Anonymous said: Hi, I have been following you for some time, always love your work, i have a question to ask, i always work traditionally and want to try more digital stuff, as in create illustrations using digital tools, what is the best way of going about it, do you draw your stuff out in pencil first and then use a tablet to go over it or create your illustration with digital tools to being with? sorry if my question sounds confusing :-)
Hi there! I personally don’t do any pencil sketches first- everything is just drawn entirely in Photoshop with my tablet.
I’ve always found getting an illustration started to be the most difficult part. Being a perfectionist, I often get stuck in the sketching phase because I can’t quite get everything to look right. To solve this, I like to just dive right in to drawing in Photoshop where I find it much easier to adjust and move things around, and to undo any mistakes. I experimented with several ways of drawing digitally before deciding on the method I liked best though.
I’ve tried scanning in pencil drawings and incorporating them into the final illustration:
Scanning in sketches and then tracing over them in Photoshop:
Combining traditional and digital mediums- this is from a series of scanned etchings with backgrounds drawn in Photoshop:
Before arriving at my current preferred method, of drawing entirely in Photoshop:
So I would suggest playing and experimenting with lots of different methods to see what works best for you!