As promised, here is a brief step-by-step walkthrough of my latest concoction.
First, I start off by creating a rough sketch in Illustrator using a Wacom Pen and Tablet. ( A Wacom is not needed for this process, but it does make things a little easier.)
Next, I begin to vectorize the image in Illustrator using the pen tool.
Next I add the base for the background, and begin to add a few gradients to my sketch for a little depth.
Still in Illustrator, I begin to add some background elements.
I continue adding background elements to “dirty up” the design a bit. Still Using Illustrator.
Last step in Illustrator, I add just a small final touch.
Now I create a new document in Photoshop and individually copy and paste each elemet from Illustrator into my new Photoshop document. For example, I take the background base as it’s own layer, background elements separately etc… This way, I can easily apply different transparency modes and settings to each layer individually without much fuss.
Next I add some textures to the layers individually using different opacity levels and transparency modes.
After making some extra touches in Photoshop, I begin making the manipulation to “place” the design on a cardboard paper background using a clipping mask and an assortment of watercolor textures and brushes.
I finish masking the image, adding some scratches and additional water color textures and stains.
Finally, I resize the image, make some color corrections, and sharpen the image up a bit.
And in a short breath, that’s pretty much it. You can view the final image at a larger size here.