Monday, December 23, 2013

Carolers Process: Finish! (And a Merry Christmas to All of You!)

Tidings of Comfort and Joy

Here we are - the final! 
When we left off last post, I had just begun adding color to the painted elements that I had composed in the image. Now, many layers later, I've arrived at my finished piece. The basic process is just a lot of tweaking, color choices, adjustment layers (Overlay for the light areas) and texture brushes.

I hope it looks okay here on the web - I had some issues making sure that the color translated well to the web version (I painted it in CMYK, so I ended up exporting it as a PNG to make sure all the color information was intact.) I really enjoyed exploring this new method of working, and to be honest, I've learned a lot with this painting, and you'll be seeing much more of this process from now on!
 I'm really excited about this piece, and I look forward to exploring new territory in the New Year.

  So, I wish you all the Merriest of Christmases. I'm thankful for all of you and for this great gift of Illustration that we can share with each other!


PS: Today I opened my mailbox to find a lovely gift from illustrator Joe Sutphin! Inside were these beautiful signed prints and a kind note. Joe is a fantastic illustrator, and if you aren't familiar with his work, be sure and check it out here:


Seth Rosamilia said...

Love it, Will! I especially like the way the lantern light illuminates the carolers. Also, those are some great prints from Joe Sutphin. I quite like his work, but his blog seems to be sadly out of date. Do you have any idea if he has a twitter or other site that he updates more frequently?

Merry Christmas!
~ Seth

Will Kelly said...

Hi Seth! I believe Joe is on Twitter, and he posts updates there frequently. Also he has Facebook & Instagram if you are into those outlets. A lot of illustrators now find other social media platforms easier to update, and fit more organically into a busy schedule. While I do post on those outlets, I try to keep this space updated periodically :)