Thursday, December 19, 2013

prankster food


  1. Hi Jim,

    That's a beautiful illustration. The character design, the lighting and the painting technique are all superb, as usual in your work.

    I'm curious, how do you achieve the sort of rough, pebbly pastel texture I see in this painting and in some of your other work? Are you working with textured brushes in Photoshop or Painter or do you apply a texture of some kind on a layer at the end of the process? I was looking through your terrific illustrations for The Crossing the other day and I noticed a nice, pebbly texture on them too. I'd love to know how you achieve that, if you don't mind revealing a trade secret.

    Keep up the great work!

  2. Hi Jim,

    Thanks for asking and I certainly don't mind sharing trade secrets:) The main brush I used for this painting is a photoshop brush that I manipulated into a patternless, rough-edged brush with the noise box checked. I also have a scanned watercolor paper texture that sits on top of the painting adding a little more. There's really no shortcut the painting itself, just lots of brush strokes to get the feel I want. Hope that helps, feel free to ask if not.


  3. Thanks, Jim! That's very helpful. It's funny, I've added noise to paintings on a soft light layer after they were finished but for some reason, it's never occurred to me to actually check the noise box while painting.

    I sincerely appreciate the information!