Here's my entry guys! before I start on my explanation of my output I'm gonna share to you a poem, written by me for this contest. I don't know where the heck I got my inspiration in writing but I think I'm just in the mood. It's actually my first time to write and to post online. And I'm not that good, I just made it simple (that's all I can do) but I did write it wholeheartedly. So here it is.
You and just a cup of rice, was enough to survive the day
Even those hands are still brittle
You showed me how we live our life that way
You were there, when this hands and feet can decide on their own
Early in the morning, it's you! That I've always blown
Days, had passed I'm getting better
The way I blend you is also getting stronger
You were there, before I left home
I'm ready to face to the world of unknown
I thought everything would be easy
Now I know, why Mama keep me telling that story
You were there, when I feel alone
I remember the days, and how wonderful is to be at home.
But I've met this Girl Ruth in the fields, everything's changed
I told her about you and she's also fond of you at a early age
You were there, when I was deeply thinking
You awake me, and I start realizing
I'm gonna marry her, that's my decision
So I did, and together we will build a house until it become a home
You were there, after many decades
You and I are still best friends
Who would have thought I will have this happy family
A loving wife and kids of almost a twenty
You were there, when I sit beside my favorite place,
Sitting around under the shade of the tree
I'm having doubts if I could finish race
Or my kids will just gonna have you together with rice just like me
You were there, and witnessed another year for me
Thoughts are running into my head, there's something I am fearing
This feet that always leads me, starts to be carefree
This hands that can carry everything, now starts shaking
You were there, when I sat, the beside tree
Just me, thinking what my family could be without me
I'm afraid, I'm afraid, thinking what would day it would come
Thinking what it would be, when those belly start's growl will never be calm
Your were there, And I know you will always be
Let's start our morning together, as long as we have time
I will not stop until the day this limbs can barely move
let's not waste time, just help me always to be on the groove
You were there, and everyday feels like a year
I know that day would come, when I need to face my fear
But your scent is telling me to be calm
Telling me, "I'll keep everyone awake until the day would come"
I came up with an idea, why not try too combine to forms of art my post, like poetry and drawing/illustration. So I decided to start, why not try?, I'm usually that kind of person who is not good in writing just an average but I'm happy I was able to create a poem, and illustration who took me a lot lot of hours. So I dedicated my works to all the fathers out there, who will do anything to provide for their family, being selfless and has great unconditional love. The poem is all about a man, and his journey, where he started a life and the moment together with his coffee, thinking about things in life, on how he is going to face everything. And then, there's such time that, he is realizing he is getting older, and he had a lot of children to raise and support and he was so afraid leaving this world because hes the one that his family relies to. So his time, together with his coffee, is his escape and fortress when doubts and fears are overshadowing him. It's his way of meditating, to think calmly even worst things may happen, which is inevitable.
And ofcourse, when I post, I always Include the process I've made, for those who want to learn like.
I love monochromatic way of coloring my works, and I chose shades of brown, since theme is cofee, you know what I mean
First, I've search for my a reference, the one that I'me going to illustrate, luckily I've found a stock footage with my preferences
Next, as usual, I always starts with the outline, I don't know about the other artist, if that's their first step, but for me it is, artists have different of styles and technique anyways.
Tracing... Lots of details, wrinkles are killing me 😅😂
So, when I trace, I always hide the reference photo, to see my progress, (looking good) 😀
Then, make sure to create a separate layer for your base color (when start adding color) to avoid complications. Not gonna explain deep with that, just trust me
Moving on, adding shadows. I also Added a Shirt to grandpa, coz he's kinda looks too bad ass with his shirt off with his tattoo, I want him to look like more gentle and clam. So it's not easy to create a vector art, every detail, like shadows, you really need to work hard with, it all takes patience. And I strictly do not advise you, to just use a filter here in Illustrator or Photoshop, adjusting the curves and shadows or adding filter just to make your work looked like a vector, those are just tools for improving your work. If you used it like doing nothing, and you just use it and that's it, I tell you, you are not doing a vector, you're just cheating the system, don't be lazy work hard for it. (I'm not scolding you guys! 😂😄😂)
I'm using pentool, in adding colors to my work
Try to be creative, try to explore and have a experiment with colors, if it sucks, don't worry there's almighty "CTRL+Z" anyway.
I always use fundamental colors present in creating illustration, MIDTONE, SHADOW, HIGHLIGHTS. Here's the thing you can add different values/shades of shadows if you want.
And you can also play with the shadow, you can create a unique flow of it. Check this out:
Next, working with the eyes, you can use shape, in creating eyes, and dont just make the "sclera" eyes white part, to remain white, you can add level of shadows to it.
Looking good 🤗🤗🤗
Then I start to work with the tree, adding elements to my work
I've then decided to add falling leaves, I've search for a reference and found this stock footage, I then traced it with pen
tool, I don't if how long my mouse can take the agony, It's like I'm clicking it it, thousands a day 😂
Here, I just duplicate the leaves and rotate and reflect it different to direction, for it to look like different form the other leaves
Next, I've made a gradient background, and I really love it! it gives so much effect and drama to my illustration, just click this icon right here:
But, wait there's something missing! guess what? It's highlight, its important to add highlight to your work, because it's the one that makes it alive and make your work pop!
See the comparison for yourself!
Looks awesome right?
Lastly, to make it perfect, a coffee is not a coffee when its not warm! (just my own opinion, don't want a debate 😂) So I added some smoke/fog/heat whatever you call it, to make my illustration complete.
After 11 hrs of work, finally done, wooo, thank God.
So that's the all the process, just continue to get in touch, maybe in my future work, I'll post a very much detailed process on how I'm illustrating my works.
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