I drew this in the morning, while the girls were doing their own drawings and playing. It’s drawn with my Faber Castell PITT Artist’s Pens – the thick lines use the brush pen and the other lines use the fine pen.
I thought I’d probably colour it with my Inktense pencils, which works well with this kind of image. But then I watched a video tutorial on You Tube which showed me a couple of very neat tips and I thought I’d colour it in Photoshop instead, to try out the tips.
I started off by renaming the background layer ‘Sketch’, setting it to Multiply and locking it. Then I created a Texture layer beneath that, which I filled with white and then added a paper texture.
Then I added a layer for each of the colours and used the Polygonal Lasso Tool to select blocks to colour in. (Another way to do this is to click onto the Sketch layer and use the Magic Wand Tool to select blocks of white space, then click back to the colour layer and fill with the required colour.)
Useful Keyboard Shortcut: Alt+Backspace = fills the selection with the foreground colour
Useful Keyboard Shortcut: Ctrl+Backspace = fills the selection with the foreground colour
And then I continued adding colour layers and filling in chunks of colour until I was finished.
Finally, some of the outlines on the original sketch were looking a bit blurry, so I duplicated the sketch layer, unlocked it and then used Select>Color Range to select and delete all the white, and then I made sure this new layer was at the very top.
I love these new tips and I think I’ll probably use them a fair bit. Next time, I might use some more intricate hatching and spend a bit more time on the base drawing.