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Tutorial: The Making of Apocalina

By |2019-01-10T11:15:13+00:00January 10th, 2019|Categories: Art, Client Work, Art, Personal Work|Tags: |0 Comments

I had the pleasure of being hired by the publisher 3DTotal to make a tutorial for their website. I rarely do tutorials, which is something I aim to change, it was really fun to do. I hope you will find it interesting and helpful.

This tutorial will go through the making of an illustration for a book project called “Apocalina.” I will be working in Photoshop CC, using a Wacom Cintiq 27” HD Touch tablet. We are going to explore how to build emotion and mood in an illustration, how valuable the input from a critique group can be and how to fix mistakes when you think you’re done with an illustration.

Step 01: The initial sketch
I start out with a detailed sketch of how I envision the final image will look. I build my sketches up in three layers. First a little rough messy layer that’s basically a thumbnail, this layer only has the major shapes. Then I add a new layer where I begin to detail out the major shapes, finally I do a third layer where I detail the sketch out fully. Every time I add a new layer, I drop the previous layer down to 20% opacity.

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About the Author:

Award-winning Illustrator, Artist, and Creator Kiri Østergaard Leonard happily share her experiences making a living as an artist and pursuing a creative life. She grew up in a tiny village in the Kingdom of Denmark, left her country behind to pursue art in the bustle of New York City and now resides in the delightful weirdness of Austin, Texas surrounded by sunshine and felines.

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