For this week's art post, I thought I'd take you inside the process of building a personal project. My process for commissioned art can vary, but for these little ideas things usually take a similar course.
Typically, I start with quick thumbnail sketches on printer paper. I've always wanted to be a sketchbook person but there's something loose and temporary about plain white paper that is both less intimidating and more flexible, and that's where I gravitate. I usually jot down some ideas, along with some ideas for lettering style if it's applicable to the project. Often, those first lettering iterations will make it into the final piece in an altered form.
Once I've sketched out an idea, I'll usually digitize a sketch. If it's really detailed I'll make a high-res scan, but I'm usually planning to tweak it enough that a quick snap with my iPhone is enough to work with. I email that image to myself, put the sketches in Photoshop, convert them to grayscale, and mess with the levels to make them black and white.
After I've digitized the sketches, I'll set up a new art board to the dimensions I want to work. For this particular piece I drew the main part of the illustration in Photoshop but I'll often go back and forth between drawing, scanning, and manipulating pieces.
Once I've finished the drawing, I'll play with the scale and color of the piece. I often take a break before doing this so I can look at it with fresh eyes. It's really hard for me to make decisions about color when I've been staring at the same piece for hours!
This piece was a personal project, so the end result is probably a product in my print shop. You can check that out here!
What is your process like, and how is it different? How has your process evolved over time?