Thursday, February 28, 2008

Loss - Process

I originally called this piece Cheating, since the idea was to show a girl who was upset about finding our her boyfriend was cheating on her. I prefer 'Loss' now since it's more general and describes the general theme of the picture more clearly I think.
This was the original sketch. I wanted to make it a silhouette piece at first with a red and purple color scheme.

When I started working on it today I changed my mind about making it a flat silhouette piece. So I also flipped the image as I think it works better with the girl on the left. I tried some new coloring techniques in Illustrator - well not really new, just in a way I don't usually work in.

I brought the artwork over to Photoshop in layers. Normally I export pieces as EPS files and import them, but I got lazy so I just did a cut-and-paste job. I started messing with dropping textures and changing colors.

Several hours and a whole bunch of layers later, the final piece is done. I am quite happy with the more organic feel of the piece. Normally brushwork on top of my vector work doesn't really sit well, but with a simplified vector base, it seems like it's easier to work in effects in Photoshop. It would be nice to have a bit of a film stain effect too but I don't have a texture like that on hand and I'm too tired to go looking on the net or make one now.


Fabián Fucci said...

It ended up quite fine. Beautiful piece!

Yuting said...

Yea the final piece definitely conveyed the "Loss" message very well. Very nice. :)

Kyrstin said...

This looks spectacular. I love how the textures are used!