But, today I wanted to post and talk about the image I submitted for this week's "Illustration Friday," challenge which is the word 'Lost.' I was originally inspired to create this illustration by a photo of a spooky, moss covered forest (you can see the original image, below left). I created the final image in Painter, but before I began, I opened the photo in Photoshop and created a threshold layer so that I could better see the lights and darks in the image. I then used this as a visual reference to create the darkest shapes in my image.
From there, I began sketching in Painter 12. Originally I had thought to do this as a digital oil or gouache painting, but then I thought it might be more dramatic to do it as a black and white digital pen and ink drawing. From the very start, I knew I had wanted to have a rabbit in the image. I like rabbits and I thought it might provide some tension to show an innocent looking little rabbit lost in this rather imposting and dramatic looking forest.
|Beginnings of digital pencil sketch|
|In the above image, I've begun to map the darkest areas|
After I had blocked in the darkest trees, I added additional layers to fill in the background shading. By having the cross-hatched background shading on a different layer, I could erase areas of it without damaging the main shapes. This came in very handy when I decided to add some shafts of sunlight to the image. As I continued to work, I began to deviate from the original photo and started adding branches and leaves where I thought the image could use some texture and visual interest.
|Here, I'm filling in the background with lots of cross hatching.|