Skip navigation

Tag Archives: From the Earth to the Moon

I thought I’d take advantage of the fact that I’m doing some high standard personal work  and show you a bit about how I work. I don’t think there’s anything special about this workflow. I just systematically incorporate to my process whatever advice I find sensible enough by more experienced people than myself. Lately Chris Oatley‘s advice and blog posts have had a major influence in me trying to alter my workflow, mainly in the reference studies part of the process.

 

Briefing

Pick three Jules Verne’s books and do a cover illustration for each to turn them into postcards.

Research and thumbnails

I chose “Journey to the center of the Earth”, “From the Earth to the Moon” and “The Steam House”. I did a little research on the books to refresh my memory, as I had read the three books a long time ago. I started thumbnailing as I read.

Once I was more or less certain of the direction I wanted to take, I started to gather reference and doodling a bigger version of the winners at the same time. In the research process I changed my mind and found another way to go with the “Journey to the center of the Earth” concept. We all know google works in mysterious ways and among the results of one of many search terms it threw at me was Caspar David Friedrich’s “Wanderer above the sea of fog”.

Full size rough sketches and reference gathering.

As I was sketching at the same time I was gathering my references, I could take this chance to change my mind about the concept for “Journey to the center of the Earth”. It is an organic process in which reference and sketches determine where each other will go next.

References for these three images include general matters such as composition, colour and lighting inspiration and also detail references, like mushrooms and dinosaur bones, certain poses and gestures, furniture, machines and architecture. Everything that will help me figure out the details in the final work.

Reference studies

The clean up is not the place and moment to face figuring out the details of the piece and after all the time spent selecting relevant references it’s worth it spending some time studying it in order to learn, plan and figure things out. I had never drawn dinosaur bones or mushrooms, I wasn’t aware of their variety. And for sure I had never drawn a mechanical “dancing” elephant anthro thing. So I spent some time making sure I learnt how some things worked like buried dinosaur skeletons, mushrooms, hands stirring tea, how does an explorer hat fit or how to bend the joints of my steam powered Ganesha.

Now, am I ready for cleaning this up or what?

To be continued…

%d bloggers like this: