But now to the meat of today's post...
|Hazel Mitchell, at the SCBWI Illustrator Intensive in LA, |
holding a copy of the book I just purchased from her.
In honor of Random Acts Of Publicity Week, my post today focuses on a RAP about a book Hazel illustrated: TICK, TOCK, TAYLOR, written by Anastasia Suen. Here's how I created an image in Photoshop as part of today's RAP.
First, I scooped the cover image and put it on a separate layer, over the basic outline of my RAP cat:
I used a layer mask to clear the bit of cover that was going to have the cat's paw covering it. I also wanted an interesting background, so filled the bottom-most layer with a solid color:
As I continue to learn Photoshop CS5, I've been exploring its brush presets. One of my favorite libraries is the "M Brushes" preset. The cool cross-hatch texture in the background is one of the brushes from that preset:
Next, on other layers, I added the cat's coloring (with brushes from the same library) and the t-shirt, made some tweaks to fix the angle of the arm on the left.
Next week: the fabulous Fred Koehler.
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