A while ago I posted a drawing from my sketchbook of this eco-conscious angler fish. My initial intention was to paint it traditionally like my Cat-Fish and Dog-Fish pieces, but I decided to paint it in Photoshop instead. I give myself projects to create digitally in order for me to continue to improve and increase my digital skills. I learned something very helpful from my friend and fellow illustrator Will Terry about how to mimic my painting textures digitally. He coached me through creating a texture using the Define Pattern tool under the Edit tab in Photoshop.
I know there are probably a few people out there saying “how in the world did you not know that?”, but it was an important revelation for me and I think it will change the look of my digital work for the better. It allows me to use digital versions of my own painting textures to give my illustrations a more random and organic look. I’m pretty excited about it. If enough people are interested, I’ll do a little step by step sometime to show you what I have learned. I’ll be using this as a self promotional piece.
See full post here: LIFE NEEDS ART2011-05-25.