I’m going to tell you how I created my latest illustration.
Last year my neighbors hung some ghost-y Halloween decorations in their tree. They looked awesome, so I took a picture. I had this idea for an illustration based on it. I kept in the back of my mind. A year later I had time to create it.
The picture I took turned out to be a problem though. I thumbnailed and thumbnailed and just couldn’t get away from it. All the ideas I had were basically a strait on view of the house with a little girl walking past. My brain just couldn’t let it go. I thought about going with it but I luckily I had the chance to take the idea to my critique group.
Everyone should have one. I can’t tell you how valuable I find mine. Not to mention the awesome friends I have from going. My friend Shawna wrote a great post about our group here .
The critique they gave me helped me realize I needed to rethink the whole image. The day after my group met I went back to the drawing board. Or in other words started thumbnailing again. This time I did it on my computer.
This is what I got. (note: the bottom right corner isn’t anything)
The new ideas were a lot more fabulous and interesting. I picked the thumbnail I wanted and went a head and drew up the sketch. I did this by taking the thumbnail image and printing it the size I wanted to work. Then I placed the paper I was drawing on over the printed image and basically traced the initial shapes. After I had that I drew everything more detailed. Here is My sketch.
Then I scanned the sketch back into the computer an did my value and color studies. The value study was easy because I had already figured out which main shapes were darkest and lightest in the thunbnail. (What is value? Click here.)
After all that was figured all I had to do was paint. I printed my sketch right onto my watercolor paper and painted away.
Here is the finished illustration.