Fetch a Sketch


I spent some considerable time over the weekend fetching these sketches for you to practice on. Some of them come from ‘Deviant Art’, most especially sketches with more than one figure in them and the “anemi” sketches. Some from a book I downloaded on How to make Faries. And some others here and there, but mostly there, at Deviant Art. Great site! Here’s the URL: http://www.deviantart.com/

If you own Painter IX or above, or Photoshop CS of some version or other. It doesn’t matter here. This first sketch doesn’t look like much at all, yet it is very valuable for beginners learning how to shade etc…

What I would like you to do in your program is to pull out an HB2 pencil, set it’s size to 1 point and try to shade the rest of the hair in as you see it… Then with the chin already discribed for you, try to fill in the face, remembering to shade under cheek bones and eye sockets and such. Just remember, wherever you shade, the paint will reveal the shadowing detail underneath. If it’s better for you, it sometimes is for me, magnify the image to 300% first, assuring you’ll stay in the lines.

Another way to stay in the lines, is on your layer pallet at the top. Do you see a little checkered square there? If you do, press that and the program won’t show any paint that goes outside the lines… Here is an example of a shaded sketch ready for painting however your heart desires! You’ll feel like a real Professional as all that detail unfolds before your eyes!

Where sketches are just straight lines, you will need to fill in the shading yourself.  That’s why you need to practice on the hair sketch before anything else.

Believe me, it’s not all that difficult as it seems.  You just have to be observant, patient and meticulous.  If you make a mistake, no harm done, simply rub it out with your erraser tool…

The reason I ask you to fill in the facial features is because the proportions are already set for you with the hair and chin.  Just go by how much space you have within this area.  It helps to visualize first, rough it in casually, and then refine things once you have the placement even, for eyes,nose, lips, etc…


This is what I mean by a shaded sketch. If you were to color this in, it would already contain all the shadows and highlights for you! All you need do is paint them in.

Again, don’t forget to zoom in to do the tight spots like face and hands.  Make your paint only about 60 percent opaque or 40% invisable so all the shading etc. shows through.

If you want it a little darker, experiment to taste, and then begin with the easy parts, so your hand can adapt to the art work, and it should come fairly naturally to you.

You can even upload your efforts to Deviant Art, and you might just get a comment from the Arteest whether or not he/she thinks you did a good job of it.  These are all free domain so you should have no trouble displaying your work!  And be sure to thank the Artist.

Warrior_PrincessHere is such a sketch below, where you must fill in the shading first.  Please don’t be nervous about this…  A lot of first time Artists were right where you are now, some of you, and in no time at all, have become quite skilled at their craft!

You might want to shade the perimeters of her vest, on her face a bit and the arms, but most of it is done for you.  It’s just to get a feel for it.  Then paint her in.  Where there is no shadows or highlights applied, filling with flat color is called “Blocking”  Some people prefer to block first, and then fill in the shadows and highlights.

If you do it in the sketch first though, it will be more understanding to you. I know there’s some wild stuff out there you can’t possibly live up to, though some of you will.  Don’t let that deter you!  Just let your creative juices flow, and make yourself a master-piece!

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These all only require filling in with color…

For natural skin tones, use your eye-dropper tool and sample skin colors from and actual photograph.

Most importantly, take your time!  Enjoy what your doing and appreciate the value of it…  Later on along, I’ll tell you how to make sketches of your very own to paint in.

Trust me.  When you’re done with these, you will have amazed yourself!  Always have fun with it, and don’t be nervous about it, or you won’t want to do it next time…

I believe Illustrator (a Photoshop Drawing utility), has brush settings that take the jitter out of your strokes leaving only smooth lines.  Quite handy for newbies at this…

Newbie is such an ugly word…  How about: “Budding, Professional, Artist?”  Oh, that sounds much better!

tribal-dragon_1Remember…  It will be your own confidence and persistence here that will carry you!  As you get more adapt, which happens fairly quickly, you’ll take on ever bigger, and bolder projects to fullfill!

To make a sketch of your own, select a photo of a single object or person, without any clutter or too much detail, and make a layer above it, setting your opacity to 50% so your image shows through.

Then carefully trace it out on that layer…  Afterwards, close the little eye icon on your layers pallet, of the picture itself, revealing your sketch…

Make a new layer for shadows and highlights.  When you are through, merge your sketch with the detail and place it in a new file.  Begin to paint…

I hope you will enjoy what I have found for you here…  And don’t worry, I may just fill a few in myself to emphasise the point!

I wish I could find the book I wrote…  It has real live examples I could just paste in.  I’ll have to keep digging!  LOL!  I’ll find it somewhere…  I have a lot of Art-work to share from there as well.

Give it a shot, and see if it doesn’t brighten up your day!  Soon we’ll actually be going into Painter with real paintings of mine.  Ooooo!  Not too shabby huh?  I know you’re all just going to surprize yourselves all over the place, if you just believe in yourself!  Have a happy time of it, and please to show off!  Always show off!  If you’ve got it, flaunt it!  If you liked to draw as a child, I want YOU most especially.  LOL!  Sign up, and show Deviant Art what you can do.  Just let sketches captivate you, and run with it!  Cheers!




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