The Transformed and Clip Studio Paint
Today's card is the Transformed. It is inspired by tarot cards that describe travel or transitions from one phase of life to another.
- You have undergone extreme situations and are emerging as a weaker person. Your health, finances, or personal relationships have taken a hit and will take a long time to recover. Tread lightly and be cautious of the damage you wear.
- You have undergone extreme situations and are emerging as a stronger person. Bent, but not broken. Turn your wounds into calluses and come back stronger than the fragile person you were before.
For my second topic of discussion, I wanted to talk about the software(s) I'm using. Each illustration begins with a collection of images found via google search. This one, for example, involved some photos of flowers, vines, and a mummified corpse. I place them all together as a collage using Clip Studio Paint and draw on top of them.
My clip studio paint file begins as a template with a slew of layers all labeled by intent and brush along with color limited on them. This makes it easier to stick to a process that will be repeatable and will result in similar images. Here's a screenshot of the layers involved in this image:
Each card requires a bleed (a print term for art that extends past where the cards are cut). My top layer is a red rectangle that helps me keep my illustration within the correct area. The drawings done on Clip Studio Paint are then exported into Adobe Indesign where I add the text. From here, they are re-exports and brought into another InDesign file which will ultimately be converted to PDF and used by the printer for the final job.