The Three Steps
If you follow me on Facebook, then you have probably seen this drawing already. I want to make it perfectly clear that I am drawing. It’s difficult to show that I am working without some sort of evidence. When the internet is silent it can be as if no one is there at all. But rest assured, there is activity.
This drawing is something I am working on as a gift for my Grandmother. She has been a quiet player in making sure I get through some of life’s bumpier areas and it’s the least I can do, right now, anyhow. I feel that this drawing is a good way to showcase three of the steps that are necessary in making a great piece. Okay, so maybe these are just my working standards, but here they are.
- Start with some sketches.
- They don’t need to be perfect
- Never be afraid to use reference material
- Doodle until your comfortable with what you see
- If it stinks, take a break and start again
- Bring it to your medium.
- I work on Bristol and paper, but you can use computers if that’s your thing
- Use the sketch or a redrawn version as a template
- Touch it up
- Ink it
- Prepare it for viewing.
- Finish any final tweaks or edits
- Make a print or web-safe copy
- Share/sell it
Right now, I am obviously still working in step 2, but soon it will be available to be given as a fantastic print. It’s also destined to become my new flyer. So hopefully you will find it pretty enough to hang up or drop somewhere!
There you have it! Those are the steps to my process outside of the story. We’ll have to wait a few more days to have a good looking final product, but I will share it next week. I’ll also let you know where pages stand.