I always find reading about other illustrators and artists creative processes really interesting. I like to see the building blocks that are needed to create a final image. I thought I’d share one of my own to show you the different stages to a floral painting.
When I start to create an image I decide wether it will be made in bits and joined together digitally or if it will be paper based. This painting is paper based because I wanted to use some fabriano 5 hot press watercolour paper that I had laying around. Before i put any thing on to that piece of paper I get my sketchbook out .
I generally have some themes I work around when coming up with new images. 90 per cent of the time it involves something to do with nature and plants. I split an A4 page into four rectangles and start making lose sketches to get the general idea of the shape of the image. Once I’ve designed something with the right balance I might create a neater redrawing of it. If I need to work on a detailed sketch, like when I draw birds, this goes in to the sketchbook to.
Once I’m happy with my drawings its time to draw on to the watercolour paper using a 2H pencil. I try and draw it very lightly so the outline wont show through when I paint. I start to choose my colours and make notes of what colours I’m mixing. Then I build up the layers of colours in the painting using watercolour washes. I try to build some shading into the painting to add depth. Next the details and solid lines are painted in using gouache and watercolour.
If I want a dark background I paint that in once every thing is finished. This involve using a tiny brush, a lot of patience and gouache paint. It can take a couple of layers to get texture even.
At the very end I might use some watercolour pencils to add little bright details.
Once a painting is complete I scan it into my computer and remove any marks or dust particles using photoshop. If the scan has washed any of the vibrancy out I play with the levels to get the colours to match the painting as close as possible. I might also draw additional details in photoshop. This is handy when I want to draw very neat and tiny details.
Then it is finished! It can now go on to become prints and all sorts of things. If you want to see the different ways a painting can be turned in to a product have a look at my Society6 shop.
If you have any questions feel free to comment or send me a message.