Illustration Workshop

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So recently I attended this illustration workshop, mainly because I’m all for anything illustration, and I also hoped to pick something up to better my own work.

At this workshop, we went through the process of getting a pencil sketch into illustrator, which was something that I was used to, but what really sold me was the shortcuts and techniques I learned during the illustrator portion. Honestly, some of the things I learned, I’m so glad that I know now because it’s going to shave off so much of my work time.

Another interesting bit that is so simple yet extremely helpful is coloring in greyscale first. Doing it in this way you can see which areas would be perfect for contrast and that for me, is honestly a game changer.

Overall I had a lot of fun, and I actually learned a lot. I wonder next time what would my next illustration endeavor be next?

Until next time!!

Commission: Toro

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Hey there! It’s been a while but this holiday season is a pretty busy one. Here is a commission I did for a close friend of mine.

The only conditions, it has to have their dog’s face.

That kind of threw me off for a bit, but she said to go to town with it and she trusted me with the results. Honestly, being told that can definitely make someone nervous, but as I started to get into it, that nervousness started to fade away.

Though it was still pretty nerve-wracking mainly due to that fact I haven’t tried this kind of style before, and due to the fact that it was going to be 24 x 36″. It was a beast of a commission, but totally worth it.

This was also an interesting experience, mainly because I have made vector illustrations before but, never to create anything realistic. There was definitely a lot of time that went into incorporating every shadow and color of Torro’s face, but those details really brought the illustration to life. I feel I went a little overboard with the food, so I had to compensate minimalizing the background and the table. Which in the end tied it up together all nicely.

Though after finishing this piece, I kind of want to try doing some more realistic work and portraits through vectors, I guess in the meantime I’ll save that for a later day.

So, until next time!!