Isabella and Guy of Gisborne = large amounts of sibling rivaly.

Isabella and Guy of Gisborne. I don’t think they liked each other much.

2B pencil, water-soluble graphite pencil on paper, and then into Photoshop (I think, or even Corel Painter? – I did this five years ago) for putting in the background grey colour, and for some skin-smoothing, plus a bit of texture in their hair.

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12 thoughts on “Isabella and Guy of Gisborne = large amounts of sibling rivaly.

  1. Great picture, I’ve never really tried altering my pencil in photoshop, but it sounds like an interesting idea. How do you manage to do a block background without either going over tiny lines like loose hairs or having white space around them? Is it just going over the drawing with a fine tooth comb and picking them out?

    • Hi Morescribbles, thank you for your comment. 🙂 I’ve had to have a bit of a think about how I did this!
      Here goes: I scanned and brought up my finished (on paper) drawing in Photoshop; duplicated its layer; then made a new layer in between the background layer and the duplicate, and painted it black; I then went to the duplicate picture layer and decreased its opacity slightly to allow the black background to show through as the nice solid grey; after this I went to the black layer and also decreased its opacity a bit and erased the shapes of the two figures so that the background layer figures showed through to strengthen the images back to almost normal. I could sort of see what I was doing through the layers. It took a while and was quite fiddly, but not as fiddly as picking out separate strands of hair, etc.
      I’m not sure what effect I used on their hair. I do remember that it was fun to play around with lots of effects to varying degrees at this stage.
      After flattening the picture, I used the usual Photoshop tricks to get rid of some dark pencil marks on Guy’s face that I could not erase properly on the paper drawing. And of course, enhancing skin, hair and clothing highlights is such a pleasure in Photoshop or Corel or other digital art programmes. I find that I’m not happy with most of my artwork these days unless I’ve scanned or photographed it and chucked it into a programme to finish it off. 😉

  2. Aha, that’s an interesting process, I hadn’t thought of putting a background layer in between two replica layers. I’ve only really scanned in basic images and then traced them on photoshop to give them black outlines and colour, usually with the intention of cartoonish images rather than in the style that I’d sketch with a pencil. But this way sounds like a good method of strengthening the overall pictures as well as adding a background easily (which I find tedious with a pencil.)
    Also, I’ve never really looked into different types of pencils, so a water-soluble graphite pencil sounds intriguing. Cheers!

  3. Doing black outlines and colour in PS is great fun too, isn’t it!
    I agree that drawing backgrounds can be very tedious…I get bored far too easily.
    I can really recommend water-soluble graphite pencils as a very satisfying way to do a drawing/painting. It’s so smooth compared to a normal graphite pencil drawing. I see that all the different depictions of skin in your drawings are very smooth, realistic and gorgeous already, and I think you might enjoy the effects you will get using water-soluble pencils.

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