It’s about time I posted some art, right??
This is based off a polaroid by Marie Lodi.


Basic Outlines. I tried to put less detail into this step than I usually do, because polaroids have this gritty, simplistic quality that I wanted to come throught in my drawing.


More Detail. This was mostly filling in the detail on the floor. I was trying to keep it loose and not too precise, again, to emulate the polaroid.


Splatter & Drybrush Techniques. I’ve been experimenting alot with producing drybrush effects digitally through a conbination of using Photoshop brushes and also working on my drawings in Corel Painter. I’ll probably do a whole post about Painter at a leter date, so you guys can see in detail exactly what I’m talking about.


Rough Solid Color. I made this coloring really cool toned because I knew I’d be using a warm texture on top of the whole thing, and I didn’t want it to get too yellow. However, I almost gave up on coloring this drawing all together at this step because I was so unhappy with it.


Smooth Shading. You’ll notice I’m playing with smoth shading alot more lately. You can see some of it in the drawing at the top of the page (I’ll be doing a breakdown of that illustration later in the month!). This helped, but I still felt like the drawing had lost alot of the good qualities it had when it was just black and white.


Cell Shading! My Friend! This is what convinced me to keep coloring this. Perhaps I should play more with combining smooth and solid shading techniques.


Highlights & More Drybrush. You should probably click through to the larger version, because most of what I did in this step isn’t real visible in the small view.


Gradients. I was trying to simulate the flash in the original photo.


& we’re done! Here’s that warm texture I was talking about. It balanced out the cool shading pretty much like I thought it would. I ended up really, really happy with this, and I think I’m going to try to do more polaroid drawings as a series.

What do you guys think?

About Star St.Germain

I am a tornado disguised as a girl.

  1. Jami says:

    I like this a lot. Thank you for posting the step-by-step. It’s lovely to see the progression in digital pieces.

  2. lis says:

    every time you post a step-by-step, you motivate to try digital drawing on my own again. I do it a lot, but often end up not satisfied, so I never share it.

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Estrella Drawing

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January 15th, 2008