Your work is great.
But your work seems out of reach of my Illustrator skills. I'm not sure if there is a technique that I am missing, which results in your high-quality finished pieces.
Please note my one piece I just submitted for Deviant Art.
Do you mind shedding a little light on your work method with me? Do you do the linework first, based on photographs, and then add blends for the appropriate shading in separate areas?
Thanks for getting back to me about your art! I appreciate the contact.
I would like to illustrate the PRR Lima Hamilton 2500HP center cab diesel (I am fascinated by these 22 diesels (which have all been scrapped).
So your saying you do not use "blends" in Illustrator? I thought for sure that's how you get that soft color variation. I'm not used to doing the paths in Photoshop. I always used Illustrator for paths. I place an image of what I want to render in Illustrator, then trace over it. That's how I did the one piece I have up at Deviant of the PRR position signal (I own 2 real ones). But your results have an awesome look.
Maybe I will try your method for the transfer diesel. Somehow, I'd like to try to get results similar to yours.
Can you let me know if you plan on a locomotive tutorial in the future?
I posted an illustration of the builder's plate of a PRR Lima center cab diesel I did, road number 8948.
It's part of an illustration of the diesel itself I'm attempting. Long way to go, but I am trying to improve my use of Illustrator. Do you think it's handled OK? Thanks for your input.