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Mixed Media Illustration: From Hand-Drawn to Digital

teacher avatar Erla María Árnadóttir, Illustrator at Studio Erla and Jonas

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      Coming up with a concept and gathering materials


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      Sketching and layout


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      Final Thoughts


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About This Class

Erla María, illustrator and co-owner at Studio Erla & Jonas will show us how she created her mesmerising art prints from her renowned Children series in this class.

During this class she will start working on her follow up series “Hunters” while showing us step-by-step how to transform an idea from reference photos to an original work of art.

This class will make you challenge your comfort zone while growing your personal vision. You will experiment with new materials and learn to see value in what before you would’ve thrown away.

The class suits both beginners and professionals but a basic knowledge in Adobe Photoshop is required, as well as use of scanner or a digital camera.

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Erla María Árnadóttir

Illustrator at Studio Erla and Jonas


Erla María Árnadóttir is an Icelandic illustrator and co-owner at Studio Erla and Jónas.

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1. Trailer: Hey guys, My name is Maria and I'm administrator from Iceland, Human Regular Iceland. I run on illustration and decide studio, along with my husband Graphic design. The studio is called Studio Jonas Way worked on everything from the music industry to Children's books and that companies in this class I'm going to show you how to make mixed media administration transferring a concept from a reference photo toe. One original while working on our illustrations would be coming up with a concept gathering unusual materials, sketching, drawing, then finally digitally coloring on making some. This class is suitable for both professional and beginners, but a basic knowledge before the show as well as in 14 were standing is necessary. So guys I'm looking forward to see you get you can create during our journey together, and hopefully you will find this class inspiring 2. Introduction: Hey, guys, My name is Aditya Maria, and I'm an illustrator from regular Iceland. In this class, we're going to be creating on original illustration based on a reference photo off a person that inspires you and building a little bit of concept. On top of that, we go to be hand drawing the emits and then finally work on alternate digitally by adding some patterns and textures to make. Your illustration comes tonight. So what I'm gonna show you in this class is a technique I used in one of my most popular Siri's called Children. I'm gonna show you the Siri's, and this is a serious work where I used photos off my me and my brother from when we were young, the concept behind it, iss basically just letting Children be free and innocence innocent. The open skull means just open their curiosity and creativity and letting it flow freely while they play. As you can see, they sit in a precision That's not necessarily some position. We has grown up sitting. They move around around, fall asleep where they fall asleep. I'm just play with weird strength up just like you. No bones or open up teddy bears or bears are, you know, just whatever the technique I'm going to be showing you. It's basically how it's all here, hand drawn, you can see the image is going to be hand drawn with a pencil. Then we go to add some outlines. In this case, I used pen and then you can you probably don't notice it, but you can see it here basically mean shading is a well done with a pencil, and we're going to added, and we're going to work of it in for a shock. We're going to add these textures and patterns and make your whole illustration hole. So during this class, I'm going to create the follow up Syria called Hunters. I'm gonna tell you a little bit more about that in my next video, and then I'll she'll show you how to make a concept and help to gather materials for your texture and patterns. 3. Coming up with a concept and gathering materials: OK, guys, Now we're gonna be doing three things. First, we're going to find the reference photo off a person that inspires us. Second, we're gonna come up with a little bit of concept layer on top of that just to take that from a basic poor, straight to an original are square on third time. Come to show you some unusual materials you can find in your house or whatever to use as textures and add some time that dynamic to your overall illustration. So first things first, we're gonna start with the photo, okay? The foe first, Just think about who inspires you were inspired. Issue me personally. It's Children, Children in general, my Children, my family. You know, everyone I know when they were kids. So I told you before I was going to create a new series. The serious I'm going to create called hunters. And I've already gathered some reference photos. Personal forums, I prefer if you use a person that inspires you that someone that do you personally know So not a famous person that inspires you. Put someone like you don't know your grandmother, kids, mom, friend, Whatever. So it's just because that will make your using a person from your personal life will make your it's, uh, more real. It will make it come back to more people. So you hear. So a picture of my daughter, this beautiful baby. So I'm gonna use, uh, my kids in this area is not me and my brother like the last time. So I've just collected a few family photos where Children are in a position that's kind off proud or dominant in some way. And the reason for that is because I've already narrowed down. My comes after big was it's the second process. And I'm gonna tell you a little bit about that after I've finished this. Basically. So this is mainly my kids doing just normal things. It's just normal photos. It doesn't have to be a photo and big resolution or anything like that, because it's just it's just gonna give you inspiration to do something with. Like I said before, it's not that we're making a poor straight off the person. We're just using it as a reference. So I have already nailed down his 1st 40 I want to respond to be the one amusing because it's kind of. She looks a bit arrogant and dominant, and that suits my concept. So this is the photo of Chosen, and I've already addressed America. When you are doing things both when you're doing things digitally, just try to keep things as organized as possible. Especially when you're using reference photos, because you you're going to have a lot of brown material that we're gonna have to accept access easily. So I will really make this Cold War 30 minutes. And here's my first illustration, which will basically be the first illustration in groceries. And here I've had already put photo. Okay, so now it's the concept, but concept this quietly see, because it can't be anything is basically just whatever you're passionate about, whatever you can make fit with the inspirational person. So for me, it's Children. Like I said, it's childhood in general, so I'm going to in Hunter Siri's. The main concept behind that is wanting to capture, um, just childhood and wanted to hold onto it So the whole Siri's will be about Children kind of hunting childhood like you can see you know, hunters so far just wanting toe own whatever represents childhood to them. So, yeah, you can just your concept could be anything. I'm not going to tell you. I'm not gonna give you any ideas because I wanted to come completely from your yourself. And I'm really looking forward to seeing different concept for all of you guys. From that, we're gonna go straight to the third thing, and that is gathering unusual materials. What I have here is a pile off something that most people would probably just throw away. Except for this book. This book here is Pathan, where which you can buy in just any bookshop, I guess on you can buy a lot of these pattern books for crafts. Orson crowds on even a CD that comes with it so you don't have to scan the patterns. Stuff like this is great, but what you can also do is just scan if you have life. I don't know clothing, piece of clothing or whatever with a pattern that you like. You can also just scan. That s well, so we're gonna use a little bit of pattern. I don't use a lot of it, but that's up to you then. Its texture, texture, iss, everything as you can see here. Is this like, really warn old? It's a book I want. It's a technical college. Were you really old? A lot off drawings and written text that you can't even use, but it's all coming. Just add to the atmosphere. So just just collecting all this old papers, old pops, Whatever you can find, get your hands on, basically starts looking around in your environment and find something that you know people don't see as an illustration paper because you can use the texture from all this different feels to create or layer something. Did you tell me? Tough off your worker. So that's what do you should have for the next video is your photo, your concept and a few pieces of paper, which you can use for text your later. But in the next video, we're going to start sketching are illustration 4. Sketching and layout : OK, guys. Now we're finally starting to create something. Before we start sketching our ideas. Think about your concept a little bit. Is there anything else you need? As in reference borrowers for your answer. For example, in my concept, the childhood one, uh, I'm going to use reference photos of old toys, off brands, anything that for me represents my childhood or chanted in general. So before you start getting it's best to have all the materials you need prepared. So I already goes, I'm gonna open up on computer here, and I've already collected from just the Internet and all over the place is some reference photos for the props for the toys on you. Just as you can see here, this is just general images. That gives me an idea of something that I could use in my illustration. I'm definitely not going to use it all in this first illustration, but it's good to have, like, a folder for love stuff that I randomly finds online. So in my the first demonstration you see here, I've already put aside like I told you before, this is my the reference photo off my daughter. So I'm gonna open that up, because that's what I am going to use while I don't do the first sketch. Basically, this is a reference photo off this hunter outfit that I was thinking of, maybe using good Winnie the pool that I'm gonna use. Like I said, I've already going through some photos before and picked out the ones I walked it. So you just take your time to find reference photos for your concept, if needed, and going through that at a slow at the pace you need to to Yeah, too much or too. Do your perfect illustration. Okay, so now I've opened up on the reference photos, and I got here just some pencil and some paper to start getting the ideas. A lot of people will tell you that you need, uh I don't know, to draw a lot of rough sketches before you find the one. That's the one you're gonna need. I don't necessarily leaving, but something that's, you know that you have to do it is sometimes the first that comes to your mind the best. The last option. I'm gonna do really quick and fast sketches she can see I want like I said I wanted to the girl to be a little bit cocky a little bit because it's, you know, and the idea is that she's hunting her child, making its day. So I want basically I'm gonna make really the pool here and he's gonna she's gonna lay, make sure she has slaughtered him, slaughtered him. She's gonna lay on top of him like he's a rock Mel into the pool. Brock A. So you can see when im sketching it. I was thinking off having it in a portrait form, but you get just throw it away, see that it will work better in landscape format. So I'm just gonna move quickly to my next, gets here and turns the four months and she is laying here. Everyone sketches differently. Some some people toe really, really beautiful sketches. My first gets issue are usually like this. No one understands what's happening except me. So I think that's when you're not preoccupied with the way your sketch looks. You kind of have the freedom to do whatever I'm trying to put on half here, but you can probably not see it. Okay, so here she is, her hands laying. I had a winning poor baby. I want it they're bigger or hand off the heads off the rock. I mean and then can see its hands. I'm not sure if I want him to smile. You know, maybe I just not yet. That's just, you know, it asked to the sarcasm in it to have him smiling, you know, has been hunted. So I think I'll just keep him smiling instead of an open mouth. Like I like the typical bear hunting bear. So, yes, these links somehow on top of him. I want her to have this intento. Got it. For those of you who are who had the your childhood in the eighties and nineties like me, you probably connect more to the stuff that I'm taking from my concept. She has this an intensive come here. Maybe a court. No, the clerk and I am going to keep the hat off my kids opening their serious as well, with their imagination and creativity flowing out of it. But I think I walked in this photo. My kids too have this hunter hat so you won't be able to see it. In the first demonstration I made for their Siri's. She iss just just gives me a really rough idea of how I'm gonna lay out my illustration. That's maker. Where this jacket us. Well, this hunter jacket, Yes, that's it. It's not. This is gonna be my skits. I'm not gonna drop 10 other sketches, cause, you know, you draw us money as you need Have already really want this first image today. So yeah, this is my first demonstration for this. Siri's the hunter you like? I said, you do as many sketches as you need to find the one you're gonna work with. I'm happy with this one. I'm gonna keep it simple. This that time I'm not gonna you toe a lot of background. I am going to use the texture instead for the background. So yeah, And then in the next video, we're finally construct throwing it can't roids and shading health, drawing various shading and then thinking the outline as well 5. Drawing: Okay, guys. So now that we have the sketches ready, we can finally start to draw something. There's no special style I wanted drawing. You just find wherever style, suit you. If you want to draw the M, it's really simple. That's fine. You can do it super realistic as well. Or you can even trace it if you're uncomfortable with and throwing. So just whatever fits you, that's not the main idea. Me personally, I'm gonna have my reference photos up on my screen. Look at them while I drop. But I'm not doing a portrait off the person from just using these Children as a reference. And therefore, I'm not gonna be too preoccupied with the fact if the face looks exactly the same as the kid on the picture. So don't be stressed out or nervous if you're not used to drawing. This is not really a drawing class, so there's not much I'm gonna teach you. I'm gonna start a little bit and show you, but what I use. But then it's completely up to you. How you draw your image is the only fact that's important is the fact that you do some kind of hand drawing. So when we started to draw, you're gonna need to have a pencil. You can either have these professional, typical illustration pensioners, or you can just use whatever. And this time I'm going to use the Mickey Mouse mechanical pencil I stole from one of my kids. So it's not really about what? Pencil? Use the beginning course. We just kind of just making a base for the trying. You're gonna want to start by kind of just proportion ing all the objects you want in the pictures. So where do you want them? How big are they going to be? You might have to do this a couple of times. You know, sometimes it's hard to imagine before hands like how big your going toe. They sure that item in the picture. But you're just roughly outlining it here. I'm doing the really, really the pool. Here's care. Probably want the kid to be a little bit bigger just to make it a more dominant, and her hands are gonna go here. Be kind heft. Not sure what you can see. Your debts isn't just lightly droid. Like I said before, this is not really a drawing class, so I'm not going to show you the whole process. While I tried visit basically what I do and then I should just when I outlined everything I want that just starts to no working on some details. What I'm doing now is just during the outlines, because we're coming. After we do the outlines, we're gonna do them with a pen away with let we want to one of one of the images ready. I mean, so we're going to end with shading it. So just a rough idea. I'm going to cut you off now and just show you. And when I am starting to do the pennant outlines, so, yeah, you get the idea. So just start throwing your image on a piece of paper that you've chosen. Okay, Now that I've basically got, then the emits outlined, you can choose. At what point do you stop? I just stop now If you find it more comfortable to people going until it's basically the lions are quite clean. That's up to you. But I usually changed the test while I So what? Like I said, I'm gonna outline with pens of God. Let this afternoon pens in different sizes. So I'm gonna use those. It's quite simple. The process you can you can choose to outline with a pencil. It's a bit more difficult in this case because I'm gonna clean the image after I used the pen. So But if you really if you draw lightly and your sketches or your first draft of the drawing is no, not really messy, you can just use a pencil to through the outlasts. But because I used the's pence in my first serious, I'm gonna use it here a swell. You can also use just ink on paint the outlines. It's gonna give them your lunch more dynamic. It's a bit more time consuming. So, like I said, it's just up to you. I'm not gonna tell you how to do your illustration. Just find your way. Whatever suits you is gonna work just fine in this class. I didn't tell you before, but it's really good to lay on top of your paper, another just from trash paper, just to keep your hands off your pencil lines so it won't get old messy. So I'm just gonna show you here a little bit. How start we're gonna start with just the point to just because it's quite it's quite thin . So I can see if I want lines to be taker or thinner or whatever. I think this works just fine. I do play with the line a bit. So while I'm drawing like I said, I do changed details and my be a bit different. Well, what I end up with after after my all my outlines, So, like before, I'm just gonna finished outlining it. You do it with yours, and then I'm gonna come back to it after I've done it. And after I erased on the pencil, and then I'm gonna show you a simple shading technique with a pencil. So you just finish yours. Welcome back to my little bit. Okay? So now for the shading part, I've already stuffed it to share a bit, as you can see, but I'm gonna show you how I do it. Basically, what do you use now is a normal pencil. Anything any kind of normal pencil would do, But you're gonna basically draw with this side with a side off the pencil. So you're not using the t, so you just pick apart where we were starting to shave. What you do is you, Adam ankle slowly. I just throw like this. So you're not using the tape cassette? And then when you've finished drawing Oh, I forgot. Basically, you're gonna have to before your start sharing are gonna have to start by deciding what ankle the light is gonna come from. I'm not using a really strong light, but it's more soft, lad. But still, it comes from this ankle, basically. So the shades parts are gonna be at the opposite ankle off the life. Um, what I use next, after I've done this with the pencil, you can do it. Only you can do it. I can hear a little bit stronger shape. Then you take this. This is a paper want. You can buy it in our jobs, and you just wrap the part where you just colored your shaped and then it makes the whole shade a lot smoother. You can even just drag it a little bit sore. Fates out. And if you have to use any ready, sir, the good thing to have handy is when you're basically when you're using a pencil and your erasing is you don't want to smudge it when you clean the mess away, but I have a clean brush. Any type of brush will do. Just brushed it like this and the message away. So the good thing about shaping like this is when we finally cholera it digitally. You just need one color for a whole object. So let's say the half is brown or something. We just need warn. Do we just need to lay or one type of brown on top of it? And you're still got the theft off the shading. So in the next class, I want you to have your image shaded and finished, and then we're going to, and then you enforced it to a computer. You can either use a scanner or a really good digital camera, and then we'll start the coloring process. 6. Coloring: Okay, so now I've scant my limits, and hopefully you have to I scanned mine and 300 TB. I just because I'm probably never printing it any bigger than doubling its size. So if you go and larger than that, you need, you know, a bigger resolution. But this will work fine for me before your starts. Twerking, make sure you're working in a Photoshopped former. You always want to be working in the form it off he software you're working with. So make sure it's PST and just save it regularly because you don't want to lose your work can be really frustrating. So before I started working on my image, I always make a copy off the scant emits. I always keep the scanned image untouched there as a layers Well, because sometimes a got a long way from the original drawing. And, you know, I might want to start to press, so just make sure you're working on a copy off the trying. It's gonna make it easier if you change your mind almost in the end. Ah, the first thing I am going Teoh start with working on. It's the contrast between the black and white in the drawings. There are many ways to do that Info to show, but I prefer going to using levels. If you go to image adjustment, then you see lot of ways you can use curves, brightness, contrast levels, even exposures and stuff like that. But I preferred levels. Like I say, basically, it's just because when I'm used to using, so it's not because it's necessarily the only your best way, so find if you have another way to do it. Just use that way. I go to levels and then I start with the black color. Usually I started making a docker first by sliding the left arrow I can see. And then I supplied the right a row in the opposite direction and you can see the wide going brighter, a swell the middle arrow. You can balance the contrast between the white and the tar earned black that you're already fixed. So and in this basically, in the all these images, where you're gonna work with textures and layers of colors and stuff, while it's not the most important part, so I'm gonna keep it a bit dark, you know, it's rather have more impact off the shadows just because I'm never gonna have a completely wide element. Probably in trying anyway, because off all my textures So I think I'm fairly happy with this here. So, yeah, I'm gonna use this and then the next thing like like, you see, you got the layers here on It's the original one down there. So if I want to go back, I've got in here. There's no problem, but okay, then the next thing I was going to show you is Oh, you make sure you always say that's regularly. I was gonna show you how to fix thinking in for sure if you made a mistake during the inking or outlying process. It's quite a you see, you know, or at least easier than doing it by hand. So what you do is you have to use a tool called clones them which IHS you can see. I'm gonna fix this line, you know, in cheek amid a little bit. Take a really used. So I picked from Stan Looks like a stamp. So just pick that. Find a part in the drying which you want to imitate or copy. Basically, I want to be white. So I go to the white part, our paper white part of the drawing. Then I press old and just click the my partner. But I've done now is basically talk to claims that this is the part where I want to stand what we want to clone. Then I just started using by holding down person Tell the time stamp on my line and she can see a copies the part where I used where I pressed the off weapon before. So if you need to make your process pick a big picture, you know are smaller. Whatever. It's up there like a total before. I'm not really teaching a photo shop class. So if you already know this before, I told you, you have to have a basic, some basic knowledge in photo show. So bear with me if you know all this stuff. But basically what I'm doing is I'm just showing you how I I usually work in a really simple way. So now if you want a talk, you know, shading to become the swell hitters to it, it's that with a white, you know, part of you choose a great one. So which kind of matches what you're doing. The next thing iss choosing a color palette there many ways to choose Circleup elect. You can even just start working on your image with no colors in mind. But it's always good to have some kind of outline off. What? You know what the main colors are gonna be and you're throwing. So there are absent software you can use to help out. If you're not comfortable with picking colors on your own, I'm gonna show you up. But I've used on a called adobe corner See, see what you do. Basically, with this issue, let me Where are the colors? Yes, you make a fever theme collect or political acts with an image taken image on your phone. Like here. You can see a photo of my kid on the picks, the colors from that photo for you. So you have a beautiful matching color palette. So I'm gonna use this called Team One, which is probably the first before I ever took with this. And, um, gonna use thes five colors to be my main colors for now. Obviously, I'm going to stray from it a bit because I'm not only gonna use pipe colors, but this is something to keep me focused. What I'm doing now is I'm using a picker to make a swat off each color so I don't have to have this in its open. Use this paper to here. Then I just click on the color I'm pitting. And then I put it in this. What's collection? You can even rename it just so you know what you're using. So whatever Talk around, Hunter, can you make it? You know, you call it what you're going to use for face or whatever, but yes or no. I've got my colors there and I can start using them before I start coloring. I picked the color and then I make a new layer. Ah, like wits. What? I told you before with the ah, the I think it emits. I am forced it. Yeah, So I'm gonna make a new layer for each color. Basically. So when I'm working with the the face, for example, just all the yellow in vanilla pool I'm gonna have one layer. Just for that, I'm gonna have another layer for hiss years, etcetera. It's basically it's just because it's going to be a little piece here to control the that color and to go backwards if I need changing, even if you know, come a long way since I did the first coloring. So I've got a new layer here, and I'm gonna color in the face what I usually do. When I start coloring, I pick a rather big breasts and I just tolerate over, you know, over the image, regardless to where the lines are. Really? Because I find it easier to race, you know, go backwards, then. You know, just staying in the lines. It's a lot quicker that way, at least for me. So if you just pick, I just pick up a bigger brush here and then the color whatever party went color in this case, the face Photoshopped a silly slow. I don't know what, but it's coloring at least so I just the color like I said, the whole face. So I'm not really too concerned about staying inside the lines. But, you know, I'm gonna You haven't even bigger. It's gonna be a lot quicker. So, like I said, I'm gonna worry about the lines later on because, you know, I'm working on its color separately on separate layers anyway, so it doesn't really matter. So I just come over there post, uh, and then after, after you color the part, I'm going to planting note. So what I'm doing now some picking just this layer. And I want to make this layer or this kind of paper a bit transparent. So there are a lot of different elements here, which you can pick from. Probably when you said a lot, you have your favorites. Mine are multiply and overlay, but, you know, just experiment, but that see where? Because different thing will fit in, you know, a different parts. So now, as you can see all the way the shading did before with my pencil, it comes true. And I don't really have to if I don't want to, I don't really have to emphasize the difference in the yellow color, so it saves me a lot of work. So now I can just erase the extra lines, you know, or the extra politicos outside the lines a lot quicker, Like I said then just picking us more cross to stay inside the lines in the beginning. Ah, next color new layer basically do the same. You pick your color and whatever part I I'm gonna have. Great. I'm gonna do the hat off the kid. So and then I just do the same. You, Conrad completely over. You know, roughly over the space you want color. Um, after I felt it, I go into blending more again, just like it did with the yellow color. And I picked multiply in this case that you can see it's the same you got like, Parton dark part into shading that I did by hand, so loved It's a quick way to shaped your You are image When I'm erasing you can, you know, turn down the hardness of the brush. So now I have a really big for us on the race for us. So as you can see, I'm just trying, testing, erasing, you know, a part of 1/2. Maybe I want did to be a bit more white than the color. Amusing. So this is there no rules in this with coloring? Basically, just do whatever. Make sure you experiment a lot. If you are used to working with photo shop, you probably have your own tricks. And you know I'm not teaching you much. So use that if you're comfortable with it. If you want to use this to do something different and definitely do, it's always a good thing to break out of your comfort. So, uh, then yeah, but this is just a basic way off coloring. It's gonna they really easy to color its object. 01 thing here capacity. You can always turn down the opacity and the Conners you're using. This is also here. It's also good to have every color in different layer cross as you can see him just turning it down on different colors. This is something I usually do in the end, when I've already Peron some textures and patterns because the whole dynamics off the colors, when will change when we started. So I'll show you more on that later. Next thing on the next video, I'm going to teach you how to do patterns and textures so you can color all your elements at first, or if you know where you're gonna put a pattern, then you can leave that out. So until next 7. Patterns: Okay, so I have finished coloring my drawing. Uh, the all of the colors are on different layers on, and the only color I did something extra with that wasn't just a flat color. This the skin you can see here when I take it off. It's only because that's ah, parsed off. You know, it's a it's a living kid, so I want some kind off a little bit of complexion in it. So I added a little bit of pink tone and some white areas. I'll probably do more to it. Or, you know, in the end, when I've added some textures, I'm just even if it, you know, goes completely flat or if I need to. What if it's just fine and I can leave it like this? Now we're gonna go through some patterns and textures. I don't actually want to put any patterns on this. So what I'm going to do is I am going to put some texture on it like I would do a pattern that is, I'm going to add some kind off softness to my video, winning the pool so he is going to get you know it's gonna look a bit more fluffy. What I do is I open my texture a collection just going to show you a bit. This is my pattern collection. It's basically, you know, the same miss texture collection in my texture collection. I have random textures. You can see this is like, you know, fabric off clothing. It's leather and you got kind of for, you know, James all kinds of stuff. So I am going Teoh, find something that is going to give my many a bit off her. Yeah. Bit of fluff. Iness to. Let's see, maybe I use some covers from books or something. Think this here. I know these images are small, but you know, my textures, something that I'm getting quite familiar with, so you can't see here. It has this fabric old roughness to it. It's ah, bit off. It's a dark image. I'm not sure if it will work or not, but I'm gonna test it. So the first thing I'm gonna do is I don't want to be blue, so I am probably just going to pull down the hole color of it, and I'm gonna Yeah, do it like this. I'm going to the levels first like before, so I'm gonna increase the I m the contrast in my image. You see it here? Okay, it's getting lighter, which is what I want. I want to dark, but that's fine. Okay, Now I'm just going to take a part of it. I don't know if I want this text in it. I don't think so now, and I probably worked on the line here, but I'm gonna I don't know. We'll see. That's the beauty part off. You're saying Texture? Yes. You're basically just, you know, testing yourself. Just testing what you know. Works. So if I coffee just part of this on, I just put it on top of that. I am going to the, um uh I don't I just put on on a scale it. I'm gonna have a bigger um just so it covers all the yellow part I want to cover. I think the line goes here in between. Really? Now I'm most deploying it. Yeah, you can see I'm lucky here. The line goes over, so be there. And what I'm doing now is I am choosing my yellow. Sorry to finish re sizing it. I am choosing my yellow color here. No, this is the good thing about having it in different layers. Now I can basically just jersey alot. And then I, too was here. Similar. So it's all the yellow past here. I'm going to select inverse. So I'm choosing all the white space around it. I'm going back to the labor. I just add it and I'm deleting all the extra pattern or the extra texture in this case, since I'm not using a pattern there, some here just gonna take it. Okay? As you can see, he's really dark. Probably don't want to move to fly on this. I might want screen. No, that's too white. Just, you know this Nice overlaying it just through some experiments with it. So I like the South flight. It's a bit soft. I always just check the outlines. You know, sometimes, like if I put screen you can see here. You know, you see it on top of the outlines. You don't want that. You want the layer that hiding you know the at just off your texture. I don't know. I think this is nice. This quite good work. You can always pulled down the capacity off it. Just like with Connors. Or even if you want more, you can just the copy, the layer. You can see it goes couple in this string, so yes. Okay. I know. Just play with it. I can, you know, Thank you. Spent the lot of time just doing whatever. So I'm probably just gonna do that on my own. I'm not gonna make you watch me. Think about stuff, but this is the way you can. Also, you could choose instead of cheers. And I just chose a pattern Noah texture instead of a pattern. But you could use a pattern. Just do it. Just overlaying it and, you know, cropping it with the colors, you know, for the place where you want it. So now I am going to show you a pair how to make a few quick, messy textures on your own. And if you don't have old paper source stuff like that and then we will important digitally , and I'll test if I can come up with something I can use in this image. 8. Textures: Okay, I'm gonna show you how to do just e C textures. Basically, it's there. No roofs. Just make us much mess as you can. Just experiments. I'm just going to show you a few easy steps. Got old coffee. I've got tea and then water. That's basically all you need at some paper. Like I said, this is if you don't have old paper or paper with attached to run. And do you want to try to make something on your own? First trick is really see. It's just a watercolor coloring trick. You wet the paper with just clean water before, and then you take a color. The reason for why I use coffee and tea is because it's just subtle colors. They're not too strong. Obviously, you can use watercolors or or whatever as well. So basically, just that a little bit here and what happens is when it kind off dries the at just one kind of spread out. This is just really basic stuff I'm showing you so this one really simple way to dio a soft , nice texture you can then use to layer on top of an illustration. So this is the first thing. I'm gonna keep it empty, some stuff to dry. The other trick is basically what you used when you were a kid. I used to make a pirate now or fake pirate map. You just take a white paper and then just crumple it together. So, like this, just the messier, the better you can even Rick a big Also, when I was a kid, I used to torch it. So just so if I have burned the actress sometimes that's what you want, what you're doing. Administration. It's not really That's kind of strong. As you can see, you've got all these beautiful lines in the paper now and then you just different t uh, you can, you know, having ever been I didn't have old t so it's really hot. So be careful if you're using stuff that still heart a recommend using all tea and old coffee, That's that's what usually why I have coffee cops, half truth drinking coffee crops on around my studio, you city. Then you just laid out. You put around tough off another piece of paper. Just let it dry. Like I said, this is really easy and gives you beautiful texture and it smells really good as well. If you have good tea, so here. So when destroy, you can scan it. And like I said before, you can use it as a texture. The third thing I'm going to show you, it's quite simple. The technique is simple, poor, caring it. To do what you want is not always. You said so just practice a bit office and if you got a good control of it, you would be able to use it for any type of splitter you can even make for shop. Russ's this so basically, just choose. It's better to have ink, probably because it's stronger and then you see it better but gonna use coffee. So you just pull out one of your finger. You have this really west, and then when you pull your finger back, just put the cross like this. So here you're doing like this platter. I often do this with water colors, so you have, like, different, different colors. So you get like this beautiful texters live. But yeah, coffee, tea, you know, even colored soft drinks, you know, orange juice or something like that that can make really, really beautiful tones, boring white paper that you can use to give your illustration on your dynamic. So, yeah, same as before. Just make sure it dries completely before you scan it. So there you go. That's some simple ways to make a mess. So my the textures have old right now and I've imported them here. So this is the 1st 1 I showed you. It's the bleed. One wary. We first put the water. The it doesn't. It's not really that strong in this because we didn't use a strong corner. But you can always just change the contrast in the emits. So but as well. I wanted to be a bit so certain. Here's the pirate map. You can see it. Yeah, it's quite it's quite nice. You could even use that as a tech show us. The pattern was, well, kind off in some fabric. So it looks He kind of looks like not Iran chairs or something like that. And here's thes bladder. This I used a lot because it always adds just this really beautiful touches in the end. And then this is my surprise extra pattern, because I put the the West textures I was making on top of an empty paper, and they kind of just blood. On top of that, I think it was the pirate one who made this texture. So, like I said, instead of throwing away stuff when you see something, you see a possible use and it take it, you know, even think There's probably the best texture that I hate, you know, accidentally. So we'll see if I can use any of it. If not, you know, I always have this I showed you before. There is extra textures that I I have in my in my computer here, so we'll see what we'll use. Mm. I hope you have something that you can use. Um, the thing I am going to do with it is now I want the texture too. Be pushed off the whole image. Not just drawing, but, you know, the white space around it does. Well, I wanted to give it a whole. So I am going to try first. The patterns I'm did the textures I made. I am not overconfident in those, but you know, we'll see. You never know. Like I said, you just try and see if you can use something. Since I'm working in landscape, I'm going to rotate this. Um, not sure if this is the color or strength. I won't just going a little bit dynamic and keep it something like this. Just take our stuff, it copy it on, layer it on. Whoops. The hair. You make sure it's, you know, top layer if you want to. If you wanted to cover all of your stuff, so let's see Multiply. That's just overlay a bit that phone it in our overlay. Okay, so little stick would move to play drag down where it's a bit heavy it, but strong and see. I think it's quite nice. I don't want being read this color in it, so I think so. I am going to color balance it up it. So I'm going more into blue here. See, it doesn't do anything. Yes, you know, you can see here bit different. I think it might be nice with something else. If we zoom in a bit, it's quite nice. It's not. It's not horrible, but I think we can use it. And then I want something basically just an old piece of paper. That's something I use about really a big part off my style. So again, just coffee, a post of it, rotate the image. It's just important, and then scale it on. I am doing this all by hand. I'm trying to avoid using shortcuts so you see what I'm doing. But you know, you can always use your guts that do everything for Usher. So as you can see now, the difference. It's quite nice because it kind off combined. The whole emit a bit dark and probably want to work a bit on highlighting some parts of it just to make the image itself a bit more out and then making the edges off the emits maybe a darker, just to give it a bit more dynamic. So just do some experiments with this. Use whatever you find, you know, the weirder stuff, the better kind off because you probably you know, stumpel up something genius that no one else has ever thought of. And, yeah, I'm going to finish doing this. And then, um, probably just gonna cut into where I show you a bit how you finish up or how I finish up with the process of going back to the colors, so I didn't really do a lot extra. I added a bit off pattern in the clothes off the child just to add some contrast, toe the texture in, Have any of the pool here. So it Ben, is this better than I Like I said I did the the edges off the paper but darker and erased some off the texture in the middle of the drawing just to make it pop a bit more of the conversation. Yeah, that's the last thing I am going to show. You just finished my drawing. I'm almost there is the process here. You basically have all your basic process, like, you know, but you have different process here you can use. So I am going to try something like, let me mehdi up our asses here, and I usually use something like this. Make it extra Bic. So it's kind of blurry. This is just these tiny, tiny name. The final touches gonna have this. She can see it's different. You can do like, heavy like this or that. You can even use it as need. Red Racer. Let me see. Try something else. Natural versus two. You can also import your own process on make your own process. It was a bit more complicated. I'm not teaching you that. But you can just, like with textures, have something really special and unique by learning how to do that. So you can see it's these tiny details that you wouldn't necessarily notice. But you can add a lot dynamic to your emits. I think this is my right. You know, this and I am going to turn down a bit the opacity again. Just so it won't be so obvious. This is it. I finished my illustration. I hope you finish yours on in the last video. I'm just going to tell you my final thoughts on this whole class. 9. Final Thoughts: Okay, guys. So this is it. I hope you'll have a beautiful illustration that reminds you of someone who inspires you. There's three things I want to say in the end. First of all, just every time you do a creative work, try to incorporate someone or something that inspires you because it will make your work a whole lot easier. Second, just keep looking at the world as a possible material to work with. So every time you go in nature or if you are gonna throw something away, just think about it and see if there's something in there that you can use in the future. And then third, just keep challenging yourself creatively because every time you do a mistake or you fail usually just makes your work a little bit easier for other people to connect with. So don't be afraid to step out of your comfort zone on get a little bit messy. I really enjoyed teaching you guys, and I hope I get to do it again. And I hope you learned something from this class and that you enjoyed it. Thank you.