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  • Pro SVS OG

    I have two different types of processes - planned and unplanned. I used to feel guilty when I was not planning (I studied visual development, so thumbnails are an ingrained habit and a mandatory expectation), but now I came to embrace the fact that sometimes ideas just pop in my head fully formed and I can go with the flow. I like the illustration world because it is not expected that you come up with 20 variations of everything as a standard...
    But one thing is certain - I would rarely start on a finished illustration without 90% of the decisions made. How the characters look like, the composition, color palette, etc... All should be more or less settled beforehand in studies and sketches - even if it is only one sketch and one color study. I positively hate to scramble for color choices or lighting decisions or adjust composition while I am painting....
    So sometimes I will have one idea, settle it down in sketches and work from it. Sometimes I will do many different thumbnails for composition, characters or colors and put a concept together that way. I like both approaches and I got good (and bad!) pieces from both.

  • Thanks guys for taking the time to write such lengthy answers,much appreciated😊

  • Just having a look at your work guys,so just looked @ amber.. Lovely well considered work,charming,alot of love and care goes into your work....a real mix of tec ability and imagination and sensitivity.Value your input......😊

  • @simona.....just had a look at your website...professional 101! Thanks for your input,feel privileged hun.So much talent on Svs feel like I've hit the jackpot....I know with feedback from here my work must improve.xxxxxx

  • I'll start with a story idea, usually a silly situation, and collect a lot of references online. A couple years ago I found myself not knowing what to draw so I stopped all together. I realized it was because I wanted to draw stories, not items, so I can't draw like one bird and be happy with that. So anyway, all those references get saved in my project folder on my computer. Then I do messy sketches. Teeny little thumbnails are tough for me because drawing that small feels cramped. I gotta throw my hands around for looseness. Once I pick a sketch that works I drag it over to a new canvas, enlarge it to fit, and then do a more refined drawing over it. I keep my characters and major items in their own groups in photoshop to stay organized. All my layers are named because there are so many. That's basically it.

  • Thanks Lydia......

  • Lydia,for some reason when I go on your web page only the header drawing shows???

  • What browser are you using? Nothing when you scroll down? It loads for me on chrome and internet explorer or whatever microsoft is calling it these days.

  • SVS OG

    @Lydia-M Your site works on Safari and iPad - it does not resize itself to the screen size on either though - i need to scroll to the right to see the page - work looks great!

  • I'm not sure what's causing that and I don't have an Adobe Muse subscription anymore 😞

  • SVS OG

    @Lydia-M Just looks like the header is not centered over the portfolio .... easy fix?

  • I'm using my windows phone....will try my laptop and let you know....

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