Simplify and stylize By taking some creative license while creating the outlines of the clouds, I was able to give them a sharp, stylized effect. And it was this effect that dictated the overall style of the finished illustration. In general, the curves are smoother than those in the original photograph, and the detail is minimal in comparison. In this chapter, you’ll learn to use only the necessary details provided by the original image, thus simplifying it. As you work in this manner, you’ll begin to notice that the result of this is a much more striking image than the original, especially when viewing it from a distance.