Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Illustration Friday - Layer - Digital giant leap. And, an After Hours Drawing



My first all digital painting! Thanks to Will Terry, my digital baby steps got a lot bigger in the past couple of weeks. More like one big giant leap! How nice that this week's Illustration Friday prompt was 'layer.' I learned how to use layers and a whole lot more from Will's series. I can't recommend it highly enough. Not only is it jam packed with information that even I could understand, it is a bargain as well. Will is such an amazingly generous guy! Check out the series here. I'm happy to share some of what I've learned, but don't want to give too much away. It's much better for you to see for yourself! Thanks Will! You are a spectacular illustrator, a great teacher and such a fine and generous person! I can never thank you enough!

In addition to Will's video series, I also had help from Rob Colvin, a wonderful landscape painter and fellow contributor to Illustration Friday. Rob, like Will, is a generous teaching artist. He was very kind and helpful in getting me started! I am so lucky to have connected with Rob. I'm in awe of his work and so grateful for his help too!

Scroll down if you'd like to see some of the steps that I followed to make this illustration.




There was no doubt what my first color would be!


                                                                               


Next, the sketch is opened in photoshop and dragged onto the textured underpainting. It automatically becomes a layer. In the layers palette, select 'multiply' to blend the background and sketch layer. 





Learning how to make a textured background to use in photoshop was one of my favorite things  from Will's video series. I created the texture, imported it into photoshop, then applied the color I wanted for my underpainting. It's all explained in the video series.




Here's the sketch that I started with. You can see, I decided to leave a couple of things out in the finish. The drawing began as one of my After Hours Drawing series. A swipe of my pencil on the paper became the shape of this guy's head. And the rest flowed from there. These drawings really feel as though they create themselves and I'm just along for the ride.

30 comments:

woody said...

Very nice, especially for first time!

Cindy Paul said...

Super cool. I will need to check this out as I have been working in the "trial by error" mode using the computer. Nevertheless, I am in love with the whole process and cannot stop. Now I will need to explore Will's technique. Your painting is just wonderful. I really like the colors and especially the texture. Wait until you play around with the opacity bar, better than chocolate! (Well, maybe.)

Rob Colvin said...

Very nice!

Jennifer Gray Olson said...

Fantastic. I love how you draw hands!

k.h.whitaker said...

Nice work Marion!

ArtbyAndy said...

Well done! And welcome to the digital world. I know you'll enjoy your stay!

Jack Foster said...

Wow Marion! You are a terrific student! You really followed Will’s steps perfectly... and what a wonderful illustration you’ve come up with! Love your character and the painting! I have to get Will’s series on Children’s book illustrating. The digital painting rocked! I can see a difference in my work already... and some of those shortcuts I learned, helped cut down my time a lot. God bless and take care!

Am Ampersand A said...

I love the lighting in this picture, it creates an evocative effect. The texture is also nice.

Dorka said...

Nice work! I love it.Congrat!

Nic Lawson said...

wonderful illustration! amazing that it is your first time! beautiful!

Ann Marie DiVecchia said...

Wow, Marion!! It's hard to believe this is a digital painting. Wonderful textures and colors. Amazing how it so closely resembles your traditional work. And this mad scientist is clearly up to no good. Even the cat is worried. Beautifully done!!!

michele said...

Congratulations! You get an A+! Love how you put this together, and with an added bonus, a lesson shared! This just shines! :o)

Emilie Boon said...

This is fabulous, Marion! If this is what you can achieve in a couple of weeks... I can't wait to see what's coming!

Manelle said...

I love it. The character and textures are so fun. Great lighting and mood. Lovely job on a first digital painting. :)

Marion Eldridge said...

Thank you so much everyone! Such encouraging comments! Woody - much appreciated! Cindy, I hope you enjoy Will's video series as much as I did. Actually, I'm quite sure you will. Ironically, the opacity bar was one of the very few things I knew about before I took Will's digital class and yes! Fantastic! Thank you, Rob - as always. Many thanks! Jennifer, I'm so glad you liked the hands - I had fun drawing them. Thank you Karen (such a loyal friend and commenter!) Andy, nice comment! I am loving this new digital adventure and plan to stay for quite awhile. Thank you Jack - you write such wonderful encouraging comments! I highly recommend Will's Children's Illustration series too. I'm almost embarrassed to say how much I learned, considering that I've been at this for quite awhile. Thank you Am, Dorka, Nic, Ann Marie, Michelle, Emilie and Manelle! So many lovely comments! Very much appreciated!

Sue Rundle-Hughes said...

This is lovely and I'm definitely going to look at Will's course. Wonderful illustration :)

Marion Eldridge said...

Thanks so much, Sue!

Leanne Franson said...

Wow! Congratulations! That's really great! I haven't yet tried anything that involved. Love your imported background texture, and how your pastel fits with it. Beautiful work. I'll have to check out Will's technique, thanks!

Ann Pilicer said...

Wow this came out amazing. Great work! You should be very proud! Way to go!!! :D

Marion Eldridge said...

Thanks Leanne and Ann! Very lovely encouraging comments!

Jennifer said...

This is great, Marion!

June said...

I would be so happy if I could creat digital work like this. Well done Marion, and thanks for sharing a little of the process. I'm interested enough to try digital again myself.

Will Strong said...

Wow, I'd say that it's really working for you. Nice job on this one.

Marion Eldridge said...

Thank you June, Jennifer and Will! I have to say, I was one of those people that thought I would never, ever work digitally, but I really enjoyed doing this - thanks to Will! I'll be doing more! I'll be very interested in what you do, June-though digital or not, your work is beautiful! Thanks so much for the encouragement Jennifer and Will!

Dolores said...

It's wonderful. Learning something new - it's an adventure.

Kit said...

great stuff,
Thanks Kit

Marion Eldridge said...

Thank YOU, Kit!

Leonor said...

What an amazing illustrator you are! Carry on giving us these visual pleasures, please :)!

Marion Eldridge said...

Thank you so very much Lenore! You are very, very kind!

Marion Eldridge said...

Thank you so very much Leonor! You are very, very kind!