I Had An Idea
Back in January I got an illustration job with a short deadline and instructions to make my color more saturated. Except that they still wanted my basic textured style. This circumstance led to me creating an illustration that looked more or less like my watercolor-colored pencil art but was created almost all digitally.
I’d show it to you but I don’t remember if I have permission, nor do I really feel like finding my old contract and looking it up, so I’m not going to.
After I finished the project I kinda forgot a bout it. I had other work to finish and wasn’t in experimenting mode at the time. Recently though I’ve had a little brake I remembered that assignment. That’s when this little idea came to me.
You may remember my post from last week the sketch of the witch… Well that was the basis of the experiment.
This is what I did
With that illustration from months back I painted an underneath color layer in Photoshop with another layer to add the texture detail. There is just something about watercolors though. I love the texture they create and the chance for happy accidents that you just don’t get when painting digitally. So with this new illustration I created the under painting with watercolor.
Here is the original sketch and the watercolor underpainting.
Usually after I finish with the watercolor I brake out the colored pencils and go to town. As you can see the watercolor painting has the main colors and values but not much detail. That all comes in that next step.
This time though I scanned in the image and did the brush detail in photoshop. I didn’t do the whole image, just enough to get an idea of how I liked working that way.
This is what I got
Over all I like it. Here are a few things I learned.
The hardest part was finding a brush that looked the way I wanted it to. I think this one is close but the overall effect was a little too grain-y. I’ll have to keep working on that if I decide to work this way more.
It was also hard to get used to how if you put a line down it can get easily covered up. With traditional colored pencils (or we can call them pencil crayons for my friends in Canada) you put a line down and it it there forever. You can blend with it or make it darker but those are you only options.
In photoshop you put that line down and the next line can make it disappear. Since I’m not used to working that way I kept drawing over stuff I wanted to keep.
I also feel like this finished effect was a little chalky.
What do you guys think. What experiments have you done lately?
You can also check out my artist friend Maryn’s blog. She is the queen of cool art experiments. I really admire her great ideas.
Check back Friday for news about the giveaway. I already informed the winner by email. Hopefully I’ll hear back from him/her by then.