Illustration process of the thylacine postcard

Illustration process of the thylacine postcard

Below is an animated process of a portfolio piece I just finished. The illustration will be used for a series of promotional postcards for my illustration business. I wanted to target book publishers so I included the kinds of themes that they might want to see; such as animals, children and Australian themes. I love prehistoric creatures and I’m still distressed by the fact settlers drove thylacines (aka tasmanian tigers) to extinction, so this image is a little tribute to some things I love as well as a promotional piece that covers the subjects found in children’s books.

My overall process was the same as usual (rough sketch, cleaner lines, rough colour, detail, final adjustments) but I changed a lot of things in this image as I went along. I think I could have planned it better at the early phases to avoid that. I’m glad that I was able to put more motion and storytelling into my illustration (working on coins doesn’t often demand much of that) and next time I’m going to push for more depth in the background (rather than a simple foreground and a background) and try to loosen up the strokes a bit.

Animated process of thylacine illustration


The final illustration - Two girls getting spirited away to a prehistoric land of megafauna by giant thylacines.

2 Comments to Illustration process of the thylacine postcard

  1. badhammy

    Cool animation! Especially like the final lighting rendering.

    • Elise Martinson Elise Martinson

      Thanks badhammy. Yeah that last step always makes everything pop. I naturally work a bit darker than intended so I gotta hand it to Photoshop for making that vibrancy possible!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Sign up to the newsletter