I decided to make this so that It would encourage others to venture into completing the real or newer build sections of the Shipbucket. I have take rather simple screenshots while I did my latest Soviet missile cruiser, in order to show you the phases that I go trough when drawing.
I begun drawing that ship around 19:30 last nigth and finished it around middnigth (yeah, another nigth wasted in front of PC screen...dear me...:wacko:)
Step one is to take a existing linedrawing of a ship that You are about to draw.
Occasions that I have made drawing without something "beneath" has been in case of few finnish minesweepers and missileboat where none exists. Specially in case of larger ships, Its almost impossible to make an accurate presentation of reallife ship with "free hand". None forbids for such hard-core approach thogh...but Ill wish my luck (and symphaties ;) ) for those who dare...
In here I have just made a new copy over it in Gif format. The reason is to get the JPEG pixel haze nullificated to fewest possible colors. ....and yeas I know, it looks funky with those chess-board squares, but life is...
After I have saved this file, only thing I do is to re-size the picture into shipbucket scale (2 feets equals pixel) ...This means that take the length of the ship in feets, multibly it by two and then divade the result with the ammount of pixels that the lenght of the base-drawing takes. I meassure the length from farest point in the stern into the tip of the bow. If I know the waterline length...then I take the pixel length of the waterline, naturally...
After this I save the image again, this time in BMP format.
Begun to draw the lines....I use red color for everything that will come black in the final drawing, blue for grey, ect... In here the art of shipbucket comes to play. It is ones personal choises and chosing, how he will draw and how he will "follow" what is beneath, how he draws certain things and ect.... I will not try to teach my style, here are only few observations
A. As I want to bend the edge of the hull, I use black (here red) as the line for the hull, then one pixel "line" for ligthter grey (updeck), then the main grey to do the seccond line, under which the darker hull-grey color scheme.
NOTE that despite the orginal drawings seems to have somewhere two pixel between the hull edge and the main-grey line, I tend to "squeeze" it to follow the one pixel line. That way you get more "Shipbucketing" look to the drawing.
B. In here we have the Sa-n-1 SAM system and RBU-6000 ASW RL. No need to start drawing them, as existing "kits" of both can be found in Shipbucket charts (actually RBU-6000 is not there...hint, hint... ;=) ). My way is to took all "kits" that Im going to use into the same drawing, and simbly alter their color fit to the work-in-progress colors, but everyone has its own way...
Also if anythign repeats in the drawing (windows, new radars not yet in the bucket...do try to drawn them only once and then copy/paste where it appears next. Thats how the shipbucket feelin' is retained.
3. Now we become the main reason why Paint isen't best option for drawing this way...the layers! (photoshop owners can giggle with pity in their voice for the next part...)
But for us paintieers, no need to cry yet. Remember the first save as Gif? Well here it comes handy. When the base-drawing is in six to seven colors, its rather simply to choose each of them as the lower color (A), then select all, cut and as the upper color spot in white and the objects are pasted as non-covering (B), the screen is left blank with the lower spot color. Simply use the fill tool with left click and then rigth click, paste and the image appears whit the color chosen for lover spot dissappeared. Repeat with all of the colors that the base-drawing has (figure out why GiF?...imagine to do that with JPEG), you leave with the lines of your own work....almost like having layers in use...almost ;)
You also know why to use the simple red/blue/yellow colors, as most shades or shipbucket grey and black is usually among the colors that JPEG transfers to GiF format, so no need to get rid of those you have drew.
4. Now, to get into Real colors, simply choose (A) the lower spot with the color you want the "work-in-progres" color (upper spot) to change, and use the errease tool (B) with rigth click.
5. Color the ship enterily to its proper outfit. After that, start adding the details, raills and missing ladders and assorted stuff.
Now, It wasen't that hard was it? I hope these hints and insigth will help you guys and even more, trigger you to venture into drawing real life desings, so that the Bucket could be completed and cover every possible warship ever made. Its a huge task but something to work for.