I've had a helper this week. It's startling how natural she looks!
Despite the odd interruption it's been quite a productive week.
On the book front we are still working through the final look of the main character. The first drawings were too young for the age group, then next batch of reworked sketches were still too "cute" looking, but this latest batch look much more fun and age appropriate so I am just waiting on feedback from the publisher before going to the next stage. I love all the back and forth of working with publishers. Sometimes you nail it all fist go and other times you get pushed in a different direction, but I always find it makes the final result so much better.
So I this week I have swapped projects and moved onto a home decor based job that has been ongoing for a while. I've had a lot of fun trying out new techniques and styles.
This latest look is a variation on the "live trace" approach I applied to some characters that I shared with you in this post.
First of all, I painted up a few different textures using the side edges of some thick cardboard dipped in paint and stamped onto paper.
I then scanned the page into the computer and using the "live trace" function again in Illustrator I was able to turn the art into vector based shapes that could then easily be coloured and applied to images.
You can layer it up to create pattern and texture, or use various masks to fill shapes.
By simply applying it over the top of this image it's helped to create a bit of added interest.
Or by masking it into various shapes and colours you can get a lovely textured feel to an image.
Lots of fun!
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