IMC - The composition process

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.

Thumbnails - quick, ballpoint pen, ugly - and oh so necessary!

Thumbnails - quick, ballpoint pen, ugly - and oh so necessary!


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.


Thanks again!