Colombian-born multidisciplinary designer Camilo Bejarano is based in the US, where he works under the name Ph7labs. His work has appeared in titles including The New York Times, New York magazine, Revista Colectiva, and IdN.

He says: “Since I was very young, I’ve always enjoyed drawing and building things – passions which later led me to become an illustrator.”

There’s something about the rounded, gentle textures of vectors that makes them a playful and very tactile contrast to an elegant model shot.

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In this tutorial, Camilo Bejarano shows you how to ramp up this juxtaposition, hand-drawing elements before scanning them in and transforming them into dramatic, colourful designs that interact neatly with the photograph.

This technique offers many opportunities to creatives: you can use it to add or accentuate colour, to alter the feel of a photo, or to suggest moods and thoughts that aren’t immediately apparent from the photo itself. Best of all, it’s a lot of fun and offers you the chance to let your creativity run riot.

Time to Complete

4-6 hours


Adobe Illustrator & Photoshop

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