Howdy! I’ve been getting lots of emails and questions on dribbble and deviantArt about the illustration process I’ve been experimenting with lately. I’m going to use my latest illustration, Where the Amazing Things Are, as an example.By the way, this illustration is for sale (Link located in the Conclusion)
STEP 1 SKETCH: So first things first, I always start with a sketch. Now, I’m no expert by any means. I’m still learning, but then again, we should never stop learning, but I think the sketch is the most important stage. Just draw and have fun fleshing out the idea.
STEP 4 DETAILS: Add in all the details you like using your homemade brushes, but keep it to 3 brushes so your stuff doesn’t look inconsistent. But then again, experiment all you like. That’s what it’s all about.
STEP 5 TOUCH UP: Now you have your illustration pretty much done, but you might notice some of your color choices seem off. No problem! Since all your layers are separate you can tweak the colors using SELECTIVE COLOR found under OBJECT then ADJUSTMENTS. Or you can use HUE/SATURATION also found under ADJUSTMENTS. Whatever works for you. Below is the before and after. The changes may be subtle to you, but it made a big difference to me.
Conclusion: So that’s my process. I hope this helps you out, but if I skipped over anything that’s still got you scratching your noodle, ask away in the comments section. And if you’d like to buy this limited edition print, click right here. I hope you enjoyed my first official tutorial!
Dennis (aka tanoshiboy)
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