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June 6th, 2013

Kris Atomic

I haven’t done a process post in yonks, so thought I’d share the steps in making some new postcards for  my shop. I just ran out of the last batch and I’m pretty sick of looking at the same drawings while packing prints, so it was a perfect excuse to make something new.

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First, little thumbnails to work out the composition.

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Roughing out the ladies. I do everything on different layers, refining the details and hiding older layers as I go. I find the more precise (not necessarily detailed, but everything the right size and shape) my sketches are, the less time I spend changing things further down the line once colour is on an it’s way more cumbersome and annoying.

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Some colour thumbs to work out the palette. I wanted to limit it to just a handful of colours and it’s easier to experiment while everything is still rough. I quite liked the pink/turquoise/peach version but it was too washed out on a larger scale, not enough contrast in values.

(I was listening to the audiobook of The Grapes of Wrath while I was drawing this, so I was tying not to get too bleak here too because damn, Steinbeck.)

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I went with two versions in the end, the cool blue/red above and the warm pink/yellow/purple at the top of the post. Maybe next time I’ll order another colourway and make it a little series!

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20 Comments

  1. Adeline says:

    Great colour palettes! These look absolutely lovely!
    xxx

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  2. i need that very top one in my life! totally made my day seeing that.

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  3. Laura says:

    i love these! x

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  4. alicia says:

    I love loooking at your process sketches and colour combinations. Plus the cards are adorable :) My favourite is the braided girl with the letter E

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  5. Natasha says:

    They are so wonderful! I love the balloon theme, maybe try some other themes too. :)

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  6. It’s so nice, I like the lady with braid up.

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  7. Jen K says:

    Thanks for this little glimpse into your process! I love the way your lay out your color palettes; I might have to start doing that myself …

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  8. Rebecca says:

    Thanks for sharing… Love the palette selection options!! Such pretty ladies :-)

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  9. Emma says:

    So lovely :) Any chance you’ll ever run a reprint of the Miu Miu piece? Please say yes!

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  10. eliza says:

    thank you! i actually find this insanely helpful!

    i’ve been drawing and doodling and futzing with a pen and paper forrrrever, and now i’m slowly (achingly, agonizingly) slowly figuring out photoshop, and seeing bits & pieces of other peoples processes is like huge ‘aha!’ moments for me.

    also, these illustrations are sweet!

    also, hey, how do you feel about people pinning from your blog? pro/con/neutral?

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  11. Trix says:

    It’s so fun to get a peek behind the scenes. How did you get the helium balloons to look painter-ly yet realistic? Love it.

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  12. Anna says:

    These are so beautiful! I love seeing process posts; it’s so interesting to see your different thumbnails (especially for the different colourways!).

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  13. Selena says:

    Just love your illustrations!

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  14. Sally says:

    only just discovered your work, but absolutely love it! this illustration is so fun and lovely!

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  15. tia says:

    omg!! I love these!

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  17. Ana says:

    I love seeing the process of art creation!

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  18. Denis says:

    Oh wow! Thanks for sharing! Love x

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