A fireplace. Almost every house has one, but how often do you even use yours? In my case I rarely use mine. I don’t have the traditional fireplace where you have to throw logs in. It’s one of those fancier one’s where you can flick a switch and the fire just appears. Even though its been made to be a lot more convenient for us, I still seldom use it.
So I don’t have much experience cozying up to an actual roaring fireplace, yet almost everyone knows the feeling. The one where you huddle up next to a buddy/significant other, sipping on a hot beverage and absorbing in all the good vibes. A wonderful feeling.
For this prompt I channeled those vibes to create this illustration. Before I was planning on doing a Christmas themed illustration, but that felt a little cliche, plus I want these illustrations to be a little more timeless. In the end I went for a more modern kind of setting (thank you, Pinterest for all the references!).
I also wanted to try something a little different, which is also something I want to get better at doing. Which is scanning your usual pencil sketch, and cleaning it up in photoshop. I don’t do it often, mainly because I only recently figured out one way to actually do it, but I feel it’s definitely an important skill to have especially if you want to turn your traditional art into prints you want to sell. So testing that method here is a good start.
The original pencil sketch wasn’t this black and white. Before it was a lot of white space with your additional splash of color, courtesy of the copic markers. But when I was editing it through Photoshop I realized that it was just lacking in terms of visual appeal. So, I decided to crank up the volume and push those values, and thank god I did. The image feels more complete like this, plus it really allows those cooling and calming colors to shine through and do their thing.
Was this what I originally thought of when I first pictured a roaring fireplace?
But it definitely sends off those chills vibes and cozy atmosphere.
Now I’m craving some hot cocoa.
Until next time!!
PS. Can you see the cat?