Some people keep asking me how I do my drawings. “It’s all hand painted ?” No it is not. Well, actually, until recently it was, but then I realized that these days most artists do their illustrations in Photoshop, so I decided to purchase the software and give it a try. At first I had no idea how to start and worked hard for three weeks trying to learn. At some point I felt so lost and unproductive that I thought there was no way to learn it without taking classes with someone. But as a full time mom, going out and taking courses is not that easy, so I persisted.
Today after four months practising, I don’t master the technique, but I think I have improved a lot. Above I show the process for one of my illustrations. I start by sketching in my sketchbook (which I haven’t included because I did it while watching my son take a bath and it ended up a real mess with all the splashing!). Then, I scan the sketch, do the lines on my tablet, add colours, lights, shades, bells and whistles, until it comes out as I imagined.
Below, I’m sharing a couple of links to tutorials that really helped to start up. They were written by artists who generously share their working process and knowledge. Tutorials by Dani Jones. Technical by Rachelle Anne Miller. This illustration also goes well with this week’s Illustration Friday topic – Toy.