The Forest Folk
This is a personal illustration project. First, I created the original 19 x 42" drawing (see below). Next, I taped tracing paper over the drawing and inked it. The intention here was to preserve the original drawing so I could cut the tracing paper into tiny pieces for scanning without heartbreak. The ink translates better in a scan and allows for auto-tracing with significantly less head-ache. I scanned the pieces into Photoshop, stitched them back together very carefully, and adjusted the curves to maximize contrast while maintaining detail. Next, a trip over to Illustrator to be vectorized with auto-trace. Last, back to Photoshop where I added color and assembled the rest of the imagery.