I've recently tried my hand at illustrating on paper, scanning it in, and then working on the computer. It's so easy to just go to the computer and design from there, but sometimes we lose that handmade touch that is palpable in hand-drawn illustrations.
For this piece, I drew the girl holding the balloons (yes, she is loosely based on me), went over my drawing with ink, scanned it in, and then edited and added color with Photoshop and Illustrator. I then quickly made some vector clouds and added a paper texture to the background for a homemade feel.
The process was a lot easier than I anticipated. I had the drawing in my sketchbook for a few weeks, but the digitizing part was done in one night. I had fun experimenting with different textures and allowing bits I would normally smooth out to stay put. I once had an art teacher who didn't allow me to erase anything I had drawn, telling me that "there are no mistakes in art." As a perfectionist, I often struggle with this ideology, but when creating this I could see what she meant. Sometimes those "mistakes" are what make the art interesting.
If you are wondering where the inspiration for this illustration came from, you can see below a still from the 1956 French movie, Le Ballon Rouge (or, The Red Balloon). I didn't realize I was inspired by it until after I did my drawing, but it is a favorite of mine. I only learned about this film as an adult, and have watched it with my niece several times since. Only 34 minutes long, it's a sweet film with minimal dialogue that delights viewers of all ages. :)