One of the most important things when learning design, or pretty much anything, is to pay attention to how other designers tackle problems. That was my personal inspiration that led me to start sharing tutorials and case studies. They are not designed to help come up with ideas, but to help with the execution, one of the biggest problems most people have. In my opinion, good ideas aren't good without turning them into something palpable.

In today's case study we will show you how Cristian Eres created the image featured as Wallpaper of the Week a few weeks ago. Christian, a Spanish freelance digital artist and graphic designer based in Valencia, has been creating digital art for over five years and is particularly skilled within illustration, graphic design and web design.

Step 01 - Illustrator

Scan

Surreal 2013 Case Study by Cristian Eres

Step 02

Vectorization, and added different gradients using the Shape Builder tool.

Surreal 2013 Case Study by Cristian Eres

Step 03

I retouched colors (I like to use the Recolor Artwork tool). Also I've added particles and joined the numbers to give unity to the piece.

Surreal 2013 Case Study by Cristian Eres

Step 04

Adding shadows with the Draw Inside tool for each element in the artwork.

Surreal 2013 Case Study by Cristian Eres

Step 05

Adding lights with the mesh tool.

Surreal 2013 Case Study by Cristian Eres

Step 06 - Photoshop

Added background with two overlapped gradients.

Surreal 2013 Case Study by Cristian Eres

Step 07

Added some lights and sparkles.

Surreal 2013 Case Study by Cristian Eres

Conclusion

Applied some curves and filters.

Surreal 2013 Case Study by Cristian Eres

Details

Surreal 2013 Case Study by Cristian Eres

Surreal 2013 Case Study by Cristian Eres

For more information visit http://www.cristianeres.com/

About the author of this post

Abduzeedo is a blog about design. There are all sorts of articles for those who want to look for inspiration. Also you will find very useful tutorials for the most used applications out there, with a special selection of Photoshop Tutorials and Illustrator Tutorials. Of course there are other softwares conteplated like Pixelmator, Fireworks, and web design tutorials.