Sketchbook to Screen: Mountain Meditation

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This illustration was created for the Aztec Press in my story on minimalism.
That link opens in a new tab because I’m not a sociopath.


First, I drew some mountains as a base. If you have a tablet, you can 100% skip this step. I am kind of broke old school and I can’t afford a tablet like to draw and scan. Open this in Photoshop. Obviously rotate it the right way, and hope for the best because you just got yourself into a big mess volunteering to do all of the illustration for your school newspaper even though you kind of suck at drawing.


Alright, we’re in Photoshop now. Select each mountain range. Fill with a gradient of colors, starting with the darkest in the foreground. I chose an Arizona sunset, so I picked a burnt sienna which fades into a tangerine, then a bright orange, to a goldenrod, and an apricot color for the furthest range. I am so good at naming colors. Suck it, Pantone!



Each selection should be its own layer. That way, you can apply  a gradient on each layer. The goal is to make the top of the mountain darkest and fade toward the bottom of each range, sort of like this photograph, which will open in a new tab because I’m not a jerk.



Things got a little extra and it turned into The Lion King around these parts. I increased that gradient intensity even more because I was worried it would not translate on newsprint that well. I changed the sky to this beautiful pink linear gradient and just threw a circle shape on their. I used glowing edges to make the circle sunny. I also made a radial gradient on the brown foreground because that is where our subject will be sitting her little booty.



Now, draw this lil Grudge gal and scan it and just stick it in there, okay? I don’t know why.




That’s why. Because I am so bad at drawing, I draw my foregrounds and my backgrounds separately, then I add my subject later. I hope to improve and draw everything at once in the future, or I hope someone buys me a tablet. So just color this meditating lady in and give her some shiny anime hair.




And here we are. I added some crinkly paper for some texture, which actually looked pretty bad in the newspaper, like my illustration was just a photo of some crumpled up illustration, but I think it looks cool here. And there we go. Girl meditating in Arizona/psychotically staring at the sun until she goes blind in a crop top.


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