Gina Mayes

Illustrator

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Cute Donut

I'm an illustrator and work primarily with vectors; have used Photoshop to clean my sketches and such but haven't used it much since I got a Wacom tablet. As a matter of fact, I've been really intimidated by Photoshop. Some tools looked familiar - like the pen tool, but I quickly realized that it doesn't quite control/behave like in Illustrator. 

I previously went on Lynda.com trying to learn Photoshop (I had free access through my work) but the class was so technical and I'm sure it's great but it really put me off. So a couple of years later, here I am searching through Skillshare and this looked like fun. And boy, was I right! I loved the way the teacher explained it so much and taught me exactly what I needed to learn. I'm so giddy right now :)

Anyway, back to the class project: 

STEP 1: SKETCH

I did a digital sketch (skipped the draw and scan/prep in Photoshop part because I already drew vectors) and made the outlines white (not sure what I was thinking but whatev, if anything, I should've used blue). Once I did that, I opened the PNG in Photoshop

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STEP 2: COLORING

I had SO much fun with this process! I layered all the elements - the sprinkles, the glaze, the donut itself, shadows and highlights. Oh, and I purchased a set of watercolor brushes from Kyle's Creative Market shop, totally worth the money. I played and had fun with the coloring :)

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STEP 3: COLOR OUTLINES

I wasn't even sure I wanted to change the color but I thought it would be good to practice what I learned so here it is: 

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STEP 4: ADDING BACKGROUND IMAGE

I wanted to give it a nice watercolor paper background so I added a stock image I had purchased and using the nifty brushes I bought I colored the background green, using watercolor brushes. After coloring it, then I added some sparkle/lights by using the "vivid light" mode on my brush. Went a little crazy with it... ;) Added my logo as practice for the "add extra elements" lesson. 

So here's the final image:

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And that's it! Not perfect, long ways to go in mastering the craft but I lost my fear of Photoshop thanks to it and I just love how easy it really was.

Thank you SO much!

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