I've been warned about filters. They are obvious, overused etc. etc. etc. I know, I know... but I still think they're cool! and after I've submitted finished work, I send it through a filter just for fun.
Illustrating for The Friend is not only a pleasure, but can be exciting as well, especially when one forgets about an illo only to open the newly arrived issue and discover it there! I never get tired of seeing my work in print! VERY satisfying, unless of course I wasn't pleased with the finished work, which happens, and then I cringe!
I had so much fun with this one, watercoloring it traditionally, and then sending it to Photoshop to add the final lighting etc. I still am struggling to get the techniques down, but am enjoying it as well, and appreciate the confidence placed in me now and then.
On to the next assignment! What fun!
My darling mother is a writer, and although she has never been published, she keeps on plugging away, expecting nothing really to come of it, but deep down wishing something would. So I've started illustrating a few of them, and who knows what might come of it. This is from one I've been working on.
I've been working more and more digitally, scanning in my original line work and then coloring it in Photoshop. I must say, the sheer convenience, unlimited supplies and forgiving nature of the media is the sweetest part.
How many times have I labored over watercolor work only to have my hand cramp up (which it does now and then) and drop my brush right smack in the middle of a nearly finished illustration?!
No choice but to start over. That type of thing is exactly what I'm talking about!
But in photoshop, no worries! Delete the layer and try again. Lovely!!
I also love the varied and limitless brushes, textures and hues! It's remarkable!!
(You can see what an old school I am, can't you?! Pitiful really!)
Anyway, I'm learning so much and having such fun, but am well aware I've a long way to go before I really can pull it off.
Above is a sampling of an ink drawing I just finished, and below in color.
Really pleased with the finished work, and the art director was too! Yipee!!!!