Today I’m keeping it simple: a sneak peak into my upcoming post about my love of donkeys and trying out Robin’s very first Pen & Oink tutorial. Now check out this fabulous postage stamp from Italy celebrating the different breeds of donkeys: For more info on this stamp by Anna Maria Maresca click here.
From time to time I’m going to try out Liz’s and Robin’s tutorials, especially since I have no known skills to do my own tutorial, unless it’s called: “How to Doodle on a Piece of Paper”. For today’s post I’m going to try and tackle Liz’s very ambitious color separation tutorial (she also explains the technique more in general here). It scares me the most! It is so far from how I would ever approach […]
Last week, I discussed the design process for one of the posters in my (EXCITINGLY CLOSE TO ITS FUNDING GOAL) Kickstarter. Today, I’m going to talk about a relatively un-fancy way to make this sort of illustration yourself. I made color separations for my posters because they are going to be silkscreened by hand. But once upon a time, children’s book illustrators frequently drew this way–it made the books cheaper to produce. To my generation, […]
Last summer I took five glorious weeks off from client work to participate in the Summer Residency Program in Illustration at School of Visual Arts. Our first assignment for Viktor Koen’s class was to create a family book-plate for ourselves. I chose to do a “field” of turkeys to represent a long-running joke in my family about a large flock of turkeys that visits my parents’ home. I drew a sketch for the idea that […]
I created the piece of artwork above by drawing it first in pencil, then ink, then scanning it and adding texture and color in Photoshop. Man, I love Photoshop. Liz actually taught me this great way to color black and white artwork digitally using Photoshop and here’s how you do it: 1) Make a black-on-white line drawing with whatever tools you like, scan it in, and open it up in Photoshop. 2) Change mode to […]