Think summer sun thoughts.
“I gravitate toward warm colors,” Dees says. “I usually keep it yellow or orange, just to keep it on the side of warmth because that's what the sun evokes.”
The range of solar colors goes well beyond a simple, classic yellow sun. Use a color wheel to decide which warm colors best suit your piece. Stick with colors close to each other to properly accent and highlight the colors you use in your sun illustration. Choose colors for your sun and background that work well together to ensure they have good contrast.
“It’s important for beginning designers to understand color and how it works. If you’re going to put an orange on top of a pink, it has to be a dark enough color that the two don’t blend, so it pops off the page,” Dees says. If you’re unsure what colors to use, you can use Google or Adobe Stock to find similar images to your daytime or nighttime scene for inspiration.
When it comes to sun illustrations, there’s no formula to make them perfect. Art is all about exploration, and sun designs are no different. “Keep those connotations you have, where you’re drawing from that stereotypical sun, but then push yourself and see how far you can abstract it. And the harder you push, the more interesting options you’ll discover than that initial sun design you started with," Cole says.
Heat things up with Adobe Fresco.
No matter what format you illustrate in, Fresco has all the tools to make your sun come to life. Use a live watercolor brush to make your sun look like a painting or use a pixel brush to produce sun vectors. If your goal is to create a logo or background design, vector illustrations are an excellent choice. Vector images can be adjusted to any size — a versatile format for icons, logos, and other designs.
Explore the settings of your pixel brush and use Textured to make your sun look more realistic and fully formed. With over 1,800 digital brushes, and the option to download more styles (from the Kyle. T. Webster collection or import your favorites from Adobe Photoshop), your only limit on what your sun could look like is your imagination.