This Aesop illustration was created by a new technique I’ve been obsessed with lately – originally mentioned here, there’s a useful Skillshare class in there if you’d like to try it yourself.
You begin by creating a rough sketch of your products/items, next you scan them in and start blocking colours in using Photoshop and then you finish them off by incorporating analogue textures to give the image more depth. The process sounds simple enough, but if you’re a perfectionist it’s one of those things that you could sit crafting for hours. What’s great about this technique is that it’s incredibly versatile and you can truly make the colour palette sing after some refinement.If anything it gives you a greater appreciation for the meticulous work that illustrators so often carry out. Normally I absolutely love working in Illustrator but I definitely see the appeal of using Photoshop for this specific technique, personally I think it could still work but the since the textures are raster based in Photoshop it gives it a bit more of an edge.
Following on from last week’s high-contrast experiment, I wanted to see if I could create something where the textures were less harsh. After scrolling through Pinterest for a few hours and getting side-tracked I decided that some lovely Aesop products would make a good composition and went from there. Overall I’m quite pleased with how it turned out and I’m itching to experiment with this technique more in the future! If you do end up giving it a go, please leave a link in the comments below as I’d love to see your result!
Just on a side-note this post is in no way sponsored by Aesop, I just thought the products would make a nice illustration! 🙂