Hi guys, I recorded the whole process in the making of Cheeky Monkey vectorial mascot design in Illustrator, there will be several videos and I will update this post frequently, so subscribing to my Youtube Channel, my Facebook page or my Twitter is a good idea to stay up to date.
What is this tutorial about?
The object of this tutorial is the cute vectorial character illustration for Cheeky Monkey Media, web development company from Canada, designed by commission some months ago.
Final integration, cute, don´t you think?
Sadly the video is about 15 hours long, so I need to split it in different parts and accelerate the time to compress it within YouTube´s restrictions. I will write some annotations along the videos where I share some tips to improve your inking in Photoshop and your coloring in Illustrator but I’m sure lot of questions will pop up on your mind, feel free to ask.
Here you can see the character evolution from the concept to the final rendering.
This is the character evolution from sketch to final artwork
And some close-ups:
Video 1: some tips to improve the quality of your lineart in Photoshop
I receive lot of questions about my digital inking process: how do I get so sharp and crisp lines?, what brush settings do I use?, how big is my canvas?… In this video I reply all these questions and some others, if your lineart looks pixelated or blurry take care of these advices and you will notice a change.
Video 2: how to vectorize your lineart in Illustrator
Vectorizing your lineart in Illustrator with Live Trace is so easy that you don´t really need to deal with vectors until the final conversion. I find much more comfortable and natural working with Photoshop and a Wacom tablet, also the inking process is much faster.
At the end of this step I have lot of white shapes over a black silhouette.
Video 3: Assigning flat colors in Illustrator
This video could be a bit boring for expert users, I just assign flat colors and organize the shapes into groups, it’s very important when working on complex illustrations.
Music courtesy of Nanowar.
Video 4: Applying gradient colors in Illustrator (Part I)
I forgot to record the first minutes of this video, I just applied very basic gradients and cut big areas into smaller ones, then I start the tricky part: adding shadows and lights.
Music courtesy of The Butcher’s Ballroom.
Video 5: Applying gradient colors in Illustrator (Part II)
So here is the last video, after 15 hours of work our vectorial mascot design is completely done. Crisp and clean!
Music courtesy of Shearer.
I hope you enjoyed the process, if you have any question or suggestion just let me know.
See you soon!