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The making of my Photoshop painting “Moose Crossing”

making of my Photoshop painting

I just finished another painting, I’m really into the Scandinavian theme at the moment. I live in a big city, so I don’t have much access to deep forests and all the magic that comes with them. I’ll just have to try and paint it instead.

Some close ups:

It’s based on one of my ink sketches that I made during Inktober 2016.

A couple of weeks ago, a friend flipped through my sketchbook, and commented on this page with the moose. They really liked the little thumbnail with the fox sitting on top of his back. So I thought “Yeah, why not?” and made an illustration based on it :)

Made a few iterations before settling with a design. The final sketch ended up like this:

The more I look at the final painting, the stronger urge I get to go further and develop a story around these two little foxes.

What’s their journey?
Where are they going?
Why are they crossing the lake?

So many ideas, so little time… 

I did myself the favor to record a time lapse of this illustration, as a reminder to my future self during the days when I’ll forget how to paint ;)

I used the same approach as before: Starting with grayscale, adding a gradient map as an under painting and then started coloring. 

Thanks for viewing!  ♡

making of my Photoshop painting

Blev precis färdig med en ny illustration. Har känt mig så inspirerad av skandinavisk natur den senaste tiden så det har varit skönt att som storstadsbo få drömma sig bort lite.

Ett par närbilder:

Bilden är baserad på en skiss jag gjorde medan Inktober 2016 pågick, en vän blev förtjust i skissen med räven och älgen här nedan så jag tänkte “ja, varför inte?” Man kanske skulle utveckla den lite?

Ritade upp en ny version i Photoshop:

Hade varit så himla kul att komma på någon slags berättelse kring dessa någon dag!

Gjorde mig själv en tjänst och spelade in hela målarprocessen, alltid kul att gå tillbaka och se hur man gjorde. Tycker man lätt glömmer emellanåt.

Här använder jag mig av en metod där man börjar med gråskalan och lägga på färg i efterhand med hjälp av övertoningskartor.

Tack för att ni kikade förbi! ♡


2 Responses

  1. What a beautiful piece of work! I absolutely love process posts, they’re always so inspiring! I appreciate artists who share the stories and work behind their masterpieces!

    1. Thank you Ali! I also love peekikg behind the scenes to witness how other artists work.

      And hearing the stories behind each piece is probably the best part of it :)

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I’m a digital artist & illustrator living and working in Sweden. Art has been my main interest for as long as I can remember and I enjoy sharing what I’ve learned this far.

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