Telegram Stickers – Digital Art Tutorial

Telegram Stickers – Digital Art Tutorial

August 12, 2019 26 By Peter Engel


Hi! My name is Nora, I am basically a
self-taught artist and today I’m going to show you how I do my
Telegram Stickers. Telegram is a very simple messaging app which I find really useful
for artist-client communication. You can send full resolution files, which is
really great for sending and receiving references and the other person doesn’t
have to know your cell phone number. You can also send these things called
Stickers, which I usually use for memes but you can also create your own pack.
So imagine you have character design you want to use in your conversations.
You could either hire an artist or try to do it yourself. Now, I am aware that this video is
going to have a lot of information, so if you get lost or you’d like me to explain
anything else, please leave it down in the comments. Also, you can probably tell
I’m not a native speaker so subtitles will be available. Stickers can cost anywhere
between 1 and 50 dollars, but usually the price is around 15 bucks. As always, it
will depend on your level, on the time it takes, on your clients, your experience, etc.
Today, I’ll be working on a 5-sticker pack as a commission for Kyubifan on
deviantART. As you can see, I wrote down the the list of emotions the client asked
for. I then go to deviantART, copy the character reference, create a new
document and paste it in there. Hold and drag this file to create a new window
which you can resize and move around. For sketching, create a new document.
I usually sketch on paper, so I chose my document to be A4, but either way
don’t worry about the size for now. I always work on a grey background because
white kind of hurts my eyes. I’ll be using a pencil brush by Nanda, you can find the
link below in the description. I’m going to speed the video up a bit now. Create a
new layer called “sketch” and start by drawing a circle with a cross as a guide
for perspective. Try to work by planes, make sure you understand your character’s
volumes as if they were 3D. I recommend drawing a straight line for
the direction of the eyes and then creating parallel lines in order to
place every facial feature in the same perspective. A very common mistake is
doing the farthest eye smaller. It does appear to be narrow at like a 3/4 pose,
but the height should be the same. Don’t forget to flip the canvas often, it
will help you to see new mistakes. Try to make your stickers all look as the same
character, not only relying on colors or details, but on general shapes. Also, don’t be afraid to look for
references, which does not mean tracing or copying but learning how a certain
expression or body parts works. For Stickers it’s very useful to search for
character development art in animation movies or cartoons. Try to get the flow
and emotion of the pose rather than making it anatomically perfect. Next, I create a new file of 512 pixels
wide and high, which is the size your Stickers should be. You can work on bigger files,
but in the end this is how you will have to upload them. I copy one of the sketches and
place it in there, set its opacity to around 20% and create a new layer called “lines”.
Using a basic round brush with size pressure sensitivity, go over your sketch
with clean lines. When you’re done, take the magic wand tool and click on the
area outside of your character. Go to select>expand>1 pixel and then
select>inverse. Create a new layer between the sketch and line work and call it “colors”
or “flat colors”. Fill your selection with your character’s base color.
Deselect using Ctrl + V / command + V, lock the layer on this little button
here and start filling in the rest of your colors. Make sure to clear the
border up a bit where the selection tool didn’t do a great job. When you’re done with this step, I
recommend placing these layers on a folder called “Sticker 1” before moving
on to the next. In case you’re interested, I did the fire selecting areas with
the lasso tool and filling them with a 50% opacity yellow to orange gradient. For shading, create a layer over your
flat colors, then go to Layer>Create Clipping Mask and set it to Multiply mode.
Now everything you paint here will make the areas on your flat colors
appear darker. Choose a light, neutral color and fill in the areas where you
want your shadows to be. Alternate between hard and soft brushes to achieve
the look you like. It doesn’t have to be detailed at all since we’re just doing
stickers. As an optional step, I always add a
soft light source on top. Create a new layer over your “Sticker 1” group using
a Clipping Mask again and with a big, soft brush, paint some light coming from
above. Set it to “Hard Light”, “Pin Light” or any other mode that works for you. For the final step, click on the FX
button below your layers, select “Outer Glow” and play with the spread and size
options until you get a sharp line surrounding your character. Then select
the option below called “drop shadow” and bring down the opacity. You can add some
white details on another layer like reflections on the eyes or lines to
separate parts of the body. For saving, just delete your background layer and go
to File>export as PNG and do that for each sticker separately. Let’s create
a Sticker Pack on Telegram. Search for the stickers’ Bot. It will give you several
commands that you can use. Click on the first command called “new pack”. My
Telegram bots are in a Spanish by the way, sorry about that! It will ask
you for a 512 pixel sized PNG transparent file. Drag and drop your first sticker sending it
without any compression and choose an emoji which matches their expression.
And that’s it! Now do the same for every sticker and click publish when you’re
done. I hope you found this helpful, please let me know any questions or
suggestions you may have in the comments below. All the links to my social media and tip jar can also found in the description,
so thank you so much for watching, I hope you liked it and take care