Saturday, April 6, 2013


The Tao'tieh from J L Borges's Book of Imaginary Beings, 
painted as part of a demo at the Ringling College of Art & Design.

(The below approach was heavily influenced by the inimitable Sam Neilson.
Pay him a visit, if you haven't already.)

1. Graphite drawing, scanned & cleaned in Photoshop
2. Illustrator "live trace"(converting to vector for scaling purposes). 
3. Local color pass
4. Ambient lighting pass

5. Direct lighting pass

6. Steps 2-5 combined; the final (topmost) image has cleanup and layer effects added. 


Taylor Clutter said...

This! This is awesome! :D

Jason Bennett said...

Thank you! It's heartening to know someone finds these rambles helpful.