Leaving Pleasantville

Lately, I’ve been trying to experiment with coloring my illustrations using photoshop. Ever since my earliest photoshop coloring attempts, I’ve tried to use actual scans or photos of the objects I’m attempting to color (ie, instead of coloring a pair of blue jeans blue, I actually scan denim and place it in the image). In “The Prince Of The Comfy Chair”, I scanned fabrics, leathers, and even my forearms to get the colors used. The background was a polaroid print that I found on Bartlett St.

The second piece was created with more traditional colors (instead of my photoshop-collage technique), but it was an attempt at using colored lines instead of solid blacks. This is a very unnatural way for me to work, but maybe I’ll get the hang of it. Personally, I feel black and white is what I enjoy, but I know I need to learn to work with color to grow as an artist.

The background is a photo from Hubble. The original Prince of the Comfy Chair can be found here, the original Around The World can be found here, and my flickr “illustration” set can be found here.