After establishing the artist I wanted to emulate, I proceeded to explore the word of the week, Grounded, and different images that would communicate that. In the end I've decide to proceed with the last concept I generated; a bird with a broken wing has been 'grounded'. I like the metaphor that is associated with a broken wing, and I'll explain that more with the final illustration. [This idea came to me while I was listening to Hedley's song "Stormy", maybe you can figure out why?]
The next step was to add colour. I also wanted texture, so I decided to use tissue paper. I started by laying the paper on top of my sketch and tracing around the image. I then cut out the pieces with my Exacto Knife.
Now to make the bird 'pop'. I used India Ink in a technical pen and used a hatching-style technique.
Then I scanned may illustration and did some digital editing using Adobe Photoshop CS5. I corrected the colours, increased contrast, and removed any blemishes.
I also added colour to the CD portion of the illustration.
To finish things off I opened the image in InDesign CS5 and added the title "Grounded?"
The common meaning behind the metaphor of a broken wing is that somethings in life will harm and scar us; break our wings and keep us grounded. However, in time our wings heal and we once again take flight. That is why I added the question mark in this title.
I hope that you enjoyed this process and end result as much as I have. Don't forget to check back next week for a new Illustration -- the word will be 'Prepared'.