Turkeys have Healing Powers

October 19, 2010:

Recently I was asked to do a Thanksgiving card for a home health agency. In my typical fashion I wasn’t going to take the easy way out. The easy way would have taken an hour and involved picking a $5 image from istock, throwing it in InDesign, slapping a curvey font that said, “Happy Thanksgiving” and calling it a day. No.Thank.You. Creativity is too often put on the back burner in order to make a quick profit. I am not in the business of making a quick profit. I’m in the business of pushing myself to be creative no matter how small the task. I was in the mood to try my hand at something new and have been increasingly intrigued by the craft of illustration. I’m always one to doodle and draw any time I have a pen and paper in front of me but never put much effort into brining those things to life. Here’s the process of bringing a doodle to life.

The original sketch:

Turkey Nurse sketch

I pulled the scan into Adobe Illustrator and used the pen tool to roughly trace around the image.

Turkey Nurse - Tracing the image

I then began cleaning up the lines and adding fills to get a better idea of how the shapes were reacting with each other.

Turkey Nurse - cleaning up the lines

Once the image was cleaned up I added flat color and pulled the shapes into photo shop.

Turkey Nurse - flat color

And here is the final illustration. I added shading in photoshop as well as contrast and saturation layers. For my first illustration of this style it turned out much better than I expected. I will surely be finding more ways to sharpen my skills as a wannabe illustrator.

Turkey Nurse - final image