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Illustration for Espresso application startscreen

2009 at 01.52 pm posted by Veerle Pieters

Moleskine doodles & sketches

Some of my doodles and sketches for the Espresso illustration.

Espresso illustration, try 1

My initial idea was to create an illustration around coffee and caffeine, using a dark brown background with a jute fiber structure in combination with some bright colors.

Espresso illustration, final

The final illustration.

Read the full story about the process behind the Espresso illustration on the Duoh! blog.


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permalink this comment Bene Fri Apr 17, 2009 at 12.58 pm

Hi, I like the final illustration a lot, you can feel the color love from within :) Can you tell a little bit more how you did the background? I love the dark brown background in the second illustration. Great work!


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permalink this comment Vasili Fri Apr 17, 2009 at 02.35 pm

I really do love the second one, it’s a shame that MacRabbit couldn’t have used that one. :( The final product is gorgeous though. :D


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permalink this comment Veerle Pieters Sun Apr 19, 2009 at 04.15 pm

Thank you for taking the time to comment :)

Bene said:

Can you tell a little bit more how you did the background? I love the dark brown background in the second illustration.

It’s not that difficult once you’ve found a nice jute texture image to start from. Place the texture in a new layer on top of the layer with the background color. Use a Hue & Saturation effect on it (I didn’t, but I guess you could opt for a Layer Effect) by setting the Saturation to -100, so it looks as if it’s a greyscale image. Then change the layer mode to Overlay. This way the underlying color, the brown, will come through and the texture works as an ‘overlaying’ effect. Tweak the transparency a bit of the texture image layer to make the texture a bit more subtle and softer.


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permalink this comment caruso_g Mon Apr 20, 2009 at 02.26 pm

Now I now why I liked so much this illustration… ;)


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permalink this comment aaliyah Wed Apr 22, 2009 at 01.42 pm

woaaaaaaaa…*as usual* ur work is byuuuuuuuurifull, Veerle..


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permalink this comment bene Mon Apr 27, 2009 at 06.42 pm

Thanks for the explanation, i’ll sure try it once.



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