Make It on Mobile: Chris Piascik’s Autumnal Jumble
Illustrator Chris Piascik started his creative career as a graphic designer—then a daily drawing project that he started in 2007 (and that he continues to this day) pointed him in a new direction. He says he became an illustrator “by accident,” but it’s an accident he has every reason to be happy about: now he’s winning awards and working for clients like Coca-Cola, Nickelodeon, and Converse.
SKETCHING IN PHOTOSHOP SKETCH
Piascik says that his first step in creating a jumble drawing is brainstorming imagery related to the topic; then, when he has plenty of ideas in his head, he’s ready to start sketching. He (or a client) may choose to fit the image into a certain shape—for this drawing, he decided to work within a circle.
DRAWING LINES IN ILLUSTRATOR DRAW
Once he’d finished his sketch, he saved it and opened it as a layer in Illustrator Draw so he could use it as a guide. Then he added a new layer for his line work (select the plus-sign icon on the right side of the interface to add a layer, and tap on layers to adjust settings such as opacity).
ADDING COLOR AND REFINING THE IMAGE
Piascik starts adding color after he’s happy with the line work he’s done—he typically duplicates the line layer and colors in the duplicate (click on the layer to access the layer-duplication feature). He says, “This is often helpful if I want to go in and add details or shadowing. It also lets me play around, knowing that the line work safe and sound. Picking color is an intuitive process for me, and there are usually many changes throughout the process.”
For his background color, Piascik first tried a purple color that didn’t make it into the final image. He explains, “Since this drawing is fall themed, it seemed only natural to start with warm reds and oranges. Before I got too far, I started thinking about what my background color would be. Since the elements are bright, warm colors, I considered cool colors to allow things to pop. My first attempt was a purple. I began working with that knowing I might try something else—the shape I created was simply an abstract blob to soften the edges of the circle. Pretty quickly, I decided that the purple was too much and seemed to be competing with the other bright colors. After trying other blues, grays, and purples, I landed on a dark, cool, gray.”
Have a very happy autumn and a spooky Halloween!