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My client gave me close up head shots, along with information about the digital caricature I was about to create for her.
Scene: Criminal lawyer, also runner, with shirt and silver pen saying “The Great…”
Sometimes, I draw straight from my Cintiq with photo open next to drawing, but at times, I will sketch on paper, then scan and trace, which is what I did here.

First step, a rough pencil of head, then body.
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Scan and trace in Photoshop. I zoom up on my linework to make sure they are clean and not rough sketchy lines. Later, I will work on thicker lines for shadows.
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I duplicate the layer with my black line work and set layer to multiply and then color.
I then merge layers after I color.
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I started to add the background scene of the city and courthouse with sketching in Photoshop, fixing line work at close range, then color.
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I added color shadows and other small touch ups with the details given to me about the scene (burglar, paper and writing).
I try my best to balance the drawing and keep a good composition.
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Finished! Wah-lah!
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This is one of many ways I do my studio digital. Other times, I use Painter and patch up with Photoshop. This one I did all design in Photoshop CS3.

2 responses to “Step by Step Studio Digital Cartoon.”

  1. Really nice work Angie ! thanks for posting this step by step … you have a really clean style that is well balanced and designed. Looking forward to seeing more… btw I linked you to my blog

  2. Angie says:

    Hey! Thanks Anthony!
    I’m so glad you have a blog now. I will definitely link with you and I can’t wait to see your art posted.