Most images begin life as a traditional pencil sketch… and as such, with subjects such as the Mandarin in this picture, either life drawing or a quality reference image is a must.
Leon Kirkbride is one of the finest wildlife photographers around at the moment.
His images are breathtaking in their crispness and detail and are virtually unbeatable for close reference. The image below was used as the basis for the initial sketch.
very rough, to capture the basic shape and form of the subject. Sometimes this rough sketch is produced in Procreate itself, generally with the Narinder Pencil, but if on paper the sketch is simply photographed to the iPad and imported as a layer into Procreate from the Camera Roll.
Once I have the sketch the right size on my canvas (in this case a simple A4) I drop opacity on the layer and create a second layer above it, redrawing a tighter sketch on this second layer until I feel I need to move on. At this point I turn off the original layer, drop the opacity on the second layer and create a third layer above the second, redrawing yet another tighter and more refined sketch until I am again ready to move on…
I will repeat this process, tightening and refining the new sketches on each progressive layer until I’m happy with a final, tight, Narinder sketch.
When happy with this final sketch I remove all lower layers, drop the opacity on the remaining final layer and add yet another layer above, ready for digital inks.
Inks are laid on with the Monoline pen, found in the Calligraphy options (click the link below for a real time video of 10 minutes worth of this process).
To be continued…