Drawing Homer Simpson

By Dr Diablo | Photoshop CS3 | Beginner | Page 1, 2

We now have all the necessary outlines of Homer's body ready. In this page we are going to color the body and the clothes (the base colors) and then we will apply shadows and highlights over them to make Homer look more professional!

Base Coloring

We are going to color parts of Homer by using the selection tools and then filling these selections with the desired colors. We will do the selection by using the Magic Wand and Polygonal Lasso Tool . Start off by accessing the Layers Panel to create a New Layer and then Drag it below the two outline layers we created previously. Rename this layer to Base Colors. This will ensure that our color fills do not cover the outlines of our drawing.

Create Base Color's Layer

Grab the Magic Wand from the Tools Panel. From the panel on the top, set the wand's Tolerance to 20 and make sure Anti-alias, Contiguous and Sample All Layers are all ticked. We will first color Homer's yellow skin. Set your Background Color to #FBD800 and then click on Homer's head. Hold Shift and click on Homer's hands as well as his three fingers to create the sum of selection shown in the screenshot below.

Select the Skin Using Magic Wand

Now just press Ctrl+Backspace to fill the selection with our Background Color.

Filling the Skin

Repeat the same step for the rest of Homer's body. Fill his pants with the color #43A0FF and his beard with the color #CFAE67.

Filling the Pants and Beard

Coloring the shoes is tricky, so they are going to need a different approach. Set your Background Color to #2C4541 and using the Magic Wand , click on both shoes to select them. Make sure you leave the small triangular area that is left out for the shoe's bottom color. Go through Select>Modify>Expand, and expand by 1 px. Press Ctrl+Backspace to fill the shoes. We expanded the fill to be able to select some of the semi-white pixels that the Magic WandMagic Wandleft out.

Filling the Shoes

As for the little triangle on Homer's right shoe. Select the Polygonal Lasso Tool from the Tools Panel and set your Background Color to #111614. Select the small triangular area and hit Ctrl+Backspace to fill it, since the the area is too small for the Magic WandMagic Wand to select it perfectly.

Filling the Shoe's Bottom

To wrap up the base coloring section, we are going to draw two small circles as the eyes of Homer. Grab the Elliptical Marquee Tool from the Tools Panel and create small round selections as shown in the screenshot below. Set your Background Color to #000000 and hit Ctrl+Backspace to fill the selection.

Drawing the Eyes

Shadow and Highlight Tones Coloring

The make our coloring more convincing we will be adding some shadows and highlights to Homer's skin and clothing. This is going to be done by using custom vector shapes, using the Pen Tool to represent the color tones, which will be placed below the outline layers and above the Base Color layer. Since we are going to create many Custom Vector Shapes we will create a group layer to accommodate all the shapes we are going to use. Access the Layers Panel, and click on the Create a New Group button from the lower part of the Layers panel. Place this group right above the Base Color layer, double click it to rename it to Color Tones.

Create a New Group

Make sure that none of your previously drawn paths are selected before you proceed to the next step. To make sure of that, open the Paths tab and Click anywhere inside the panel away from the two existing paths to deselect them, you will notice that the sharp lines on your canvas are gone once this is done.

Using the Pen Tool , set your Foreground Color to #69CAFF and start drawing the pant's highlights as shown in the screenshot below. Be patient while drawing with the Pen Tool to maintain smoothness and precision of your shapes.

Hightling the Pants

While keeping the same color chosen, draw the highlights of your the other pant as shown below using the same method as you've done in the previous step.

Hightling the Other Pant

The rest of the color tones will all be drawn the same way. Set your Foreground Color to #ECA500 and draw the skin's shadow.

Skin's Shadow

As for the shadow on the shirt, set your Foreground Color to #D9EEEF and draw the shape in accordance with the screenshot below.

Shirt's Shadow

Set your Foreground Color to #936213 and draw the beard's shadow as shown below.

Beard's Shadow

Finally, set your Foreground Color to #131917 and draw the shoes' shadows as shown below to be all done with Homer Simpson.

Shoe's Shadow

Homer Simpson is now complete, you can optionally add an elliptical #C6CED1 shadow under him as a final touch as shown in the last segment below. Here are all the progression parts of drawing Homer put together as well as a PSD of the final result.

Homer's Drawing Progression

This concludes our tutorial, make sure you show off your work in the Graphics Showcase forum. I hope that you learnt something new from it, feel free to post at the Oman3D Forum if you have any comments of questions.

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