Thursday, October 10, 2013

Digital Collage Illustration in Photoshop Tutorial

After much trial and lots of error, I finally have some videos of my process. I made a three part tutorial of my entry for the Tomie dePaola Award. This was an experiment of a style I've wanted to try. I'm really happy with how it turned out and can't wait to do more like it.

Elements used in this tutorial
For this piece, I worked in Photoshop CS6. Most of the elements in it were scanned in textures, art, and collages. I only painted a little bit of it in Photoshop.

The first video focusses on the background elements.

In the second video, I did a little painting on the pig.

In the last video, I created the swirling leaves and petals out of a background painted on canvas paper.


  1. Very cool tips. I use a lot of texture but have never tried the high pass filter. I'll be giving that a run tonight. Thanks for sharing your techniques!

  2. Good luck Sarah! It's life changing :)

  3. I really enjoyed the tutorials and your work. Thanks.

  4. Wow, so amazing. You taught me sooooo much with your Sneezing Pig tutorials! Thank you so much!

  5. I know this is an old post, but I'm hoping it's still a living document! ;) I'm just getting into some digital tricks in my illustrations, and I'm especially excited to try collaging elements together like this in Photoshop. I love the many and wonderful and truly helpful tutorials here (and elsewhere-- bless you, internet!) but it seems that everyone skips over the step that I find the hardest-- freeing the scanned drawing from its pesky scanned background in order to be able to digitally place it on a new background (like you did with your pig here). If anyone's looking for ideas for future tutorials, I absolutely crave some helpful hints on that step! The magic eraser tool is nice, but not great, and manually erasing the background is really, really difficult (for me, at least.) Are there other tricks? Tips for doing it manually, if that's the way to go? In the meantime, THANK YOU for these wonderful tutorials.