Combining hand-drawn illustration and digital technology

Here I would like to share with you how I created hedgehogs illustrations.

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The first and most important rule for me when I start creating an animal character is

to spend a few days studying the real animal and drawing many sketches from the photos.

The next step is to doodle many characters in different ways and styles.

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When you look at one of them and start smiling- this your new character.

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Now I refine sketches and try to find the best proportions.

Usually I scan sketches, do some contrast corrections with levels in Photoshop, and print them with 15%-20% opacity on 90g office paper. After this I draw on the top of them with 3B CARAN D'ACHE pencil and scan the best ones again.

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When I am happy with my character, I clean the pencil drawing in Photoshop and print on 300g watercolor paper.

For the first time I saw the technique of printing sketches on watercolor paper in Charlesbridge Publishing blog where Rosalinde Bonnet talks about her creating process.

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I use Pebeo Colorex Watercolor Ink and watercolors to finish the illustrations. I scan the ready illustration with 600 DPI and clean it in Photoshop.