Disclaimer: I purposely left some of my images in this blog pix-elated to deter others from infringing on my copyright.
I am in the middle of creating some sample scarf prints as gifts to my friends. I thought it would be a great way to hone in on some ‘Photoshop’ and ‘Illustrator’ skills while I am at it.
The inspiration for this piece was a verse from the Bible, Daniel 7:4. My very early sketch of the work wasn’t very comprehensive but it gave me the basis on where I was heading:
But towards the end I had to tone down the design more to ensure that the work looked harmonious and balanced.
I incorporated some of my old illustrations work ,’Dove’ (2015) and ‘Heart’ (2016) into it as well.
I also drew a ‘Lion’ as well but it ended up looking like a Pekingese dog instead.
Though not very fearsome looking at first I treated the illustration in ‘Photoshop’ and ‘Illustrator’ to assist in my bringing out the more fearsome side of the beast.
I preferred the inverted look of the illustrations most so decided on white subjects on a black background. I enhanced the qualities of the lion’s mane more by making it look more voluminous, like a luxurious perm. Following I ‘Photoshop’ copied my dove’s right, left and tail wings off of its main body then played with wing composition around the lion’s head.
Following, I added colour to my heart by creating a transparent layer of the original illustration,in order to paint an under layer of colours for it.
In my sketches I wanted to have the heart encased within the head and mane of the Lion’s so I created another layer of hair/mane but darkened it to show some contrast.
I had three variations of the same work thus far (from left to right Variation 1, 2 and 3):
At this stage the work looked somewhat incomplete, like something was missing. I decided to add my custom typeface into the background of the work.
I decided on ‘Variation 3’.
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