Whew! I finally finished this piece. I've done a few variations on this one before. My intention all along was to make a physical piece, but as I do sometimes, I got caught up in the digital version of the project and took it to completion but to be honest, I wasn't satisfied with it. I had to go back into it and add pencil lines over the painting because I just didn't like the digital texture. I see other people work digitally and I love what they can do, but I'm not comfortable in how mine usually turns out.
With this piece, I used my new combo of acryla gouache (my new love), colored pencils, and conte crayons. I love how all of these materials work together to make a piece. And I didn't do any digital painting on this! I usually do some touch ups but I liked how everything felt on this.
I did have to go through 3 rounds of scanning to get what I was looking for. This was on a piece of illustration board that I had gessoed so it had some texture to it. When I scanned it, I felt like the scanner was picking up more texture than pigment and the image looked kind of weird. Then I took to trying to shoot it with some soft lights. That worked ok but didn't get the resolution I was looking for. The third charming try had me at my scanner again, but this time I didn't lay down a dictionary on the back of the piece, just the scanner top. It gave me the right color and texture I was looking for. Then I was able to stitch it up in photoshop and vwa-la I had Wendell his dog Skip, and his canoe paddling through the comsos on an intergalactic journey!
Here are some process photos for you.