As so many people ask me what is my working process, I’ll take advantage of the present illustration to tell you how it works from the time the client order a custom illustration until it is finished. So, come with me!
1. THE SKETCH:
After the client has told me what they want and has sent me pictures of the ones they want to see in the illustration, I do a first sketch (above) and email it to them, so they can review it and send me a feedback. The one I did for Nanda was pretty quick and the main change she suggested was to mirror the image and put more emphasis on her daughter, who should appear in the foreground.
At this stage I draw the outlines in Photoshop using a Wacom tablet and try to refine the details such as expressions, faces and proportions. If there are lots of changes, I usually send it back to the client, so they have the chance to review it once more before I color it.
Once the drawing is approved, it is time to put some colors in it! I love this stage! 🙂
4. ADDING THE FINAL DETAILS AND BACKGROUND:
In this case I suggested a scribbled background, so the final image wouldn’t look too busy. The whole process can take me 2 to 4 days to be completed (as I only work part time) and it pretty much depends on the complexity and number of people in the illustration.
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