Sorry for being away so long.
Still working on some stuff for my portfolio, but
took a break the other day to paint this girl.
The original is sold and sent, but I do have the print available
in my Etsy shop here.
I promised people on FB the other
day to share how I take a crappy rough sketch and quickly turn
into something pretty enough to share.
I don't have Photoshop so this is what I do.
I take a sketch from one of my MANY
I scan it.
Then I go to Picmonkey.
I do have the upgrade which costs me $4.99 a month,
but it is well worth it, if only for adding
watermarks to my art.
I'm not sure if you need the upgrades for the things I am doing here or not, though.
Anyway, I open the sketch in edit.
Then I usually will go to effects which is
portrayed as a little magic wand… which is right. :)
Orton is my "go to" effect for quickly hiding some of the messiness/smudges
which are in the background.
Use the fade slider to adjust.
Can you see a slight difference?
Maybe not. The watermark makes it hard.
Sorry, but the watermark is necessary.
Next I use the touch up tool
to add color. It gives a much softer look
than if you were to use draw.
I use "blush boost" for all the colors except for brown.
For that I use "spray tan".
Use the "brush size" and "fade" sliders as
You'll need to save and reopen the blush boost each time you change colors.
I don't worry much about going outside the lines.
These are not for selling… just for sharing on FB without being embarrassed.
I can also add words to the sketch via Picmonkey
but, as you can see, no need for that here.
Lastly I go back and see if any fun textures might
make it look better.
(that's the little screen-y looking icon)
For this one I went to the "smudge"
section and used the pinkish-distressed
effect in the lower right corner.
But play around and find your favorite.
If you want to get rid of something you've
saved there is a little back arrow button at the top.
Here's another using one of
the edifice effects.
So that's it.
My very unprofessional, uninformed way of pretty-ing up a sketch.
You can easily spend the day on Picmonkey
making collages, adding frames and overlays...
Head on over and have some fun!