Digital Doodle, Part 2


Valhalla Comics said...

This is flipping amazing!

I'm new to the blog, but you can be sure that I'll become a regular visitor.

Thank you very much for the insight on your digital doodles; it's much appreciated.

Scott Forbes said...

Again, this is awesome! I cannot wait until the next installment; when it is fully finished, will you post a better quality photo? I would love to see it :D

I am going to be adding this to the current site as well.

Hopefully this isn't a one time thing, maybe show the process of coloring an American Virgin cover... or Sky Between Branches; That would be great!

Roc said...


Bill Nolan said...

These are amazing! Can't wait to see the rest!

- Bill

Brian said...

Amazing what you can do with technology these days.

Looking forward to the next installment.

UrbanBarbarian said...

wow! Amazing to watch! Thanks for posting. BTW, what PS Tool are you using when you're cleaning up the "pencil" lines on the face, etc. Is it a brush with a different setting or something?

Woric said...

Can't believe you only zoomed in once. I zoom in and out every few seconds. Can't wait to see how it turns out.

UrbanBarbarian - It looks like he's using the bush tool and the eye dropper on a layer above everything to clean the line work away. I could be wrong, but thats what I would do.

Antonio Santamaria said...

Amazing... Wonderful tutorial!!!! Joshua, it's a pleasure to be able to say hello and how wonderful is your work for me...I work also as drawer but as storyboard artist and character design for animation but I follow your work from here, in Spain and a couple of months ago I buy your comic book called NYX about a script of Joe Quesada... Well... now it's a referent... marvellous drawing and colour... Overcoat your part!!! Also your narrative... it's flow!!!
Well, it's a pleasure to discover your blog!!!
I will visit it suddenly hoping to find new "lessons".
Saludos from Spain!!!!

Chris Sims said...

A wonderful learning experience. I was definitely taking notes. Looking forward to more.

Joshua Middleton said...

Thanks everyone. I am glad you are finding the clips interesting.

To answer a couple of questions, everything was done on a single layer, the canvas, in Painter. I try to keep it simple and approach these sketches as if I were using real paint and brushes. The digital pencil lines are just painted out gradually with opaque color as the sketch progresses.

I also made a conscious effort not to zoom in, firstly because it makes for a nicer viewing experience, and secondly because it prevents me from getting wrapped up too much in the details. I zoomed in on the wire after much internal debate, but I just couldn't see it well enough. I suppose by zooming I was simulating leaning in very close to the canvas. Normally, I zoom in and out quite a bit, as it is easier than getting up and standing back from the canvas, or in this case, the monitor.

It is important, however, to look at a piece as a whole, and not fuss over unimportant detail. High resolution has made it possible to render every pore on a face if desired, but it is almost always pointless.

Thank you for the kind words, Antonio. I am happy you were able to find my work in Spain.


Kactiguy said...

I agree with everybody. This is cool to watch. My question is how you made the little movie. It's a great idea.

peng said...

can i ask with waht software you filmed the process?

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