Tools of the trade - scientist

Tools of the trade - scientist - student project

Hello! I was pretty excited to take this class as I've been looking for ways to add texture into my lacklustre illustration work. I've always been into practical crafts but I guess being a graphic designer during the day and doing things digitally kinda made me lazy.

I decided to go with scientist for the tools of the trade idea. Here's my incredibly rough sketch (don't judge, I was sprawled out on the sofa!)

Tools of the trade - scientist - image 1 - student project

I cheated a bit and did my drawing in Adobe Illustrator mainly using shapes. I chose turquoise for my colour.

Tools of the trade - scientist - image 2 - student project

For the textures, I used a mix of charcoal, ink and paint. I borrowed a dip pen but the scratching noise was too much! So I think I'll be sticking with brushes! While I was in Photoshop editing them, I ended up creating an action to speed up the process and save everything out individually as high res pngs so now I have my own texture library to use for future work.

Tools of the trade - scientist - image 3 - student project

Tools of the trade - scientist - image 4 - student project

Tools of the trade - scientist - image 5 - student project

And here's my final piece with the textures added:

Tools of the trade - scientist - image 6 - student project

I really wanted to add this to my portfolio but it stood out like crazy next to everything else. I think it was because of stark contrast of colours. So I went back to Adobe Illustrator to change colours using the recolour artwork tool. My hand slipped when selecting colours and I ended up with this:

Tools of the trade - scientist - image 7 - student project

It has a sort of dark room/hazardous materials vibe. I can't decide which I prefer! 

Thanks Tom for putting together this ace class, I've learnt some new techniques which I'll definitely be using in my work. I look forward to some feedback!