Hand-Painted to Digital

I’m an old school paper, brushes, and paint gal. Digital art is a learning curve I’m still working to master. Then a client asked for a hand-painted header for her website, and I took the challenge.

I wasn’t sure how I was going to make it work. So, I started with what I already know. As it turned out, the process was the same almost to the end when the header needed to be placed in its digital home.

For me, everything starts on paper. Once we settled on an arrangement I made a much larger version to scale, using pencil on vellum so adjustments could be made easily. We added ferns.

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Mixing colors is my favorite part of the process.  I like to work in small increments, because making a mistake means starting over….

Paint hand-painted illustration







Things went really well until the end, when I smudged the paint with my hand, and technology actually saved the day. At the top I re-recreated that section and used Photoshop magic to replace the smudged area with the clean version. I can’t believe how easy it was!

Once the pencil is erased and it’s scanned into the computer, I remove the background paper in Photoshop. (The aqua background is in place to illuminate any spots I miss.)
I’m tickled with the finished product, AND thankful for the reminder that it’s okay to use the skills you have. It might not look the same as someone else’s process, but that’s okay. Let the finished project speak for itself.

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