How I create… new art for an old ta le
The alchemy of shapes
Geometric shapes can have multiple symbolic meanings. They can also be used to great effect as compositional elements. I’ve used concentric circles to represent protection and magic, but also as a visual target right in the middle of the image.
1 Defining a value structure
After getting thumbnails approved by the client, I start a value study. This will help bring any compositional problems to the surface. A strong value structure also makes adding colour easier. At this stage the image should read clearly, even with limited visual information.
2 Creating interest with line work
After the value study is completed, the line work can be added on a separate layer. I use multiple layers so I can fine-tune form and detail. The line follows the form to add a sense of movement and shape.
3 A limited palette
I add colour last, and I’m restrained with my colour use. Since this is Little Red Riding Hood, I end up using red. I work in Photoshop with Multiply, Overlay, Screen, and Color Dodge to achieve the look I want.