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
The line quality and flow that photoshop brushes can provide, illustrator only feels restrictive in comparison! Pretty awesome this one :)
by pulak bhatnagar
Well, an Elephant! Ta daa!
9 months ago
Really like the shapes Lydia. Very nice.
such a happy lil guy!
Very cute! I love the loose quality...definitely not vector! Nice.
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?
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
Love the more gestural quality of the line. Very playful.
@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.
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!
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!
The degradation of quality in shapes can be frustrating. But for inking and line quality, there's nothing better. This is lovely, ps.
@Lydia Nichols wonderful line quality. And such a playful character!
This is the best thing. The lines, as you said, are also wonderful.
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!
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!
@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.
Your style is fantastic
by Lydia Nichols
Playing around more with brushes and Photoshop.
it seems well done! i like it with a rough edges!
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!
I am so in love with your work! It is reminiscent of Mary Blair- who is a personal favorite of mine! Beautiful illustrations!
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