Illustration: A kick start

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In this article, I am going to share my experience on learning about illustration. There came a need for some illustrations to be done for marketing one our product, Burpp. So I wanted to learn about the digital illustration. I searched for methodologies employed to do a digital illustration and decided to do an illustration following the below steps.

  • Draw any pencil drawing in a drawing book by seeing an image from internet
  • Scan/Photograph the drawing
  • Process the scanned/photographed image in Adobe Photoshop to increase the contrast of the image contours
  • Draw any pencil drawing in a drawing book by seeing an image from internet
  • Scan/Photograph the drawing
  • Process the scanned/photographed image in Adobe Photoshop to increase the contrast of the image contours
Images from Internet
Pencil drawing processed in Photoshop

So now I have found a way to do digital illustrations. But the real challenge we have in illustration is creating the pencil sketches on our own. I have done few research and found that the below process flow can be adopted for creating illustrations on our own.

  • Understanding the requirements and creating a brief for ourselves
  • Doing field research on our subject
  • Creating lot of visual notes based on our research
  • Brainstorming and mind mapping the ideas needed to be communicated and finalising an idea
  • With the idea in hand, decide on illustrating style (or combination of styles) suitable for communicating our idea
  • Sketch the rough illustration and get approval from clients
  • Work on the approved illustration and create the final design
After applying “Image Trace” in Illustrator
Final Image after colouring

Even though in theory we've got analysed the illustration method, it'll take heap of follow to master the talent of illustration because it desires a multiple sides of talent from thinking, researching & sketching.

Reference book
Illustration: A Theoretical & Contextual Perspective by Alan male

Posted by Sivaramasubbu M

Sivaramasubbu is a Visual Designer who takes care of Graphic Design & UI/UX design at Arivista Digital. His areas of interest include Logo Design & Mobile Application Design.

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