In this lesson we shall learn to draw a shark floating at ocean.
Open in a new window a scanned picture, representing a shark.
To work with it, it’s necessary to copy the layer, on which the picture is represented: Layer – Duplicate Layer. You have to decolorize it also, applying Image – Adjustments – Desaturate (shift+ctrl+u). The previous layer, you’ll delete it, using as usually the fast button on Layers window. Don’t forget to outline the edges between two colors presented in the shark’s coloring.
Insert now a new layer: Layer – New – Layer and choose the Brush Tool to color the shark’s skin with the basic colors (white and grey), each one on a new layer.
Represent another layer above the layer with the grey color and group out both of them: Layer – Create Clipping Mask (ctrl+g) not to get outside the pictured contours already. Paint this new represented layer with the Gradient Tool.
Merge down both layers, applying Layer – Merge Down (ctrl+e). Paint the rest of the shark’s body, using again the Brush Tool.
Choose now a small size brush and outline the shark’s folds and the gills. To transfer them exactly form the scanned picture we should minimize the layer’s Opacity and then get it back on 100%.
Start picturing the shadows, but you have to change firstly some of the brush’s adjustments.
Choose now the Burn Tool and outline deep shadows.
Choose now the Smudge Tool to blur out correctly the shadows to get a smooth skin’s surface. First choose a medium brush’s size, but the final correction is possible to do with a big size brush with circular motion.
Apply now the next instrument Dodge Tool and add several highlights.
Create now a new layer and place it lower than the shark’s layer, erasing the layer with the contours. Paint it out, choosing the Gradient Tool.
Get back to the shark’s layer and place it on the first plan. Accentuate some places of the shark’s shapes, using the Brush Tool of a small size.
Then create a new layer above the shark on which will be pictured several lines representing the waves.
Copy this new made layer: Layer – Duplicate Layer and blur it out applying Filter – Blur – Gaussian Blur.
Change the Opacity of the previous layer till 55%.
Change the layer’s type on Overlay. Make a copy of the shark’s layer, blurring it and moving the copy lower than the basic shark’s layer.
Combine now all the layers, using next combination: Layer – Merge Visible (shift+ctrl+e) and erase the unfilled picture’s edges, using the Crop Tool. Copy the layer and blur it out (Gaussian Blur).
Change the blurred layer’s type on Multiply and minimize the Opacity till 66%.
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