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.