Today is day 2 of the Illustration Master Class in Amherst, MA. I figured I'd give you guys an update on the event, and mostly on my process here.
Prior to showing up, we were given a choice of briefs to work on. I chose "Magic User" - Pretty broad, but it seems to have appealed to a fair number of folks here. I'm working in the digital room, so everyone around me is on either their laptops, or, for some of the people who drove, their full-sized desktop rigs. Before we arrived, we were expected to have a couple of pages of rough thumbnail sketches. I mostly did mine on my Ipad in Procreate.
Feedback from these was overwhelmingly that I was playing too safe, and that they were, quite frankly, a bit boring. I blame my lack of comfort with figures, but there's only one solution...
MORE THUMBNAILS. In this case, I did 65 more yesterday.
From those new thumbnails, I arrived at something I felt better about, and then did 3 slightly tighter sketches.
From there, a bit of thought into the characters and the creatures.
By the end of the first day, I had drawn a rough sketch and from that I began creating a rough 3D model of the environment.
Today we continue to refine the environment, and shoot reference for the people.
I hope you enjoyed reading a bit about my process in this. I'm going to continue this on Thursday, and then I'll do an overview of the entire event once it's done.