On this page you can find several WIP posts on how I create my illustrations. I thought it would be fun for you to see how an illustration comes to live. Some posts will have a detailed description with the things I did and others are just Staring posts. All in all, it's a peek in my Mind and how I create my work!!
Other WIPs - The first link is always the most up-to-date post
October 2012 - Mysterious Creepy Lady (It's a video!!)
September 2012 - Sahel the Goddess of Nature
August 2012 - Dragons, Dragons, Dragons.
May 2012 - Floating Cupcakes
March 2012 - Koalas, Koalas, Koalas
April 2011 - Tropical Fluffiness
March 2011 - Flower Girl Ivy Liliana
October 2010 - WIP Sing My Pumpkins, Sing.
This is my first WIP post, created in October 2010. It's for a charity calendar for the organization called Diva Day. Twelve illustrators, including me, got the very cool opportunity to create an illustration for the calendar. I got the month October (my birthday month!!). Thanks for the opportunity mr. Griffin!
The only requirements were that we had to include a female character and if possible a musical element. Other than this...complete freedom! First step is...brainstorming. Well it was pretty clear from the start that I wanted to give it a Halloween feel to it and add a cello to it. I choose a cello, because I think it's an amazing & powerful instrument. It would complement the delicate features of the lady character. This brought me to another element of the drawing...I didn't want it to be like the chibi drawings I did here. I wanted to give a more mysterious feeling to it. So I started sketching and I got several ideas. First I wanted to create a nature environment, then I switched to a dark room with lots of Halloween elements in it. Well I can try to explain how this part works, but it's kinda chaotic and not sure if I would make sense haha. The drawings are just a bunch of lines on paper on this stage. And even though you would see the sketches, you wouldn't see what I wanted to create immediately. Sometimes I just need to have loose lines on paper, to get the first urge of drawing out my system. At this stage I'm probably the only one who can 'read' the drawings. I hope that made sort of sense.
The sketching process took several days. I kept adding and erasing elements, because it didn't feel quite right. In the end I switched back to a nature environment. reason for this is that I already painted several Halloween illustrations while I was sketching stuff for this and the idea of a purple sky seemed perfect!
I suggest to enlarge the pictures for a better view. Final sketch looked like this.
Ms. Claire, gave a link to a cello with an old brown color. It sparked the idea to color the cello I did below, with a cooler blue/purple shade around the edges!
Soooo what do you think about it? Feel free to leave comments here or on the post that linked you to this page. You can ask questions, give tips or things you would like to share. Anything is possible.
Thanks for sticking through the end & Hope you liked it!