Circus: Fully recorded Circus Scene being illustrated
This illustration took 2 hours to complete.
I drew the work on paper first with a pencil, took a picture of the image with my phone, emailed the image to myself, and finally imported the image into FlashCS6.
Using the INK TOOL and FILL TOOL, create the linework and color in the character.
Under BRUSH MODE, you can also color in areas by choosing PAINT SELECTION. Selecting the colored area, the pen will only color over selected areas. Working through the image by selecting and drawing will speed the coloring process.
To add more depth, shade and highlight on a new layer over the image. Draw with black at a 20-40 opacity for shading. Draw with the white color at the same opacity range, 20-40 (only a recommendation.)
I imported the image background, as seen below.
Go to: TRACE BITMAP
The higher the numbers on the threshold and pixel area, the lower amount of colors and points made to keep the look of the original image.
To quickly make the red background fit the scene, you can go to the ALIGN box (select in under the WINDOWS tab and open the ALIGN box to be in view).
Choose under MATCH SIZE, click on the icons to stretch the image to the stage size. MAKE SURE ALIGN TO STAGE IS CHECKED.
You want to uncheck the ALIGN TO stage if you are in a symbol and moving objects around – it will not accurately move or size the object to the stage.
You also want to uncheck the ALIGN TO STAGE when you want to have two objects match in size (i.e. make a small flower be the same size as a larger flower.)
You can see below how the stripe image was sized to fit the stage.
The same background image was copied and transformed to become the floor.
I changed the TINT of the image by editing it under the COLOR EFFECT box.
Choose TINT and the settings below will appear. You can change the color by sliding the numbers, or change the color in the area where the blue box is. The higher the TINT percentage, the higher the strength of the color.
You can see that the floor tint was edited from a red to a blue…
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