Developing a Store poster with Pierre Kleinhouse

My name is Pierre Kleinhouse and I’m a freelance illustrator and designer. I’m here on Affinity Spotlight to discuss with you my & lsquo’s illustration and layout process;Ramen Shop’ poster, using Affinity Designer.

The session’s point isn’t to educate you how to draw a boxer, but to share my job process and the various ways you can work with Affinity Designer.

I think Affinity Designer is perfect for mixing layout and illustration work, and this poster is a great illustration.

Let’s begin.

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Pierre talks us through his process

1. The sketch

I set up a guide at the centre of the canvas and then started by choosing an document in Affinity Designer. I pulled a scan of my pre-drawn sketch and then created a new layer to redraw my line-art and create a cleaner version of the sketch. I took advantage of this Symmetry Tool for this most of my layout is symmetrical.

2. Vector shapes

I began working on the tiger illustration and deleted the first layer, after the sketch was done. I only worked at the Designer Persona with vector shapes to keep things simple, at this stage and I used geometric shapes. Half of the illustration is really made from ellipses!

I like to utilize a colour palette that is limited so this time I worked with only three different colors for the whole poster.

I retained the layer on top and began creating vector shapes. So I can still view it on top of the black shapes the color isn & rsquo; t black s really a dark grey color. I also referred back to this guide as I worked in order to keep things symmetrical.

3. Adding details

I stared getting into the details of this illustration once I had the vector shapes set up. With this measure, I used the Pixel Persona to add shadows and lines with different raster brushes. I also used a drawing tablet to have the ability to draw and play with the strain level of every brush.

I used a brush that is called ‘rsquo & Brush Pen; to make the fine lines of the fur of the tiger. I used a brush called ‘rsquo Oil Pastel &; in the Dry Media class to include shadows in areas such as rsquo & the tiger;s nose and mouth.

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