Thursday, July 14, 2016

- It is essential and immensely important, in my opinion, to have personal creative pipeline; although I use different techniques, depending on specific aesthetics and subject matter, in this post I will present to you, step by step, the creative process and pipeline of creating my illustration, the "Troll and the girl". 
The first step is always sketching, drawing and designing the characters, composition and deciding on the story line, if there is one. I usually first draw rough sketches and define the characters and try to pose them in the best composition. After that, I do detailed sketch/drawing, accentuating the details, accessories...


- After finishing the sketching of illustration, the next step is defining the gray values in the composition; here I focus mostly on the light and shadows. At first the gray scale is rough and basic, but in next several iterations I put focus on light/shadow defining and accentuating the forms...


- After finishing the gray scale phase, I fill in the rough and basic colors (I try to use one defining color key, with small variations, but this is not always the case). The process of filling in the colors sometimes takes several iterations also....


- In most of my illustrations I like to leave the contour drawing as overlaying layer at the top of the layers stock (I always use multiply blending mode) because I like the aesthetics and how it looks; personally I think that it has powerful and strong effect of old school illustrations. At this time I apply textures (the textures can be made by myself or based on realistic photographs or stock images etc), but this is not always the rule. It really depends on what you want to achieve. 


- We arrive at the end of my illustration pipeline and this short overview tutorial :D  And here is the final illustration. At this phase I like to adjust the color hue and saturation, maybe tweak the lighting and, if necessary the color value (worm/cold color corrections). I hope you like it :) and you find this tutorial helpful ;)