This is the 2nd tutorial showing my approach on how to draw pin up girls.

 

I thought I’ll make a post of each girl I’m drawing for this job, just in case you are interested in more than a single take on the process. This time the character is facing us and the Contrapposto is much more visible. Notice the line of the hips and shoulders.

 

Here’s the process:

 

Sketch

In the sketching stage you don’t want to be overly descriptive, you are just searching for the pose and shapes. The first thing you want to establish is the line of the shoulder and the hips. Now, most people starting out use parallel lines for these, but what you want to do is draw these lines at different angles. In art terms this is called the contrapposto. In the image of Jada Stevens the pose is requiring the shoulders and hips to be more or less parallel, but you will notice this technique implemented in other drawings of this series.

Tools used:

Default Round Brush

Settings:

-Pressure sensitivity ON

-Hard edge

-Opacity 30%

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Drawing

Once you are happy with your sketch you can start the drawing stage. What we want to do here is to create a New Layer on top of the sketch layer, choose black as your foreground color and start tracing your sketch while cleaning up the lines. You can correct the places you are not entirely happy with and make sure that your lines are fully connected because we will need that to make our coloring faster and easier.

Tools used:

Default Round Brush

Settings:

-Pressure sensitivity ON

-Hard edge

-Opacity 100%

-Spacing 1

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Coloring

Now that you have your drawing ready you’ll need two things before you start detailing the image: filling each shape with color on a separate layer and coloring the contours of the drawing.

The easiest way to go about filling the shapes with color would be to use the selection tool and create an action for the process.

First select the areas you would like to fill with color (ex. Hair or skin), and then you can go ahead and open up the actions window by going to window/actions. Once you named your action and set a shortcut for it, you can proceed forward with recording it.

Once again make sure the areas are selected, hit record – hold down control or command key – click on new layer (this creates a layer below the layer your drawing is on) – go to select – modify – expand the selection by two pixels – fill your selection with the foreground color (alt+backspace) – deselect (ctrl/command+d) – click on your drawing layer and then hit the stop button on the actions window.

What you have created is an action that helps you easily color your drawings. All you need to do is to select the area you want to color with the magic want, pick your foreground color and hit the shortcut you previously set for the fill action. This will create a new layer below your drawing layer and you can repeat the process for all the objects you want to color in your drawing. Again, please note that you need to have fully connected lines for this to work.

When you finished filling your drawing with color, you need to lock the transparency by pressing the small button in the layers window just right to where it says “Lock”. What this does it locks the transparent pixels on that particular layer so when you are using brushed only the filled area gets affected.

The last step before you start detailing is to color the contours. You can do this by pressing the lock transparent pixels button again, and choosing the round hard brush and painting over the drawing. I usually use a darker version of the surface the contour is touching. This process adds some softness to your image and takes away from the weirdness of black lines around the painted areas.

The last step would be to detail the image, you can spend as much or as little time on it as you like.

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Tools used:

Magic Wand Tool

Default Round Brush

-Pressure sensitivity OFF

-Hard

-Opacity 100%

-Spacing 1

Default Round Brush

Pressure sensitivity OFF

-Transfer ON

-Opacity 40-100%

-Noise

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This is the approach I most often use to draw my pin up characters, I hope you liked it and learned something from it.

Cheers.

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