Grayscale digital art
Digital painting tutorial – sketch to greyscale values to
We’ll show you how to easily make your own monochrome digital portraits using simple techniques in this tutorial. To illustrate eyes, hair, face, and skin, we’ll start with layers, building up tone, highlights, and textures to create depth and detail.
Sketch out the ideal outline of your relation on the ‘sketch’ layer (which should be the topmost layer). Depending on your personal preference, you can make it as stylized or realistic as you want. A hard-edged brush is ideal for this, but any brush will suffice as long as it provides a straight line to work with.
To prevent errors, make sure your Layers are properly labeled. Remember to label the layers clearly because we’ll be working under the sketch layer until the desired amount of color is built up and then going above it.
You may also want to convert your reference picture to black and white at this stage, which will enable you to color-pick the right shades to blend with or use it as a value guide, as we do in this tutorial.
Fundamentals of digital painting: 05 painting in grayscale
Hello and welcome to my digital character painting tutorial! Clip Studio Paint is a fantastic application, and as you’ll see, we just need a few of its many features to make a nice drawing. Figure 1 shows the situation.
Let me give you an overview of what we’ll be doing before we get started. We’ll be drawing a full-color character of essentially human proportions. We’re going to do it in two stages overall. A grayscale (or black-and-white) painting is the first stage. We’ll talk about the character’s blocking and overall design. Stage 2 is when we’ll add color and make the product, making it ready for a portfolio or commission!
Let’s begin by creating a new canvas. Navigate to File > New. The settings I used are shown in fig. 2, but you are free to use whatever you want. You’ll now be faced with one of the most terrifying aspects of art: a blank white canvas, *gasp!*
But don’t be concerned! This is why we’re using the grayscale-to-color method in the first place: we just have to think about values. By the way, the words “values” and “grayscale” are interchangeable. Figure 3 shows the situation.
Grayscale to color my secret technique
Learning art may seem to be a never-ending source of knowledge. To keep things easy, you should begin your drawing and painting lessons in grayscale and save color for later. Though it may be tempting to jump right into color, this video argues for taking things slowly and methodically. That’s how they do it in art school, after all. If you’re interested in learning more about this subject, be sure to check out the Basic Photoshop Rendering series in the store! It was my intention when I started this series to capture my experience in Drawing 1 and apply it to digital painting.
Digital art| grayscale to color tutorial
I’ll teach you how to draw in grayscale today, and then how to use it to create an art style that’s more akin to comics or manga (what some people call monochrome). So, what exactly does that imply? It means learning “Values,” and once you understand values, every form of drawing becomes simpler, particularly if you’re working in black and white, such as in a realistic grayscale painting or even in manga style. We’ll see one of my old paintings at the end, and I’ll try to repair it using what we’ve learned.
Simple, values are one of the most important aspects of art, alongside perspective, color, composition, anatomy, and other factors. As a result, regardless of the style you want to draw in, the better you are at it, the better your art will look. The fundamentals greatly enhance the quality of your painting, so even if you don’t know how to draw something really specific like a shoe or a car, your drawing will still look fine.
It’s important to note that you don’t need any of these brushes; you could draw anything with the same brush or 20 different ones if you wanted to; this is just an illustration, and the only brushes you’ll need for this tutorial are one with texture, one without (for inking), and maybe a soft one for some shadows.