Pirate Illustration- with process

It’s been a really really long time since the last post. It’s been busy – but I really hope not to give the blog such a long break again.

Here is a post that I”ve been meaning to do for a long while but only got around to it now.

I created a personal project a few months ago- a fun pirate illustration. My 6 year old has been in pirate-mode for a while- (requesting pirate playmobil for his birthday, planning on being a pirate captain this upcoming Purim- yes, we are one of those families who start next-year’s Purim plans on the day after Purim…)

He made an adorable pirate drawing which was the inspiration for my project.

tzvi pirate

After seeing his drawing, I pulled out my sketchbook and got to work. I came up with this:

1 - sketchpad

I scanned the drawing into Photoshop and cleaned it up- so that it would be a clear drawing:

2 - linework in PS

Then I started to paint in the flat color:


Next, I started to shade- in stages:




After this, I played around with the adjustment layers in photoshop to improve the color and finalize the painting.

And here it is! The final illustration. Aaaarrrrrrghhhh!


  • R Davis
    Posted at 03:20h, 28 October Reply

    Very interesting to see the whole process!!!!

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