September 29, 2011
Artist Clifford Faust continues our series featuring natural media artists transitioning to digital tools and crafting finished compositions that begin with the artist’s natural line. Faust, a member of our NY Fashion Model Drawing Meetup quickly captures the essence of the model’s pose and later beautifully layers Photoshop to complete his gorgeous layouts.
Cliff generously shares his process beginning with fluid gestures, edits and then the finished digital illustration!
I begin by digitally photographing or scanning my drawings of the model, then bring those elements into Photoshop and use the “levels” tool to make the background white. I like to keep the colors on separate layers so I can easily make changes and adjustments.
It’s really fun to work digitally since the flexibility allows me to try all kinds of different techniques without destroying the drawing.
Embracing the digital process allows for limitless experimentation of perfecting or adding background color, stretch or squash the proportions, add and edit lines, or paint shadows and combine poses.
When I’m finally satisfied with the image, I flatten it and save it as a copy, but I keep the original file with layers!
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