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Scientific illustration: Iberian red fox


IsabelAracama
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If anyone had asked me short time ago what would I go for if ditching Photoshop for digital painting, my normal answer would have been "Affinity Photo". But then one day I found myself painting in Designer's pixel persona and loving it too! I'm faster every time and understand a bit better the brushes, which for whatever the reason have always been a bit of a hard to handle and tame subject matter for me in Serif products.

I am currently researching on different species for better and more effective workflows when it comes to science communication and illustration. This is an attempt to improve painting fur... More to come!

Full project including time-lapse here: : https://www.behance.net/gallery/93107969/Scientif-illustration-Mammals

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UPDATE ON RESEARCH>  

So, now I am trying to replicate this craziness with the so called vector brushes in the Designer persona. I reckon the guy on the left needs a comb! hahaaha!!

Anyways.. one step at a time, I'll get him one. The one on the right is for comparing both versions side by side.

Brushes galore!!

 

 

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Well that is just fantastic...yet more stunning work...I am getting jealous now...:)

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Magnificent!


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24 minutes ago, Roger C said:

Isabel...You can stop practicing now;

Mission accomplished!

Your Behance gallery is a delight.

Hhh oooh thanks so much! I'll never quit though hhh. I feel really I'm sooo far away from sooo many things I'd like to be able to do. A big thank you!

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Spectacularly good! It is amazing what skilled and creative artists like you can do with vector drawing drawing programs such as Affinity Designer. I enjoyed watching this work. Thank you for creating and sharing.

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24 minutes ago, VectorWhiz said:

Spectacularly good! It is amazing what skilled and creative artists like you can do with vector drawing drawing programs such as Affinity Designer. I enjoyed watching this work. Thank you for creating and sharing.

Thanks Vector Whiz. I enjoy a lot creating this, it's such a relaxed activity, not to mention the best: an emanating source of knowledge in both topics, the tool itself and how to improve results and in science and wildlife which I both love. Thanks a lot for letting me know you enjoyed. It means a lot to me knowing what ppl think. 

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4 minutes ago, IsabelAracama said:

Alfred, you're a lovely and kind man. Always helping others and commenting and contributing. Thanks a lot!

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Chapeau!

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Great work Isabel!  I know what you mean about doing this kind of work in Designer vs Photo or Photoshop. I recently did a series of illustrations that took me way outside of my usual comfort zone, but with Designer it ended up being a really enjoyable experience.  For me the combination of the vector and raster workflow plus all of the various brushes available creates almost limitless possibilities. I find what's key to success with this level of realism is great reference and of course a bit of confidence in plain old painting. 🙂

Awesome job! Loved the entomological illustrations on Behance too!

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13 minutes ago, retrograde said:

Great work Isabel!  I know what you mean about doing this kind of work in Designer vs Photo or Photoshop. I recently did a series of illustrations that took me way outside of my usual comfort zone, but with Designer it ended up being a really enjoyable experience.  For me the combination of the vector and raster workflow plus all of the various brushes available creates almost limitless possibilities. I find what's key to success with this level of realism is great reference and of course a bit of confidence in plain old painting. 🙂

Awesome job! Loved the entomological illustrations on Behance too!

Hey, I didn't recognise you with the squirrel face haha.. Thanks! Yeah, good references are key... especially when one has to be accurate to the species and not just one random fox or butterfly or whatever the species. 

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