As a way to commemorate my journey, I have created a poster (available on Society6). I’m not going to lie; It was hard to come back to this series after I finished it. I needed a week or 2 break, before I could even look at it again. But you all asked for a poster, so I made it happen! Thank you for all your support through this journey.
As an extra little special treat to my biggest fans, I’ve posted a few process videos below. If there is a specific letter you would like to see, let me know!
Each illustration was done on my iPad Pro in Procreate. Most of my favorite brushes are among the stock options—notably the HB pencil and Flat Brush. The custom brushes that I used most often for this series was a flat italic brush that I made and this amazing Leonardt Principal brush by The inked hand. I usually started with the lettering. It is often less flexible than a bendy fish. Then, I sketch the sea critter around it. Adding texture as I go. Those are the flashes that you can see in the process. I’m adding textures that I have premade, and they show up as black and white before I apply a blending mode to them.
If you are interested, here’s my italic procreate brush for free!