Illustration Process: From Sketchbook to Screen
Mothering Sunday, the UK's version of Mother's Day, fell on March 18 this year, and to honor the event and my mom, I made an illustration for the Ameila's Magazine Blog. You can see my illustration by looking at this post and scrolling down a bit, and you can also read what I wrote about my mom on that page.
I wanted to talk a bit today about how my idea process and sketching process happened in relation to this illustration, and I hope it will inspire you to make a special drawing for someone you love!
First, I thought of what my mom meant to me, and I wrote in my journal about her. I did a little brainstorming, and I realized that my mom is not only my first call in the morning when I wake up, but she is also my last call of the day before I go to bed. I decided to base my illustration on that fact.
I did some thinking and, in my head, came up with an image of us talking on the phone with the phone cords circling us in a heart shape. This is my initial sketch:
It isn't much to look at, I know, but that is how rough my ideas are at the beginning!
Next, I drew mini portraits of myself and my mom using pen, ink, and pencil:
Then I used my little copy machine to shrink us down (old school, I know!), cut and pasted us onto a new sheet of paper, and drew the phone cords around us:
I xeroxed us again, then I added words:
Then came my favorite part: watercolors and acrylics! First, I xeroxed the image onto some thicker paper that could hold water media and not buckle like regular copy paper. Then I painted away!
Finally, I scanned the image, added a background color, and here is the completed illustration ready for Amelia's Magazine:
I hope you enjoyed this peek into my process, and I hope you will make a drawing for someone special very soon!
Have a creative day!