What was your process (start to finish) with the recent cat vector illustration you did?
TO SEE EACH STEP BY STEP PANEL CLICK ON THE IMAGE ABOVE!
First off this approach to doing graphics is not new and actually has been around for some time now. It’s a short cut method! With the advent of the computer and the deep / profound effect it had on art it became obvious that the tools were designed to give you more flexibility and control but also speed the process up greatly.
To start out the client asked me for an illustration of a cat head, straight on view. He wanted it a bit cartoon and a bit real but all attitude. With that direction the process was as follows:
#1. I started with the traditional “pencil to paper” approach. I sketch a very loose structure of shapes (ovals and lines). This assists with proportions and a framework for me to start detailing. The next step is to begin adding in the details of the illustration. What you see is half
of the piece because it’s faster! Why illustrate the entire thing when the client asked for a head on view? Other types of illustrations (like the snake or Stormtrooper vector I did HERE) have completely different starting points and approaches.
#2. I then scan the piece into Photoshop, duplicate the layer, cut it in half, mirror the image (Edit > Transform > Flip Horizontal) and line it up. This becomes the foundation from which I will start the next step in the process.
#3. I then pick a portion of the illustration I want to start with. The portion I choose is completely based on preference and honestly I just go where I feel called! I use only the Pen Tool!
#4, #5, #6 and #7 are all using the Pen Tool and slowly illustrating half of the piece. Once the foundation is in place I duplicate and flip it again.
#8. Once I have the foundation of the piece in place I start adding deeper detail as I see fit. This process is completely based on how much time I am willing to spend and if I feel it’s necessary (too much detail can also kill a piece if done wrong!)
#9. The last step is adding color. This is usually determined by the client but on this one I had the freedom to choose.Tags: cat vector illustration, Jared Mirabile, Sweyda, vector, vector illustration