Every colour journey starts with Adobe Kuler. If you are an illustrator and haven’t heard of Kuler, look it up on Google… You’ll thank me forever! The colours I wanted to concentrate on in this piece were that of the balloons. I searched “rainbow” on Kuler and selected a set that I found pleasing. When imputing these colours into Adobe Illustrator I’ve found that I need to use the RGB codes. Every time I use the CMYK values the colours don’t end up the way they should.
After I finished giving the balloons their colours, I used the Mesh Tool to create a slight Gradient effect that a real balloon has. I also reduced their Transparency (another thing that real balloons have). I did a lot of work with the clouds ~ editing their Brush Stroke, adding different transparencies and sizes, and Arranging some to the front of the document.
You probably notice that I added quite a lot of clouds from the original sketch. One of the biggest ways my technique has evolved over the years is that I now try to express a story in my illustrations. When I first began I just made simple sketches that, while cute, lacked substance.
So, the moment we’ve all been waiting for, here is a Before and After!
What do you think? What is your process for colour picking? Have you ever recreated an illustration? Tell me in a comment!
For all those who followed this series ~ Thank You!!! To purchase an Art Print of the new illustration just click on the Before and After picture!