Here’s a breakdown of that last illustration I posted!

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I began this image by laying down the basic outlines with a medium sized brush.

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I then added the black background, and began adding more detail with a smaller brush.

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At this point, I started drawing the hair in over the black, using white. I also started using a very tiny brush, and put in even more detailed black lines. I am always tempted to leave my line work too clean, which is something I’m trying to get over. I miss some of the messy, scribbly qualities of my early work, so I’m trying to recapture that.

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Splatter gets added next, in both white and black. I also put in some heavy outlines with a thick brush.
I’m trying to get a lot of variation in my line weight lately, to try and rely on my shading & coloring less.

I also added the hand lettered text, which went through several iterations of cursive and script fonts until I just hand drew it in my usual serif.

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Rough color gets added.
I hate this step every time because the image instantly loses much of it’s definition and it takes work to get it back.

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Rough shading.
I’m experimenting a little with the lines coming off of the shading. I keep waffling over whether I like it.

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Rough highlights.
I wanted the lighting to be really dramatic, so I chose a really high contrast palate.

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Initial textures.
This texture is put on in specific spots that appear to really need it, which differs from the next step because it’s very intentional where the texture goes.

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Rounded corners, color tweaks & textures.
The image wasn’t quite warm enough for me, so I adjusted it a bit.
then I started throwing texture on at random.
I often find that if I think about it too much, I never get anything I like.
This though, I am happy with.

& that’s it!

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I am a tornado disguised as a girl.

2 Comments
  1. Queen Lazy says:

    Thank you for sharing this! I love to see how people work. And I like your idea of not over thinking things too much, I find it hard to be happy with things I do, I can always see something which isn’t quite perfect!

  2. Em says:

    This is incredible! The last picture is amazing, i wish i could do anything half that good!

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