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3.4 Lips and Slashes

In this part of the course, what we're gonna do is add a few more details to the face. And we're gonna go ahead and make sure we solidify the lips using our stroke techniques. All right, let's look at the lips. I wanna thicken up the edges here, make sure that it's nice and solid. So, I'll run a stroke into the lips first. And then we'll go over it again later on. But let's go ahead and solidify the directions of the lips. So, lets see if we need to make any changes. Another thing is you don't always have to back and use the Pen Tool again. You can simply just make the brush larger, by just using your brackets and hitting F6 again. What happens is, it'll remember the last Pen Tool stroke that you placed down, and it'll allow you to just thicken it. So here make this smaller, and I hit it twice so you can see that it will restroke it. So, let's go ahead and make the edge of the lip. Then we'll make a curve underneath here. There we go. Just to show some depth. Okay. And now, lets look at this lip here. See if we can start to create the shape for it. Want to create that little cut there from the stitches. There we go. This time I'm going to do something a little different. I'm going to start to move this anchor point. I'm going to start to create the feel for the lip. So we'll stroke here. Just add a stroke and it'll thicken this out, again. There we go. Because the edge should be consistent, pretty strong, pretty solid strokes. Make the brush a little bigger, there we go. And so, I'm constantly looking at my other screen where I have a smaller version of this. And seeing am I laying my line work down properly, how does this look from afar? But, for this tutorial, I think it's important that you get to see an up close version primarily. Where you get to see me lay down each stroke. There we go. And let's go ahead and do the ears here. So, go ahead and pin stroke again. And I want to make sure that my lines, now I'm headed to the outside. So, I'm going to have to start to thicken my lines a little bit. Get some good control here. Give it a nice curve. Now, when I teach this technique, I'll tell you what I often see students, or people who are learning this from me do. Is that they get caught up in doing the exact same stroke throughout the entire illustration. That doesn't work well. You don't have balance. Another thing is that they get lazy, and they don't really control their Pen Tool, and take those tangents and push it. So I want you to make sure that you're doing it. If it means that you have to take a break, then take a break. If you get bored and you say, man, this is taking a little longer than what I thought, even though you're learning, it's gonna take you a while. Stand up, stretch a little bit, maybe look at something else, work on another project, and then come back to it. The key to using this technique is to make sure that you follow those instructions. That you go in and you adjust your tangents and you click at the right points. That your lines are connected, and you don't have gaps in your lines. So as you'll see right here, these lines are pretty crisp. If I turn that off and turn it back on, I can see that little gap here I wanna clean up, and thicken this bottom earlobe out. There we go, it's pretty good. I'll probably, toward the end, go outside again and thicken the lines up, but for right now that'll work. So, just taking a look at this lip here, and let's go ahead and set the Pen Tool up. You can see I'm moving a little bit faster now. There we go. And stroke there. And I wanna go in and get these inside details again, and make the brush wider here. And, just taking a look, continuously going back and forth, taking looks and making sure that I have some nice line work. I do that, and good line here. And that's why I take steps back. I wanna make sure that we're getting those details in. Sometimes if you're too close, you can't see that. So I can tell already that I wanna put a little bit more here. And now let's go ahead and start to deal with hair. Here's a little prize for me as I get through the project. I get to work on these little details. So, using the same technique, just bouncing all over the artwork. Making sure that I have balance, and that I'm thinking things through. There we go. And also, that I'm applying the right curvature. So, you'll see me cheat a little bit. I'll go away from the pencil work, make this bigger, but I only go away from the pencil work if I think that it's a better shape. So we're still using the same technique, but we're applying the artistic part to it. There we go. It's a good piece right there. So, let's go ahead and move to the hair. What I wanna do is, in the next course, we're just gonna lay down the hair, and then we'll go from there. And we'll start to build highlights to give us depth.

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