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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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& 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.

2 Comments
  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

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