"Welcome to the New world"
This one is made as a follow up on a big illustration for 3 spreads in Brickzine - kids magazine. I had luck to be an art director for Brickzine and that gives me an opportunity to fill some pages with my illustrations, and I use that to make some practice in different styles. I used it than as a starting point for a bit smaller but not less fun personal illustration.
Original illustration and sketches
Since this illustration was used as a background in a magazine there is lot's of free space for text.
For final illustration I moved elements closer to big island in the middle, dropped UFO's :) and added hanging sloth with vines. Since I don't have any text in this version there is no need for extra space.
Here is how I layered elements. Since each element has few layers on its own I tend to make them into smart object and finish them as a separate files. That way my original file stays more organized, and its much easier for my system to handle.
I started to use pen tool in Photoshop more and more. It makes cleaner vector like shapes, but with textured edges, which I prefer. Also it makes me more free to move from naturalistic shapes which tend to do and to make more stylized shapes with less detail.
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Close ups of final illustration