I’ve had a few really coo artists and proactive students email me about my process lately. I thought I’d share a bit. Instead of photographing a tutorial as I go along and showing you everything once it’s done, I decided I’d give you a hint of how I work on something over time.
Here’s my step 1: Decide what I’m going to sketch. You’d think more goes into this. On occasion I look at upcoming trends and think about plans and things. More often than not I just draw what I want to draw. I think that trends are worshiped too much. If something is good it will sell. If you know your market, you can create for them. I’d much rather start a trend than follow a trend. When I’m drawing what I want to draw I create authentic designs that are happy and energetic. BE ENERGETIC!So here’s a typical page of focused sketching: I started this after getting back from a Pilates class Saturday. My brain wandered so much during the session that I didn’t get a lot from it other than drawing ideas. I ran straight home to take care of my itchy sketchbook fingers.
While I’m sketching I’ll put check marks next to stuff that I think has promise:
Then I crop the page and pull each little individual sketch into Photoshop where I rename it and save it. I like to darken everything up. It’s easiest for me to do this in Photoshop by adjusting Black and White Levels. I’m a hot key queen, you should be too. We get here super fast this way: Alt+Shift+Cntl+B
Once I crop and save every picture. I dump them all into my development folder on my desktop for later, because now they’re boring to me. I refuse to ever work on something that is boring. Soon they’ll be shiny again and then we’ll really have fun. Now I am off to draw me some fish. Fish are never boring.