whipped this little drawing up for this weeks Illustration Friday topic “haunt”. Here are some quick steps on how I made it.
1. I did a couple small thumbnails in my sketchbook just to really get an idea where I want to go with it. I wanted to make sure the ghost was in a good scary position. (Scary for my art that is. I really don’t do scary well.)
2. After I got the thumbnail that I wanted I drew a larger sketch on a scrap of watercolor paper that was taped to a board.
3. I got the whole paper wet, mixed up my purple color and brushed it in the wet at the top of the image.
4. I held the image vertically so the paint could drip down the page.
5. I used some paper towel to blot out the whites of the ghost.
6. I added some salt to the image and let the paint dry all the way using my blow dryer.
7. When the paint was dry I rubbed off the salt flakes. That is how I got those neat star designs.
8. I went in with my pencil made the features darker and added some details.
9. I scanned it into Photoshop and messed with the levels. I made the darks darker and the lights lighter until I had a nice glowing ghost.
And that is it!
The whole process probably took less than an hour. I’ve also made it available as a print which you can buy here.
If you put up a piece for Illustration Friday up this week I’d love to see it. Enter your link below and I’ll head over and have a look.