I’ve been thinking a lot, while making these illustrations for a short story in KP. You know the one I mentioned earlier this spring? These are the ones ◠◡◠ Painted in Photoshop as usual with a Wacom Cintiq 12WX!
Well, mostly I’ve been trying to figure out how I could improve my workflow next time I take on a freelance gig. I don’t consider myself as a fast painter, or am I? Well it sure doesn’t feel like it, hoho. I have to confess that I’m always stressing with last minute changes, and often regret my approach. Anyway, here are some thoughts so far that has been helpful for me:
Set the color scheme early!
Oh dear, I’ve neglected this for so long. Yes, I’m guilty, shame on me, haha. I usually set the colors way too late, and I start rushing the painting and end up with a disaster. Because the colors didn’t work in the first place, and I’m forced to just work with what I got and finish it up before the deadline. I have some perfect examples of this, wanna see them? I can gain some courage and show you if you’d like. Instead, I managed to nail the color scheme while sketching the thumbnails for these paintings – which in turn worked out much better! Illustration has turned less painful all of a sudden.
Walk that extra mile when sketching
Oh yeah, this has helped me a lot too. I’m definintely not like some of those rock stars out there who can turn a sloppy thumbnail into a full-blown illustration in seconds(or so it seems, bahh). Having a strong sketch in the beginning, where most of it is already figured out has been a life saver for me. So don’t be afraid to give that sketch some extra love, baby!
Just get it done already
Yup. Just do it. I tend to work and tweak things for like.. Forever. So yes, I need some more self-discipline here. Things can’t be perfect anyway, nothing is. And definitely not my art, haha! So yeah, this is a big reminder for myself. Listen to Elsa and just “Let it go”! Haha. Couldn’t help myself, sorry not sorry ◠◡◠
That’s what I’ve figured out for now in regards of illustration. May seem so basic, but while constantly wanting to improve, I often need to remind myself to stay away from well-known pitfalls. I hope this inspired you a bit! ◠◡◠
Uggh, now I just wanna be like those kids on the bridge. I’m a complete sucker for Swedish nature during summertime, I need to find more opportunities to practice driving so we can rent a lake house and just relaaax ♡ Oh god mhm yes yes yesssss.