Digital Illustration created in Photoshop using scanned collage and cut paper, custom brushes and stamps. Inspired by a vintage children's book illustrations but with a fresh twist!
Playing with custom Photoshop brushes, stamps and textures.
Created in Photoshop using scanned papercuts and collage, custom brushes and textures.
For a long time I've generally avoided making artwork depicting people or characters, because basically it terrifies me. I have this deep seated fear that I am just not one of those artists that can draw people or make faces. Soooo...I have a potential children's book project on the horizon that would require me to create sweet beautiful characters and I know it is time to get to work on pushing myself past this hangup. While I was taking one of my MATS classes last year, a fellow classmate, Ohn Mar Win, posted work she had made in a Skillshare class and she mentioned how much she got out of it. I had made a note of it at the time, and I started working through the class this week. It is called Character Illustration: From Concept to Final Artwork with Matt Kaufenberg (a Minnesota illustrator!). It is awesome! So far I have learned how to collect inspiration, make a rough character sketch in Photoshop, refine it, build the basic shapes in Illustrator, and then bring the shapes into Photoshop again where you create clipping masks and begin to render and add layers of texture and detail (the fun part!). Of course, as well as using Photoshop brushes, I'm using a bunch of my homemade scanned textures and collage bits. The buttons on her jumper are the button I made recently, but recolored and resized to fit, and her knee socks are one of my collages shrunk down! How much fun is that?! Here is what I have so far. You'll notice I still need to tackle the face!
I was digging through my digital files looking for something, and found a scan of the sweet tree papercut that I did quite a while back. I decided to rework and develop it into a more narrative design using my new paper collages (I am kind of obsessed with them now!) I think it would be a very sweet greeting card or print to hang somewhere you need that little reminder to be mindful. I know I sure need this reminder on a daily basis, especially when dealing with 4 year old tantrums on the way to school : )
I've been investing a lot of time this spring in creating a library of scanned digital components that I can use to build more of my artwork in photoshop. This way I can continue to make changes easily, but still retain a lot of "handmade" goodness in my work. Earlier this week I made a series of collages out of strips and squares of papers I had painted earlier. After I scanned the collages, I incorporated them into this Tea Time card design idea I've been working on.
Here are details from the paper collages. Now I just have to figure out a good way to organize my digital goodies so I can find them again!
These are the initial designs I was playing with for the card artwork, dropping a bunch of my patterns onto the cups with clipping masks. This is the amazing thing about clipping masks in Photoshop is how quickly and easily you can totally transform the art. So cool!
While working on my new designs for Silhouette this week, I got a bee in my bonnet about working some of my shapes up in to some holiday patterns. Once I get started making patterns it's hard to stop. It's amazing what a difference color choice makes! Which colorway do you like best? Lime and teal, or red and turquoise? Click on the images to see them larger.
Have you wanted to try your hand at hand papercutting, but didn't know how to get started? I've added the first design in my new line of downloadable hand papercutting patterns to my etsy shop! Pretty much all you need is an exacto knife, paper, and a self-healing cutting mat to get to work. Lovebirds is sweet, easy-to-cut, and adorable in a frame. The digital download includes a pdf pattern sheet along with a sheet listing materials and packed with my cutting tips and tricks. More pattern designs will be added soon! Please note, this is a digital download, not a physical product.
Don't want to cut by hand? Check out my SVG cutting file here to use your Silhouette Cameo or other home cutting machine.
As I've been exploring more layering of textures and patterns in my new collage work, I've been hankering to try my hand at stencils. I thought I'd start out low tech, seeing what I can do quickly and cheaply with basic stencils cut on my Silhouette Cameo using materials on hand. I used one of my patterns inspired by Moroccan tile designs, converted into SVG cutting files (available here).
- Cut the stencils using basic card stock
- Use blue painters tape to hold them in place without tearing the paper
- Apply paint using a pouncer, making sure to push the paint completely into the cutout spaces. (I used Liquitex Basics acrylic paint)
- Remove the tape and stencils, and instant success!
I'm excited to use these in some projects I'm working on. I also tried using easy tack spray to hold down the stencil, which worked well, but left a tacky feel on the finished design that I didn't like. The cardstock seems perfect for using a few times and tossing, but doesn't seem like it will hold up super long for multiple uses, so I plan to experiment on cutting more stencils out of some different materials to see what I like best. I'll keep you posted!