Greetings from Charleston!
Let's chat about the last one, illustration on the go.
We all travel. If you're like me and you like to draw, you probably give your sketchbook extra attention during this time. I don't mind staying analog for a little while, but what if a project is due? Or what if I want to actually finish one of my 800 sketches? What if I don't want to haul my laptop around the city, but my iPad fits in my purse?
See this this travel clothing collage up top ↑? I created it without even opening my laptop. Here's the short version: hand drawn → vectorized in Shape → edited in Draw with my Adobe Ink on my iPad (also used Color to help with the palette).
Now for the more detailed version.
1. I drew the most basic clothing shapes on the most basic paper with the most basic marker. Nothing to see here, folks.
2. I took a picture of each item with my Shape app on my phone (iPad works too). For those of you who aren't familiar, get familiar. Shape is *so* easy to use and saves a *ton* of time. It vectorizes anything and everything. I like to use it for line art (see below).
3. Time to grab your Adobe Ink and open up your Draw app on your iPad (iPhone works too). Now it's the fun part! Start placing and arranging each shape. You can change the size, orientation and even outline color.
OPTION B: If you don't own an Ink (digital drawing pen made by Adobe and works effortlessly with these apps), you are in luck because you can still finger paint. Follow steps one and two, but fill in the color with your little fingies (see example. In said example, note that I also drew it with my fingers). The finger painting method yields less detail but more charm (unconfirmed). But seriously, check out what's possible with this app.
4. After images are placed, create another layer below the outlines for color.
5. Now it's time to go gangbusters. You've arrived at Destination Coloring Book. You earned it, warrior.
Tip: you can choose from and create rad color palettes in the Color app. See a cool book cover/bouquet/tapestry/bathroom tile with like, the BEST color palette? Snap a picture with Color and it saves it in your library (which can be accessed in the Draw app. If it sounds confusing, don't worry—just open the app > library and you'll figure it out. It's quite intuitive). Here's an example of one of my saved color palettes paired with its original photo.
6. Time for details. This is where the real magic happens. I know I talked a big game for #5 but this time I'm serious. This is where the big dawgs hang out. The kind of big dawgs who have gothic lettering tattoos above their belly buttons. Their bumper stickers say, "If you can't stand the heat, stay out of the kitchen" and so forth. This is the point where we add some finesse. Draw little patterns, change the line weight and add new colors. Remember: subtraction can be powerful too.
7. And before you know it, you're done! Enjoy the fruits of your labor. Share it on Behance, Instagram and Twitter. Or don't stop the fun just yet and bring it into Illustrator to turn it into a repeating pattern.
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