Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Background Drawing


How to impress executives and gussy up a storyboard panel. In panel 1 just the simple line drawing of whatever scene is needed. Panel 2 pencil shading is laid over line drawing. Softer leads are better for this and remember to start each stroke outside the picture area so the shading will look smoother. Panel 3 tissue is used to smear the shading using mostly circular motions to keep it smooth. Panel 4: Use an eraser - electric or regular - to create light areas. Electric is good for the more detailed parts. Panel 5: Start adding darker areas and textures. Dark shading is done last to avoid turning your masterpiece into an unholy mess.

7 comments:

tom said...

the final image looks great, jim

Trevour said...

That looks like it's straight outta cartoony Utah!

I learned that electric eraser technique from a colleague a few years back - very effective to get those sharp contrasts in value.

The best electric erasers are Koh-I-Noor or Alvin - the ones that have a cord to plug directly into an outlet. That way you've got constant power. But those expensive rechargeable ones with a base are pretty nice too.

Scheurbert said...

Cool technique, thanks for sharing!

Julián höek said...

i posted a comment here yesterday but i don't see it. i think i might closes the window and didn't press the "publish comment" button! anyway it was about how great that shading tip was.
thanks!

Allyn said...

wow you make it look so easy! i'll have to give it a try just to see how hard it really is

JoJo said...

Whoa! This is really cool! I'm definitely trying this out and applying the technique to my own stuff.

Thanks Jim!

Ryan G. said...

Cool technique Jim.