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Cupcake Riding Jellybean Pony

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Digital illustration Exploration

I am showcasing the digital art process of drawing imaginary characters.

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Digital Illustration Process

The initial digital drawing started with a jellybean pony being ridden by a cupcake creature. As the digital illustration evolved the jellybean pony was changed into a pickle pony.

Using new illustration techniques of 3D modelling drawing tool Nomad Sculpt and then bringing those custom elements into Procreate.

Starting with a full digital sketch with colour and then moving into refining the character sketch.

With the refined sketch start building up the individual characters.

rough sketch
First rough sketch to get the feel for the idea
colours for drawing
Then experiment by adding colours
children book drawing
Initial colour digital sketch to start the illustration process
Digital Art Process – refining the sketch as a digital drawing.
Considering the colours and textures
Digital Art Process
Foundation digital sketches
digital illusatrtion
The pickle pony body was created with Nomad Sculpt as a 3D object and then imported into Procreate
garden drawing
Digital illustration Exploration – Cupcake creature added to the cactus garden

What is the process of a Digital Artist?

The digital art process involves creating visual art using digital tools and technology. While it can vary depending on the artist’s style and the specific medium, it generally follows these key stages:

Concept Development

The process begins with an idea or concept. Artists brainstorm and sketch out their ideas, considering composition, subject matter, style, and the message they want to convey. They may create rough drafts or thumbnails to plan the artwork’s layout.

Hardware and Software Setup

Digital artists use specialised hardware and software for their work. This includes a computer, graphic tablet, stylus, and the chosen graphic design or illustration software (e.g., Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, Procreate, Nomad Sculpt etc.). Some artists also work directly on touchscreen devices like iPads.

Initial Sketch or Underdrawing

Using their digital tools, artists create an initial sketch or underdrawing of their artwork. This serves as a foundation upon which they build the final piece. Artists use layers in their software to separate different elements of the artwork.

Refinement and Detailing

Artists proceed to refine their sketches, adding more details, refining shapes, and creating the basic structure of the artwork. They may use a variety of digital brushes and techniques to achieve the desired effects.

Coloring and Shading

This stage involves adding colour to the artwork. Artists select a colour palette, apply base colours, and then add shading and highlights to give depth and dimension to the piece. Digital artists have the advantage of using various blending modes and layer effects to enhance the colours.

Texture and Effects

To achieve specific textures or effects, artists may incorporate digital brushes or overlays. This stage is particularly important in creating a unique look for the artwork.

Revisions and Feedback

Throughout the creative process, artists often seek feedback from peers, mentors, or clients. They make revisions based on this feedback, continuously improving their work.


Once the artist is satisfied with the piece, they finalize it. This involves ensuring the image is of the correct resolution and format for its intended use, such as print, web, or animation.

Export and Sharing

The final artwork is exported in a suitable file format, such as JPEG or PNG. It can then be shared with the world, whether through online galleries, social media, or print media.

Backup and Storage

To protect their work, digital artists frequently back up their files to external hard drives or cloud storage. This safeguards their creations against data loss.

Printing (if applicable)

If the artwork is intended for physical media, digital artists may use high-quality printers or 3D printers to produce physical copies or products based on their digital designs.

The digital art process is highly flexible, allowing artists to easily make adjustments and experiment with different elements in their work. The ability to work non-destructively using layers and the vast array of digital brushes and effects contribute to the versatility of digital art creation.

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