Blast From the Past - Shiloh's Winter

My next piece in the Blast From the Past series is titled, Shiloh's Winter. As I already mentioned before, my wife is my favorite subject to draw. I found this piece very suiting for the Holiday Season. Before I forget, I want to wish everyone a MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!

I met Shiloh in the Spring of 2006. I was 18 years old. By this point I pretty much knew I was going to marry her. I was a real romantic back then, you know? We took a nice photo shoot when it snowed, and I particularly loved the photo of her posing like so...
Shiloh Ville, Illustrated Winter of 2006.
  • Drawn on sketchbook with #2 Pencil.
  • Inked with a ball point pen.
  • Scanned into Adobe Photoshop Elements.
  • Inks enhanced with contrast and brightness settings. Inks layer set to multiply.
  • Colored digitally with lasso tool on new layer underneath inks layer.
  • Scattered brush used to create shadings.
  • Inks layer set to 50% Opacity to create that "soft" look. A pseudo colored line-art effect.
  • Downloaded snowflake patterns applied to a new layer.
Before I learned how to effectively color lineart, this is what I used to do. With the inks layer set to multiply, and the colored layers underneath, when I lower the opacity of the inks layer the grey tones multiply against the color, giving a false impression of colored lineart.

The problem, however, was that the hard edges of one color next to another (which is usually hidden by the lineart) now becomes more and more visible the lower the opacity is. This image is an example of that, and I guess for the time I drew it I thought it was stylistic.

Again, I strongly encourage not to substitute tech tools for hard work. Now I would put in the effort to color the lineart on a new layer on top to prevent the hard edges of color showing in the under layers.

A BLAST FROM THE PAST is a series following my growth and development as a digital illustrator. The featured works are not by any means my best, but an example of progression and new learned styles. We are all fond of the amazing work we see from our favorite artists. It's refreshing to know that they weren't always so skilled, nor are all of their works considered "masterpieces". I hope by sharing my early work, I can encourage fellow artists to persevere and work hard to develop their professional styles.

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