Ollie Munden combined pencil drawing, digital colouring and textures overlaid on top of colour fills for Audio, created for Brighton’s Audio nightclub
For Raphaël, who admits he doesn’t plan anything in advance, intuition is the ultimate guide.
“It’s a self-generating process, so I don’t decide anything, per se,” he says.
“There is an internal logic to what I do that’s difficult to explain because I’m so open to the moment when I’m actually working on an illustration.” Raphaël also adds it can be difficult to find the right balance between scanned elements and the digital side, but that “disasters can lead to happy accidents”.
Sam Wolfe (samwolfeconnelly.com), who mixes a strong graphite element with digital colouring, has similar issues. He sometimes finds it tricky to create digital or physical elements that, by their very nature, are separated from each other.
“Now and then, it’s difficult to take an image from my head and say, ‘OK, this part is going to be traditional, and this part I can do digitally’, and not have it actually flow together, until it’s completely finished,” says Sam.
Ollie Munden’s drawings were combined to create Dropp World. Elements were drawn with fineliner pens, then vectorised in Illustrator, and coloured in Photoshop
“I guess I feel like I have less control over an image when I’m using a mixed media approach, but sometimes that challenge can work as an advantage.”
“Just try to go with the flow,” adds Dawn Gardner (bit.ly/eGMu7V).
She combines photography and hand-rendered elements for her visual interpretations of poems and music.
Another problem relates to the need for powerful hardware to manage large files. Russ admits he spends as much time trying to overcome hardware issues, as he does producing his images.
“Making sure the machine doesn’t give up can be a bother. Obviously, a brand new machine would go some way to changing that, but I don’t really see much point in a massive upgrade, until there are processors that will deal with gigabytes the way they do with megabytes nowadays,” says Russ, who still works in Photoshop CS3 on a home-built quad core PC.