Monday, March 25, 2013


This week's word is swim, for which I decided to take a slightly different path. I picked out an image from Corbis and decided to digitally render it completely in type.

I had a sort of idea of the image I wanted to pick for rendering: a zoom-up on a professional swimmer in action. After some browsing, I decided to use this image shot by Sebastian Kahnert in the German Swimming Championships 2012:


For the rendering, I used Photoshop CS5, building a layer of words for each part of the face and applying a mask for definition. I didn't want it to look too crazy, so I preferred to stick with the word 'swim' for all the layers; in the same font and size. As for colour, I used the eyedropper tool to derive the colour of each area, and applied a 1 pt stroke in a darker colour (also apparent in the same area).


For the water, I used three layers: one for the vast blue, another for the white splashes and a final one for those transparent areas around the swimmer and the bubbles. I refined and softened the edge on the splashes layer, and changed the mode on the bubbles one to lighten, as well as dropped its opacity.


After placing the largest 'blue water' layer in place and removing the original image; this is the result; that's around 870 'swim's in total!


I hope you enjoyed it and remember to check back regularly for more!

Thursday, March 14, 2013


This week's Illustration Friday word is 'Yesterday'. Yesterday for a lot of people - if not all of them - carries a lot of memories; happy ones, painful ones, etc...and so I've decided to go with that theme.

Firstly, I went on corbis to research some photos of seniors, as they would have the most memories and tend to reminisce more. After looking at a bunch, I drew two concept sketches for the two I most believed would fit my theme.



After some thought, I decided to go with the second sketch. Photo-referencing from the original image by Arman Zhenikeyev, I digitally rendered the image, as well as gave it a black background and a couple of effects and filters.



Afterwards, I added the word 'memories' between the background and the image, repeating it in several colours, sizes and orientations.


And there we have the final piece! Hope you liked it; stay tuned for the next illustration!