Hi my name’s Joanna Henly I’m an artist illustrator an art director and also the founder of Miss Led studio. I’m here today to talk you through my work my inspiration and how I work digitally using the new Intuos Wacom tablet. Welcome to my home! This is a really good example of how I like to work in various different layers so that works traditionally and digitally but this piece it started as an A3 drawing and then projected lines onto the large card using various different textural marks with paint and watercolour. And even coloured pencil and ink it gives this really nice strong layered effect. It all happened really fast this is a live piece that was created for an exhibition opening. So I think the reason I love it is because it has this amazing chaos there’s lots of dripping paint and lots of colours smudging and bleeding into each other and it’s been really hard to recreate this in my studio. So we’re in my studio now and here are two pieces that are directly influenced by bittersweet so they were created a little later and they’re a really good example of merging traditional and digital artwork so I’m going to use one of the software programs available with the Wacom Intuos tablet called Clip Studio paint. So you can work with Clip Studio paint really simply so I’ve clipped my workspace which you can go to via window and I’ve put it into illustration so this software you can make your artwork into animation and also you have the perspective frames to do comic work as well but I’m just going to do a basic layer illustration work. All strictly with the Intuos tablet so I kept this as clear as possible so there’s a lot of this stuff that you can kind of get rid of so I’ve just kept the layers here my tools here and something that I always do with my pen is I’ll go to System Preferences and I will change the settings on my stylus so with this one I like to have the pen for the first click is I put that set on go to keystroke and I put that as space so that means I can constantly move around or move my canvas around. And then my second right-click is then set to brushes so if I move the piece you’ll be able to see my original drawing here so if I’ve got this I can move around which is really handy when you’re zooming in so I used I’d like to use the keyboard as little as possible and then if I want to change my brush size I can do that so with this piece I’ve used this with a digital brush and I’ve only used the brushes within the software so this relies on a really small brush so it’s lots of time and lots of very very small cross hatching and that this part you can see it looks really detailed and it has that nice organic feel of using a pencil. So if I press right click I can enhance the size of the brush and decrease here so as I said I want to use this as simply as possible like as if I’m drawing on paper okay so I’m going to show you all the different layers that I’ve used on this sketch this is a live project that I’m working on at the moment this is a commissioned piece for a final artwork that will reach bigger than bittersweet downstairs so it’s going to be a really huge piece so for me to do this as a drawing being able to enlarge that and printing that or working on that so big will be would be quite difficult if I scan that in I’d have to scan it in as a really high resolution so it’s really nice actually for this piece to find the right brushes and the right texture to have that kind of digital format and I know that I have a lot of scope for enlarging it so even though you’ve got a really light and for what I’m used to very simplistic pencil tool it has such a lovely feel that works so lovely on the tablet and you still have this lovely pressure sensitivity. If you zoom in got this really really nice so I’m just using the brushes that are integrated in the software so I haven’t imported anything and I want using anything complex I just want to use what the basic tools are and this rough pencil is really really lovely it’s got beautiful texture and it flows really nicely on this matte finish Wacom tablet. So if I tend to use this pencil organic pencil feel in black and then to give it a sort of graphite feel because obviously when you’re working with a 2b or HB pencil it’s never really black. The only black you’ll get is ink or if you’re scanning something in so for me to get that sort of really organic graphite feel I normally start the layer and then bring the opacity down and that’s really easy to do on this program so if you start a new layer so you can see that I’m using the rough pencil in black but then if I bring the opacity down a bit you’ve got this feel which is a bit more grayscale which is which is what you want and if you want to darken it so if you’re saying you’re doing hair and this pressure sensitivity feels really nice because you can go thick to thin quite quite well so I go backwards a bit and then if I want to have areas that I’m outlining so it’s got that sort of characterized feel I can then add another layer using the same colour so if I add one here and then I have the opacity only slightly reduced then I’ve got this darker feel so it looks like it’s it’s kind of heavily rendered without having to do multitude of of layers here so you can see that in the work here where it’s a lot darker around the pupil and then lighter around here so it’s all about having those contrasts that’ll make your piece acknowledge light and dark but also make your piece look really strong so I’m not going to talk about how to draw the face I’m going to talk more about how I colour and how I use the Clip Studio paint software so let’s just delete or hide this recent layer and then we have this layer here where we want also hide so read these bits and these the background piece so let’s. So we’ve got, so I’m gonna get rid of my pencil lines by just going backwards really the only thing is with this you have to literally tap every time you want to go back. Which can get a bit tedious so what I like to do is just sort of scribble a bit make marks around as I’m doing sort of play around with the brush play around with different mark making and expressions and then maybe what I’ll find and what I enjoy using then I’ll bring in to the piece so there’ll be lots of kind of scribbles and sketches up here so this is on my background layer so what I’m gonna do is I’m going to find the eraser. Well actually like a flip this round by changing the black into the white using X and then I can cover that with a larger tool using this and then so I’m in the paint tool now and because I’ve got this handy little preset here I can just change the brush size clean that up as new. And then if we flip that back. Okay great so with these pieces here I have different layers set here so let’s look at this okay so my lines for my figure piece my portrait so far is a little light so what I’ve done is I’ve duplicated the layer so I’ve just added the same layer again so you can see once I put that on that’s a book a lot more striking again if it’s too much I can just bring the opacity down and I can really play with that so I’ve got those two layers there to start with and you can see the other pieces that I’ve involved here so these are the first sketch versions which I have on the layers so this is how I start with my coloured pieces so I’ve decided with this piece that I want to keep the first character or the main character to look as if it’s pencil drawn and I want it to be surrounded by colour so enhancing that I kind of feel and having that contrast so the way that I start with colour is I start with a layer and I just use any brush really and just put like a free-form lines so with that I’ve started with a pink and then on top I’ll add another layer and then I’ll start putting some finer lines. So let’s just turn that one off so I can show you one that’s a little bit further developed so with this one we have this piece down here so you can see here this is a combination of different stages of line work so we’ve got the green kept on that layer so I can still play with the opacity I’ve got this layer which is a separate colour as well and we’ve got the colour for the background so this can be this can disappear so this is like my first sketch so it’s almost like you’re working on a light box see you start with your frame work reduce the line work and then you can work on top and then have that final piece so right so what’s really great here is you’ve got your eyedropper so let’s let’s do a little bit of this so I drop that colour and then we’re going to use the pencil and then I’m going to show you how lovely it is to draw with and I’m using rough pencil again so with the blue flower moving up to the layer above which is this green so I’m calling this green because obviously it’s brighter green and the bigger your brush size the better you get this is feel of diversity of line and line quality you can have these lovely little flick outs that go really small and they’re nice thick lines here and I think I want to go a little bit darker so I’m going to move out here. See you’re acknowledging your first line you further sketch then you can improve on that as your piece develops because the way that I like to work is a work around the piece or a little bit at a time so I’m not working on one section and realizing that it doesn’t really fit with the flow of the piece because the lines are really important here for me so I want them to acknowledge the face so it’s coming around the face like this and this is bringing around here to the face also so you’ll be able to see this with the other organic shapes that have been added here so we’ve got a purple flower as well and this is all digital brush which is amazing so just using colours know kind of charcoal graphite sort of feel here is all colour and then these are really nice layers so I started with a lilac and then to just bring in the shadow and using darker purple that’s really really easy to do and the feel and flow of the tablet just it just really it really makes it easy and it’s just really enjoyable tablet to sketch with so as I’m using a tiny screen we’re zooming in and out a lot so you can slowly see the piece in its entirety we’ve got the yellow flower as well so with this piece again I’ve used a layer below to make the sketch point and then I’ve added this different coloured layers so that orange is one layer the yellow is another layer and then the green on another so I know that if I want to change those colours then that’s really easy and talking about changing colour and change something that’s really nice with this tool is with this software is so if I just have one of these layers open for the character which is called I’ve just caught that woman so if you go to this tool here what this bot window here you can see layer properties and that’s got this old blue box here so if I click that changes that should change my line work so let’s see and you can see it’s changing all the lines in that group to this really lovely turquoise blue and I like to use colour pencil a lot and this to me is really exciting cause it’s really easy to do and you can either go backwards like so or you can just click in here and that will change so it’s really really easy tool to use and another one which is great especially when you’re doing portrait because you have to acknowledge the symmetry of a face but also a face can look really really perfectly set but there’s something that you can’t quite put your finger on and there’s a really nice tool here that allows you to flip the workspace if I go to view and rotate invert and then hit flip horizontal I get a different perspective of it so sometimes I’ll take a photo of my work or I’ll flip it to kind of understand a piece a bit more so I can see that there’s definitely more shadow on this side and less here and you can see the lip the lips here a little less visible. I’m gonna flip this back reset rotate so I’m gonna create a new layer and just show you how easy it is to colour and just just basically add add a bit more depth to to the work so I’m just not and I’m just going to use the ink brush here so I quite like the uneven layering brush of course so let’s just test this over here so if we want to use and I sort of green but I only have that green a bit more sort of bluey turquoise I’ll have it here so let’s see what that looks like that’s quite nice and then I want to bring my brush size down so slowly adding colour as if I would with a pencil so really small strokes rather than just filling really dense flat thick colour it’s really nice to build it up because you have to think like you’re drawing if you want that organic feel and you just can’t certainly layering on top it’s a slow process but it it’s really worth it and then you can go smaller if you want to have more sort of defined line but we’re using a layering brush here now anyway so I definitely want to use another colour here so let’s do the other eye so just bring the brush size up first I’m using really small strokes. And I really want to add some depth to this colour so I’m gonna start another layer and I’m gonna keep this colour here but I’m gonna bring it tonally darker and then that smaller brush size stop bringing that shadow because when you have the top of the eyes they have that you have to acknowledge that you’ll get a shadow from the eyelashes and eyelid so we’re just emphasizing that with the colour and going a little bit smaller so you give it sort of more 3-dimensional feel okay so you can see these lines starting to look you can see the lines actually and I mean it’s starting to look a little bit digital so I’m gonna go and use this tool here which is the blending so you can experiment with that a little bit smaller and I’m gonna just smudge those colours a little bit so the trick with having this feel is layering as I keep saying so I’m just gonna smudge this so this is almost like your base colour so it’s fine it’s quite sort of poster box paint box green because we can we can always bring this colour down in opacity and introduced other colours on top so then we using a different colour but not too far away. We can start putting sharper lines and see what happens there so I’m going back into a rough pencil actually let’s do colour pencil and I’m gonna make these blend this a yellowy green now to happen here So I’m almost making like a sun formation here so I’m going around people and then with the blender just slightly blender in and even tapping bring that up bring that down and I think I want to have a bit more range with this deck here so I’m gonna add another layer again you go a lot darker so and you keep to that sort of keep to a similar colour but bring it a lot darker see what happens here so it’s a more sage green you’re gonna use pencil here there we go just keep it just to those to the edge here top here listen yeah okay so we’ve got our shadows in I’m gonna add a little bit more here. I’m gonna add more black to define the pupil to give it more contrast yeah it’s definitely a lot lighter here and then we’re gonna add the highlights to just finish these off on another layer again and let’s use that and we can flip this either using X or touching that so we’ve got coloured pencil with white and if you have the white layer above then you’ll really see it let’s have this a bit denser and then you want that white layer over the pencil there so let’s pop that up there see that difference here we actually want to take that down. I’m gonna use that eraser so you don’t want it that dense so let’s go to pencil again do something textured so we’ve got you get that sort of softening here which makes a real difference they’re not obviously with your highlights they need to be pretty similar from the left to the right. So I’m not labeling any of my layers just because I’m doing a walkthrough and it would just get a bit tedious But it’s advisable to know where your layers are and get into a good habit of making sure that you’re labeling them or it just gets really confusing right so I’m gonna use a smaller brush you can see these lines that I’ve added already which I’m gonna acknowledge here with a thin but soft brush and it’s good when you’re doing details to zoom in as much as possible down here so you get the idea so you could either have these as the top layer I think the brush size is quite big so again you’re looking at these features. And when you’re colouring and also when you’re rendering it’s really important or making even your first marks to understand where your highlights where your mid-tones and where your shadows are so where your lines are gonna be darker but they’re gonna be thicker where they’re gonna be more layered and where you want to have that lightness. I’m just adding here so we could do what we’ve just done with the cheeks and bring that shading by blending that. And then underneath we have a darker more solid tone. So again I’m only having these lines in the middle where the lips meet. Bring the brush size down a bit to blend in. So then if you’ve got a smaller brush you can see that’s bringing these lines up so it’s going from a shaded to a line just really soft line and this is really cool for the lips or flowers or any kind of piece that you decide really so you can see this suits again a process where you need to be patient and just play around. OK and then we could do that again underneath maybe want to have a little bit here as well up nhere so it’s nice to have it on the edge because you can always delete these bits you couldn’t that’s a very big eraser. Okay and then blending again. So this could be your base I mean depending on what tools you use and what effect you want maybe you feel that this is got the starting point of doing something really organic I might have a sort of more digital feel you can add sort of pastel marks so as I said before I try not to use too much keyboard when I’m working I really like to have the movement and the pen and brush size I like to do most of it on the tablet if you do want to use quick keys then you can find all the quick keys in just below the Preferences which is the shortcut settings and you’ll see all the different letters so you’ve got the brush which is B and then it will click between the watercolour the opaque all the different watercolour brushes and so on pencil is P easy to remember pen P gradient G and so on. And you can actually change these if you want so that’s really handy and really simple so it’s all outlined there. It’s been really nice to share my process with you and just to show you how simple it is just using digital brushes, pencils blending, smudging and just the difference it makes through having those various layers and it’s just a really lovely process to work with so thank you for watching. I hope you check out my channels to see how the work develops because I’m looking forward to sharing it with you and I’d really love for you to be inspired to do a piece of your own get in touch and we’d love to share it.