I have had a break through with my illustration work combining the digital painting and my pen and ink. I worked with a client who used Createspace to publish a children’s book. They did a pretty good job with the final book. The interior illustrations were color and full spread so I had the opportunity to work on pieces with the gutter to consider. This piece however is a single page and the final illustration of the book:
I recent finished a project with a self-publishing author – I think this has been one of the best illustration jobs I have been able to accomplish. Each seems to get better, this is the way it is supposed to be
She wanted to have color interior illustrations but to save money choose to have every other page be color and the opposites to be black and white. I really like the result and will suggest this to future clients. My digital painting is coming along – have found a lot of tips for improvement on Youtube.
Having been working in Photoshop for a number of years, I’m fairly comfortable with the program. I am able to get around in it pretty well and accomplish what I want with it. I found some online tutorials by www.photoshopessentials.com that were really great and helped a lot. I now am learning Corel Painter 12 . . . there are 700+ brushes on this program and each brush has a list of different forms. There is all kinds of papers and patterns and bunches of others things to try. I am wading through all the options and trying to figuring out what will work best for my pen and ink overlaid with digital paint. Yesterday my brain swelled trying to see my way through it. But I think I found a crack to put my toe in and am pretty happy with what I have discovered so far.