Johann describes himself as a design person who does things like graphic design, photography, video and rides small bikes.

He has worked as art editor at Digital Arts, and contributed to magazines such as Ride, Level, Albion, Lodown Art and Cream.

In this tutorial, designer Johann Chan looks at what it takes to create an editorial illustration based around the theme of international Internet commerce.

Johann reveals his approach to depicting certain subject matters, then use a range of techniques to create the final illustration.

Techniques covered include tracing photos in Illustrator using that application’s Live Trace feature, and creating patterns using the Pathfinder tool. You’ll also learn how to introduce a sense of grit to vector illustrations by applying grain in Illustrator and then layering textures in Photoshop.

Time to complete

6 hours

Software needed

Illustrator CS5 or later, Photoshop CS5 or later

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