For this week's Illustration Friday: a kid in a candy shop. (Click on the image to enlarge and to view with clearer definition.)
How I made this picture:
As usual, I started with a Dick Blick sketchbook and my trusty Dixon Ticonderoga #2 pencil:
I scanned the sketch at 300 dpi, partly to make it suitable for printing (you know, just in case I want to put the final in a hard copy portfolio) and partly to have better refinement options when I zoom in close. The final at the top of this post is saved at t lower resolution for the sake of speedier loading.
I inked the image in Painter 12 using the crowquil and real variable width pens in a variety of sizes. I chose plain old "black" from the color palette. I also do a lot of drawing--or undrawing--with the eraser tool. My comfort with this combination of tools has increased a lot over the past couple of months. I may try to stretch my skills with some new inking tools next Friday.
For a little something different this week, and to highlight the sweets (and the obnoxious food dyes that will probably give this kid attention deficit issues), I colored the candy in Photoshop. I chose not to use Painter for this because their colors have behaved in a glitchy, unstable sort of way on my PC. Photoshop (CS 5.5) has been quite reliable, although I miss Painter's realistic brushes.
Now, if you will excuse me, I need to go binge on chocolate.