Initial Sketch using Procreate on the Ipad Pro
I used Procreate on my new Ipad pro to create the initial sketch of Alakazam. I played with a few different poses and generally sketched him from references until I was comfortable with his form, anatomy and how he looks from different angles.
Once I was happy with the pose, I did the lineart on a another layer using the technical pen. From there I printed the lineart and use my lightbox to transfer the linwork to Toned paper and traditionally done the lineart.
Once I was happy with the lineart, I erase the pencil sketch and start picking which colors I was going to use. I did actually do the whole design including color and shading etc in Procreate but I’ve left it out of this post so I don’t spoil the surprise!
Using an american brand of paper means the size is slightly larger than UK size A4 so I use a guillotine to trim the edges of the paper by about 1.5cm. This leaves me with a strip of paper that I can use to color swatch and test different shades.
I settled on the colors I wanted to use, one of which I used a copic marker base to get the tone I wanted. Don’t ask which colors I used exactly, I choose them on the fly like this and rarely remember which ones I use. I do have a few go to pencils for galaxies but I’ll talk about that later.
Time to color!
I added the colors one by one and for this drawing I decided to use cell shaded to contrast with the purple galaxy I’ll be doing afterwards. I was using my design from pro create as a reference
Moving onto the galaxy for the rest of his body parts. I decided on a purple galaxy which some people pointed out afterwards made him look shiny! which is cool. The go to pencils I talked about earlier for this part are:
- Process Red
- Dahlia Purple
- Dark Purple
There are some others but those are the essentials. If you want to learn more about how I draw these galaxies, make sure you subscribe to my YouTube Channel and follow my galaxy tutorial.
I hope you found this post useful and entertaining, you can check out the full timelapse video below where I talk alongside the video and give my insight.