This illustration was a fun little project. It started as a concept doodle, and I decided to finish it in Illustrator. I enjoyed working more with the different brushes. I may revisit this piece to play around with textures or try out some custom-made brushes. For now, I am content to share what I have done so far.
I drew this a few years back while at school. From the start, I wanted to color it, but I did not get around to it until recently. By then I had to make a lot of corrections to the original drawing in Photoshop; then I took it into Illustrator and played around until I got this.
I tried to do different colors in the shadows and highlights to really show the quality of light. I like this result, but I don’t think I’m quite done trying out different lighting techniques. The fire was a bit of a challenge. I will definitely experiment more in the future.
UPDATE: A very talented person I know kindly suggested that the shadows could use more color. I’m pleased with the change. I also wanted to add a process image showing my changes from the original drawing years ago to the flat color blocking in Illustrator.
I wanted to show a little of my process using an art piece I recently created. Basically everything I do starts out as a pencil sketch. I will take this into Photoshop to flip it and redraw pieces. I almost can’t imagine not following up with this step since I often find quite a few defects in my original drawing. I also like having the freedom to explore other options with a character’s pose, etc.
Once I have a solid drawing, I move on to Illustrator and block out the color. For this I mainly use the pen tool. I use a combination of gradients and flat color to start to bring out the shape of the character(s) and object(s). It is sometimes tempting to stop after this but it is always more rewarding to follow through with the final step and add highlights and shading.
The highlights and shading step is usually more of the same with using the pen tool and gradients. I know about gradient meshes, but I prefer not to use them as they are sometimes difficult to control.
This piece also employs the use of paint brushes. It is a technique I would like to use more often on future projects.
To clarify, these are not my original characters, they are from two different video games: Transistor and Child of Light. If you are unfamiliar with either, I highly recommend them. Both have amazing art and music and are definitely worth looking into.