Intro

Tim McDonagh creates all his images using Indian ink and a brush. Here he explains how you can use Photoshop to add colour to your inked illustrations. In this example, Tim will be using his beautiful poster of Joanna Newsom, one of his favourite musicians.

Throughout the tutorial, he will be touching on colour palettes, shadow work and how to avoid the temptation to overwork an image. It’s important to remember that these tips can be used on all sorts of linework, no matter how complicated or simple.

Tim hopes that you find this useful, and will perhaps pick up some tips on how inked artwork and Photoshop can complement each other.

If you want to follow along directly, you will need to download Tim’s linework from the project files.

Time to complete

3 hours

Software

Photoshop

Project files

Files for this tutorial are downloadable from here