How To Draw Star Platinum
Capturing Star Platinum’s majestic beauty with a pencil requires a delicate balance of finesse and sheer creativity. It’s not an easy task but with a few simple tips and tricks, you’ll be able to draw this beloved character with some ease. Just remember; practice makes perfect.
Gather Your Supplies
Before you start your masterpiece, it’s essential to equip yourself with all the necessary tools. You’ll need a sharp pencil, eraser, paper and reference pictures of Star Platinum. Try to search for images that show the character’s entire body, in full view, as it can be rather difficult to draw the details of its torso, arms and legs.
Grab a few sheets of decent quality paper so that every mark from your pencil will hold up; this will allow you to erase and rework any areas if you face any obstacles along the way. Additionally, you can stock-up with various grades of graphite to sharpen and blend your drawing.
Sketch it Out
The fun begins by sketching a light silhouette of Star Platinum’s figure; feel free to use a reference image or make it up yourself. Don’t worry too much about the details; they’ll come later. This step is all about creating the bones of the artwork. Work slowly, letting the pencil glide over the surface until you’re done.
Try to focus on the core elements of the character; its face, arms, torso and legs. It’s important to get these features right, as the outcome of your drawing entirely depends on them. Once the silhouette is created, you can refine the shape and size of its features.
After overcoming the initial hurdle of sketching the structure, it’s all about the details! Start adding shading to your drawing, and try to capture the texture of Star Platinum’s skin as best you can. Shade quickly and carefully, moving from one area to the next, taking breaks if necessary.
Using various tools like compressed charcoal and blending stumps can create the perfect mixture of textures; you can also refine certain sections with kneaded rubber erasers. Finish the drawing off by retouching the lines, removing any inconsistency and adjusting the dark and light points of the character.
A sense of realism in your artwork relies heavily on the details. Adding wrinkles and creases to the skin, creases to his shirt and small scratches to surfaces can do wonders to your drawing. Pay close attention to the length of the arms and legs, endowing Star Platinum with the dynamism of his on-screen counterpart.
Make sure to efficiently combine both light and dark shading to the figure and ground for a smooth transition between the elements. Exaggerating details can be difficult, it requires practice and requires knowing when enough is enough. Adding too much can shift the proportions of your artwork and remove the visual balance.
Back to Basics
As your artwork takes shape, erase any fleshy silhouettes or unwanted smudges. Remove any unnecessary marks that take away from your overall picture and make the artwork look messy. After the details are done, take a step back and look at the portrait in its entirety.
If you feel something looks wrong, it probably is. Don’t be afraid to rework areas of the portrait; this process might become tedious but it’s worth the effort. Make sure that the figure stands out against the background and make sure its eyes are placed perfectly; this will help make the portrait look alive.
Fabricating a Final Design
In order to bring your artwork to the next level, use Photoshop or a drawing tablet to color the composition. Focus on the eyes; this is your primary chance to express the soul of your artwork. Use warmer colors for these to bring the radiance of life to them.
Broaden the design with warmer colors on Star Platinum’s torso, arms and legs, making sure to use a few darker colors for depth. Refine the colors with abstract shapes, lines, clouds and natural textures to bring the portrait to life.
Finally, use a passive brush applied over the drawing and its colors to generate a soft transition between the elements of your colorful composition. This will give your final artwork an enchanting aura and refine the transition between the colors.