Pirate Illustration

Pirate Illustration2017-11-01T13:25:26+00:00

Project Description

Create a Multi-Character Pirate Illustration for Young Children in Adobe Photoshop

In this tutorial I’ll give a walkthrough of creating a fun, bright multi-character pirate ship aimed at three-to-six-year-olds! In this tutorial we will be looking at how to rough out poses, apply colours, draw appealing characters and much more!…

…Our brief for this illustration is:

“Create an A3 Illustration, portrait or landscape, with 4 characters: Girl, Boy, Captain (female) and Ship’s cat aimed at 3-6 year olds. This should look as if it was created with pencils and/or pastels.”

Girl Pirate

  • harem pants
  • wooden sword
  • curly redhead
  • tiny hat (lost in mass of hair)

Boy Pirate

  • messy hair
  • waistcoat
  • striped tee
  • head scarf
  • bare feet


  • captain’s hat with large feather
  • female
  • boots
  • massive telescope (not shown here)


  • ginger/white
  • pirate flag on tail
  • neck scarf
  • eye patch

Pretty straightforward brief. We need to make sure we include these in the characters. To make the piece look as if it was drawn in pastel and/or pencil, I have chosen [the KYLE Ultimate Pencil Hard 10px from Kyle T Webster’s ULTIMATE Photoshop Brush Combo] brush…

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