How to Create Book Illustrations Using AKVIS Plugins

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チュートリアル: AKVIS Charcoal

Book Illustration


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The author of the example is Alexandr Iljin, Russia.


"Margarita's first surprise on walking in was the darkness. It was as dark as a cellar, so that she involuntarily clutched Azazello's cloak from fear of an accident, but soon from high up and far away a lighted lamp flickered and came closer. As they went Azazello took away Margarita's broom and it vanished soundlessly into the darkness.
They then began to mount a broad staircase, so vast that to Margarita it seemed endless. She was surprised that the hallway of an ordinary Moscow flat could hold such an enormous, invisible but undeniably real and apparently unending staircase. They reached a landing and stopped."

Mikhail Bulgakov, "The Master and Margarita"


When the author first saw the photo, this scene from the novel immediately came into his mind. He didn't aim to create a precise illustration; he just yielded to the creative imagination's appeal.

    Original Result

Alexandr provided himself with the plugins AKVIS Charcoal, AKVIS Draw, and AKVIS Chameleon, which should help him to implement his idea.

Follow the steps below to reproduce the effect obtained by the author.

  • Step 1. Firstly, edit the selected photo using AKVIS Charcoal plugin.

    Program Window in AKVIS Charcoal
  • Step 2. The picture is too dark and blurry. Duplicate the original image and then edit the copy using the AKVIS Draw plugin to add color to the image and make it sharper.

    Program Window in AKVIS Draw
  • Step 3. Change the order of layers in the layers stack of your graphics editor. Place the charcoal drawing above the pencil drawing. Use the Eraser tool to delete areas from the charcoal drawing and then merge the layers.

    Merge Layers
  • Step 4. Now it's time to add the main characters. Use the AKVIS Chameleon plugin to create a photo collage.

    Program Window in AKVIS Chameleon

The effects produced using AKVIS plugins provide a very special flair. As a result, we get an incredibly atmospheric illustration based on motifs of the novel by Bulgakov.

Illustration for the Novel "The Master and Margarita"
操作方法 操作方法
   — ワークスペース — ワークスペース
   — 操作方法  — 操作方法
   — 木炭/チョーク画 — 木炭/チョーク画
   — タイムライン — タイムライン
   — ツールとそのオプション — ツールとそのオプション
   — キャンバス — キャンバス
   — フレーム — フレーム
   — テキスト — テキスト
   — プリセット — プリセット
   — 環境設定 — 環境設定
   — バッチ処理 — バッチ処理
操作例 操作例
   — ギャラリー:木炭画、チョーク画、紅殻チョーク画 — ギャラリー:木炭画、チョーク画、紅殻チョーク画
   — 木炭画スケッチ — 木炭画スケッチ


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