I've added some texture and pattern using various elements I've created with traditional media and scanned - there's a crackle texture made by painting over wet white glue, a plaid pattern I made by stamping with strips of craft foam glued to a piece of foam core, and a pattern I made by stamping with a sheet of bubble wrap. I think I'll revisit this piece and play with it some more, maybe add a background, as well as some companion pieces to tell a little story.
More of the same at this point: continuing to paint, in my usual retina-scalding color palette, starting with a lot of flat color and adding shading with my sketch as a guide. Tomorrow I'll finish up the painting and then decide where I want to add pattern and texture.
Ok, I didn't get a lot done on this piece on this lazy Saturday (I spent a good portion of my day making this unbelievably cute baby Groot) but here's what I did:
And here's what it looks like with the sketch layer hidden:
I typically work in ArtRage for the painted parts, and then export my layered file to Photoshop for the collage elements. Most of the time I will paint the entire image and then add collage elements using the painted elements as a template. For example, I'll paint the daughter's tutu, but then I will probably use that painted shape to cut out a scanned texture and the painted tutu will end up hidden.
I like to start with the most important parts, the characters, and also tackle parts that I know are going to be challenging, like the hands and faces, right away. I get those areas to a level of finish that I'm mostly happy with, then work on the rest of the piece and come back to them later if need be. I can't tell for sure if they're 100% right until I see them in the context of the finished, or almost finished, illustration.
I try to keep different colors on separate layers, with the exception of places where I want to blend colors, like the shading on the necks and the dad's hand. It means I end up with a lot of layers, but it makes it so much easier to make changes without disturbing things that are fine the way they are.
I'll post more on this piece tomorrow.
I thought it might be fun, and maybe useful, to show my process in a little more detail. Here are the stages my sketches typically go through: 1. Super rough - I have a general idea of what I want to draw, but not a lot of detail in mind.
2. A little more refined - I start to fill in the details.
3. More refined and ready for color - the details are in place and I'm ready to add digital paint and collage elements in ArtRage and Photoshop.
I'll post the stages of the paint and collage process over the next few days too.
This was fun - I've been working almost exclusively digitally so it was nice to get paint on my hands again for a change. My photo came out a teeny bit blurry, so I might have to try to take another, but aside from that, I like this a lot!