Man @ Work

Universal Anxiety is coming along. I would say nicely but I am a cynic to the end. Actually I feel like progress is being made and that counts for more than not.

I have refined and fleshed out some concept art for our main characters city. A place filled with the robotic intricacies , beeps, buzzes and loads of embarrassment for our main character. Our first encounter will of course happen his local employment agency.

The process for the final product here was

  1. Review Reference Images
  2. Concept in Pencil
  3. Refine in pen. (For me I tend to do things more technical in pencil and more stylistically in pen. So there is a little bit of free flow at this point to experiment with what will really come out.
  4. Computer time! Scan in drawing
  5. Crop and clean up. I found that I draw with really sloppy pen, my fault not the pen, so I tend to leave open lines. This is a bit ass pain when vectoring your art and using Live Paint. So on this work I had to do quite a bit of clean up and line closing.
  6. I grey scale at this point and mess with the levels. This removes any extra static from your drawing and highlights the darks in the ink. Eventually return the drawing back to RGB for later coloring.
  7. Time to Illustrator
  8. Open .png or bmp or whatever and filter through the Image Trace function. There are many different sub-filters for this project I stuck complete with the default setting. I did experiment with some shading and 8 – 16 color tracing. It turned out nice but at this point not sure what I am going to do with it.
  9. Expand after the trace. Everything should be selected.
  10. Create your Live Paint Group(s)
  11. Add your colors.

A couple of notes… I am a complete Illustrator Noob, but slowly I am falling in love with this program. I cut my early digital graphic teeth in Photoshop and that was the only option. I guess I have just been stubborn to learn Illustrator. Well my loss. Great application and I cant wait to learn more about it.

Also art takes time o_O lots of it.

Unfinished Pen & Ink of City One

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