2. Sketching Ideas

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I will draw some ideas in my sketchbook and then draw them on a big canvas.


[1] Rough sketches

First, I draw some rough thumbnails sized around 2 x 3 cm in my sketchbook.

What kind of themes should I use? How about the composition? I draw some ideas in a short timeframe to get an idea of the overall image.


This time, I wanted to draw a “bottled salad”.

I think that the bright colors of different vegetables packed in a bottle looks very cute, so I decided to use that theme for this illustration.

I narrowed down my ideas to these two.


I’ll draw these rough ideas on the actual canvas size to see the overall balance.

This time, I want to draw a landscape illustration, so I make the canvas landscape from the [Edit] menu > [Rotate/Invert canvas] > [Rotate by 90 Degrees Clockwise].


[2] Checking the rough draft

I select “Layer 1” from the [Layer] palette and change the name to “Rough draft 1”.


I select the “My Pens” > “Darker pencil 2” brush. To start, I choose a large brush size (about 50-80 pixels) and set opacity to approximately 100%, then draw roughly.

I imagine vegetables popping out of a bottle like a “vegetable gun”.


I draw the other idea on a different layer.

I click the eyeball icon on the “Rough 1” layer and hide it. Then I create a [New Layer] above it, change the name to “Rough 2” and draw my rough draft like before.


The finished rough sketch is below.


I imagined the forest animals making a bottled salad in the forest.

When I actually drew the sketches on the canvas, I concluded that the second one was more like a picture book, which I preferred more. Therefore, I will go forward with the second rough draft.

I may use the first rough idea in a different situation, so I save it as a separate file.

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