Create a new layer (ensuring that’s it underneath the drawn figures). Using the same watercolour brush as before, paint in the colours for the hair, mouth, and clothes. Mix the colours beforehand using the CMYK four colour combinations.
Scan in some fabrics to use for the clothes. Select the area on the character layer you want to paste into. Copy&-paste the fabric into the particular area.
This will create a new layer that you can move the fabric around, underneath a mask. Experiment with how you want the clothes to look, changing the opacity and lighting options.
Look out for interesting, creative commons licensed images on the Internet, take your own photos, scan fabrics, and use them to give your work more detail. Cut them out and paste them in. Be careful not to over do it though, and remember to experiment with the layer styles so they look integrated and not too cut out.
As the final touches, I add a border, and some text. After printing, look again at the results, some of the colours may need tweaking, and you may spot little mistakes you couldn’t see on screen.
When using a brush tool there is a constant need to change brush sizes and levels of hardness. A quick way to bring up the relevant dialog box is to Right+click / Ctrl+click on the canvas. The box will stay on the screen until the brush is used or either Enter or Return is pressed.
WHO: Scott Rhodes has been an illustrator since the early 90s, when he used traditional painting techniques. He converted to digital several years ago. He uses a 20-inch iMac and Wacom tablet. Recent clients have included Paperchase and The Guardian
SOFTWARE: Adobe Photoshop
TIME TO COMPLETE : 4-5 hours
ON THE CD: All files for this tutorial can be found on the cover CD.