The background is looking a bit bland at the moment so let’s embellish it. Add a texture with diagonal lines in it -- such as one found in Arbenting's Miscellaneous textures pack -- drag it onto a new layer above the ‘background’ layer. Set the blending mode to Overlay and select Image > Adjustments > Brightness/Contrast and enter –10; 100. Rename the layer ‘texture’.
We’re nearly there – just one more flourish of colour. Download the image from http://tinyurl.com/5kystq, drag it onto a new layer and set the blending mode to Screen. Mess around with the brightness and contrast, and the hue and saturation. Make sure you keep it bright and colourful.
For the finishing touches, create an adjustment layer. Go to Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Colour Balance and enter these values: 17; 1; 22. You can keep adding to this image as much as you like, throwing in any hand-drawn elements you have to hand, or whatever you dream up. Digital is good, but mixing it up with old-fashioned recycled doodles is better. Just to finish, select Layer > Flatten Image, then Filter > Sharpen > Sharpen. You may want to increase levels and saturation as well.
Who: 21-year-old illustrator Craig Shields is an undergraduate from Lincoln. He has enjoyed art all his life, and since his introduction to digital media some years ago, he has developed a bright and colourful style that combines traditional and digital techniques.
Software: Adobe Photoshop
Time to complete: 1-2 hours
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