I created ‘IgloEye’ as a quick Photoshop sketch to try and produce something stylised and unique in a short amount of time.
It all started with a stock photo of an eye that was the basis for the rest of the illustration. The original photo was cropped very closely around the eye and I wanted to create something larger and more detailed while still retaining an interesting cropped section of a face rather than showing it in its entirety.
Once the canvas size had been chosen and the eye loosely placed with soft masked edges to help it blend into the background, I then began to experiment with different brush types and settings to develop a rough scratched texture, similar to a dried out hard paintbrush, to add texture and make the overall feel of the image more stylised.
After creating a few layers and painting over most of the original photo, I then began highlighting areas and drawing attention to the key points of the image with the use of lights and unusual colours. To create a sense of apprehension and atmosphere, I used a lot of red hues and added yellow rays emanating from the eye to break up the empty space caused by the cheek bone area below the eye.
When I was satisfied with the overall effect I had created I then used some hue and saturation, levels and curve adjustments to raise the contrast and brighten the illustration, while stripping out unnecessary colour ranges as well.
It was great to force myself to finish something in as little time as possible because I am usually a bit of a perfectionist with my work. This reinforced that it is possible to have tight deadlines and still be able to produce something worthwhile.