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how do you make your drawings like computery but still pencily but like on paper but like on the internet but beautiful?
Haha it took me a moment to figure out what you meant but I will show you! I spend a long time cleaning my sketches once I fix them. I assuming you’re asking how to go from this
I usually spend about 15 minutes photoshopping them to look cleaner. First scan your image of course, 300 ppi is good, and open it in photoshop… then use the crop tool, or select part of the pic you need and copy and paste it into a new canvas (usually what I do since I prefer to have it as a separate layer.)
So here’s your scanned dirty sketch:
Woo okay so first go to Image>Adjustments>Levels and make the darks darker and the whites whiter by pulling the arrows around. The middle arrow helps to even it out.
Okay good. Now get the eraser and go nuts removing all that dust around it (I think I had cat hair on the scanner too). It helps to zoom in and get all of it, all that grain on the paper that isn’t part of the sketch. Once the easy part’s done, now you have to go into the actual characters and remove the grey pixels on their faces and clothes (it naturally happens from like sketching and erasing). You especially need to do it for the eye whites and highlights. In a character picture like mine (the focal point being the character), the area of most contrast should be the eyes. That’s where people look at most. So the eyes should have good whites and the pupils should generally be the darkest part of the picture. Here’s a pic of Enj with one clean eye and one eye before I had done so:
Okay so once I went everywhere around Enj with the eraser to get the paper white again (helps sometimes to put it on a lower opacity of erasing, like 10% or less, to help whittle down areas. A stark white hard eraser can look odd when you erase into a sketch), I then decided to change some things about it. One of my own personal problems is drawing necks too long, and heads too big, so I selected Enj’s head, moved it down a few pixels, than transformed (Ctrl+T) to shrink his head about 5%. When you’re transforming at that small a level you usually don’t have to fix anything, the neck still fit together for me without me having any size problems. The corner one is the finished one:
So that’s basically what I do. I then went nuts on Taire’s face with the same techniques, shrinking his head, moving his nose, transforming his eyes smaller, erasing a lot of pencil stuff I didn’t need in his face. You can use a low opacity brush with the same tone as the grey of the pencil to fix areas that broke when you transformed things (often the drawing will have pixel gaps if you move pieces around).
Then lastly, I go about the picture with a very low opacity eraser and very gently erase any area that’s as dark or darker than the pupils to make sure that nothing else stands out. Once that’s all well and good, then you can resize the scan (anything less than 750 pixels high for tumblr, over 750 pixels will appear blurry on the dash. The width should be around 500 but can go over, it’ll just go into “high res” mode if so.)
And yea, hopefully I answered your question? <3
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