How I doodle


With my recent blog posts being so heavily focused on my doodles, I thought I'd share my process for how I draw them. I drew this picture in roughly 20 minutes total, so please bare with me. On average a full portrait can take me anywhere from 3-8 hours, depending on the amount of detail and how many times I start over. lol ^__^

     Step 1: Gesture drawing, This helps me get an idea for how the character will be
     shaped, proportioned and posed.
     Step 2: More refining on the first gesture. This is the start of the details as I figure
     everything out.
     Step 3: Refining all the details and the final line art. Once the line art is done, I bring
     the layer to the front and lock it separate from the color layer.
     Step 4: Add color!! This part can be frustrating, as I'm always expanding my coloring
     techniques. I use many many layers and then merge them. It's not uncommon
     for a layer I'm coloring on to be titled in the hundreds.

This step-by-step process is how I draw many of the details in my doodles.
Eyes, lips, ears and an example of a color pallet.

What I draw with:

I love to draw with my Wacom tablet. My family got it for me as a combined gift for my birthday one year and I've used it nonstop ever sense.
  • I'm using a Wacom Intuos 3.0 tablet.
  • 99% of the time, I draw with Photoshop CS5.
  • I use between a size 3 and 6 brush for line work.
  • If it's a doodle that will only be on the web, I use 72 DPI. 
  • If it's a doodle for print, I use 300 DPI in CMKY mode.

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If you guys have any questions about my doodles, please feel free to ask!!
I love to draw, sketch, paint and create. I don't know what I'd do without my drawing tablet. <3

Do any of you guys like to draw? 
I'd love to see pics if you have any! :D

<3 Stephanie

1 comment:

  1. love your drawing! But have you tried Photoshop Illustrator?? I think it's the perfect too. I used to draw with photoshop but Illustrator can be 10 times more awesome! because:
    1) you are drawing in paths like a pencil. You can resize your drawings with great qulity
    2) you can manipulate the lines of your drawings however you want to (like changing the width, the curves etc)

    It's hard to use coloring though...