Over the years, I have had several questions regarding my process. It isn't very scientific, or top secret, but I have never really posted anything about it before. So, I thought I would take a few minutes to share with you a brief glimpse into my process:
I am a huge sketchbook person, and not only do I always carry one around with me, but I usually have it within arms reach at all times too -- you never know when an idea will strike. I would say when sitting down in the evenings to work on Isabell's, 90% of the time, my illustrations begin from some form of a sketch.
Scanning & Digital Process:
My preferred method of drawing is digital (next to my pen and pencil), which is probably because I am a slight perfectionist (I get this from my Mom). When I was little I used to sit at our family's Apple computer and draw using Paint. That was back in the day with dot-matrix printers, with those awesome rip-away sides on the paper... sorry, I digress.
So, in the evenings when I sit down at my computer, I first scan the sketch I am planning on working on that night, and then bring that sketch into Illustrator, and begin to redraw the image in black and white.
Once I have the black and white version of my drawing, I then begin to build a color pallet. I usually work with Pantone Uncoated swatches, but will build custom CMYK colors as needed too.
Sometimes when working on specific illustrations, I will decide that something needs a pattern or texture. So, I will build those too. They can be something I already have created, or I will create something from scratch or another sketch.
It can take an hour or two, or even a day or two to create an illustration -- basically working until I am happy with it. It is an amazing feeling when you complete something you are happy and proud of -- almost like getting a new outfit :)
So, this is my process. I hope I didn't bore you. If you have any other questions, please fire away!
I also created some new iPhone wallpapers using this adorable Kokeshi -- provided for you below. Just click, save image, and then select as wallpaper on your phone. Xoxo!