Botany Illustration

When a design job calls for illustration I think we resort to stock artwork a little too often. Stock art is quick, practical, and most clients don’t want to pay us designers to create original artwork when something out there will do for 99 cents.

But it always feels like cheating, it always feels like I’m shorting myself and my profession. So for these plate liners (which go under things like tasty calamari or crispy fried zucchini) I wanted to do at least a couple by hand, if only just to stay sharp.

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Most of the time I use my layout pad for marker renders. For finals I’ve found that semi-transparent vellum is also a good substrate. The marker takes longer to saturate the paper, leaving the ink wet and flowing a while longer. Since edges stay wet you can fill areas without much of a blinds effect. Vellum seems to be a little hydrophobic, so it rarely gets wavy and you even can erase the marker since the marker never completely penetrates the paper fibres. The downside is that the marker ink is sitting on the paper, not in the paper, so it can wipe off even days after. You’ll also need to add highlights on top of the artwork because vellum isn’t white.

But that’s ok since I scan and shop my marker drawning anyways. I think most people apply white ink or paint or some kind of post (digital or not) for highlights. I find it a little easier in photoshop because its more forgiving – I tend to think more sparkles are better, and photoshop lets me take it back.



The vellum marker render beside the touched up printout. The highlight on the original is just from my shitty lighting job.


…and here is the jpeg straight out of PSzucafiori

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