Friday, 15 March 2019

Black Brush Line Colouring Process


Recently I have been using a Black Pentel Colour Brush to draw with. I love the brush tip although the ink that comes with it is not waterproof, I've tried refilling the pen with a waterproof ink but it's not the same. So to colour my sketches I have been using Photoshop which give it a graphic look I' liking.  A few people over on Twitter were asking how I went about the colouring, being unsure if the colour was digital or traditional. Hopefully this post might explain my process a bit.

I was conscious that the drawing was looking a little like Dave McKean (even though Kim Gung Gi is the current Pental Brush Pen poster boy). It wasn't until people started to mention the similarities to Cages from the colouring down to the nine panel grid that I started to see them myself. All accidental, I just wanted to get the idea down and out as quick as possible.




The black brush pen drawings are scanned Black and White at 600dpi. This gives a nice solid line to work with. I'm trying not to use my stylus pen so much, I end up spending too much time drawing with it. Instead, the mouse is the tool to use. This is all coming from working on a big commission recently which used dip pen and ink, watercolour and a lot of tweaking. It killed my enthusiasm for drawing. I'm trying to claw my way back to enjoying my mark making. 

Molly Brooks explains the 'Isolating Line in Photoshop' a lot better than I can. This basically puts the black line on a transparent layer which is how I did the white rain effect and is a brilliant way add effect to a line drawing. I was shown how to do this way back in the Nineteen 'Noughties' when I was working as a concept artist at a computer games company. As Molly suggests, adding it as a Photoshop Action saves so much time.


Having said all that, these arrived in the post today and mean I could apply watercolour over the brush pen drawing without the ink dissolving.

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