In this post, I would like to share my work in progress and final results for a recent illustration. Currently, I’m working with my mentor on putting together a portfolio.
I start by quickly sketching and blocking in thumbnails. This process is purposefully simplified so I don’t get caught up in details. Instead, the focus is on capturing the mood of the piece and establishing a focal point. I want to establish a strenuous, agitated mood, so I emphasize jagged shapes in a diagonal direction for most of the compositions.
Moving forward with #5’s thumbnail, I then work out a bigger, complete sketch. While I have birds in mind during the thumbnail stage, I don’t bother to detail beaks, wings, and claws. The main thing about thumbnails is capturing an impression. This sketch realizes that impression.