Friday, March 11, 2011

Private Commission Number 2

This is a second private commission. It was done the old fashioned way, with watercolor and colored pencil on paper. As I said in a previous post, I still enjoy working in traditional mediums but I don't often have the time to do so.

I've been thinking about the difference bewtixt the two methods for a while now. I think working traditionally allows you to be closer to the drawing itself. You have to mix the colors and touch the paper. You also have to be much more invested in the illustration. If you screw up, you either have to figure out how to cover it up or you have to start again. I think this makes you think much more about the illustration you're working on. It makes it more about the process and the actions involved therein.

Digital illustration, in my opinion, streamlines the process. Without having to mix the colors myself, I can move faster. I can re-format the drawing I'm working on without having to start over. I can correct mistakes instantly. I can modify an illustration at any time, even after I think it's done. This makes the whole process much faster. And that, subsequently, allows me to focus on the story more. It's something I've always wanted to do. But creating a full story (with the detail and precise standards I demand of myself) on paper is a demoralizing amount of work. Working digitally opens up new arenas for me.

And I likes it.


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