Oh my goodness, I had fun today once I got past my nerves with working on a somewhat new program. Sketchbook Pro (not an affiliate link, just sharing what I use!) is now a lot cooler!! The old version was something I bought in July 2014 and was used to playing around with, but I went looking for some updates due to glitches. That’s when I found out you had to have a subscription to get their new version. But at $2.99 a month it isn’t bad and you can cancel anytime (I think a full year is $24, so that saves some dough, but I’m not at that point yet, we don’t really have the extra). It’s less than my Netflix account and I was happy about that.
So I got it, watched some tutorials and went for it.
If I was being perfectly honest, past my nervousness with my Cintiq Companion Hybrid. I’m still nervous with this Wacom powerhouse because I automatically compare everything I do to the amazing art that can be created on one of these. I feel sometimes so undeserving of this amazing piece of equipment.
And that’s not right. It’s like holding a canvas and thinking that you don’t deserve it because of what Rembrandt or Dali (or whatever your favorite painter is) created. It’s like thinking you want to do a lying self portrait and saying, “No way, Abdi Farah did such an amazing job, what’s the damn point?”
Just so we’re clear, I am not comparing what I have done to these people, lol.
My stepdaughter years and years ago broke a doll that she got from the zoo. I got one too, so I switched the faces and told her I’d fixed it. I keep the doll head and it is:
Glued together doll head
I connected the Cintiq Hybrid to my Toshiba and loaded Sketchbook Pro.
I did a rough “pencil” sketch. I used the awesome symmetry feature. Never did that before! It was so much fun!
I spent some more time working a little longer on the pencil sketch:
Finished with pencil sketch
I used the “ballpoint” option and penned in the solid outlines:
Ballpoint Pen Outline
Then I just started adding the basic doll behind the cracks and creepiness. Shading, color and highlights:
Color, shading and highlights
Then I started adding the personality behind the doll, the cracks:
Cracked doll face getting more details.
Finally, I added the dirt, grime and glue that mar it’s face. Also any little details that needed to be added. The final piece on the Wacom:
Finalized version of the doll as seen on the Wacom.
And my final piece:
“Cracked Doll Head” by Rebecca Galardo
I hope you liked this sort of step by step drawing! Feel free to leave suggestions or comments!