|This is by no means a drawing tutorial. Sections of this
drawing were created using watercolors and paintbrush, but this
doesn't mean you couldn't achieve the same watercolor effect within
Painter, Photoshop, or Paint Shop Pro. Step 1 Find an image you would like to work with. Please remember
if you wish to use another artists artwork always get permission
first. For this example I've used the Ye Sheng Yu
render by Awful Soul (with permission). The only thing I changed at
this point on the original image was that I flipped it
horizontally. Print your image on plain paper, the size you prefer.
For this tutorial, I used A4 [standard letter size] white paper.
Keep in mind, that the larger the paper the more details, however,
working on a larger piece of paper might give you problems, in one
of the future steps, when the image is scanned. Step 2 Place
a thin sheet of good quality paper that is thin enough to see
through, yet porous enough so that it will absorb the watercolors.
Now, trace over the image with a pencil, using a light line. No
need to worry about accuracy, just draw a simple outline only,
don't try to copy the whole drawing in this step.
Step 3 Next go over the traced image with heavier lines. By
tracing over it lightly at first, and then heavier, your lines will
be smoother. A special trick for this step: You
have just traced the entire image, so you know that you will not be
drawing a hand instead of a foot, so remove the "printed
under-drawing." Now, looking at the original image for inspiration,
define your lines on the traced image with longer and confident
strokes. This allows your hand to move freely. Now is the time
to add detail, by tracing as many lines as you feel is necessary to
complete your drawing. At this point you can add lines in many
directions to give your image a sketched appearance. Also, dont
forget to draw in your main shadow areas.
With your watercolors and paintbrush carefully add a dark brown
color, only on the areas with shadows.
Step 5 Now is the time to experiment by increasing the
shadows with pencil lines, or draw lines following the borders with
Step 6 Place a sheet of opaque white paper on the backside
of your watercolor image and scan your drawing once the watercolors
are dry. You can speed up the drying process by using a hairdryer
on a low heat setting, being careful not to overheat your image. In
Photoshop insert your scanned drawing as a top layer over your
original image. In your scanned drawing layer, set the level of
Opacity to 50%, to give the top layer transparency. Using Free
Transform [Edit>Free Transform] until the two images line-up
Next, on your scanned drawing layer, move the Opacity back to 100%
and click on Hard Light mode. Work with the levels to see if you
need to darken it a bit. Make a copy of your top layer [the traced
drawing] and place it as the top layer. Desaturate this new
layer completely: [Image>Adjustments> Hue/Saturation] with
the Saturation value set to and the layer set to Multiply
mode. Try different Opacities if the image appears to dark.
That's it! Using watercolors with a variety of papers will add lots
of expressivities to your image most important experiment and
have fun! If you have any questions regarding this tutorial, please
post them to the comments box at the bottom of the tutorial page.
A special thank you to Guest Columnist Patrick Behar [trickdesign]