Me and my two pals Marley and Heidi are exhibiting at Comic Arts Brooklyn this November! It’s my first time in New York so I really have no idea how it’s going to go. How are we going to get our crap across the border? Will our AirBNB back out on us? Can we all fit in a double bed? Are we going to actually finish out comic on time? Will anyone buy our stuff? Who knows guys we’ll see we’ll see.
Thought I’d share a bit of my process on how I make most every illustration I do with one of my most recent pieces!
First I take quite a few notes, for this one a lot of that part of the process was done in my phone since I think about work a lot when I’m not actually at my desk. I’ll get to my sketchbook and write out what I’m working on and what needs to be said in the final image. Then I’ll put together some rough thumbnails. I ended up really liking my first idea and it was a quick project so I just went with it.
Next I draw out a really rough linear on a spare piece of paper that is about the size of the final since I need to make sure I get all the proportions and spacing working well.
I then draw that out on my final surface, take a picture of it, and do some colour studies on my iPad because it’s fast and tactile and I can do it while I sit back on my bed 🙂
Then I start on the final with all my roughwork in front of me, so I don’t forget what I’m doing. I write down the side which colours need to be applied in which order for the look I want. Here I did watercolour first, next black, next yellow, and lastly some white details. I scan it and edit this on photoshop to make it look as close to the physical version as possible.
And ta da it is done.
This one was for a client who wanted to use it as an album cover, and she preferred a white background in the end, which I could quickly create on the computer. I still like the yellow one but I think white worked better for the vibe of her music~
Did these illustrations for a v giggly article on how to sign off an email, check er out here at Format Magazine
About time for a new selfie
A new piece for an exhibition about morning routines. I like to hit the snooze button.
From almost a year ago! This was very hard to scan and not for anything in particular so it took a long time to retouch and upload but hey. Here we are.
Painted for a guy who really loves this sweet sweet band. James Murphy: please give us tickets to your show.