Doing all these drawings for this video is really teaching me a lesson in patience. The show is about 50% hand drawn illustrations and animation… My process goes like this:
- I sketch out the drawing in pencil, usually on the back of a print-out to save paper.
- I’ll go over the sketch on a piece of tracing paper with these nice office pens… Staples OptiFlow. They work great but they take a while to dry on the tracing paper. (this is whats teaching me patience)
- I’ll scan the drawing into Photoshop as a 300dpi grayscale image – then “select all” (cmd-A) and float that to a new layer (cmd-shift-j). Using the magic wand, I’ll select the white of the new layer and then delete the selection. Finally, I’ll set the layer mode to Multiply, which hides white edges. Now I duplicate that lineart layer to darken the lines, then merge the 2 lineart layers (select both layers, cmd-E)