How I converted a quick sketch into digital drawing.
When I have time I draw. I try to do this as often as I can and it’s mainly for fun so it’s not a surprise that I don’t develop the drawings further. That’s not why I draw. Saying that, occasionally I do have a vision for something more than just a sketch and that’s how this little project came about.
Perhaps the more appropriete name would be a doodle rather than sketch as it was one of those where you just don’t think about what you draw, don’t expect anything just connect the lines in a way it looks nice.
I’ve decided to trace the image into vector lines because at this point I wasn’t too sure what do I want it to look like and vectors allow for a lot of flexibility.
So there went a pen tool and a line tool and shape tools to create this:
The additional inspiration.
It so happens that a day before I went to Pool’s Cavern in Buxton with a friend and I took some photos there. One of them I thought will be quite adequate for this illustration so I overlaid the sketch over it and came up with a final concept for the layout.
Putting things together.
The was a lot of experimentation with different effects and layouts before the final outcome but I think it was worth if.
The biggest pain: for some reason it’s not so intuitive to cut a path with another path in illustrator in an outline view. But uncle Google is always helpful and full of information. Turns out that using Pathfinder’s “divide” option is the easies.
I almost forgot to say where the mane “Mountain Wale” came from. I mean, it is pretty obvious when you look at it – there is a sort of a mountain and kind of a whale there with the drop linking the two together. Maybe it’s obvious, maybe my imagination went for a really long walk on this one but the bottom line is that I like it and it fits the idea nicely.
Here it is: the effect of one Sunday evening.
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