Painting the Sleepwalking Character

We're finished with all the preliminary background work, so it's time to paint the sleepwalking character. To make painting just a bit easier, let's temporarily hide the Candle Glow layer. Hiding the Glow layer makes it easier to see the colors and values we are painting with when we work on the candle, the candleholder, and the hand.

1. Create a new layer under the visible Sketch layer.

2. Make sure that Pick Up Underlying Color is checked.

3. Name the layer Sleepwalker.

The layer we just created will be the one we paint the colors and values of the character on. We will do almost all the painting using the Variable Chalk variant found in the Chalk brush category. We will use a paper texture called Basic Paper from the Painter X default textures.

If you are feeling particularly creative, you can use any brush that has Cover as its method and the word Grainy in its Subcategory. If you have a favorite brush, by all means use it.

4. Quickly block in the basic colors on the character and candle. Do not worry about the small details until after all the main colors and shapes are painted.

5. Work from darker colors to lighter ones. This helps you get all the values in the darks painted correctly before you move on to the mid-tones and eventually to the lighter values. If you bounce around painting lights, mid-values, and darks, there is a greater chance that the painting will lack harmony.

We've painted the first colors. We don't need to make an effort to paint details. The main goal is simply to establish the color scheme. We've turned off the Glow layers to make it easier to see and paint the colors of the candle, candleholder, and hand (Figure 5.10).

Figure 5.10 The first color is painted into the sleepwalker.

To continue painting the character, we need to combine the Sketch layer and first layer of color. Unfortunately, we cannot successfully collapse the Sketch layer and Basic Color layer into one layer. Because the Sketch layer has its Composite Method set to Multiply, all the white is displayed as transparent. If we collapse a Multiply layer with a Default layer that is partially transparent, the Multiply layer converts back to a Default layer, and all that apparent transparency changes back to solid white.

There is no convenient way to collapse only the Sketch and Color layers. We need to either collapse enough layers so that there is nothing displayed as transparent or figure out another work-around.

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