I use flat color to begin with. I then add shadows and highlights. I then blur the edges of the shadows/highlights. I use Photoshop and layer the textures. I use an old Photoshop 7.0 that I bought in college so pretty much any Photoshop you have access to will pull it off rather nicely.
That's exactly what I was going for! That look! That bad ass look! Whole illustration was made around it (including light direction).
Yep, you did a great job showing it! Everything revolves around her thirst for vengeance!
I was wondering where do you get your textures from because the only way I get textures done in my works are from custom brushes but they don't always come out looking as good but your stuff is always SPOT ON!
When I was an Animation major, I got a discount on a lot of packaged textures. You should be able to google 'Textures torrent' and be hooked up fast. I wish I had access to that back then. They're huge, I warn you, gigs huge. A lot of my stuff still relies on Illustrator. All the patterns on this piece were traced. It's a high resolution (I intend on printing it out on canvas for an art show whenever I get the energy to actually be productive), so there was no way I was going to be able to use something at 72 dip. Therefore, I stretched out the image in Illustrator and traced the patterns I wanted to use. I recommend checking out the torrent scene for textures, though, because its quickest for your time.
Thanks man, I shall definitely try that out. And I totally understand what you mean by not accepting some 72 dpi stuff. I've just never used textures before because I didn't understand them all that well at all.
Okay, what's the difference between Illustrator and Photoshop? My dad has both and he works on Illustrator so when I go to help him, I just can't work my around Illustrator at ALL and end up redoing stuff from scratch on Photoshop -__-. WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE??
For me, I don't have a Wacom that works. I've had issues with it since I got Vista so I've given up and ditched it. I think the dog marked it because I left it on the tile too long.
It all comes down to Vectors. Illustrator draws in vectors. You can enlarge an Illustrator image as big as you want. The math doesn't change. Vectors are points, more or less, and brushes are applied to the line between the points. Brushes are not the same as Photoshop. Photoshop is all hand work. Those lines are your lines. In my opinion, it's more real. Illustrator requires certain brushes to give it a more realistic look or you can make your own to replicate the look of an actual brush.
The difference is, again, time. Illustrator is the time killer. I use it religiously on my pieces (you can 'lace' scans/sketches to go over into Illustrator). The crisp lines paste into Photoshop nicely but you can lose detail if you chose to insert them as pixels. Yeah, it gets complex.
There's a lot of differences. Illustrator is useful for commercial design, I would say. If you're going to make a logo. Nothing I do in Illustrator stays there. It always goes home to Photoshop to be tweaked, colored, textured and such.
Oh I see... Illustrator sounds like it could really help with some of the line work I keep putting aside. Like when it's time to draw buildings and stuff, I get antsy because I don't always like how my buildings turn out (all uneven and stuff) so yeah, Vectors could really help. Actually my friend, Sparkpenguin, has been trying to get me into vectors for about a year now but it's something I need to sit down and shift into slowly because I am so used to doing things the way I do them now. But Vectors also seem to make life a WHOLE LOT easier so I definitely will try to get into it.
The thing is that when I use Illustrator to help my dad, I can't even use some of the basic options found in photoshop properly like the writing tool and even expanding the image. I just get frustrated and I close out and open photoshop... I just have to get used to it -__-