Digital Illustration Tutorial 001

Digital Illustration Tutorial 001 2017

Digital Illustration Tutorial 001

Digital Illustration is a fairly approachable format to scratch that artistic itch. It’s introductory costs are reasonable, the format is forgiving and the capability to save your work forever and sell prints of it is enticing.

I’ve been at it for several years and there’s so much to learn. Digital Illustration isn’t my exclusive money making gig, however it can be profitable. If you’ve got the interest in this subject, the time to start is right now!

This video will show you how to scan something you’ve drawn and how to place the document into Photoshop. From there, I’ll be making more videos to show you my whole process to create Digital Illustrations.

What can you learn?

Creating a digital illustration is super fun and unique. I want to bring the knowledge on how to do make one to you. Some people start from their computer right away, while others begin in traditional medium and move to digital. Today I’m going to show you the steps of taking a physical drawing, placing the document in a fresh Photoshop document and how to do the contours of that drawing. I’m going to start slow with how to access the scanning function on many installed scanners or printer/scanners.


Next we’ll save the scan and place the document into Photoshop and lower the opacity. This makes your original drawing more subtle so you can let your artistic juices flow rather than just copying what you’ve done before. Iterating your drawing will improve some aspects of it so we don’t want to work directly on the scan. Layers in PS or Gimp or whatever painting software you’re using will keep your work separate from the reference. This is known as non-destructive work. Consequently, this is one of the reasons why digital illustration is so inviting to me. Mistakes aren’t as evident.

Speaking of mistakes, going through this entire process until now without saving the document would be a massive mistake. Save often to lower the chance of having to redo work. If you’re using my method for digital illustration and the contour drawing is completed, it is time to move on to the flat coloring. Then it is time to do shading and texture and polish to finish.

Until next time!

Lastly, flats, shading, texturing and polish will be shown in subsequent videos.

Eric Benz is a graphic artist and production guru living in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. He frequents conventions in Canada to hold panels about art and production, networking with motivated artists focused on honing and promoting their craft. Find contact info below to become part of his artist mastermind group.

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