My Sunshine Collection - click image to view larger.
Happy Friday Creative Souls! Today I am answering the question submitted: How do you work up your designs?
If you listen to Tara Reed's Ask Calls - I am going to steal her line - "It depends." So, I thought I would pick a collection and give you an idea of how I did it, CliffsNotes style :-)
I like putting pencil to paper. I would bet that 98% of my art starts this way. In the past I have inked it first and then watercolor it. *You might like this post: A Peek into Watercolor and Ink Process - read the comments, there are some good tips! For this collection I drew the line art in my trusty sketchbook, one of those nice ones with the fabulous paper! Then, I scanned in the line art. For example the potted flower above is 3" wide by 8.5" tall, 1600 dpi. That is probably a bit of over kill for most products (It is 44" high at 300dpi...)
Next, with the image all cleaned up and no background in Photoshop, I made a new layer (or two) below the line art layer and filled the shapes with color and pattern. I expanded the selection for the fill just a few pixels so that the black line of the line art traps the color.
I am guessing that tablet owners can do this more quickly! If you use a tablet - let me know how you like it - thanks! (Christmas is coming :-)
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Thank you for stopping by! Looking forward to hearing from you :-)