Want to produce clean and detailed line work but with a hand drawn edge? Not sure whether to use the pen tool in Illustrator or a tablet in Photoshop?
With his stunning tattoo-style designs, digital illustrator and ‘part-time thrasher’ Chris Parks has all the answers and more in this tutorial.
You’ll be introduced to Illustrator’s pressure sensitive ‘Blob Brush’ and you’ll learn some techniques for adding quick colour and detailed depth. You’ll also pick up some good tips on workflow and how to add detail by creating separate graphics and duplicating them to save time without sacrificing quality.
Step 1 To get started, you’ll need a healthy dose of inspiration, a pencil and a blank sheet of paper. ‘Death Goddess’ was inspired by Mexico’s day of the dead celebrations, Thai and Tibetan imagery, along with my own style and interpretation. If you don’t feel like sketching, you can download my original sketch file (sketch.jpg) from the Download Zone.