25 Responses

  1. Lydia Nichols Lydia Nichols

    I usually do everything in Illustrator first and then, as needed, add texture in Photoshop. This is a first little test done entirely in Photoshop. I like the more spontaneous line quality. Intriguing...!


    9 months ago

  2. pulak bhatnagar pulak bhatnagar

    The line quality and flow that photoshop brushes can provide, illustrator only feels restrictive in comparison! Pretty awesome this one :)

    9 months ago

  3. 9 months ago

  4. Joey Ellis Joey Ellis

    Really like the shapes Lydia. Very nice.

    9 months ago

  5. Rachel Wright Rachel Wright

    such a happy lil guy!

    9 months ago

  6. Stacy Gray Stacy Gray

    Very cute! I love the loose quality...definitely not vector! Nice.

    9 months ago

  7. Laura Noll Laura Noll

    Love it! If you don't mind sharing a technique detail or two - did you freehand, trace, etc? Was this all achieved by your brush selection?

    9 months ago

  8. Bart Aalbers Bart Aalbers

    I've switched from Illustrator to Photoshop a while ago and i would not be able to go back! The brushes (and custom brushes) are such a nice way to draw and create


    9 months ago

  9. Stacey Meacham Stacey Meacham

    Love the more gestural quality of the line. Very playful.

    9 months ago

  10. Jon Stapp | atomicvibe Jon Stapp | atomicvibe

    @Lydia Nichols LOVE it, Lydia. I just saw some brushes today that have me yearning to get my old Wacom Cintiq tablet fixed and start using it again.

    I agree, Photoshop is the way to go with getting really nice sketch quality to your lines. Illustrator can make decent approximations, but the amount of work you have to do to come even halfway close is immeasurable.

    However, I will say that Illustrator/vectors definitely makes life a whole lot easier when you need to make changes.

    Ultimately, for most of my work (branding/identity), I need the scalability of vectors, so while I may start getting more into Photoshop-based illustration, I'd ultimately need to bring all that into Illustrator and doing a Live Trace.

    9 months ago

  11. Joy Laforme Joy Laforme

    Illustrator certainly makes life easier but the amount of detail you can add in Photoshop is incredible! I have been using Photoshop for years and have such a hard time when I have to move to illustrator. This is great work you did here!

    9 months ago

  12. Gordon Clines Gordon Clines

    This is awesome. Love the style!

    I've embraced vectors in Photoshop. The tools are weird compared to Illustrator (they're more similar in CC), but once you get the hang of them you get the benefits of both vector art and the richness that photoshop brushes bring. Best of both worlds! Vector clipping masks FTW!

    9 months ago

  13. Brandon Land Brandon Land

    The degradation of quality in shapes can be frustrating. But for inking and line quality, there's nothing better. This is lovely, ps.

    9 months ago

  14. Brad Woodard Brad Woodard

    @Lydia Nichols wonderful line quality. And such a playful character!

    9 months ago

  15. Joel Derksen Joel Derksen

    This is the best thing. The lines, as you said, are also wonderful.

    9 months ago

  16. Lydia Nichols Lydia Nichols

    Thanks for all of the awesome feedback! I'm really enjoying this exploration. Perhaps I need a mix of AI smart objects and Photoshop line. We shall see! Any other tips and tricks great appreciated! Thanks again, all!

    9 months ago

  17. Andrew Colin Beck Andrew Colin Beck

    Love it!

    9 months ago

  18. Joey Pasko Joey Pasko

    Looks great! I tend to stick to photoshop because of the slight edge it gives shapes when scanned, but recently I've been testing what its like to trace a shape then wear the edge artificially in photoshop using brushes.

    Overall I like the initial edge in photoshop better but I can see the benefit to illustrator. It seems like it would be a case by case thing that you have to gauge depending on the illustration. Hope things are awesome out in Cali for you and Caleb!

    9 months ago

  19. Lydia Nichols Lydia Nichols

    @Joey Pasko So true. All depends on what you're going for or what the final use is.

    Things are well here! Hope the same is true in good ol' Philly.

    9 months ago

  20. Eran Mendel Eran Mendel

    Your style is fantastic

    9 months ago

  21. 9 months ago

  22. Federico Mariani Federico Mariani

    it seems well done! i like it with a rough edges!

    9 months ago

  23. Lauren Moyer Lauren Moyer

    I love this little elephant!!

    I love doing the shapes and simple gradients in illustrator first then taking them into photoshop as smart objects. It's great to add texture and fun linework once in photoshop, I also use the path tool and brush those, then save the paths incase you need to enlarge the entire piece...

    But I love it!

    9 months ago

  24. Katy Katy

    I am so in love with your work! It is reminiscent of Mary Blair- who is a personal favorite of mine! Beautiful illustrations!

    5 months ago

  25. Tony Carpenter Tony Carpenter


    2 months ago

keyboard shortcuts: previous shot next shot L or F like