Friday, January 10, 2014

Illustration Process for my Tribal Penguin

Hi Everyone & Happy Friday!

in this post I will share in detail from start to finish my Penguin illustration process.

First of I trace my penguin and all it's tiny details in pencil, once I am done I grab my Rotring Rapidograph pens and retrace the whole illustration with care, patience and attention to all my fine line details steady pulse is a must here! I use tips 0.1, 0.2 and 0.4 mostly.

Once I have retraced all the outlines with my pen I scan it and save a copy for adding color later in Adobe Illustrator.
I then move on to doing my black and white version by starting to fill in the shapes and spaces with black ink.

Once it feels like it's done, again I scan it and save this version, which will be my final black and white version.

Moving on to color. I upload my 1st outlined scanned version to Adobe Photoshop first to clean it up.
I end up re-tracing and re-drawing the whole illustration practically all over again. I am a big perfectionist and I want my lines to be as clean and accurate as possible, I currently do not have a great scanner yet so this is why I have to re-trace some parts again on Photoshop, double the work, double the fun! And yes, patience lots of patience, but when doing something you love the extra work does not really matter.
By the way I work with a Wacom Intuos 4 Tablet and am saving up to get the Wacom Cintiq which would allow me to draw directly to the screen and convert my illustration traces straight to vector lines and save me all this cleaning up process.

Ok by now I have my cleaned up version ready for Adobe Illustrator for the fun color adding part!
I open my .jpg or .png version on Adobe Illustrator and use the "Live Trace" tool adjusting the settings to the one that will go best to my design, to convert all my lines to vectors. works like magic!

I then select my color palettes to proceed with color adding. There are a few ways of adding colors, my favorite one is the "Live Paint Bucket". I select my color per area and then live paint one by one by sections.

I keep going, one by one until I fill in each space accordingly to my chosen color palette.

And Voila! this Little guy is done :)

The above version is called "Ethnic Penguin" my black and white version ended up looking like the one below and I named it "Tribal Penguin"

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Wednesday, January 8, 2014

My First Art Exposition at Wyndood for Art Basel Miami Week

Hello Everyone! This is my first post of the year and a very exciting one!

  The year 2013 ended in a very exciting way when I was selected by Vividly to display several of my artistic items at Wynwood for Miami Art Basel Week! It was an honor, that out of 70 qualified artists, they chose only 3, myself included.
 Vividly is an art community and fashion house for those who love well-made clothes that express their passion, vivacity, and love of art. They partner with visual artists to create garments that incorporate their art, providing a new way for artists to share their work.
Every piece is made in the USA, using high quality fabrics that are a pleasure to wear. Each simple silhouette tells a story or conveys an emotion just what you’d expect from these ultimate statement pieces.
The founders of this amazing company are Sabrina & Silvia Scandar, Sisters born and raised in Miami, Florida. They founded Vividly to foster creativity and promote self-expression through clothing.

  Not only did I have 2 of my clothing pieces there for exposition, I also had the opportunity to have my original framed prints there for expo and sale as well.

It was a fun busy night, with great people, beautiful ambience, and delicious organic appetizers. This provided for an overall great cultural and artistic experience given all of the other very interesting art expositions displayed.

Many thanks to Vividly for this wonderful opportunity!

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