Hi everybody! I just got back from an inspiring visit to Montreal & New York, and I am more than ready to get back to the drawing board. *smiles* Just wait until I introduce you to Freckles the alligator!
But first, just before leaving on my trip I did an interview for InspirU Coo Coo and I’ve included below my answer to the question ‘describe your illustration process’. For the full interview follow the link.
Hugs everybody. Good to be back, and I can’t wait to go visit you all soon.
1 - I CHOOSE A THEME
‘scruffies’: term I use for the comfy and by no means sexy clothes I wear when working in my home studio.
2 - RESEARCH and INSPIRATION
3 - THUMBNAIL SKETCH
I draw a thumbnail sketch... here is an example of an actual thumbnail sketch and the respective final image
4 - PROCESSING
I scan the thumbnail and enlarge it, then print it out and use it as a backbone for the detailed drawing on the light table.
5 - PERSPECTIVE
If relevant, I figure out the perspective points. I often tape multiple extensions to the image for the perspective points and use really long rulers.
6 - PENCIL WORK
I draw the basic image in pencil
I then ink the image
8 - TEXTURES
Finally I fill in the texture. I sometimes scan the image and test different lighting gradients on my computer before applying them in ink.
However when I doodle, I just put pen to paper and try not to think too much.
Have a great day, and again you can find the rest of the interview here.