In order to get through an entire drawing on RMD, you have to be careful how you use your ink. Now, Iím a detailed person and I love getting into details themselves, but when you have an ink limit, you have to be careful just how you put those details in.
First, start out with an outline of what you're planning on doing. That way, you don't put down any more ink than you possibly have to. For me, the outline is the trickiest part. This particular outline took about an hour and a half to complete.
Put your base colors in first. What I mean by base colors is those general colors that are going to be seen the most under whatever details you choose to include. It takes a lot less ink to add your colors first and then go back and put in details than it does to put in the details first and then have to color around them. In addition, I also try to use the fill tool as much as possible in cases like this. Itís a little messy and you usually have to even up the edges a bit, but it uses way less ink than normal strokes do.
Now what you want to do is begin to alternate between doing details and general shapes and shades. So therefore, youíve got to ask yourself, what do I think is most important in this picture? I like being able to see in the windshield, and from the comments Iíve gotten, the feeling is mutual.
Like I said in step 3, youíve got to decide which details are important and which are not. Originally, the picture that I was looking at had the Ferrari symbol on the side. But I decided that getting the door on was preferable to having that there.
Another thing is that if the details that youíre including are very exact, then you can save ink by zooming in and doing them exactly. You waste ink when youíre zoomed out because you include things that donít have to be there for it all to work. Plus, doing work zoomed in tends to give pictures a more crisp sort of look.
Avoid using the airbrush as much as possible. Yes, I know it looks cool; but number one, if you use it badly, it looks bad and number two, either way, good or bad, it still uses up ink like mad. If you look carefully in this picture, you can see that Iíve just used the transparent tool a lot (and the fill tool in conjunction) to create various layers of color. Use the airbrush as a light seasoning, not much more. It helps to blend over colors already there.
And always remember: Be willing to undo! I redid this hood twice before I was happy with it.
Make goals. Thatís what I did with the back tire. I wasnít sure how much I was going to do with the front hood, but I knew that it was more important than the back tire, which is way back in the shadow. So I said to myself that Iíd put the back tire on at 15% ink. Also, the side mirrors were one of the least important things in my mind for this car. The car would have worked without them; but luckily I ended up with 3% ink at the end and had just enough to squeeze them on.