Recreating an Illustration: Part 4

The final step in the creative process – definitely a great conclusion!

{mostly} Smiling Sticks


ImageToday I completed my recreated illustration! In this last blog post I wanted to share my colour techniques.

Every colour journey starts with Adobe Kuler. If you are an illustrator and haven’t heard of Kuler, look it up on Google… You’ll thank me forever! The colours I wanted to concentrate on in this piece were that of the balloons. I searched “rainbow” on Kuler and selected a set that I found pleasing. When imputing these colours into Adobe Illustrator I’ve found that I need to use the RGB codes. Every time I use the CMYK values the colours don’t end up the way they should.


After I finished giving the balloons their colours, I used the Mesh Tool to create a slight Gradient effect that a real balloon has. I also reduced their Transparency (another thing that real balloons have). I did a lot of work with the clouds ~…

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