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How to use layers effectively in iPad illustration.
First you want to have an art app from the app store that works with layers. I recommend Brushes, Sketchbook, ArtRage or Procreate.
On my first layer I use the pencil tool for a light blue sketch. Consider this the skeleton of the figure. The guitar strings are red to avoid confusion.
Next I create a new layer and drag it on top of the first. I call this the graphite layer. I work up the details of the figure and the guitar. The sketch is still loose but detailed.
Now I create a new layer and move it to the top. The character has sheet music hair so this top layer is reserved for the lines and notes in her hair.
Now I delete my blue layer and create a layer I call "the ink." I go over the graphite layer with a black marker tool. Now I can delete the graphite layer. The music notes sketch is turned off.
Similar to the last step I create an ink layer for the lines.
Now I turn down the opacity for my ink layer and turn on the music notes sketch. An ink layer is created for the notes.
Now I ink the notes and get rid of the sketch I no longer need. A color layer is created. Layers are transparent so this one is tucked under the music notes ink layer. That layer is what I color.
The ink and color for the notes get merged and I make a final layer for her color. I tuck it under her ink layer and color the new bottom layer. The halftone gets put on using a different brush.
Hope you enjoyed the tutorial. Check out my latest book, Through The Elm to The Big Apple at http://about.me/raheemnelson.
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This is great stuff keep em coming
9 months ago
Great to see something like this. Well done!
9 months ago
Art app (sketchbook, brushes, etc)
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