Behind the Story of Blood and Tears – Creating Japanese Coins

Behind the Story of Blood and Tears – Creating Japanese Coins

July 24, 2018 Behind the Story Blog Blood and Tears Graphic Design Japan Work Sample 0

お手紙、お金
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Everything in this illustration–letter, silver coins, copper coins–was created from scratch using Photoshop. For the copper coins, I started with a plain circle, then added texture and contouring, and cut out the center hole. Characters were superimposed for the front and curved lines for the back. Then it was just a matter of stacking multiple layers, applying minor color variations and adding shadows. For comparison, take a look at these antiques

coin blank

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coin textured cutout

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coin front

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coin back

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