I use the same process for most of my illustrations. They start with quick concept sketches in a sketchbook, followed by a composition sketch on vellum. Then I scan the composition sketch, make value roughs and color roughs in Photoshop, and finish the illustration with a WACOM tablet and stylus.
Here’s what the process looks like for “I love this show!”
When left to my own devices, I tend to make simple, slightly cute genre characters. It’s fun (which is at least half of the reason why I do this) but I’d like to add more texture (aka “technoclutter”), especially in my ink drawings. So this group of master studies focuses on images with great technical details. Read More
I love master studies. Find a drawing, painting or design you admire and sketch it. Figure out why you admire it. Analyze what the artist did. And build your sketching skills. Currently, I try to start each practice session with a warm-up master study.
This group of master sketches focuses on robots. Beyond the general theme of “Hey, cool robots!” there isn’t a lot that links them together. I just liked what I saw and had a lot of fun exploring them. You can find links to the original images (along with about 1,000 other images) in this Pinterest board. Read More
Random observation studies from my sketchbook. Quick studies like this help me build a visual vocabulary. When I want to illustrate something I haven’t drawn before, like fishing boats, light houses, and recliners (to pick three objects entirely at random), I start by making quick studies. That way, I know what the objects look like and viewers understand what I’m trying to say.