Monday, December 24, 2012

Merry Christmas!

Wishing all you wonderful blog readers out there a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
This is an illustration of a changed Mr. Ebenezer Scrooge and a grateful Tiny Tim that I did for a Christmas card this year. I was pushing it for time, and barely got it sent to the printers in time. But I managed to send several out to friends and family.
Here's a bit of the process I used to create it - I used this project as a chance to
apply what I'd learned from Cory Godbey's "Fox" demo (which I really can't recommend to you enough). I look forward to continuing to explore more digital/traditional techniques in the coming year. Here's a bit of how the project progressed:

 Final drawing, scanned, cleaned up, and levels adjusted.
 Linework adjusted to a warm color, sepia underpainting on the characters.
 Flat color added.
 Adding in some lighter colors.
 Pushing the light and dark colors.
Painted texture applied over the characters with a layer mask.

Texture applied over background.

Color balance layer applied over the background, with local color added to the background elements.
And Finished!


Merry Christmas everybody! Looking forward to sharing some new projects 
with you in the coming year!

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