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    Just a little tutorial to share

    Hi All,

    This is my first attempt to create a tutorial of one of the illustrations i recently did for an upcoming childrens book.
    Feedback is always apreciated!

    The start is always the pencil sketch.
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    Normaly I trace the pencil sketch on Schulers Hammer paper 300gr. with a non repro blue pencil and ink the sketch using a brush and ink, but in this case I did settle for marker paper and a Stylo fineliner.
    Stylo's have the ability to simulate pensils to a certain point.
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    Scanned the inked drawing on 300 dpi and imported it in Artrage as "import to new layer".
    This gives me more room to fiddle with the overall dimensions and it makes sure that I use the same canvas size troughout the entire project.
    In this case A4
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    The first thing I do is create a background color, I know that there are many different ideas about how to set up lightning,but I find this the easiest way for me.
    Then I erase the parts that have to come out a bit more in the end.
    But then again....This is my funny little way to work....I'm sure I take the long road home instead of using the shortcut!
    All layers added are set to multiply...
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    The next steps is just about adding layers and color.
    The way I work makes it easier for me to erase and add new layers.
    Building up the illustration as I go along.

    I use stencils from photo's as textures,simulating the floorboards and the wood texture for the furniture
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    Adding more layers and waiting with coloring the figures themselves to the last stage....I do this so I can change the color to match the environment.
    Adding the background texture and fiddling with the visibility of the separate layers
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    Final stages.

    This is just a matter of adding details,texture and add highlights...
    Probably i will open this illustration in a few weeks again and make some last minute changes before sending it to the publisher.

    There are more pieces for this book on my website, and I will try to update them as regular as possible.

    Comments and feedback are more then welcome!

    Regards,

    Arjen Vriezekolk
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    Very good and useful tutorial. Thank you.

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    Thank you for showing this. I have found it most helpful. I also enjoyed looking at your website

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    Thumbs up

    Thanks for sharing and the results you get by traveling the long road are wonderful so keep on that road

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