With the launch of School for Bandits fast approaching, I've designed a fab Raccoon mask for you to download and make- remember to print the full size version on CARD for best results. Please email me any photos if you make a mask, I'd love to see them.
This will also be available to download from my website.
Now using a special bit of photoshop trickery (I basically treat photoshop like a screen printing process) I layer up and select textures and images and start to colour it, I overlay shadows too. It takes me a few days to get it right and I don't stop tweaking colours and textures until I'm completely happy with the way it looks.
This is where I have lots of fun creating textures, I also have chosen certain elements of the image which I want to stand out (like the hut and the fox characters in this one) I paint these using water colours.
In the next few posts I'll be posting various stages of how I build up an image.
So this is stage 1, just the black and white line. Usually the characters would be on separate layers in photoshop so I can move them around. I've made a few mistakes when drawing this, so it's already been through one stage of editing. However, it will need more editing along the way.
This is from a new book idea (see older blog posts for other image ideas from this book)
Next stage paint and textures... I'll be doing those next week so check my blog out again at the end of next week.