Artist at Work - Sketch to Finished Illustration

Artist at Work - Sketch to Finished Illustration
This short training video from entitled Artist at Work - From Sketch to Finished Vector Illustration by Von Glitschka will take you step-by-step through the process of drawing an illustration of a very happy dog.

After watching many tutorials, each one concentrating on one certain task in the overall illustration process, it is very helpful to watch those steps put together in sequence as Glitschka draws a simple illustration. Although simple, this illustration is a good choice for a training video, as it demonstrates how all those techniques that you have worked so hard to master are put together.

Glitschka begins with a short discussion of his time-tested custom color swatches and graphic styles that are already in place in the workspace. He then begins the first part of the process which is to draw the base vector shapes that become the dog. Along the way, he discusses some tips that may be helpful in your own artwork. One thing I appreciated was that he did not remove the mistakes along the process but discussed his decisions and changes.

If you haven't used the "cookie cutter" method of shape building using the Pathfinder panel to draw the base vector shapes, you will be familiar with it at the conclusion of this part of the process. He also discusses as few tips for making the drawing appear less "digital" and his method of making a backup of the finished base vector drawing as a source reference.

The second part of the design is to add the base colors to the illustration, beginning with the body of the dog and moving on to the nose, eyes, legs and ears. Again Glitschka uses the cookie cutter shape building technique to add more shapes to the illustration creating shading and highlights.

In the last part of the video, Glitschka adds the finishing touches to the illustration. He adds more details to the eyes and ears and adds dimension to the head and body using gradients. Along the way he gives a few tips for adding gradients to create depth in the illustration.

Glitschka finishes the video by showing four other dogs drawn in this same style and technique. I would have liked a short discussion about each of the other dogs, which is a great way to reinforce a newly learned technique. I would also have liked a discussion about how to add "character" to the subject of the illustration.

Von Glitschka is an artist, speaker and author of several books, as well as the principal of Glitschka Studios.

Disclosure: I was not financially compensated for this article. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience.

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