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How I Made: Pop bird

This illustration is part of a series that was created to advertise Metro Sweden’s sponsorship of the Eurovision Song Contest. Each bird is a playful caricature of a famous Swedish pop star. Digital illustrator Therese Larsson chose to portray a certain young, popular music artist as a sparrow, which she felt represented this person’s boy band status and young, energetic persona perfectly. The bird itself was painted from scratch, using a few different Photoshop brushes that Larsson collected over the years. “The background was modelled in 3D by Mattias Frodlundh. Light effects were painted on top, merging the two pieces together in a way that looks wholly authentic,” she explains. “I studied a lot of light effects, but also worked …
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