How to draw SEMI REALISTIC CHARACTER

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Abbreviation
SRB : Soft round brush
W : Width
C : Color
O : Opacity
E : Eraser
GB : Gaussian blur
I use different layers, then I can easily correct my drawing if I need :
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You can create additionnal layers like "hair shadow"
(I didn't need this layer for Wolverine because his hair is dark).
First, I draw in black and white and after I add some layers to change colors.
Create a new document of 1800 x 2100 px
"Sketch 1" and "Sketch 2"
For this drawing, I used 2 layers : the first one for the basic lines and the second one for a more detailed sketch.
I always put the "sketch" layer on the top, then I can choose to make it visible or not. I choose colors that I will not use for my drawing.
Tools : SRB (W: 4px)
Draw guide lines on the layer "sketch 1"
with a blue SRB ( W : 4 px )
Draw a more detailed sketch on"sketch 2" with a red SRB
( W : 4 px )
"Background"
Create a "Background" layer. It can be black or white for the moment.
"Skin"
Draw the basic shape of the skin
Tools : SRB (W: 20/100 px, C: #bfbfbf, O: 100%)
Select only the non-transparent areas of "Skin" Layer:
le: italic;">Ctrl-c lick (Windows) Command-click (Mac OS) the layer thumbnail in the Layers panel.
"Shadow 1"
Paint large shadows. I use opacity between 10% and 15% when I draw shadows with a black brush.
Tools : SRB (W: 200 px, C: black, O: 12%)
Apply a GB (15px)
To correct shadows or lights, use an eraser with opacity of 10%
"Light 1"
Paint the highlights (chin, cheek, nose, forehead, body....). I use opacity between 2% and 10% when I draw lights with a white brush. Use different sizes of brush between 20 and 100 px.
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"Eye-mouth
Define eyes and teeth with a white color.
Tools : SRB (W: 10 px, C: white, O: 100%)
"Shadow 2"
Paint more detailed shadows (beard, eyebrows, nose, eye, mouth, body...). At this step, I use different sizes of brush : 4 to 20 px for the head and 10 to 100 px for the body. You can use different shapes of brush to draw beard.
Tools : SRB (W: 4/10/20/100 px, C: black, O: 15%)
"Light 2"
Draw more defined highlights
Tools : SRB (W: 30 px, C: white, O: 5%)
I draw little lines on the arms to give a comic style to my drawing:
Tools : SRB ( W : 10 px, C: white, O : 1-10%)
"Hair shape"
Paint the shape of the hair and the beard
Tools : SRB ( W : 25 px, C: black, O : 100%)
Create hairs all around the shape with the smudge tool
Tools : Smudge tool ( W : 6 px, S: 60%)
For long hair, you can add more layers (look at the video tutorial : How to draw hair)
"Hair light"
Draw some little lines and use the smudge tool
Tools : SRB ( W : 8 px, C: white, O : 100%) Smudge tool ( W : 8 px, S: 60%)
"Clothe"
I place this layer behind the skin but you can place it in another place, it depends of the clothes.
Tools : SRB ( W : 60 px, C: white, O : 100%)
"Clothe shadow"
Draw shadows on the shirt. Start with the big brush and after draw the more detailed shadows with the smaller brush. Use the smudge tool.
Tools : SRB ( W : 30/100 px, C: black, O : 9%) Smudge tool ( W : 45 px, S: 60%)
"Clothe light"
Draw light on the clothes. Use eraser to correct if needed
Tools : SRB ( W : 20 px, C: white, O : 5%) E ( W : 36 px, S: 14%)
"Gradient map for skin"
I create an adjustement layer "gradient map" for the skin. It allows me to add many colors between black and white :
"Shirt color", "Eye-teeth color"
You can create one or several layers to add color to your drawing. Choose "color" in the layers panel.
Here the color for these 3 elements is the same but you can change them.
Tools : SRB ( W : 10:100 px, C: #606060, O : 100%) I use an opacity of 50% for the teeth
Your character is finished. You can add background, accessories (claws...)

HOW TO DRAW A SEMI-REALISTIC CHARACTER



This tutorial explains how to draw a Comic Character in Semi-Realistic style with Adobe Photoshop but you could use this method for others styles.

Tools : Adobe Photoshop and a Graphic tablet (or a mouse if you haven't)

Abbreviation

SRB : Soft round brush

W : Width

C : Color

O : Opacity

E : Eraser

GB : Gaussian blur


I use different layers, then I can easily correct my drawing if I need :


You can create additionnal layers like "hair shadow".

(I didn't need this layer for Wolverine because his hair is dark).

First, I draw in black and white and after I add some layers to change colors.

Click on the thumbail to see larger image

Create a new document of 1800 x 2100 px

"Sketch 1" and "Sketch 2"

For this drawing, I used 2 layers : the first one for the basic lines and the second one for a more detailed sketch.

I always put the "sketch" layer on the top, then I can choose to make it visible or not. I choose colors that I will not use for my drawing.

Tools : SRB (W: 4px)

"Background"

Create a "Background" layer. It can be black or white for the moment.

"Skin"

Draw the basic shape of the skin

Tools : SRB (W: 20/100 px, C: #bfbfbf, O: 100%)

Select only the non-transparent areas of "Skin" Layer:

Ctrl-click (Windows) Command-click (Mac OS) the layer thumbnail in the Layers panel.

"Shadow 1"

Paint large shadows. I use opacity between 10% and 15% when I draw shadows with a black brush.

Tools : SRB (W: 200 px, C: black, O: 12%)

Apply a GB (15px)

To correct shadows or lights, use an eraser with opacity of 10%

"Light 1"

Paint the highlights (chin, cheek, nose, forehead, body....). I use opacity between 2% and 10% when I draw lights with a white brush. Use different sizes of brush between 20 and 100 px.

Tools : SRB (W: 20/100 px, C: white, O: 6%)

"Eye-mouth"

Define eyes and teeth with a white color.

Tools : SRB (W: 10 px, C: white, O: 100%)

"Shadow 2"

Paint more detailed shadows (beard, eyebrows, nose, eye, mouth, body...).

At this step, I use different sizes of brush : 4 to 20 px for the head and 10 to 100 px for the body.

You can use different shapes of brush to draw beard.

Tools : SRB (W: 4/10/20/100 px, C: black, O: 15%)

"Light 2"

Draw more defined highlights

Tools : SRB (W: 30 px, C: white, O: 5%)

I draw little lines on the arms to give a comic style to my drawing:

Tools : SRB ( W : 10 px, C: white, O : 1-10%)

"Hair shape"

Paint the shape of the hair and the beard

Tools : SRB ( W : 25 px, C: black, O : 100%)

Create hairs all around the shape with the smudge tool

Tools : Smudge tool ( W : 6 px, S: 60%)

For long hair, you can add more layers (look at the video tutorial : How to draw hair)

"Hair light"

Draw some little lines and use the smudge tool

Tools : SRB ( W : 8 px, C: white, O : 100%) Smudge tool ( W : 8 px, S: 60%)

"Clothe"

I place this layer behind the skin but you can place it in another place, it depends of the clothes.

Tools : SRB ( W : 60 px, C: white, O : 100%)

"Clothe shadow"

Draw shadows on the shirt. Start with the big brush and after draw the more detailed shadows with the smaller brush. Use the smudge tool.

Tools : SRB ( W : 30/100 px, C: black, O : 9%) Smudge tool ( W : 45 px, S: 60%)

"Clothe light"

Draw light on the clothes. Use eraser to correct if needed

Tools : SRB ( W : 20 px, C: white, O : 5%) E ( W : 36 px, S: 14%)

"Gradient map for skin"

I create an adjustement layer "gradient map" for the skin. It allows me to add many colors between black and white :

"Shirt color", "Eye-teeth color"

You can create one or several layers to add color to your drawing. Choose "color" in the layers panel.

Here the color for these 3 elements is the same but you can change them.

Tools : SRB ( W : 10:100 px, C: #606060, O : 100%) I use an opacity of 50% for the teeth


Your character is finished. You can add background, accessories (claws...)

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial