|This is one of the base renders I used for my final image. |
Note the shading on the wings and the tips of her hair.
As I showed you last time, I added another render pass to create a grayscale, which will serve as the basis for the shading (or the shading itself, should you choose to forego the use of a tone). Here the base of the clean-up.
Speaking of which – –
|Significant Edits. note the wings, and my alterations
to her dress. |
I also added a lot of custom work to the shadows.
In Manga Studio / Clip Studio (or Photoshop; I'm not sure if this works in GiMP), choose a layer that has everything on it that you want to select. I apologize for the screenshot below: I should have hidden the white background so you could see that the figure and wings are the only thing on the layer. The white background is a bottom layer. I'm always careful to keep the figure isolated from other elements and characters so that I can perform this step with ease.
|1 + 2. CTRL+Click to select everything on a layer |
works in both Manga Studio and Photoshop.
(Red outline for emphasis only.)
|4. On a separate layer, fill the selected area with solid black.|
|5 + 6. Move the layer down, then push the black filled area|
down and the the right, just a few pixels.
|7. Zoom in on the figure, and you'll see areas |
that require additional editing.
|8. On a layer above the others, fill in the details needed to carry the contour|
lines inside the image. I used red in this example so you can see what I'm talking about.
One thing you will need to watch out for are odd gaps that appear and strong curves. This typically happens with fingertips and hair (although the hair edge is hidden by her wings, so in this case that's not an issue).
|9a. Always check fingertips and hair to see if the contour line|
has left any gaps, or made these areas too thick.
In this instance, I actually think the hand looks too thick, so I trimmed it back a little to make her look a bit more dainty.
|9b. A few quick edits can fix up these problem areas.|
|9c. Always check the tips of the hair to see if you are getting duplicate lines.|
In this case, I trimmed some and kept the others. It's a matter of personal preference.
When all is said and done, you have a final image that could, if you want, go to print, if this is the look you're going for.
|The contour line added, hair tips and fingers cleaned up,|
she is ready to fly into print... or is she?
However, I usually add a shading tone or a blue wash, which I will cover in the next two steps.