The first assignment has to do with root vegetables so I bought a variety for in-person drawing reference. I really wanted vegetables that still had the stalks and leaves on them because some of the leaves are so beautiful.
One of the many things I’m learning is to pay closer attention to my own process and how I work when doing illustration. That is helping me figure out what I like, what my style is and what I like about other artists I admire.
1. First I do research, learn about the subject matter, make a word list, find photo reference and live examples if possible.
2. Then I do a couple quick, rough doodles with a ball point pen, sort of like an outline.
3. Then I do a detailed drawing with pencil and loosely go over it with a Micron pen.
4. Then I might try to do a realistic rendering, which I go over with a Micron pen so I can scan it later for digital work.
5. Then I go back to drawing my own interpretation of the object, sort of realistic, sort of stylized.
Similar to most illustrators and artists, I really want to have my own unique style, so it’s important to me to also understand and develop my own process. I love drawing with pencil and then Micron pens, so I enjoy this process of illustrating. I also like using my travel watercolor paints, but I love the digital process so I’m excited for the next step in this assignment.
Now I’m looking forward to baking roasted root vegetables!
Hope you’re on the look–out for things that inspire you.