Before jumping into Photoshop, I put my imagination to the test with pencil and paper. I like to doodle my ideas at a micro scale. Typically less than an inch tall, I create a few dozen thumbnails to push through pose, composition and the graphic flow of my image. This portion of the process is for speed: the smaller the thumbnail, the quicker my unique ideas will flow. These micro doodles are for my eyes only and are likely unidentifiable to most. Once I’ve worked out an appealing composition I scan it into the digital realm for detailing.
Presentation to client
Presenting cleaned-up thumbnails to a client can be daunting, and in this case the editor has a different vision for how the illustration should look. Regardless of the amount of effort put into your sketch, it’s important to listen to the team. After discussing our thoughts and concerns I had enough input to start the photo shoot. Off to the thrift store…