Adele has just recently released her single ‘Hello’, taken from her new album, 25, (release date: 20 November).
The song is great. Like really. Which is why I decided to pull out my (rather dusty) inks and brushes and while listening to this goosebumping song far too many times, I did an Adele-portrait-meets-lyrics piece.
I ended up simplifying the original artwork in Photoshop because there was just too much text… this should explain why not all the lyrics made it on in the end. But that’s just the fine print. Who reads fine print anyway? (I’m joking)
I started the painting as an A3 landscape (I’m not sure why that made sense at the time) which was just a bit too big to fit in my scanner at the end. So the only way to really digitise it (other than photographing, but that’s not accurate enough) was to scan in the image half a side at a time, left then right with enough overlap each time. And yay Photoshop (and Google for showing me the answer) and its highly impressive automatic stitching command: Photomerge (File > Automate > Photomerge).
1. I was originally going to manually try match up and layer the two scans myself – this would’ve taken a lot more time, effort and inaccuracy.
2. This shows the stitching that PS did by itself. Pretty incredible. I pulled the two pieces apart just to show how it merged the two separate images so perfectly together. I initially thought it was already flattened because it looked so natural.
3. How it looked immediately after it finished rendering the Photomerge. SEAMLESS!!
Final artwork ^^
Reminiscent of Billy Joel’s Piano Man actually…
The original artwork scanned in (more text – but it looked too much like a beard so I erased it)
Adele se oogbolletjies. (detail)
In case you STILL haven’t heard it…
The final artwork for a T-shirt design competition
This little guy started as a late night of doodling in my journal with a black Copic marker…
I’ll call him Geoff the Gerbil!
Let’s hope he does end up printed on shirts…
PROCESS PICS^^ it’s a gif! Stick around for a second before scrolling…
Straight out my Moleskine
Found this little floppy-tongued greyhound on my Facebook TL (below) and thought he needed an ode-to-puppy watercolour portrait done. It really was just going to be a little painting… but it turned into an Instagram post, then a scan and digital painting/edit which needed to be mocked up on some swag-a-lag chap from Tumblr (above) and then put into this here blog post. I guess this was a productive procrastination session when I have other work that needs to be done. Oh well.
At the end of this post is a bit of listening pleasure from the Beatles by whom the pup’s tagline is inspired. So please, love me do. Whoa, love me do.
Original painting. A4 watercolour on cartridge paper.
Final artwork. Mixed media illustration.
I started this piece off doing a pencil portrait one evening sitting in front of the TV before deciding to take it a step further and use my Wacom and some good ol’ Photoshop to try bring it to life. I played around with a bunch of PS brushes which I’ve been collecting (some great, some a waste of space) but I particularly like the watercolour and the tree brush sets. I found an image with an attractive colour palette to base my colour picking off. A good few hours later, a spontaneous dash of typography and ta-dah… Sunday illustration done.
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