How to turn photography into illustration

Turn photography into illustrations
(Image credit: Cindy Kang)

Understanding the best way to turn photography into illustration will open up a world of possibilities for your artwork. Though being able to produce a piece based purely on scenes created by your imagination may give a wonderful sense of achievement, it's a long journey to get there – even as a professional illustrator. 

There are always moments when you'll sit down in front of a blank canvas, not knowing where to start. Professional illustrator Cindy Kang suggests you take a step back and look through photographs on your phone. In this tutorial, she shares insights on how photos can help spark a new project, then help during each step of creating an illustration, from visualising those initial ideas to adding finishing touches. 

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Freelance artist. Cindy Kang is an illustrator and visual artist based between Seoul and New York. Her colourful illustrations are inspired by various stories around the world.