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How One Fish Leads To Another And Thoughts Of Mortality

By Mrstrongest @mrstrongarm

Did you know that illustrators– especially humorous illustrators– suffer from a chronic condition called Idea Cascade?

No? You’ve never heard of it?

That’s probably because I just made it up… : )

We usually think of a cascade as a waterfall, but it also means something occurring
in a succession of stages,
or something rushing forth in quantity.

For me, ideas are like that– on a good day, anyway. You find yourself coming up with endless variations. I thought it might be fun to look at an example.

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I’m currently working on a self-promotion slideshow called 13 Reasons To Hire An Illustrator. Reason #7 is about how illustrations enhance your social media posts (on Twitter, Facebook, etc), making them more likely to be shared and retweeted.

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Reason 7 of 13 why you should hire an illustrator: to help you be more social and connect with others via social media, fish waving and rushing to join other fish swimming in school

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I have an online store now, so when I finish a drawing I ask myself: is there an idea lurking in there that would make a good poster and/or greeting card?

My fish drawing “spawned” several ideas. I selected one, and set about constructing the new illustration in Photoshop.

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I’ve learned to ask myself: Can I save myself some time and effort by reusing part of a previous illustration? Here, I used the Copy Merged command to copy the underlying
sea water in my fish drawing.

Then I rotated it 90 degrees to make it vertical, and pasted it into a new Photoshop document:

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sea water for underwater image of fish, used Photoshop copy merged command to copy water and wave current effects from previous illustration

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Next, I did a new line drawing, and scanned it into Photoshop.

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line drawing of fish, one lone fish looking with dismay at whole school comprised of fish skeletons

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Then I pasted it onto my sea water layer, and added some base color.

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lone orange fish and school of fish skeletons pasted onto wavy sea water background for underwater effect

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Using clipped adjustment layers, I added light and dark tones to the fish and the water.

Worth noting: all the skeleton fish now have some light blue shading. It makes them more credible somehow– more convincing than the stark white skeletons in the previous image.

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light and dark shading added to lone fish and school of skeleton fish in underwater setting

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Last step: adding some bubbles and the text which explains the joke.

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visual pun don't wait too long to attend your school reunion, lone fish staring in dismay at school of skeleton fish with bubbles floating up through sea water

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Here’s a close-up detail:

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detail image for visual pun don't wait too long to attend your school reunion, lone fish staring in dismay at school of skeleton fish with bubbles floating up through sea water

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Have you ever attended a high school reunion?

Ever been shocked to see how someone turned out?

Ever met a skeleton at a high school reunion??

Hope you’ll leave a comment.

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