Dog Painting || Digital Illustration

Dog Painting || Digital Illustration


Welcome to another video. Today, I’m working on an addition to my simple
alphabet series that I started over on my instagram. If you want to see the others, you should
go over there and check them out, I won’t be doing videos for all of them. The goal of creating that series was to make
something that would be easy to knock out quickly and frequently, so instead of waiting
weeks between posts of full or more elaborate illustrations, these would be quick things
that just keep that flow going at least once a week. But I did get a request to record at least
some of them, so that’s what I’m doing now. These are all pretty straightforward, and
by now, I’ve established some of the guidelines to getting started. All my type goes in the same place, the braille
goes in the upper-right corner, and my signature to the bottom left. I’m using the same typeface on each piece
so that later on down the road, this series will look cohesive, almost like its own board
book for toddlers. I also set it up so all my colors will be
fairly easy to figure out, each background will be the next rainbow color, and the animal
featured will be its contrasting color. All of this was so that all the decision making
on this was as streamlined as possible, and I was just focused on the shape of the animal,
and really polishing that final illustration. Just like all my other pieces, I start by
blocking out the shapes of the character, then locking the transparency and adding shading
and texture. For this series, I also wanted to get used
to coloring things in by hand again. I’ve been working digitally for a long time,
and when I’ve been working on traditional pieces that don’t allow shortcuts like just
using the paint bucket tool to fill in large areas, I’ve gotten a little frustrated by
how slowly it goes. So because these pieces aren’t for a job,
they’re practice pieces, I’m taking the time to get used to that slower process a little
more. I’m really pushing these to be as simple and
adorable as possible, so they fit right in with a lot of other baby stuff. That means enlarging the eyes, and using minimalist
shapes. That makes the coloring process go pretty
quick, especially on pieces where limbs don’t overlap the same shape. So here on the dog, all the shapes except
the body were super quick to fill out and shade. The body had the arm and leg showing, but
that’s all on the same shape, the same layer, so it needed a little extra attention to bring
those forms out. I like working with minimalist shapes because
it really makes you think about the perception of what you’re drawing. It is not close to reality, instead, you have
to consider what parts of that thing our brain uses to identify it, and only use those. You have to figure out how much you can remove
without altering the meaning. This dog is a triangle with a semi-circle
head and tear-drop ear. But instead of just seeing simple shapes,
we can understand that this is a dog. Some illustrators will say that the simpler
something looks, the more complicated it was to figure out. That’s sometimes true, because the further
away you get from reality, the less you can copy from nature. This isn’t entirely minimalist though, or
it would be flat vector shapes without shading or texture. But I wanted to explore different ways to
polish illustrations and add details that really give it an extra touch. I look for areas I can add stripes or speckles
or spots things that the animal might have naturally, and add things like fur, or scales. Again, it’s important to simply the texture
itself to correspond with the simplicity of the shapes. It would look strange to have realistic fur
on such a simple base, and it would also detract from the idea of keeping it simple to begin
with. Adding a pattern in the background has also
proved to be a good way of spicing things up without going overboard. In illustrator, it’s much easier to create
patterns, but here in photoshop, the easiest way for me is to just doodle what I want one
block of the pattern to be, and manually duplicate and place it. From there, I grow it exponentially, taking
and duplicating everything on the board each time, and it’s a really quick process. I merge it all down once I’m done to keep
the file manageable. I could talk about all the things I’ve been
learning on this series for quite some time, but that’ll have to wait for future videos. That just about does it for this piece, if
you have any specific questions about this series, please let me know in the comments,
and i will do my best to answer them. If you want to make sure you don’t miss any
of my pieces, go find me on instagram. Make sure you’re subscribed here if you want
to see more of my process. Thank you so much for watching, I hope you
enjoyed, and I’ll see you again soon. Until then, I hope you have a very lovely
day. [music plays]

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  • Really nice dog painting! love the simplicity and the way you shaded him! Great job with the facial expression as well! Very cute!