Happy New Year! I’ve decided to start the year with a new series of illustrations for my portfolio. The series follows two children at their day at the zoo. This is the first of the series, and there will be more to come. Acrylic and oil on illustration board.
My process work began with a thumbnail of just shapes and values. I limited it to three shades to keep it simple, as I tend to get carried away otherwise.
Then I created a sketch, keeping the major shapes similar to my thumbnail sketch.
I brought my sketch into photoshop, and added color to create a color study. I kept referring back to my thumbnail sketch to make sure the light areas stayed light, and the dark areas stayed dark. The background is a little darker than I had originally planned but I left it because I didn’t think it distracted from the subjects.