How I de­velop… A CHAR­AC­TER FOR A COVER

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1 Oo­dles of doo­dles

I start all my projects with stream of con­scious­ness scrib­bles. At this stage my sketches are just brain vomit. Here I’m ex­plor­ing ev­ery idea I can think of with­out wor­ry­ing about com­po­si­tion or qual­ity. All of that can come later.

2 Thumb­nail draw­ings

Next I pick out my favourite ideas and re­fine them. This is where I work out com­po­si­tional prob­lems and worry about leg­i­bil­ity. These draw­ings need to be able to com­mu­ni­cate lay­out, sub­ject mat­ter and mood, with­out me be­ing there to ex­plain them.

3 Fi­nal draw­ing

Brent liked the invit­ing hand ges­ture from thumb­nail #1, but pre­ferred the over­all pose and con­cept from #3. So the two were com­bined in this sketch. The ru­ins were also deemed to be too far back, and so were made larger in the fi­nal paint­ing.

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