1. When in doubt, draw what you see. In my case, I looked at my desk and here we are. Sometimes I blank because I want to be clever or soooooo original, but my eyeballs keep me grounded.
2. Do you sometimes wonder about other people's illustration process? Me too! Do you have Photoshop? Below I share how I took a modest doodle and turned it into a HeyThisDrawingThingIsFun.JPG.
1. When I use a regular scanner*, I scan the drawing at 600 DPI so I always have the option of making it bigger (you can always make it smaller, but you can't blow it up and maintain quality...also a reason why it's great to be short...I'm talking about how you can always hem a good pair of pants but you can't make them grow, but I digress.)
*I often use my phone as a scanner. Either the ScannerPro app, Adobe Shape (if I'm making it a vector) or just a straight up photo.
2. I make the image black and white, level it out, then I might clean it up a bit and HECK, I may even crop the dang thing.
3. Next I convert it back to color (CMYK or RGB, depending on the purpose).
4. Sometimes I drag in a specific image for color inspiration (good app for this is Adobe Color). In this case, I snagged this art from Pinterest under my "Illustration: color" board. Image source: 2014 MOMO lookbook. Originally found via Miss Moss.
5. Now it gets fun. Unlock the background layer and create a new background (use the Eyedropper tool to pick background color from the image).
6. Now multiply the illustration layer (make sure to keep this layer on top). This will ensure that only the black stays visible.
7. Use the Eyedropper tool to pick a fill color from the image.
8. Create new layer (remember to keep it below the top illustration layer).
9. Click on the illustration layer, then select the Magic Wand tool and click on a portion of the illustration you want to color in. It needs to be a bounded space without any gaps. Then click on the new layer and Paint Bucket the selected area. Make sure to add a new layer for each new color.
TIP: If you want to change the color of a layer, double click the layer (not where the text is), then the layer styles will open, then go to 'color overlay' then click on the color thumbnail and change it to the desired color.
10. Rinse and repeat. There are countless ways of achieving anything in Photoshop, but this is just one. Play around with it. If anything doesn't make sense, test drive a new route. We all learn by doing.
Lastly, this is my first written tutorial. Please let me know if you found this helpful (or confusing), as well as how I can improve them in the future. What are your favorite tips and tricks?