When it comes to art, the process is just as important as the finished piece. I love making custom pet portraits and every one is unique. I often approach them each a little differently depending on my mood but this is generally how I make my portraits…
I start by organizing the reference photos from the customer. I am going to write a post with tips for taking great photos of your pet soon! So be on the lookout!
It helps when I am given several photos to choose from! Here, I have chosen my favorite angle of Tuco, but have the others handy for color reference as well as fur detail and general likeness and personality of the pet!
Then I roughly sketch the portrait, scan it in, and digitize it in Adobe Illustrator.
This give me flexibility and nice crisp vector lines. I can now increase/decrease line weight, make minor adjustments, and design the background.
Next, I bring the vector illustration into Photoshop, where I complete the coloring of the portrait….
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