I just finished a super fun illustration for a client and I thought I might give you all a peek in to the illustrating process.
Step 1 - Sketching
This is the backbone of all my artwork. The sketch is always the most important. With the rest of the art process I usually listen to audiobooks or music while I'm working, but when I'm sketching I need absolute silence and all my concentration. My sketches tend to look something like this. Lots of lines. Lots of erase marks. Sometimes I have to make 4 or 5 sketches before I am satisfied.
Step 2 - Outlining with Ink
This is my favorite part of the illustration process! I trace the final sketch with a Prismacolor fine line marker. Unlike the sketching process it does not requite a great deal of thinking and I can do it anywhere. I can be sitting outside in the shade of a tree watching my son play at the park, or I can watching an NBA basketball game on the TV with my husband. It's the best!
Step 3: Coloring it in
For this particular illustration I colored the whole thing digitally with Photoshop. Figuring out the color scheme is always a bit stressful for me. I often feel overwhelmed by the multitudes of color possibilities so usually I go with a limited palette. In this case I simply used white and dark blue.
There you have it! A peek in to my creative process. If you have any more questions please feel free to comment! I would love to hear from you.