How to Illustrate a Boat in 7 steps using Adobe Software

the process of illustrating a boat
the process of illustrating a boat

Today, I illustrated a boat. I was going for a cartoony look, but my style doesn’t lend itself to exaggerated proportions, varying outline and flat color, so I turned to software for help.

1) I sketched a boat in an angle I thought was dynamic. I used a ball point pen.
2) I sketched the boat from the sketch using a pencil and broke it down into shapes and exaggerated those shapes.
3) I sketched the boat again using pencil, modifying the proportions, and then outlined the boat with a Sharpie.
4) I used Photoshop (Levels) to clean up the sketch, so that it is a black and white outline.
5) I did what most Designers and Illustrators say not to do, I used the live-trace/image trace feature. Then distorted what I had.
6) I used gradients, clipping masks, and hue/saturation masks to color the outline and the fill separately.
7) I put the boat against a background.

And there you have it. Now go be the cartoonist Adobe knows you to be.


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