Illustration Friday | Music

This image is a preliminary experiment for the A-line series I did for a faculty art show last fall. I have always liked it and felt that it was a good match for this weeks Illustration Friday.

In photoshop, I use a layer for each color. I am using the multiply mode on each layer so that the colors look like they have been overprinted. I added a slightly different texture to each layer so that the color would build up in a more natural way. I started each layer with a solid block of color and then used the eraser tool with a hard edge brush to remove the area that I didn’t want to print. It makes it feel like a woodblock print.
Layer 1 is a white background layer.

Layer 2 | Light green

Layer 2 | Light green

Layer 3 | A light green with a different texture

Layer 3 | A light green with a different texture

Layer 4 | a light green to darken some of the areas

Layer 4 | a light green to darken some of the areas

Layer 5 | a light blue for softness

Layer 5 | a light blue for softness

Layer 6 | main line layer in blue

Layer 6 | main line layer in blue

Layer 7 | a gradation from blue to green

Layer 7 | a gradation from blue to green

Layer 8 | A light blue that adds a halo

Layer 8 | A light blue that adds a halo

This is layer 9 witch adds the flowers and a bit of shadow inside the bell of the instrament

Layer 9 | the flowers and a bit of shadow inside the bell of the instrument

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5 Responses to Illustration Friday | Music

  1. celiac says:

    I love seeing how the layers work… sadly for some reason I’m still having trouble envisioning the way you think!

    Did you have an original drawing?

  2. Sascratch says:

    Wow this is fantastic!!!

  3. dt. haase says:

    very cool process – great piece of art

  4. Cali Ward says:

    Wow! I’ve always loved seeing your fantastic design skills! This is super fun and I love the attention to details!

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