“I think I first got my tablet at age 13,” says Perci Chen. “Then I shifted from traditional mediums to digital. Technology makes things so much easier; you don't have to unpack all of your paints and wash all your brushes. Sometimes it almost feels like cheating.”

 

Tech has streamlined his creative process, but the Hamburg-based illustrator spends a ton of time figuring out how to make the most of the tools at his fingertips. HIs latest obsession? Mastering the multi-faceted Eyedropper in Adobe Fresco

Loose illustration of a pastel purple robot woman holding a large scaly pink fish.

An in-progress image from Perci Chen’s creative process, exploring the multi-functional, multi-color capabilities of the Adobe Fresco Eyedropper tool.

Illustration of a pastel purple robot woman holding a large scaly pink fish beside a man in short swimming trunks, a swim cap, and goggles, with a floral background.

The final piece of art. 

Rather than simply selecting a single color, he’s able to take complex swatches from his artworks, then apply those to Fresco’s wide range of pixel and watercolor brushes. 

Check out Perci Chen's how-to demo:

Illustrator Perci Chen shows how he uses the Eyedropper tool in Adobe Fresco to take complex swatches from his documents and apply them to pixel and watercolor brushes.

Illustrator Perci Chen shows how he uses the Eyedropper tool in Adobe Fresco.

Once you get going — keep going. “It’s good to experiment,” Chen says. “People often think an artist has talent, but often it’s mostly hard work. Keep at it with diligence and you can achieve what you’re after, no problem.”

Follow Chen on Instagram and see more of his work at his site

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