Broly the Legendary Super Saiyan | Digital to Traditional
My latest video: Drawing Broly The Legendary Super Saiyan was the first in a YouTube series I am calling ‘Digital to Traditional’. In this series I’ll be doing construction and linework in Photoshop CC, printing to blending card and then colouring using traditional methods. Here I’ll break down each step and information on how I went about it.
Drawing Broly in Photoshop
For this series I start my drawings using Photoshop.
I start with a canvas size 1920×1080 in landscape using resolution 300 pixels/inch
Watch the full Time Lapse here:
I load my reference image of Broly onto a second canvas and use it as a guide. Using my construction pencil (I have customer brushes made by Jazza from YouTube Channel draw with jazza)
Construction, Sketch and Linework
I create a new layer start the initial construction by creating block shapes of the major sections of his body. This allows me to get the overall proportions and composition in place before committing too heavily to and details.
As you can see this is an extremely rough outline and I didn’t realize just yet but I completely screwed up his left (right from your perspective) arms position and proportions.
Also drop a comment for #AfroBroly. It did make me laugh when I realizes what i’d done. Obviously it was just an outline to give me an idea of the hair. Maybe I’ll draw Broly with an Afro one day!
After I was happy with the sketch, I create a new layer, change the my pencil brush tool and start sketching in some finer details:
I got to the point where I realized how messed up the arm was and had to make some adjustments using the lasso and transform tools
And finally I add a third layer for the linework, this is the solid lines that will define the edge of the character.
Once I’ve finished this part, it’s time to print it onto paper so I can carry on colouring in traditional mediums. In this case, I am going to be mainly using Copic markers, therefor decided to use Xpress it blending card (affiliate link) which I’ve found to be excellent for Copic Markers.
The finished linework:
I start with the skin on this piece. I use Copic Ciao Markers (affiliate link) the specific tones I used for this skin are: E00, E33 and E37. Space was left for a white highlight so it makes 4 tones in total and gives a nice depth. These skin tones are quite dark. They leave a big contrast once laid down and I really like the look they produce.
Tip: Using more tones creates depth and really makes your art pop. I like to use 4 tones for this effect.
A small green highlight was left around the rim of some of his muscles as per my reference photo. If you’d like to know more about which colours I use for different parts of the drawing please contact me and I’ll be happy to help. I’ll only list the skin tones used here as it’s mostly what people are looking for.
Robe, Bracelet and Necklace
The colours used for the robe were a light pink, deep red and 2 tones of purple for the dark tones.
A base layer of light yellow was laid down for the bracelets and necklace. I then overlaid Prismacolor pencils (affiliate link) to give nice sharp edges for the reflections.
I used blue Copic markers for the jewel leaving a white area for the highlight. In addition a white Gel pen was used to help give the highlight a nice round appearance this probably wasn’t necessary though.
Drawing Broly’s hair was my first concern because he has a very unique look to his legendary super saiyan form. I was anxious to try and catch that green tint.
My approach was similar to the bracelets. Yellow was laid down as a base and green tones were tested on a separate piece of paper.
Tip: Use photoshop eyedropper tool to find specific colours from your reference photo and paint them onto a large area to use as a pallet
With the base layer and the mid tone finished, the dark tone and finishing highlights with prismacolor pencils are added.
I had great fun drawing Broly the legendary Super Saiyan and it turned out just how I wanted it to.
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