I really admire illustrators who can use textures in efficient and interesting ways. I recently came across the work of MADS BERG and, in hopes of learning more about the process of breaking down a composition into basic, geometric shapes and applying gritty surfaces, copied one his pieces.
My copy is simplified and a bit darker. My gradients are borderline cheesy. With a limited understanding of Berg's process in mind, I turned to an older drawing and attempted to flesh it out in a similar (identical?) way.
This is the result. I used a SKETCH from a camping trip and applied a bit of grain to the finished drawing. My Illustrator chops aren't as impressive as a graphic design graduate's should be, but I'm rather happy with it. I've read from others that working in a particular artist's style or method of operation can be helpful within one's own work. Thoughts?