My latest illustration was for the southern constellation Tucana, the Toucan.
I based some of my Art Nouveau floral shapes on some of the shapes in Mucha's work.
I created the image in Corel Painter 11 and started with a simple digital pencil sketch, which I refined as I went along. At this stage, I also began to play around with the type that would be in the image.
I placed my sketch into an Adobe Illustrator file to create the curved border and the other art nouveau shapes. I could have done this within Painter, but I find illustrator's shape tool is easier to work with. Once I got the shapes the way I wanted them, I saved the file as a .psd (photoshop) file so that I could reopen it in Painter.
I then began to paint the background and the bird. The bird, the border elements and the type were on separate layers from the background. For painting the image I used a combination of Painter's brushes. I primarily used some of the gouache brushes, but I also used the Artist's Oils soft blender brush as well as some of the regular blender tools. I added details with some of the pen brushes.
From this point, it was just a matter of continuing to paint and blend, just as if I was working on a real canvas. In case you're wondering, I use a Wacom Intuos 3 tablet and pen to do my painting. I think something like this would be impossible to do with a mouse.
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