Illustration Process: Boy and Crows

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.

  Scanning the drawing into Photoshop, I block in the shapes to better realize the final look.

 

Scanning the drawing into Photoshop, I block in the shapes to better realize the final look.

  Next, I use a lightbox and trace the underdrawing onto a piece of Bristol smooth surface paper. Working with a mechanical o.5 pencil, I draw in the details.

 

Next, I use a lightbox and trace the underdrawing onto a piece of Bristol smooth surface paper. Working with a mechanical o.5 pencil, I draw in the details.

  Finally, I scan the piece into Photoshop and overlay it with red. This creates a strong impression.

 

Finally, I scan the piece into Photoshop and overlay it with red. This creates a strong impression.

  For this illustration, I had the original idea drawn out over a year ago. This image can illustrate many issues such as stress in the workplace and school, bullying, illogical fears in isolation, and so on. While this is a dark illustration, it reflects one of the many facets of humanity. I believe it needs to be told. Looking forward to continue developing my portfolio. Thank you for taking the time to visit and read. More next week!

 

For this illustration, I had the original idea drawn out over a year ago. This image can illustrate many issues such as stress in the workplace and school, bullying, illogical fears in isolation, and so on.

While this is a dark illustration, it reflects one of the many facets of humanity. I believe it needs to be told.

Looking forward to continue developing my portfolio. Thank you for taking the time to visit and read. More next week!