Gather Scrap

The foundation of the design

Pencil Sketch

Solve the composition

Color Rough

Solve the color pallet

Final Art

Paint with heart

Gather Scrap

Finding the right scrap is the first challenge to any good illustration. It's not just any scrap either, it needs to be really good scrap. The piece is only as good as the scrap I have to work from. If the scap doesn't exist, shooting my own photographs using models, props and costumes is the best alternative. 

pencil sketch

Composition is critical to any good illustration and can take time. You may have to swap out characters, re-arrange the elements to create balance, or eliminate certain pieces all together. Doing all of this with a pencil sketch is easier than with a painting. That's why putting in the work at this stage saves you time later on in the process. Even though this may be extra work up front it helps ensure greater success with the painting.

color rough

The color rough is when things start to come together. Primarily, I'm working the color pallet but this is where I try to solve the tone, harmonizing colors, values and the overall feel of the painting. I always try to find a color theme that works with the image and feeling I want to convey. Making each piece of the illustration compliment each other and harmonize to pull it all together.

final art

Magic takes time and talent. The final art is the last stage of my process and where I spend my time on the details; correcting and tweaking any last remaining flaws and maybe pushing the color deeper or softening edges to polish it into perfection. The color rough is my road map - I use it as a reference as I paint the final piece to pull in all the design elements and make sure I stay true to the original concept. Even thought it's a final piece, I still try to keep a looseness and style that is all my own.


Thank you for checking out my creative process.

Hand painted original works, color roughs, pencil sketches and

limited run screen print AP's are for sale in the Shop.

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