Shoes

Another movie from this small series of fast sketches! Hopefully those aren't too boring for you ;) Lately I don't have much time for painting so those little drawings are all I do and can only wonder if videos are interesting enough for you, since topic of those drawings clearly isn't too fancy. Today something from still life, shoes in about an hour (video i slightly faster than original, since it took about 100 minutes to draw this - too long for you to watch, I suppose) and some fun with depth of field. I'll show you some simple tricks and guide you through the process.

If you happen to have any questions, wishes or critique - feel free to write me :)

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At the beginning - sketch of course, but I am not even trying to make it pretty. What I need is some basic idea about the composition and placement of all elements. I sketch on the separate layer so it's easy to move the drawing around and cut/paste parts of it. After drawing I create many new layers for particular parts of the picture. I try to divide it in such a way, that it will make drawing easier. For example I place shoe laces on the separate layer since it would be hard to paint freely in all those places between them. I paint all those layers in different colors (so I won't mix them up) and use hard brush for that, to define clear edges. Then I start painting the background, without it there is no way I could paint those shoes well, contrast with white is just too big. So I take big, soft brush and start painting background.

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I start defining background by drawing those lines between tiles on the floor. If you find it hard to draw a straight line, you can try using Shift key. If you hold it while drawing, you can get horizontal, vertical or angled line (45 degrees). Other trick is to draw a dot where you want your line to begin and after that hold Shift for a moment and place another dot at the end point. Photoshop will then draw a line between those two point. Very useful! ;) Under the shoes I place the shadow, on the separate layer. It's important, because that way I can easily erase part of it or lower its intensity. Then you can see me drawing lines for the less blurred part of the floor. If you don't know why near dark lines I placed also bright ones, just look at the edges of for example furniture around you ;) Light likes edges! When all those lines are done, I use "Motion blur" filter to blur them a little. Final touch is a bit of texture - I add small dots on the separate layer and blur them out a little.

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Coloring starts with defining main contrasts. I am trying to see the three dimensional shape as soon as possible and I don't care about the detail for now. I try to place colors, lights and shadows correctly. Whole "color" is drawn on the new layer, which is then turned into clipping mask for the base layer I created at the beginning. That way I don't have to think about the edges too much and can paint quicker. When everything is more or less colored (meaning: it looks good when I look at it with my eyes squinted or when zoomed out), I select the bottom part of the drawing and copy all layers merged (shortcut for that is Ctrl+Shift+C) and paste them on the top of everything else.

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I blur this layer with "Gaussian blur". You can erase edge with soft eraser or use "Fade" option while selecting, all to make this blurred layer blend nicely with the sharp drawing underneath. When the bottom part is nicely blurred, I need to fix all this detail on the rest of the drawing. I patiently draw the pattern on those shoes, strands on shoes laces and so on. I use smudge tool a lot here, to help me blend colors or move messy lines. It's way faster that way.

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Just like with the front part of the picture before, I blur out the laces and refine detail on the second shoe. Of course those blurred laces do not look very good, I haven't payed them proper attention yet. I need more contrast so I add some darker tones to shadows and some brighter ones to lights. I do this with soft brush so that I don't destroy this blur effect I made before. Such strongly visible depth of field gives a bit of photographic effect to the drawing. Usually I don't recommend using it in painting, it's just seems like a cheap trick to avoid painting an otherwise complicated background ;)

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And that's all, drawing exercise is finished!