So, I entered a little thing called Global Talent Search by Lilla Rogers Studio . I was super excited from the start. First of all, I’ve loved Lilla Rogers and the artists she represents since I found her website a few years ago. I’m always peeking in on her blog. Plus, since I love problem solving creatively, the thought of getting a random theme to illustrate along with hundreds of others sounded thrilling to me. Oh, and the prize is pretty amazing! The best part is seeing what everyone else has come up with. It is incredible to see other artist’s unique perspective on the same subject matter. Plus, everyone has their own special process. Here is mine:
Theme: TERRARIUMS (wall art)
First, I do a little research. I Google images or (if I can) I’ll visit a place that has what I’m illustrating or even use things around the house as reference.
Second, comes the sketching…Sometimes it’s pretty and I take the time to really study the subject matter or sometimes it’s a scribble in the middle of the night when I get a random idea. I start to think of overall layout and style. What am I trying to say? Who’s my audience? What do I feel inspired to create? I feel like anything artistic needs to happen organically – it can’t be forced. I know it might sound silly, but it’s like the image already exists somewhere in me, it just needs to be revealed.
At last, I start my final illustrations with a light pencil drawing. Just to do a basic outline. I keep it simple at first and then I go over in more detail with ink. I’ll create subtle shading with lines and a little crasshatching. I begin adding color with a watercolor foundation. This allows me to start light and create layers of transparent color. I go over that with colored pencil and/or acrylic paint if necessary to add more color or highlights. Once I’m satisfied, I sometimes retrace my outline in ink again. I really like the outlined “look”. Sometimes I’ll skip the coloring all together and just use the ink line drawing.
Now comes the fun part. Not always, but usually I like to put together my illustration in pieces. Almost like an actual terrarium.
Once I have all the pieces scanned into the computer, I start putting it together in Photoshop. Adding texture or shadows as I see fit, almost like painting, but digitally. The best part is being able to move things around if it doesn’t feel right or take something out if it doesn’t fit the way I expected. I could always use the magic of Photoshop to change things if I had illustrated it all in one piece, but it’s much easier (in my opinion) when it’s already broken down into layers. Plus, I can always use the pieces in something else.
Above is a portion of my final piece. You’ll be able to see the full gallery of other entries (including my own) on August 26th.
In the meantime, you can use these hash tags to see some sneak peaks: #globaltalentsearch #lillarogers #gts2014
There were 999 entries and only 50 make it to the next round… so we shall see…