Ellen Siders, Alchemist Book Cover
Illustrator and Designer
Unlike some other designers I have spent my entire working career in the printing industry, mainly in Prepress services. Recently I have expanded my skills to include computer graphics, primarily using Photoshop, InDesign and Illustrator with some GroBoto 3D and Bryce Items. Ellen’s portfolio includes graphic illustration and commercial work. See the Alchemist Book Cover in the Indiegogo video and become an Artist Supporting Artists at alchemistgift.com
Ellen Siders’ commercial work you will see on her website shows her many talents in using various design programs such as photoshop, in design, and illustrator. There are book covers, centerfolds, greeting cards, photo retouching, and custom type,
Be sure to check out the spec samples page on Ellen Siders website. You will see business cards, logos, ads, and photo manipulation. This piece of art you see here was composed in Adobe Photoshop from over a dozen photos of objects. The bell jar and goggles were drawn from scratch and the brass orrery was a black and white Victorian woodcut that I scanned. The books were photos of covers that I transformed to simulate 3D. The most difficult object here was the glass spiral thermometer. Also take a look at the character design, some are humorous, delectable and often quite intricate.
Below is some of Ellen Siders’ Illustration. You have to see this to believe it.
Walkies was created along with a series of others as desktop wallpaper to sell at a science fiction convention. The fire extinguisher, phone receiver, leash and the copper spring for the robot’s neck were taken from scanned photos, the equipment on the bench started as black and white Victorian woodcut prints, everything else was created in Photoshop. The robot, dog and airship were each drawn with pen and marquis tools. The robot uses a scan of an actual piece of metal that has been warped into a cylindrical shape and then shaded with gradients. The dog was constructed using various filters and layer effects that were shaded with gradients. The airship was made with pattern overlays and textures and was shaded using layer masks and brushes. The background was a flat piece of riveted metal that has been warped and transformed to emulate perspective and curvature.
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