i received a suggestion to do a blog post about my illustration process. i thought that was a great idea! but i will warn you this will be a long post.
so! my style has changed a lot since moving to amsterdam. mostly because i had to leave behind my scanner. so i’ve been using a camera and tripod and a lot more photoshop. but it’s nice to have challenges and find ways to work around them. i think my art has grown a lot because of this.
naturally it all starts with a sketch. i keep a nice ammount of sketchbooks lying around and try to fill them up with ideas when i have down time. i don’t go into a crazy amount of detail in the first sketch. it’s usually some scribbley little guys doing something.
so i will choose a scribble and get out some nice paper and draw it up. sometimes i’ll do a little detail work with an ink pen. sometimes…
onto paint! (look how filthy my palette is!) i don’t really know how to explain this part well. i just kind of slosh it on. wiggle it around. then there it is. i’ll go in at the end with a tiny brush and add details like hairs and little noses.
(why yes my computer IS held together with electrical tape. i can’t handle owning expensive electronics. this is why i haven’t had a cellphone since 2010)
it’s nice to have a little dog at your feet while you do this. a cat would work, too. (though when psycho killer was alive he would try to drink my paint water and leave little paw prints on the work. cute!)
next is the part that is new to me. tripod, fancy camera, low iso, super focus, thank god i have great natural light.
once it’s in the computer and in photoshop i remove the background and clean things up a bit.
collage them all together in a nice composition.
add more, add flourishes, add type if i want it.
and there you have it! a sarah goodreau illustration.
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I have been using illustrator to illustrate some. I like it alright, but something about it doesn’t float my boat. I enjoy doodling in my Moleskine instead. So very fantabulously glad I stumbled upon this blog, I’ll be sure to try this out!
Lastly, I have no idea how to “clean up” the background in Photoshop. Luckily my mother probably does. Thank you for the inspiration!
thanks for the detailed info – and thank you especially for vanilla, my favourite ice cream flavour 🙂
I love the end result. I like how you put the balloons in with photoshop. My computer won’t run photoshop. Maybe someday I will get it. I try painting on pictures with the paint program on my computer but it does not come out very good.
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Such an inspiriation.
I’m in love with your work! I love sketching cartoons too and I hope to animate them someday, but they’re nowhere near as cool as yours and I haven’t got much of a clue how to use editing software on the computer (I have a scanner though!). Fail. Haah.
Anyway, you’re doing an AMAZING job! I’m a big fan!