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Colour & Shading

Discussion in 'Graphic Design Forum:' started by wac, Oct 13, 2010.

  1. wac

    wac Senior Member


    This is part of a live project to create a Christmas Card for the University of Worcester. This is one of 2 or 3 characters that will appear on the card. I drew it in Illustrator and I'm now considering the best method of colour and shading.

    On the right I've just used live paint to fill in some block colours which I could go on to shade.

    I've never used the gradient mesh tool before but I thought that might be worth a try.

    I thought possibly using textures (like paper or cotton) instead of colours might look good.

    Or possibly take them into photoshop for a more thorough colour workshop.

    I wish I had time to trial these but the deadline is less than a week away so If anyone's got any thoughts or examples on the above I would really appreciate it.
  2. Levi

    Levi Moderator Staff Member

    what about just sticking in a few highlights to represent light reflecting off the material etc
  3. wac

    wac Senior Member

    Do you mean onto the live painted example through Illustrator Levi?
  4. Levi

    Levi Moderator Staff Member

    yeah, add in another couple of bits just to give it a bit of depth really, you could do it in photoshop I'm sure but illustrator would be the best option - something like what's been done here

  5. Jimlad

    Jimlad Well-Known Member

    If it were me I'd use Photoshop but that works with my style. For example:

    But it depends totally on the style and look you're going for here, and that's tricky to judge from looking at the work so far without seeing where you see the design going. If you like using Adobe Illustrator (which, I can see you do, lol) try shading it in AI but I would try to follow the cartoon feel. Here's a nice (if mental-looking) example Mr Google gave me of some reindeer vector colouring:
  6. Thewholehogg

    Thewholehogg Active Member

    JimLad speaks the truth.

    He knows about reindeer.

    I would photoshop also unless you need a vector illustration.
    Hand draw the line work first, put some life into the character!
    Then scan and vector it up.
  7. Becky

    Becky Member

    That's one freaky reindeer.
  8. Thewholehogg

    Thewholehogg Active Member

  9. DesignMyBox

    DesignMyBox Member

    wac, the only thing he is missing is a red nose. and a tail too for that matter...

    Jimlad, those are some cute reindeer (1st image). Wish it was Christmas already..
  10. Now thats asking to be an avatar LOL
  11. wac

    wac Senior Member

    Cheers for the ideas guys. I can see I'm going to have to do a bit of experimenting after all. Jim I like the style of that vector reindeer you found on Google, and it doesn't look like they've used the mesh tool so it should be quite straight forward. I'll pop a more completed version up here as and when I can make some progress on it.
  12. glenwheeler

    glenwheeler Senior Member

    what happened to the avatar theme anyway, did people get board?
  13. wac

    wac Senior Member

    Hey guys. I’ve pretty much run out of time on this Christmas card and I found myself staring at it thinking that something’s not right. Never the less I’ve had a play around with the composition and opinions as to which one I should finalise and submit would be appreciated.

    The standard version, needs a few stroke adjustments..

    The robin has now moved (is now freakishly big)

    Ignore colour change but does it work better with this horizon shift?

    Less is more? Wave goodbye to the snowman and scenery.
  14. Levi

    Levi Moderator Staff Member

    Personally I prefer the white one but maybe reduce the shadow.
  15. Thewholehogg

    Thewholehogg Active Member

    yes, I'd go with the white one.

    Looks like that reindeer need a light for his spliff.

    The snowman is totally chilled.
  16. Jimlad

    Jimlad Well-Known Member

    Definitely the last one. The gradient background on the others doesn't look nice and the snowman looks like a ghost. The White card on the other hand looks pretty cool.
  17. Kevin

    Kevin Senior Member


    While the white one looks best in this case, I don't think it's good. You should build up some scenery in the background.
  18. wac

    wac Senior Member

    Cheers guys I think you're all right, the white one just seems to work better so as painful it is get rid of something that you've spent time on, I think it's for the best. Kevin I wish I had more time to see if building up the background would improve the look of the currently minimalistic design but the submission date is tomorrow.

    So thanks again for the advice. The final design (a few subtle tweaks from the last one) is below.

  19. Levi

    Levi Moderator Staff Member

    in regards to teh background, you could just do some pale grey curves in the background to represent snowy hills/mounds etc
  20. Jimlad

    Jimlad Well-Known Member

    Also I'd show the other end of the diploma sticking out the other side of the reindeer's mouth so it doesn't just look like he's smoking a Big Fat Doobie!

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