Welcome to this 8th Sketchover Tutorial! This week, we will go the old fashion way with paper, markers, pencils and no Ctrl+Z!
First, I would like to thank spoon334 for the inspirational sketch he posted in the Sketch Bucket. Likewise, I want to thank Noelle Schuck for her help on the past few Sketchover Tutorials, her insight made a real difference!
1 / Sketch refinement
Spoon's initial design caught my attention because of the crazy proportions and the expressive front end. My first idea was to go for an Aston Martin / Lagonda GT theme but the roof line and rear end did not seem to flow in my first sketches. After conceding a few modifications, I realized the muscle car theme might be my best bet.
2 / Basic shading
First, I define my light source(s) and I roughly sketch out the horizon line running through the body. Then, I use a Cool Gray #1 marker (AD Chartpak in this example) to define a very basic shading. The very low contrast is good enough to evaluate the overall consistency, while leaving flexibility to correct any mistake. Feel free to refer to the Sketchover #6 for more information about the theory of reflection of light.
3 / Colors
Here starts the serious business! I typically test, select and organize all my markers ahead of time. Thus, I am able to switch very quickly from a color to another one which helps controlling the blending of the different inks (six different shades of blue in that case). As a side advice, if you can only get a few markers, build your collection around multiple shades of a limited set of hues instead of getting a sporadic selection of too many different and unrelated colors (you may thank me later).
I pick yellow as an accent color for windows and headlights...
Following my light sources, I keep increasing the contrast around the front wheel and consequently create some atmospheric depth around the farthest parts of the car. It is important to maintain at all times a good balance between the white of the paper and the darker inks.
4 / Sketch consolidation
As the base pencil sketch faded during the coloring process, it is necessary to reinforce the structure of the drawing and refine some details. To do so, I use pens (ball point / Sharpie)...
... as well as colored pencils.
Finally, I add some spots of white gouache paint to fix mistakes and bring back a few touches of brightness into the rendering.
As usual, feel free to post questions, feedback and suggestions in the comments below.
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