Digital Texture Techniques

I said in a recent post that one of my main struggles with digital painting was my paintings looking flat. In this post, I wanted to share the ways I added texture and interest to my recent picture book illustration.

The texture above was achieved by painting with a textured brush with the flow set to low.

The textures in the image above were achieved by adding photo textures. I took photos of paper, painted wood, canvas and stone, and set the layer mode to ‘soft light’.

The third way I added texture was through patterns. I watched this quick youtube tutorial on how to make textures in photoshop, then made a few of my own. I made polkadots, stripes, crosshatch and a wave pattern. This was by far my favourite way of adding interest to the image and I’m excited to experiment with the technique again.

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