I recently went on a trip to the beautiful city Lisbon with the college. Lisbon is the capital city of Portugal, and I had never been there before, and had never been on holiday without family before so didn’t really know what to expect, but I had heard nothing but good things about Lisbon. I had a (mostly) great time but the highlights of the trip was getting to go to the aquarium, which was one of the biggest in Europe, and getting to meet the teacher and author, Ed Hooks. His enthusiasm for animation is endless, and almost makes me want to get back in to it. Either way I can relate to his love for the medium, even if I don’t make it myself.
Lisbon is the second oldest city in Europe, after Athens, which makes for a very interesting city to explore, although very confusing at times. Getting lost is just part of the fun, and in doing so I came across some beautiful back alleyways, churches and streets. This day of exploring these streets was the main inspiration for my illustration.
While I was in Lisbon I collected some leaflets that were appealing to me visually, and from these I took some inspiration for the colors I chose. I played with a couple ideas, including some aquarium doodles, before settling on illustrating the streets and houses of Lisbon, and the way they seem to pile and layer on top of each other.
My initial thumbnail developed in to some experimental sketches, and I really loved how the simple composition of just a handful of houses turned out, so decided to try and redraw and refine that idea again on the next page. I did have this other, more ambitious idea of doing a large illustration of lots of buildings and landmarks, illustrated almost like a pattern design. I never really went that far with this idea because of how time consuming and tedious I thought it might be, but who knows I still might come back to it.
As an artist I should really push myself to try new things, so I decided to try something out with my favorite sketch I did from my sketchbook. I haven’t got nearly as much experience with Photoshop as I should have and have been wanting to try out using it for adding colour to my illustrations for a while, so I thought this was the perfect opportunity.
It took a while, but I managed to figure out a way to do it with my limited knowledge and memory of Photoshop. I’m mostly pretty happy with how it turned out, but maybe its not quite as clean as I would’ve liked it to be. I still cant decide entirely which colour pallet I like the most out of the two I’ve played with. I think the I’m possibly leaning more towards the red/orange/bluey-green one from the two, because I feel the colours represent the city better, with the red rooftops.
Overall this illustration was a great exercise in Photoshop, and I learnt a lot by doing it, and will experiment further with this method of adding colour to hand drawn images in the future because I’m quite happy with how this turned out.