Faking Traditional Artwork in PhotoShop
Posted 1st of August 2012 — Tutorials: illustration, quick tips.
It’s very rare that I draw traditionally as I can’t guarantee that I’ll always have access to a scanner. I also prefer working digitally as that gives me more room to experiment, knowing I can always hit undo if it goes wrong. My Hand Drawn wreath icon set is an example of something I created digitally that I deliberately designed to look hand drawn.
My favourite “pencil” brush comes from Stumpy Pencil and goes by the same name. The line it creates is quite bold and chiseled, but that can be combated with strategic blurring. Stumpy Pencil also provide a fantastic water colour brush. Whilst I would recommend taking an afternoon out to create and scan water colour and other paint elements to stock pile for your future work Stumpy Pencil is as close as you can get without water.
A key feature of hand drawn lines is the change in weight – no-one can apply pressure consistently when drawing and thus lines can get a bit wider or lighter at certain points. Whilst not a perfect replica, I would recommend a tablet to simulate pressure. Of course, not everyone has access to a tablet – I own one but find it really inconvenient and prefer using a mouse. When drawing using I mouse I often trace my original lines as closely as possible on the same layer. This thickens the lines at certain points resulting in a more hand drawn feel.
Another feature of hand drawn pencil lines is that they tend to be a lot more blended that digitally created lines. To combat this I would use the smudge tool on a very low strength – I start at around 10% but occasionally go up to 30%.
Due to the changing pressure when drawing with inks your lines will tend to change very so slightly in colour. To simulate this I draw my lines in two colours – the original colour I want the line to be and a slightly more saturated version of the same colour. You do not want the different to be noticeable, you just want to add slight depth. Clever use of a more saturated colour and the smudge tool can easily simulate bleeding ink. Water colour paint also tend to concentrate in certain areas, in particularly around the edge. A more saturated colour teamed with the burn tool used very lightly can help create this.
Finally texture is a huge give away to if your work is digitally created. You could use some of my paper texture patterns or my grunge or painted brushes to create a subtly textured background. You can also use the brushes to slightly wear away your illustration.
Design Inspiration: Morrissey Record Covers
Posted 21st of July 2012 — Inspiration: patterns.
I’ve loved these early nineties record sleeves since I first saw them on Tumblr a while ago. The combinations of pattern, colour and type perfectly recreate retro style and someone could be excused for believing these are really 1940s classics.
Step by Step – Crown of Thorns
Posted 5th of July 2012 — Sketchbook: illustration, patterns, walkthroughs.
I haven’t had much time for personal work this week – I’m working on so many projects at once I finally know what it feels like to be a designer After a week or so of looking at web designs my eyes need a break from grids and columns so I decided to work on an illustration. Yeah, you know you’re a graphic designer when you talk breaks from designing for a living by designing for fun. I thought an animation would be a fun way of displaying how I did this! Unforunately it’s a little over sharpened but the final art work doesn’t look like that.
I decided to turn that halo around his head into a pattern (yes his, I used one of my favourite models Andrej Pejic as a reference). Since I already had the animation toolbar open in PhotoShop for some reason I animated this too. Don’t ask.
The (non-animated) pattern has been added to the floral category. As always I’d love to see if you make use of it
Posted 25th of June 2012 — Inspiration: illustration.
Joanna is a great inspiration of mine. I’ve been lucky enough to follow her work for a few years now and she constantly invokes aw in her fantastic ideas and pure talent.
Polluted Planet - This piece shows Mother Nature disappointed by the pollution we’re causing on her planet. This striking image really hammers home the problem of pollution.
You’re The Only Light, Only If For A Night Everything about this piece is fantastic! Everything works in harmony from the colour scheme to the placement to the perfect little details.
Let Love Grow - I love Jo’s work inspired by song lyrics – they always put a new spin on the song and invade my thoughts when I listen to them from there on after. The placement of the type and the colour choices are genius.
You can find Jo at her portfolio full of more amazing work or at her very inspiring blog. Every image featured in this post is copyright Joanna Hobbs – please respect her work!
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