After using and testing me through all sorts of materials and methods to illustrate my Childrens Picture Book stories, I opted for this, the simplest possible method I can imagine. This is how I do it in Corel Painter 12. The same method could have been used in ArtRage too but the tools I like the most are in Painter. That is why I use it instead of AR.
This is how I go along:
- First I sketch with a pencil on paper, I can’t sketch digitally, I always use pencil and cheap paper.
- I scan and scale and edit the sketch in Photoshop.
- After the Photoshop editing I print the sketch on ordinary thin printing paper.
- The sketch is taped down on the light table and copied with an 0.7 or 1.3 graphite pencil. I use a Canson 200 g drawing paper size 24 x 32 cm with rough grain for a lively appearanceof the strokes and dashes. This copy becomes the original drawing, a simple graphite drawing that can easily be altered later on, if needed.
- I scan the original to Corel Painter at original size (24 x 32 cm) 300 dpi and paint it . The original drawing is on a “multiply” layer on top of the drawing layer. I use only one single tool for painting: Painter Oil Pastel, but a variant that I gave a little "jitter" to make it look more natural.
- A subtle "overlay" texture of an old paper finalizes the illustration.
This is a quick and easy technique with good and live looking results.
How do you make your illustrations?