Creepy Cracked Doll Head – Today’s Drawing on Autodesk’s Sketchbook Pro

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

Glued together doll head

I connected the Cintiq Hybrid to my Toshiba and loaded Sketchbook Pro.

Set up.

Set up.

I did a rough “pencil” sketch.  I used the awesome symmetry feature.  Never did that before!  It was so much fun!

"Pencil" sketch.

“Pencil” sketch.

I spent some more time working a little longer on the pencil sketch:

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Finished with pencil sketch

I used the “ballpoint” option and penned in the solid outlines:

Ballpoint Pen Outline

Ballpoint Pen Outline

Then I just started adding the basic doll behind the cracks and creepiness.  Shading, color and highlights:

Color, shading and highlights

Color, shading and highlights

Then I started adding the personality behind the doll, the cracks:

Cracked doll face getting more details.

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.

Finalized version of the doll as seen on the Wacom.

And my final piece:

"Cracked Doll Head" by Rebecca Galardo

“Cracked Doll Head” by Rebecca Galardo

I hope you liked this sort of step by step drawing!  Feel free to leave suggestions or comments!

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How I Draw on My Wacom Tablet

My Wacom Cintiq Companion Hybrid is amazing.  I am not much yet for hooking it up onto my computer, though I hope to soon be able to afford to purchase Corel Painter because the trial I had for a couple of days after I got the Cintiq was amazing.  I only had it for a few days because my computer died and it was months and months before we sent it into get fixed.  I can use Photoshop through it, but I just haven’t needed to.  This year I plan to get much, much more into my art 😀

I have had questions before as to how I draw on it.  So I figured while I took a little break from my writing, I’d show how I personally use it, though it differs from artist to artist.  If you’re looking for inspiration though, go to YouTube (this here is one of my favorites, even if it is an ad for the tablets).  There are so many amazing artists out there!

So here is what I do.  I had to find an image I had on both the Cintiq and the computer.  I use my monitor for the bigger view for more exact details and I use the little image on the Wacom for a smaller reference photo.  I didn’t always do this but wow, it was a great tip from another tablet artist.  I use the monitor image and the image on the Cintiq to create an initial sketch:

Initial Capture

Initial Capture

I switch to another “layer” to start a more serious outline of the subject, using the pen mode instead of the pencil (which I used to create the initial sketch.  Once I’ve got the outline, I hide the sketch. You can see the layers below.  In this image you can see the actual photograph and the sketch are both “hidden” so that I could concentrate on, I think, the drapes.  You can see they are hidden by the little X over the eyes.

All three layers.

All three layers.

I use mostly little image to fill in the big colors, and conversely the bigger image to fill in the little colors (the cat claws, eyes, etc).  This was just a quickie, so here’s what it looks like:

Fast Drawing

Fast Drawing

Nothing is perfect on it, but I wasn’t shooting for that in 20 minutes!  I just wanted to get an example out 😀  Here is a closer view:

"My Crazy Batman" by Rebecca Galardo

“My Crazy Batman” by Rebecca Galardo