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Sketching with Color

When your pencil sketch is roughed in, sketch some colored, textured marks to add depth and dimension to the drawing. Figure 6 shows a detail of my drawing in progress, with the loose hatching, scribbly lines, and the texture of the colored pencil strokes.

Figure 6

Figure 6 Use a variety of loose, expressive marks to add values to the composition.

My theory behind this loose drawing style is to leave areas of broken color, with some underlying color or “paper” showing through. The broken color and textured scribbles add color activity and vibrance to the sketch.

Adobe Photoshop Sketch 2.1 allows you to mix your own custom colors! Tap the Color swatch to open the Color Themes, and select a color in a color theme by tapping it. At the top of the Color Themes pane are four icons. Tap the Color Wheel icon (second from left) to open the Color Wheel pane (see Figure 7). To lighten or darken a color, adjust the lightness slider (under the color sphere). To change the hue, move the color circle on the color sphere.

Figure 7

Figure 7 Mixing a rich brown on the Color Wheel.

Adobe Photoshop Sketch remembers that the Color Wheel mode is active. To make another adjustment to the color as you work, tap the color swatch to access the Color Wheel directly.

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