I think drawing on one layer is actually my thing now. o__o
#personal #I get uncomfortable with so many layers like 3 plus is too much for me#um ok
Wow. And here I am, unable to just sketch without at least 5 layers. My simple stuff has at least 10. That Thor vs Loki thing? That topped out at over 200 layers.
This point interests me. So I’ll go into detail for fun.
When sketching, the number of layers I use in a sketch is usually equal to the number of people in the picture, assuming that it is a “regular drawing skill level day” and not a “shitty omfg fingers how I do” day.
I have a tendency to move, shift, and slide people around once I get the general idea down, because I’m a fool who does not use thumbnail sketches often. So if I have drawn the characters each on their own layer, it makes it infinitely easier to adjust things if I’ve…say mistakenly made someone too short.
If it’s an “amazing I am the rock of art” day, though or if I’m just dicking around, I use one layer and fuck the consequences.
I ink all on one layer except in one case when my linearts were different colours. Painting is a different story, though…I’ve got two techniques. In my normal method, if it’s one character, I divide up the layers according to what touches what. Usually that means skin is on it’s own on the bottom. I often put eyes on a layer with jewelry, or hair accs. Hair goes with pants, and then shirt with shoes. Nothing touches, so it’s easy to select only that chunk to change levels and hue. And instead of like….five layers, you use maybe three at most. And that’s me being cautious.
My other method involves two layers. One is greyscale and I paint values onto it ranging from black to white. The top layer is set to overlay or colour, and I throw block chunks of colour on it and then blend to get like…purple shadows and gold highlights. It’s what I use for pieces I want to get done very quickly and not fuss too much about. It helps because doing the colour stage doesn’t fuck with the luminosity at all. So if you make a mistake with colour, it’s easier to fix IMO.
I also like to use Photoshop’s folder option to nest my layers for organizational purposes. If I do have a large piece that has more than ten layers, I group them by character so I can turn whole characters on and off at a time by clicking their folder.
There’s actually a lot of Pshop tricks I use that I take for granted now that I think about it….