I digitally illustrate using a tablet and a stylus. It’s like an electronic canvas and pen. This allows me to use the same drawing technique I use with regular pencils and paper. I start the same way ─ with a sketch. The difference is that I create my sketch on one layer and my art on another. Often I’ll sketch on several layers. When I’m done, I can delete my sketch layers.
Next, I paint with strokes of my stylus. On canvas, I would slowly build up the colors using one color at a time on each petal. On my digital canvas, I can save my color palette. This allows me to work on each petal individually. I start with a medium pink, then add light and dark pinks for contrast and to develop folds in the petal.
Finally, I’m ready to detail my work. I add shadows falling from one petal onto another. I add highlights, sharpen areas that got too fuzzy and blur areas that became too focused.There you have it. Are you ready to go out and create your own lotus?Click here to see the completed lotus.
images/illustrations by me!