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Vintage Spirit – How I Made

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How I Made, by Mark White
May 9, 2016

Discover how Alfonso Elola created this image


1. The composition


First I created a composition marked out using the rules of the golden ratio, which I used to create the illusion of depth without necessarily having to use perspective with vanishing points.

2. Drawing the design


Now I make a simple sketch using an Airbrush, but configured for pen pressure on my tablet and angled diagonally so that the line tapers off at the end of a stroke. All of the drawing is [done] with this single brush.

3. Add details


I continue to draw all details with this brush. Creating a digital image this way is exactly like creating a handmade drawing with paper and pencil. I’m still using the same brush, but varying the size and the pen pressure.

4. Monochromatic palette


I create a palette swatch to use in the illustration. This palette is like a greyscale, but with a warmer cream tone.

5. Colour with selections


For colouring the piece I used the Magic Wand selection tool. I selected each part on the grid of the linear drawing and painted the colour into the selection on a separate layer.

6. Vary the tones


I add some variant tones in little parts for more details and volume. Each space in the drawing is selected and coloured separately. The tool used for this isn’t important – brushes or the Paint Bucket – but using a variant tone in different parts of the drawing adds detail. It’s very simple; you only need time and patience.

7. Finish colouring


Now I finish the process of colouring. The colour layer looks like this when the line art layer is hidden. In the spaces where I haven’t added additional colour the lighter background tone can be seen.

8. Avoid overload


To avoid overloading the composition I put some empty spaces like the swan without feathers and the car hood into the composition as less detailed places for the viewer’s eye to rest.