Thought I'd experiment with some quick illustrations.
Sketched this in pencil, then scanned it in Photoshop to tweak and 'color'....Tweak, tweak!
Received an email about this today and thought you might enjoy it as well! Taken from www.copyblogger.com
What's helped you?
Check out Douglas Florian's work! He's a children's author illustrator who's poetry and pictures are laugh-out-loud fun!!
His latest books include:
Poem Runs: Baseball Poems
lizards, frogs and polliwogs
Click image on left to visit his blog, and read some of his amazing poems!
For his tips on how to write poetry, check out his thought's on Katie Davis's blog. And/or listen to her podcast interview of him, which is how I heard of him.... Also, per an email I received from him -- He's also very nice!!
My Uncle Rog asked me to do a picture of his house -- two years ago! I had never done something like this and kept putting it off. I recently completed it and delivered it to him while visiting in Michigan. Below is one of the original reference photos. I scanned photos into Photoshop, did some editing and converted the photo to a sketchy outlines, then printed it on watercolor paper. I used watercolor, watercolor pencil, gouache, pen and acrylic paint to complete the project. He and Aunt Bert LOVED it! This was music to my ears -- Hallelujah!!
I created this illustration for a contest held at the Catherine Dickson Hoffman Branch of the Warren County Library. I chose to illustrate the Mother Goose Rhyme; " Daffy-down-dilly has come to town in a yellow petticoat and a green gown." Below are the steps of my process: 1. initial sketch scanned into Photoshop 2. tweaked and colored in Illustrator 3. Then adjustments in Photoshop again.
In a recent Book Illustration Class I'm taking a discussion came up about using images found online and copyright laws. The conclusion was the best bet is to use your own material / photographs if possible. Thus, I had the idea to try to work directly from one of my photographs. In an attempt to save time at re-drawing the images, I found this tutorial online to convert my photos to line art in Photoshop. Then I printed them on watercolor paper and painted in color with watercolor washes and watercolor pencils. It was a FUN exercise with pretty cool results at a fraction of the time!
I tweaked the tutorial instructions slightly:
1. I made sure the image size was 300 dpi and the dimensions I wanted.
2. Edit out any background items you don't want in your watercolor 'drawing'.
2. Under Filter > Smart Blur, I made the settings: Radius- 15, Threshold- 30, Quality- High, and Mode- Edge Only
3. I then selected: Image>Adjustments>Invert
If you try this, please let me know how it turned out for you!
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