How I develop… A CHARACTER FOR A COVER
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.