Posts Tagged ‘humour’

Progress on the figure

December 7, 2009

Well, at present I am happy with the painting I have put into the figure in Photoshop. I have added a simple pattern to his jumper and think it suits the type of character that we have here.

I am now going to go back to sketch stage in Corel Painter and finish off the sketch of the sun and then go through a similar process in Photoshop using the brushes and making some masks to create a feeling of shape and character. Once the sun is done I will move on the the clouds and the birds…..not sure if I will leave the background as white at present, but I think its probable – I love white backgrounds: keeps things simple and punches the character out at you.


Mad Prof FINAL!

November 25, 2009

Yippee! I am leaving it here. I have added a few touches with some basic Photoshop techniques. The soft shadow to give the cut out effect is created using good old Gaussian Blur on a solid copy of the whole figure dropped behind the main character.

I also couldn’t resist adding some soft shadow to his wonderful hair. The thing is with me, I could go on and on making changes, but what I tend to do is pretend I am on a deadline. This is a good exercise for illustrators as it keeps your brain active and able to make decisions about the direction of a piece as you work on it and within the time limit.

Including all the commentary on this process, this work has taken me about 8 hours.

I hope you like the finished result. I would love to hear your comments and if you are a budding illustrator with any questions on my process and own experience, please drop me a question in the comment section and I will be happy to reply.

mad prof stage 8

November 25, 2009

I like the pink for the face and hands as it contrasts in a nicely mad way with the lurid green of “serum X5” which our man is quaffing.

I have also changed the colour of the outlines to a very dark grape. I like the way it lifts the image and gives it a bit of madness while still providing the punchiness of black, but with a richer colour effect.

I am fairly happy with the test tube and contents too and have made the bubbles change colour as their background colour changes, so they remain visible.

His hair – I had thought of adding some texture by painting in Painter or Photoshop, but having added the grape outline I am beginning to think it works as is – simple and wacky. I may do a second version with the textures just to see…

Mad Prof Stage 4

November 25, 2009

Now I have added more shadows and started to really give some depth and substance to the figure. The transparency setting in Adobe Illustrator is really useful for this when you want to render one area of shade over another, as in the left side of his jacket collar casting shade over his shirt. Here I used one dark shape with a lower opacity setting to allow the other shades beneath to show through, giving the illusion of depth and solidity.

To create effective vector drawings, it is so important to create a feeling of “rightness” in the chiaroscuro – the interplay between light and dark in an image or object. I think this no matter how simple your final design might be: your drawing ability – your ability to “see” forms as light reveals them to you – is crucial in the decision making process; whether you decide to leave shadows out altogether even….everything is a creative, productive decision (or should be).

Notice at this stage I am leaving his hair flat – I am thinking of building some texture later into that wig!

I have also placed the basic background shapes of a cupboard and a blackboard behind him. These are going to stay simple but need to be here to give context to our character.

Something fishy

May 4, 2009



April 8, 2009

Hello and thanks for visiting!

I hope you find something to interest and maybe inspire you in the stuff I plonk here. You will find that I love sharing thoughts on the process and techniques of creating images.

I work as a professional illustrator and my clients have included people like Macuser, Vodafone and Capital One. Here, however, I am simply out to have fun, share and perhaps connect with some of you out there who may have visited here – leave me a comment or two to let me know you have called round!

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