For the most part I am proud to say that the opening scene is 95-96% complete. If you don’t count the reinterpretation of the city-scape, which will be another 2-3 days, and all of the minor corrections (bot-tek sign!) before I can leave it alone. Hoorray..
I overcame (learned from) a couple painful lessons with this one. If you are not an Illustrator acolyte then get your drawing as near completion in pencil and or ink before you move forward. I am lucky because I have background with Photoshop, which saved my butt here. Live Trace is great, but many Illustrators do not rely on it so heavily. It is a great tool, but I think I need to really dig into paths, and the pen tool it would help tremendously.
Was a bit of a chore on this one. I am not sure why but (I think) I have had better luck. I feel colors are a bit over used on this one, but again just another tool in the box and I will have to sharpen as I go along. Also, if you keep a nice clean working .Ai file as you go, you have the power to color edit and refine on the fly.
Document your process when you first start. I was thoroughly convinced I had done something a certain way with Image Trace and in actuality all I needed to do was get my levels darker from the get-go. Again, getting a clean well planned out ink is more helpful in some cases, unless of course you are a wizard in the Illustrator.
First drawing here with all of the elements I have been practicing. Pencil > Pen > Photoshop > Illustrator > Vector > Color > Cell Shading > Add ink character (repeat all of the above for green robot) > Photoshop > Illustrator > Photoshop for brush effects and so on and so forth.
Overall I guess I am pleased with it… need to give my eyeballs a break.