April 16, 2007
Here is a illustration i started on earlier this past week. By the image, you should see some of the process i use when i start a illustration. When i work on animals or mech looking things, i like to have a ton of images around of that animal so i can see bone structure, features, and small details on where shadows and light falls. This was actually a painting, but loved the profile. I started to draw some line art on top to see if it would work. So far it looks okay. Once i’m done with rough lines, i hide the image and go in and shadow up the piece, select areas for darks vs. lights, as well as add stuff and build off of the foundation.
I like to use photos to only be a good foundational reference. Besides, i would rather use something that is a photo, than trying to draw it and make it look more cartoony than what it should be. So in the end, don’t be scared to use photo references and trace some structure and get your proportions correct. Use your layers so you can hide the images easy that way you can go in and rock out your own vibe and add color and detail.
Hope this helps, or now you might see that I’m a over-rated hack!