Improved Guitar

I took my guitar icon and used a trick I just learned to make it more realistic.


Here’s the original, which I still like:


As usual I drew it by hand. Here are a few pics showing the process. I used this picture to help get the shape of the body right.Screen Shot 2014-04-03 at 12.28.54 AM

I actually have a classical guitar in my room, which I play from time to time, so I relied on it a lot for the details such as the shape of the head, the ornamentation around the sound hole, the spacing of the frets, and the look of the tuning knobs.

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Then I found an online tutorial that showed how to make woodgrain using the raster effect gallery. I just made some square woodgrain blocks and then used opacity masks to cut out shapes for the body, neck, and head. Then I inserted them into my layers, overlaying them just above the original shapes. Then I just adjusted the opacity as needed.

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