HOW I WORK

THOMAS DAN­THONY ON THE INS AND OUTS OF HIS CRE­ATIVE PROCESS

Computer Arts - - Projects -

Un­der­stand­ing the need of the client is the start­ing point of any pro­ject. I like to take notes and draw thumb­nails on pa­per to pen­cil the ba­sics. When time is tight, I start sketch­ing di­rectly in Pho­to­shop with a Wa­com – it’s quicker to play around with ideas, com­po­si­tions and colours. Those rough colour sketches are the first things I send to a client. Once they’re happy with it, I start to draw the fi­nal il­lus­tra­tion. Even if I some­times use Il­lus­tra­tor for draw­ing com­plex shapes, the fi­nal im­age is al­ways cre­ated with Pho­to­shop in pix­els.

I have a back­ground in prod­uct de­sign, which in­flu­ences the way I cre­ate im­ages. I like to achieve a cer­tain level of fin­ish in my il­lus­tra­tions, so I spend a lot of time on de­tails that prob­a­bly won’t even be no­ticed, but it’s im­por­tant for me to know that I am happy with ev­ery sin­gle stroke or curve.

Lately my ap­proach has been slightly more min­i­mal­is­tic in com­po­si­tion – aim­ing for sim­plic­ity gives my work a bolder and more strik­ing look.

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