‘Step by Step’ with Omar Aranda

Renowned Buenos Aires based illustrator Omar Aranda talks us through the illustration process from initial concept sketch to final artwork. This wonderful illustration is a personal project for Omar based on some of his earliest childhood memories in Argentina.

Stage 1 – The Concept. I already have a picture in my mind of exactly what I want. I just need to get it down on paper as quickly as possible.


Stage 2 – Here I add some colour from a previously created palette. I apply some textures in Photoshop using ‘Artistic’ pencils and brushes, gradually building layer upon layer until I create the correct atmosphere.


Stage 3 –  With the main colour base now in place, I work on the light and shade, adding detail and trying not to lose the initial ‘freshness’ of my sketch.


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