How to Create a Cute Sleeping Moon Illustration

How to Create a Cute Sleeping Moon Illustration

How to Create a Cute Sleeping Moon Illustration

Step 19

Moving on lets create some stars for our background. This part is very easy to do because we’re going to place small white dots in different areas of top portion of the sky. Create a new layer above your “Sky Background” layer and rename it “Stars”. Now we’re going to select our Brush Tool (B). Make sure your foreground color is set to white (#ffffff). Throughout this process we will change the brush range from 1 pt to 4 pt, doing this will give a little variety to the stars we’re going to place here.

Step 20

Next we’re going to design some clouds to go with our sky and stars. Whip out the trusty Pen Tool (P) and follow what you see in the example below. Remember to Click + Hold and Drag your handle back into the Anchor Point after a single curve.

Step 21

You can make as many clouds as you want using that method. The sky is the limit.

We’re going to make a big cloud that is further in on the background on the left side of our moon.

Step 22

We are going to render our clouds in this step. Go to your Blending options for the top right cloud. Copy Blending Option settings below.

Step 23

And this should be the result of using my Blending Option formula. You can apply these settings to every new cloud you design.

Step 24

For the large cloud on left I changed the Blending settings a little to give it a nice background fade effect. To achieve that same look copy these Blending settings below.

Step 25

Now its time to add some texture to our entire design. Make sure all 3 group layers are visible. Create new layer above your three groups and rename it “Texture”. Now select your Paint Bucket Tool (M) make sure your foreground color is black and just click the center of your canvas.

Step 26

Go back to your Filters – Noise Menu and select Median.

Then after that right click your Gradient Layer and change your Color Overlay to orange (#ff7c00).

Final Results

Download the PSD

Tutorial by Zeke Brown

And that is how you create a Sleeping Moon Illustration from simple sketch to fully detailed artwork. I hope you enjoyed this tutorial utilize these same techniques for your own illustration projects. My name is Zeke a Graphic Designer, Artist all around Creative Being. Thank you for reading. Go out there and express yourself by creating awesome art!

- Zeke Brown

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