A lot has happened in the month since I posted last; I resigned at my job, sold my house and decided to apply to a few MFA programs. Anyway, thanks to my family and friends for all the encouragement and support I’ve received recently during this transition.
The image above is derived from a childhood photo of me, my older brother, my mother and our pet bird (called Starsky, after…Starsky and Hutch). My Dad took the photo and I’ve always been really fond of it. The final image is the product of Freehand, Photoshop and Painter.
I wanted to keep this Friday’s image as simple as possible (so that I could get it done in time) and I also wanted to do a bold black and white image. The Diggle is a design from my sketchbook which I redrew in Illustrator with the pen tool and then assembled the piece in Photoshop.
Another Illustration Friday image, these characters originated from my sketchbook.
The original sketchbook character designs were drawn in pen and I am still trying to figure out the best way to create digital line work that I like and that has that pen quality — perhaps it isn’t possible. Anyway, I gave Freehand a go this time and started the image off with Freehand’s variable stroke pen. From there I took the line work into Illustrator and added areas of color with the pen tool and then finally copied the image over to Photoshop where I tweaked the colours and added the swath of yellow. The colours are bolder than I would typically use, but I wanted to try a different palette.
I decided to participate in the ‘Illustration Friday‘ Blog event. This is my submission for the current topic, ‘Remote.’
This is an Illustrator image, derived from my sketchbook. Usually I color the Illustrator line work in Photoshop, but I decided to color this image in Illustrator because I’m trying to improve my Illustrator skills.