Step-by-step: Ad­vice for il­lus­trat­ing a for­est

ImagineFX - - Imaginenation Artist Q&a -

1I block out the gen­eral val­ues, bear­ing in mind where I want my fo­cal point. I use a tex­tured Soft- edged brush to create an or­ganic-look­ing un­der­paint­ing to work upon, which helps create the ran­dom­ness you see in na­ture. Keep­ing the colours sim­ple helps to fo­cus on the val­ues.

2Still stay­ing rel­a­tively loose, I start to de­fine some of the big­ger shapes in the im­age such as the over­all fore­ground sil­hou­ette, mid- ground and back­ground. At this point I’m de­cid­ing what con­tours to give the trees, to create an in­ter­est­ing rhythm and avoid too much repetition.

3I add some colour vari­a­tion by us­ing a Color Bal­ance layer to create cooler tones in the shad­ows and warmer colours in the high­lights. I also pick out some smaller shapes within my scene and use the Lasso tool to de­velop sharper edges in the fo­cal point, to help draw the eye.

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