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When I Die...

"When I die Dublin will be written in my heart"- James Joyce

This is one of my favourite illustrations by Steve Simpson.

Although it's not a vintage ad and there aren't many regular shapes, I wanted to practice my pen tool skills and see if those beautiful textures can be recreated solely in Ai.

Well...

Here are my steps:

  1. Outlines - mostly Pen Tool, few details (lamp post, bus,...) done with Shape Tools
  2. Colour -    Stroke + Fill, Blob Brush
  3. Texture -   Ps Brushes (defeat! - after few frustrating hours of playing with textures in Ai)    

After adding a background layer and a spatter of red specks,

I'm considering my recreation finished:

I could spend endless hours adjusting details, but I'm going to let it go and move onto new projects.

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers!

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