DEMO3 - mech sketch 101

STEP SEVEN - zooming in, adding photodetail

  1. layer photo textures to create realism. 
  2. zoom in, create fine detail using a small brush
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STEP SIX - painting detail

  1. establish detail and scale by introducing fine brushwork
  2. this is the hardest step and requires the most practice. after doing a 100 of these sketches you will get a feel for it. don't get discouraged.
  3. duplicate the painting, desaturate it and reveal it in spots to indicate worn metal look. 
  4. this is the most fun step, explore brushes and texture direction to help indicate surface properties. 

STEP FIVE - basic lighting

  1. establishing basic shading using the dodge and burn tool.
  2. adding a multiply layer to create cast shadow design.
  3. erasing shadows with soft airbrush to create light "spread angle" effect.

STEP FOUR - paint by number

  1. flat material block out, what panels go where?
  2. what color are they?
  3. what's raw metal, vs painted metal?
  4. keeping graphic proportions in mind. adding to the design narrative, blocking out first graphics....

STEP THREE - upres digital

  1. cleanup environment light direction
  2. cleanup silhouette
  3. add functional elements to silhouette
  4. clean up perspective
  5. clean up edges

STEP TWO - low res digital

  1. starting a painting of demo sketch.
  2. flat color block in.
  3. establishing environment light direction.
  4. refining silhouette -  at this stage you should squint your eyes and make out an interesting silhouette - even when design is barely visible.
  5. two second rule - what does this thing do? need to be able to tell within 2 seconds...

STEP ONE - hi tec-C pen and brushpen. speed up x4

  1. start with a rough volume block in.
  2. establish some basic light direction and feeling for the surfaces.
  3. layout rough perspective.