I enjoy drawing in Photoshop as it gives me the freedom to experiment. The composition can be changed fairly easily in the beginning and adjustments can be made. I can try out different color schemes for the best effect. Photoshop is a great tool but it doesn’t do the work for you as some people think. There is a steep learning curve. However, it is worth putting in the work. Even though I have been drawing digitally for some time I feel I am still just scratching the surface. I would describe my digital images as having an illustrative style.
This was a recent drawing based on the first stanza of the poem “Symphony in Reverie” by Gail Galotta
A shaft of winter light
Disturbs my reverie,
The house becomes a stage
For haunting symphony.
My Drawing Process
I start with a rough sketch and the general idea. I then refine the sketch and make adjustments.
The basic colors are mapped out and the overall shading is added.
My Finished Drawing
I finished by adding highlights and lighting effects. I would normally add more detail but had time constraints with this project. All in all, I would say it was a successful drawing experiment. It is my first attempt at this type of lighting. I find lighting can be a challenge. Although a fun challenge.
I am satisfied with this illustration, although there is much more that could be done with it. The shading could be pushed further and more textures added. I used to obsess over what wasn’t polished. There was always something that could be improved or changed. I will let that go this time as the overall effect works. I have found that I learn more when I take chances and don’t try to make a drawing perfect. Another bonus is my speed has improved – I am very happy about that. I have learned to get out of my own way when it comes to art. Stop overthinking it. Just enjoy the process.
No matter where you are on the curve. You will find there is more to learn. Above all, have fun.