear and happy illustrartion.Ig you look at the befor and after outlining of my drawing you will se a significant difference. That is the last step. Don't hesitate to ask anything. Enjoy!!