Fish

This was a quick study I did with watercolor brushes in photoshop for Illo Friday. I kind of wanted an acyrilic + watercolor look for this piece. And I'm trying to make it look as less digital as possible.[fishy.jpg]


  • I started out with scanning my sketch in, and changing the hue of the pencil.

  • I then googled Photoshop Watercolor brushes and uploaded some that I thought looked fun. I went through several to see the results. This blue streak is just a brush stroke already created.
  • I added a few more here and there, changing the opacity of some to create a "watercolor" look. (Try and think of real media when trying to get the same results on a computer)

  • This one had a Watercolor texture already added into it which made it feel more "real"
  • Then, I goodled "nagel series watercolor brushes" and downloaded those to paint the fishes.
  • If you want to make it even less digital, google some "water color papers" and click "images" and see what you can find.
Experiment:
Pick one you like, and drag and drop it onto your picture. Make sure it's the top layer, then change it to "Overlay" or "Soft Light" and change the opacity down to make just enough texture show, but not letting it overcome your image.

12 comments:

Lynn Jenness said...

cute concept! speaking as one experimenting with my own new styles, it's really helpful to see your step-by-step process. great expression on the mama fish, too, lol :)

Gerald de Dios said...

Such a fun illustration!

Katherine L. White said...

This is wonderful. Love seeing the process steps.

elizabeth said...

I love seeing your process. Nice results!

AHAviews said...

Fun drawing, thanks for the step-by-step tips.

Amanda said...

Very nice! The big fish has a lot of character. I like seeing the process, too.

michael robertson said...

nice work!...I love the purses.

Tumbleweed Trails said...

Aww, so cute! I am loving the fishies and expecially the little added purses. lol Love the lil fihs carrying it's purse. You've brightened my day with this.

Jody

ifmorningsbeganatnoon said...

love the colours and effect =)

truemuse said...

I like your illustration a lot, it's very sweet!

k.h.whitaker said...

love it, love your step by step instructions also, very nice

Joy said...

Thanks for sharing your process. I also work digitally and it's nice to see how others go about their illos. I love the fish, really well done and I agree that the purses add that touch of wonderful detail.