Avengestars – Behind the Scenes

To round off the Avengestars project, I decided to put together this blog post which shows some ‘backstage’ footage of how I put the art together and also explains my process.

To round off the Avengestars project, I decided to put together this blog post which shows some ‘backstage’ footage of how I put the art together and also explains my process.

01. Sketch, Ink, Shading

First I went back to basics starting with pencil, ink and markers rather than going straight to Photoshop. I have done this before in other projects, but mainly for initial ideas and thumbnail sketches. This time I wanted the sketches to be a lot sharper, so I decided to use a combination of pens and markers to thicken my line work and determine where shadows would be.


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02. Creating Brushes

From the beginning I wanted the art to have a very distinct ‘paint brush’ look. I had used Photoshop brushes previously in my work, but usually I rely on free ones found on the web to save time. In keeping with the spirit of ‘going back to basics’ I decided to create my own brushes.

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The process was time consuming and a bit messy, but lots of fun! I had complete creative control over how I wanted them to look and selected the best ones to use.

03. Vectoring, Base Colours, Shading

Once the line work was complete, I scanned it and created vector outlines, base colours, shading and highlights. I felt this extra step was necessary to ensure everything looked crisp.

04. Digital Paint & Texturing

Finally using the brushes I created, I began to paint onto the vectors using blending modes to build up dark and light areas of the piece.


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05. Conclusions

Overall the process was time consuming as it was quite new to me, but I learnt a lot from doing it ‘the hard way’ by making everything from scratch. I’m looking forward to creating more art projects this year so stay tuned!