Research and development
Concept art is a language through which ideas are explored and the artist’s creativity is expressed. Indeed, channelling your imagination and creativity are as important as your drawing and painting skills. Drawing, painting, sculpting… when trying to develop a new idea it’s not important how you do it. You’re solving a problem visually, and so the key to getting the right answers is to ensure your idea is easily understood by the viewer.
I like to use different mediums when creating a new character. Each medium has its own characteristic and forces you to approach your subject in a different way, which in turn can lead to new ideas. Having said this, sometimes ideas can pop into my head when I’m not at my drawing table: on my way home from work, out while having a drink, walking in the park, listening to music, or observing people and my surroundings. When I’m back at my desk I’ll get my ideas into Photoshop as soon as possible.