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Course: Creating Motorcycle Line-art

 Hello everyone and welcome to this Citizen Tutorial Series with Tim Von Rueden on Creating Motorcycle Line-art!

In this Concept Cookie series Tim Von Rueden takes you through the steps on drawing a motorcycle line-art from the initial sketches to the final cleaned, lines. This process will be done with the mix of building grayscale technique and the line art technique.

In the first part I take a look at creating a completed line art for the foundation for the color. In this tutorial I go through using freehand lineart and using the shapes tool to create the nice smooth shaped lines.

Below is a step by step look at different sections of the tutorial. ↓

In this series I will take a look at drawing a motorcycle from the initial sketches to the final render. This process will be done with the mix of building grayscale technique and the line art technique. In this part, I explain how I got started and before even laying down a stroke I did research and learned about the subject matter and did a bunch of initial sketches trying to lay out the form. Below are some of the key frames that goes through this process of drawing a motorcycle and it’s foundation.

These are the initial sketches I did before I got started on the tutorial. They can be seen in the image below↓

I start with the basic triangle and two circles as the skeleton for the motorcycle all while keeping perspective in mind.

After that I got started with sketching out a really rough form of the motorcycle, and the parts shapes, while trying not to focus too much on the details.

For size and perspective reference I added a rider sketch to help visualize the size of the vehicle.

Then i layer down a slightly darker gray to give it more of a standalone shape and cleaned up the edges.

It is now ready for the line art process, which will be covered in part 2.

↓ You can create line art entirely using freehand, especially in places that don’t have a straight line or perfect shaped area. This may be tough to create that perfect line each time so don’t feel discouraged, and use the edit>undo (command+z) as much as needed. There’s no shame in that :) ↓

But for subjects like the tires, I would recommend using the shape tool, which is located on the left side in the tool bar.

Once you lay it down, you will see a new “shape layer” has been created with a “stroke” effect on it

To increase the thickness of the stroke, double click the layer and increase the size.

And then copy, paste as many times needed for wherever else a circle is appropriate

For repetition, draw something that is situated the way you would like…

…and then copy and paste it over and over to create that repetition.

I recommend using the copy, paste technique as much as you can, it will cut down on work time significantly.

For the final details, add some wear and tear, some stitching. Anything that will give it more of a realistic sense to the object.

And then, WALA. You have a completed line art piece ready for color

Thanks for watching and if you have any questions feel free to comment below!

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The resources in this course include the following: Both of the Photoshop tutorial .PSDs and Citizen members can also download each part’s HD video.

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