Friday, March 25, 2011

A Little Teaser

I'm going to do something I rarely do. I'm going to post an image which is a preview for my next post. I want to show the process by which I go from a rough sketch to a finished illustration for a project. This particular assignment, which I worked on a couple of years ago, is a very interesting example. I was asked to draw a couple of vehicles for an interactive exhibit, to be used in a kiosk at a children's museum in Texas.

I don't normally show every iteration of my drawing/design process, but that's exactly what I intend to do in my next post. I think most people will be surprised how many changes can be made to a single image during the design and approval stage. From start to finish, there can be many process stages that go into completing a finished illustration. I'll be more specific next time, but for now, I'll leave you with this, one image in a sequence of many:

I can't wait to show how many revisions there were on this project! I hope you'll check back for the follow up on this one! Until then, enjoy!



Anonymous said...

Rich, In my old age I'm trying to learn how to do portraits of my grandchildren, i.e., copies from photos. Very interested in your "process"

Rich Faber said...

Hi trainbuff47. I'm not sure that what I just posted will help your understanding of how to do portraits, but I hope it's of some value.

I will at some point have to do a tutorial on portraits, but in brief, my major suggestion to you would be to spend time visualizing your reference, and studying the shapes and forms you see, before putting it down on paper, canvas, etc. In my view, doing portraits is about 75% studying, and 25% actual drawing.

One trick is to turn your reference upside down. In this way, you won't get caught up in what you think you "know" about the subject, and will be forced to instead focus on the abstract details of the form.

I hope that helps. thanks for posting!