This step-by-step guide illustrates how to design a mosaic using a scanner, source artwork, and a PC with a printer.
Step 1: Obtain source image.
Step 2: Refine Image and make outlines heavier
Step 3: First Trace
Step 4: Refine Trace 1 - Outlines
At this point I stop, make a photocopy of the image and then from then on I continue working off of the copy. This is primarily because I like to have version control with my drawings, and copying and setting aside the working copy at each major design step has it's advantages.
For example, I like to give a client a few options for design, and this streamlines that process by enabling a very methodical approach to creating multiple copies without needing those to be redrawn from scratch or digitally reproduced and altered in an image editor.
Step 5: Ink Outline
Now its time to play with lines and color. This is where you go wild with options. Make a few copies and determine the highlights and shadows of your piece. I chose to be very specific about the inside-the-lines tile design. You could be freeform here- and just go ahead with the tiling process if you like.