Illustration tutorial
The Mookoo girl

A friend recently asked me how I created the illustration of the girl used on my business cards, which is also used as my blog icon, and can also be found gracing my main portfolio page on my website. After I had described my process involving a combination of hand drawn illustration, photography and Photoshop she suggested that it would make an interesting blog, so here goes… this one is for you Donna!

1. The original face was hand drawn in black ink on white
textured paper, then photographed and opened in Photoshop.

2. I photographed a selection of different textures (interesting 
fabrics, painted canvases etc.) and pasted them into the face, 
hair and flower, tweaking the colours where necessary.

3. Details in the face (white behind eyes, pink cheeks and the lips)
were then added using the airbrush tool in Photoshop.

4. Another close up fabric photograph was used 
for the background of my business card.

5. The torn scraps of paper which hold the words Mookoo Design
were crumpled, photographed and then brought into Photoshop
and shadows added manually to give the illusion of depth. 

6. The final wording was overlayed, and the
Mookoo Design business cards were created!

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