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How I Made: Cartoon Background

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How I Made, by Mark White
October 31, 2016

How does James Gilleard go from a sketch to an illustrated background?


1. Line art and toning


To start with, I sketched the elements and thumbnails in a sketchbook before taking them into Illustrator and Photoshop. I drew the line art and on a separate level, added some tonal strokes to the line art. The aim was to make the big house really stand out, so I put it in some direct sunlight.

2. Colour studies


Next, I played around with various colour schemes using simple shapes. By simplifying the image first, I was able to try out a few colour-scheme options quickly, and decide upon one that I wanted to use on the final picture.

3. Final paint


I coloured the vector elements and then coloured them all individually in Photoshop, to add a hand-drawn feeling with various brushes. I then tweaked the composition and added overlays of film grain and old paper. Finally, I flattened the image and altered colour, contrast and gammer until I was happy.

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